I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about summer is being able to sit outside at night without the need for multiple layers of knitwear! Whilst we in northern Europe certainly benefit from the longer days, balmy nights have been in pretty short supply this year. Watching in vain for a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower through a layer of cloud last night I had a sudden longing for those Mediterranean summer nights. The warm breeze after a long day in the sun, the smell of exotic flowers and the familiar hum of cicadas while enjoying an ice cold glass of something…heaven!
It’s no wonder really that our Mediterranean cousins spend their summer nights wining and dining on the terraces of cafes and restaurants, sipping cocktails in chic beach bars or relaxing on their balconies or in their gardens over dinner with family and friends.
If you feel the need for a few balmy nights of your own, here are our suggestions for the best properties, bars and restaurants for your summer evenings…
Cyprus in summer time is hot, hot hot so you’re going to want to be outside as much as possible. Choose a property by the coast for the sea breezes or in a village in the foothills where temperatures are more moderate. A pool is a plus if you are not near the sea but most important is plenty of outdoor space.
Secret Retreat Polytimo and Village Hideaway Monadiko are located in Lefkara Village, at 500m altitude in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, the village has cooler temperatures and less humidity than coastal areas. The houses have air-conditioned bedrooms (a huge plus!) and a gorgeous scented garden, the perfect setting for summer evenings.
Casa Indy really does have it all…this gorgeous stone house is located in Fasoula village, just 10 minutes from Limassol the village enjoys cooler temperatures at night. Casa Indy has a divine pool in a stylish courtyard garden that just begs you to relax and unwind
Carmencita is a true gem, located right next to the beach in Limassol in an exclusive complex with large pool and spa. Just a hop and a skip from the beach path for evening strolls and within easy reach of some of Limassol’s best restaurants and bars
The Yacht Club at Limassol Marina is the place to go if you feel like living the high life. OK so you might not own your own luxury yacht just yet but you can always pretend! Open to the water on two sides this is a great place for a light bite, cocktail or glass of wine and a night of people spotting. Top Tip: share a platter and a shisha pipe for a relaxing evening. Find out more
Noa located right on Dasoudi Beach at the Famagusta Nautical Club this is a popular spot for a late coffee, early drink and fresh sea food. Sit in the garden next to the beach and enjoy the sea breeze as it ripples the eucalptus trees. Top Tip: the grilled calamari are my personal favourite but you must try the sea food meze- lots of delicious goodies! Find out more
La Isla is one of Limassols’ in bars, located in the Ayios Tychonas area of the city, right on the beach this is a great choice for food or drinks. It is open all day until late at night and does get pretty busy so book ahead or get their early. Listen to the sound of the waves on the shore and check out the walkers and cyclists on the beach path. Top Tip: the salads are epic and portions are generous, share a village salad with a selection of spicy calamari, prawns and feta filo parcels! Find out more
Sailor’s Rest at St Raphael Marina is a great choice for a summer dinner. The restaurant is built on a jetty so surrounded by the sea on three sides, there is always a pleasant breeze. The service is friendly and efficient and there is lots of choice; treat yourself to lobster or steak from the fine dining menu, share a gourmet platter or just order from their range of cocktails, enjoy some dips and choose from the extensive shisha menu. Find out more
Proti Stagona is set right in front of the Timou Stavrou Church in Lefkara Village, this tiny bar is popular with young people visiting from Limassol and Nicosia and a great option if you fancy a change of scene. The menu is not vast but they do a great platter with local cheeses and charcuterie and some funky fresh cocktails served in jam jars! Find out more
In Nice, the historic buildings were designed to keep the sun out so balconies are worth their weight in gold in the old town! While most visitors dream of sitting out on their own private balcony and watching the world go by, the locals can be found out and about enjoying the city’s cafe culture. There is a restaurant, bar or cafe literally on every street corner and the gorgeous squares such as Place Rossetti and Place Garibaldi or the market area at Cours Saleya are packed from early evening onwards. Live like the locals and move away from your air-conditioned apartment and get out into the streets to enjoy the summer Riviera vibe!
Brigitte has all you could wish for- air-conditioning, a lovely balcony overlooking a quiet courtyard and is located at the heart of the lively old town. Enjoy a quiet apero on your private balcony and then head off down to Place Rossetti or Cours Saleya to soak up the atmosphere
Dolce Acqua in Villefranche-sur-Mer offers a touch of genuine Riviera luxury. This contemporary 1 bedroom apartment is air-conditioned throughout the stylish interior and boasts a spacious terrace and garden area with views of the nearby harbour
Fresco is a great choice if you really want to experience French life. This stylish apartment is airy and full of light and the traditional balcony enjoys the sun all day. Catch the last rays of the evening and then enjoy a stroll in the nearby Jardin Albert I
Sienna enjoys a great location in the popular port area, two generous-sized bedrooms and a spacious balcony, this is a perfect choice for a break with family or friends. Enjoy the chilled bottle of Rosé from your welcome basket in the early evening and then head of for a stroll around the port or dinner along fashionable rue Bonaparte
Rossetti is the place for you if you want to be right at the heart of the action! This 2 bedroom apartment in a period building looks out over Place Rossetti and the cathedral. Although there is no balcony, you really won’t miss it as the lure of the cafes down below will be too strong! You can enjoy your apéritif or nightcap literally on your doorstep and dine on the Cours Saleya or at one of the old towns many fabulous restaurants. You also have the overwhelming temptation of Finocchio’s ice cream stall within your line of vision!
Distilleries Idéales is one of our top choices for an early-evening tipple. At the top of Rue de la Préfecture it is a great spot to stop off at the end of a busy day and enjoy the first rosé of the night, their tasty platters of local chaurcuterie are also worth trying….Find out more
Le Plongeoir is certainly unique! Hovering above the sea on a rocky pillar that supports the old diving boards! The restaurant is open for lunch and serves snacks and platters in the afternoon. Dinner is served between 7:30 and 9:30 pm with fine dining options. Imagine tucking into fresh sea bream as you inhale the sea air? Find out more
La Civette du Cours on the famous Cours Saleya is perhaps the most authentic option in this very popular tourist spot. It is a great spot for an apéro as you sit and watch the world go by over a glass of pastis and a bowl of olives. They also serve food all day so if that pastis turns into several and you start feeling peckish fear not, they offer a small selection of snacks and local dishes. Why not try the petits farcis? Find out more
Nice is literally just jam-packed with amazing eateries, there is so much to choose from. Avoid the touristy restaurants and ask your local manager for their top tips to really experience the best eats in Nice. We like La Terrasse on the rooftop of Le Meridien, it has amazing views and is a good choice if you want to treat yourself. How about a start of Petrossian caviar followed by organic black Angus steak and then a trio of eclairs to finish? I am getting hungry just writing about it…find out more
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