Trust me when I say that beach bars in Paphos are hard to come by. Actually any stylish bars to be honest. But that’s could be just getting old.
At the time I still lived in Kissonerga, I got a surge of excitement when I saw someone was transforming – what appeared to be just a patch of land with few palm trees by the sea – into a beach bar. In the first year they opened, there was still the old grass, sofas made out of old palette wood, few seating options to choose from and it was a bit rough around the edges. But that was part of it’s charm. It was rustic, new and not overrun by tourists. The cocktails were fresh and delicious and with the perfect view of the beautiful sunsets.
If you go venture to Potima Bay this year, it’s a bit different picture.
The hand made sofas were replaced by stylish chairs and tables, there is still a bit of the old rustic charm preserved in some parts, but the message is clear – we are ready to make this place your favourite summer hangout. To me, they pulled it off. The place is buzzing especially at weekends when you will struggle to grab a table if you didn’t reserve one. Everyone dashes to the front of the bar to get as close to the sea as possible with unobstructed sunset views.
The waiters are running around trying to make sure everyone has something to drink, you can hear excited chatter from the holiday makers but also groups of young locals making their way here every weekend. As the sun sets down, everything quiets down. Phones and cameras are pulled out, part of the residence makes their way to the beach to get the best snap, and Instagram accounts are on fire right now. Sunsets like these are not to be missed.
I don’t go there for the food (even thought it is pretty delicious) or drinks, I come here to feel like I’m on a holiday, even though I only drove five minutes from my house.
One of the places where you can feel completely relaxed, even though you are in a packed bar/restaurant.
So….. sea you there next time?