If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know we prefer the quiet, deserted beach to the full service variety. Jeff is all for long 4x4 drives to get to a place where we will find no other humans. We tried the public beaches in Cyprus, and they are lovely. The restaurants are nice, food is good, beaches are clean, and many iterations of the Rock Game were played (more on the Rock Game here).
But, you know, a little boring. We'll happily sacrifice access to food and services for privacy and more interesting scenery. So we decided to head to Lara Bay, described as one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Cyprus. Lara is, "shaped like a horse shoe and is a mixture of soft sand and rocks. Proposed as a National Park, the Akamas has a wild and rugged beauty unlike anything else on the island." Cyprus Travel Secrets
Lara Bay is approximately 8 km from the paved road, and is accessible only by a 4x4 vehicle (or a sturdy rental car with a determined driver at the wheel). You can see generally what the road looked like in the photo below. Rutted, twisty, dirt, winding around toward the sea.
The scenery was pretty and the lure of the water strong. We could see it, so while took a bit of doing to get there, it is easier to persist when the object of your quest is in sight.
Once we arrived, the beach area was not the sort of pristine white sand area that might lead the average person to drop for a snooze. I have never considered myself "average." One might wonder, though pondering the rocky outcrop upon which I chose to siesta, exactly how far below average I really am. Comfy? Irrelevant. It was warm. So, time for a snooze.
The children were once again delighted by the flotsam and jetsam. Easier to conquer an island when you have something to conquer it with.
And fort building? It was the perfect spot.
The interesting thing about the two of them is that they spent the afternoon playing on the same side. They ruled the island together, and then built the fort against a common enemy.
Apparently, me. *Sigh.* Nap interrupted.
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