Yes, while most of my UK friends and ex-colleagues played pranks on each other for April Fool’s Day, we were enjoying a public holiday for Cyprus National Day.
Every year on 1st of April, Cyprus commemorates the Greek Cypriot National Day or EOKA in memory of the establishment of the National Organization of the Cypriot Struggle known as EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston).
EOKA aimed to fight for the country’s independence against the British colonies on 1955 and its union with Greece.
And while all that was happening, we chose to go for a drive out with our friends Dave & Helen in the direction of Paphos. We found ourselves at the village of Kouklia, which for such a small place seems to abound with dozens of tavernas!
We came across a few we would like to try at some time in the future.
The Diarizos Tavern was “okay”, and if there are only 9 tavernas in Kouklia – then that rating is probably about right.
The lady who served us was very friendly, our beer glasses were icy cold and frosted (straight out of the freezer). We were given some garlic bread and tzanziki (cucumber, yoghurt with mint dip) and a plate of olives while we waited for our order.
The meals didn’t all come together which we found a little off-putting and each plate had chips which were overcooked. We weren’t totally impressed with the food – but it was okay and reasonably priced.
Our main meals were followed by the arrival of 2 apples and 2 oranges (whole) plus a cold semolina / rose water pudding topped with pistachio nuts. As my husband doesn’t “do” white puddings, his remained firmly on the plate.
All in all, 4 meals (grilled chicken, pork chop, pork souvlaki and a mixed kebab (sheftalia with pork souvlaki), 2 large KEO beers and 4 cans of diet Coke came to €42 – so not too bad. The pork chop was €7, which as our guide price based on eating in various establishments around the island is very reasonable.
The lady even took our photo for posterity!
Here is a snapshot of some of the eateries in Kouklia village. Someone told me there are now 14 places to eat in the village:
Next time, we will stay a while longer in Mandria village which we only really passed through and grabbed a few photos this time. We will try out one of the restaurants/tavernas there – probably when we’re on our way back from an overnight stay at a secret location in Paphos.
Psst….. it’s not secret to us, I hasten to add – but we’re not telling our friend Kathy which hotel we are staying in until she arrives for her Easter holidays 🙂
You can see the rest of my photos of the day on Flickr here (Cyprus National Day 2014).
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