The best local shops
Supermarkets are normally open from 8-9am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Some specialty shops may close for a siesta from 1 to 4ish and may not open on Sundays. Banks will close around 1.30pm and at weekends, but most have cashpoints.
Do try the local fruit and veg shops for fresh and cheap produce and the local shoe shops for stylish shoes at great prices. There’s also a few nice clothes shops along Kiti high street at decent prices and they often have sales on.
Near to Tamala Bar is the local Supermarket, MAS which is within walking distance from the villa, just turn left after the clothes shop Profile Collection, you will see the Post Office and a computer shop on your left, turn immediate right and next to the water tower and you will see MAS Supermarket on your left, you can usually park right outside if you take the car. You should be able find everything you need food-wise in MAS and it is very reasonably priced. There is a butcher next door to the Post Office for meat produce. MAS also sells quite nice wine and beer, you can even buy really nice fizz for 2 euros a bottle!
A few kilometres down Kiti High Street heading back towards the airport, is a larger Lidl store. You will also see lots of shops, cafes, takeaways, banks, bakeries etc. Kiti High Street starts at the Police Station and extends for a few kilometres towards the airport. Look out for Welgoods Frozen Foods next to the large bakery which sells particularly good value chicken, prawns, meat and other frozen goods.
Virtually opposite Lidl you’ll see a road with a hardware shop on the corner, if you go down there about half a km, you’ll find a great fruit and veg shop with a larger choice than MAS, it also houses a butcher’s. Outside you’ll find a small stall selling big bags of local fruit and veg for 1-2 euros, these are a brilliant deal but you have to use them up quickly and they give you a lot! Look out for stalls at the side of the road selling produce currently in season from the local farms, especially water melons and strawberries. Next door is another useful shop called Smart which sells all the things you can’t get in the fruit and veg shop such as detergents, tinned goods etc.
Eating Out – Local Restaurants and Bars
If you can’t be bothered to cook or fire up the BBQ, there are lots of leaflets in the villa with takeaway and delivery menus, we recommend Alfredo’s next to the police station if you fancy pizza, but be aware that they are huge! They will deliver. The local bars also deliver but you will probably prefer to take a stroll down into the village to explore the local nightlife. Kiti (and Larnaca) is also residential so there’s something going on all year round and everything will be open unlike the tourist resorts like Ayia Napa which close down from October to May.
In Kiti we recommend Tamala Bar, (huge portions and great food at great prices!), Jackson’s Bar in the village square and The Landmark Restaurant which does fabulous Cypriot and also Indian food and has a lovely courtyard open when its warm enough. All are within easy walking distance, but have easy parking and are very reasonably priced. A little further afield in Pervolia a few kms down the road past Jackson’s bar there are lots of bars and restaurants in the village centre, they will close the road and have entertainment on for the tourists in the summer months here. Tersefanou also has a few nice restaurants including the Elysium Bar where you can also use the pool in the daytime and the Mezedokamomata Tavern is good if you want some real Cypriot culture and food. Go at the weekend for meze, genuine Greek dancing and entertainment.
Keeping the kids entertained!
If the kids get fed up of the pool, there’s some children’s board games and a Wii in the villa, and if they’re young there’s a small playpark just over the road, but a much bigger more exciting one can be found in the old Church grounds next to Tamala Bar. Here you’ll also find nice gardens with fountains which are often lit up with coloured lights at night. The church is quite famous and interesting for adults and there’s also a café and gift shop in the grounds.
The Garden Centre just off the road to Tersefanou houses a small animal Zoo with birds, rabbits and the odd donkey or two with a nice gift shop and café.
If you want more animals, the Camel Park at Mazotos is not exactly in Kiti but its only 15 minutes’ drive along the coast road towards Zygi and is well worth a day out with the children. The entrance fee is not expensive for a day out. Besides the camels, which they can ride, there are also ostriches, goats, deer’s, ponies, wallabies, lamas, turtles, fish and various birds and the children are able to buy bags of pellets to feed them. There’s a really lovely pool with sunbeds, play areas and a nice restaurant. If you carry on down the small road at the side you will come to some rugged beaches which may have a beach bar or two.
The nearest beach to the villa is Faros Beach in Pervolia. It is a quiet and natural 500-metre strip of fine sands with calm, shallow water. You can get to it by driving through Pervolia and down the beach road until you get to the E-hotel and Dipato Bar, there are steps leading down from this bar or you can drive a little further along until you see the sign for Faros Beach but you have to keep a sharp eye out for it. Faros is relaxing and nice for families as the water is safe and shallow there.
If you have older children or teenagers and want a much livelier beach with lots of bars and restaurants etc, then head for Mackenzie Beach just past the airport, this is the place to be both day and night if you prefer to be in the centre of the action. This is more like an upmarket and safer Ayia Napa. There’s also a large Café Nero with lots of outside seating by the sea with a small play area for the little ones, which is a lovely place to go for a coffee at the beach. 2 euros to park there for the day in high season, but there’s plenty of parking behind the beach restaurants. Mackenzie village itself is lovely and full of nice restaurants and ice cream parlours with a new walkway recently installed along the seafront which takes you into the centre of Larnaca seafront area.
This is just a small guide to the very local amenities in and around the village of Kiti to help you find your bearings, obviously there is so much more to Cyprus, Larnaca is 20 minutes down the road, Limassol, Ayia Napa and Nicosia are all within a 40 minute drive. This guide and a guide to the wider area are all printed out for you in the folder in the villa, along with a selection of maps and leaflets to help you enjoy your stay.