MY SECRET LIMASSOL
Anna-Maria Athanasiou has lived in Limassol for twenty-four years with her husband, two sons, dog and six rescue cats. Ten years ago, she decided to put an idea for a story on paper and ended up writing a two-book series in secret. Her debut novel, ‘Waiting for Summer’ was closely followed by the second in the series. Anna-Maria has since published her La Casa d’Italia trilogy and is currently working on her latest book.
All novels are available on Amazon as paperbacks or on Kindle. Her paperbacks are also stocked at The Mediterranean Home shop and Kyriakou Bookshops.
YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH?
Without a doubt, my favourite beach is Curium Beach, just outside Limassol. So much so I featured it in my books! I love the fact there are no buildings around. Just the sea and high rock faces behind you.
YOUR BEST RESTAURANT?
We’re lucky here in Limassol as we have a huge choice! It is tough to choose one, but my go-to restaurant is Chesters Bar & Restaurant in Uptown Square. There’s every kind of cuisine there, so you can have anything from a classic burger to an Indian, Thai or Sushi!
YOUR BEST PLACE FOR A COFFEE?
I tend to visit many different cafés around Limassol, depending on my mood. At the moment, I’m loving Marina Breeze Lounge Bar at Limassol Marina. It’s slap bang on the water with a fabulous view of all the yachts.
YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL?
Again, we are so spoilt for choice in Limassol! There are some excellent places in the Limassol Marina and throughout the Old Town of Limassol but I tend to meet up with friends at The St Raphael Hotel bar. It’s relaxed and the view of the coast is beautiful at sunset.
YOUR FAVOURITE WALK?
Nothing too exciting other than walking my dog Zeus around our neighbourhood. We have a few set routes and stick to those. It’s nice to wander around and greet people that live close by. Zeus is quite the rock star in our area!
YOUR PERFECT DAY OFF?
My perfect day off would entirely depend on the time of year. Summer would be spent at Curium Beach from morning until sunset, with my family as company and a good book. Winter would probably be a road trip to some part of the Island for a lazy lunch and taking in the views.
YOUR FAVOURITE CHARITY?
I support a few charities but The Alkionides Charity is the one I spend most of my time helping. They help anyone who needs it, which covers everything for the sick and the poor. I like the fact that they do not discriminate. They just help anyone who has a desperate need.
YOUR FAVOURITE WINERY?
I have honestly not been to any wineries except for Hadjiantonas Winery near to Limassol, for a rather superb birthday party. My favourite wine shop though is DRINKLOBBY, which holds various events throughout the year.
YOUR FAVOURITE SPA?
I’m pretty low maintenance but I have enjoyed some very effective body treatments at iBeauty Clinics. They also tailor-make face creams for your individual needs and have a fabulous team.
YOUR FAVOURITE WEEKEND AWAY?
I’ve never had the luxury of a weekend away on the Island, but if I could manage to get away, it would probably be to a quiet luxury resort. Somewhere I could take my laptop and write for hours without any interruptions.
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