Theme Week Cyprus – Paralimni

29 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Protaras Beach © AyianapaProtaras/cc-by-sa-3.0

Protaras Beach © AyianapaProtaras/cc-by-sa-3.0

Paralimni is a town situated in the southeast of Cyprus, slightly inland, within the Famagusta District. Since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, it has increased in size and status, due to the migration of many refugees fleeing from the north. Many of the people who work in the tourist industry of Protaras and Ayia Napa live in Paralimni, which is now the temporary administrative centre of the Famagusta District and the biggest municipality of the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of the district.   read more…

Theme Week Cyprus – Paphos

28 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

© Anna Anichkova/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Anna Anichkova/cc-by-sa-3.0

Paphos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District. In antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos and New Paphos. The currently inhabited city, New Paphos, lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km (31.07 mi) west of Limassol (the biggest port on the island), which has an A6 highway connection. Paphos International Airport is the country’s second-largest airport. Paphos enjoys a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with the mildest temperatures on the island. Paphos has been selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2017, along with Aarhus. Near Palaepaphos (Old Paphos) at the seaside of Petra tou Romiou is the modern mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and the founding myth is interwoven with the goddess at every level, so that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world. In Greco-Roman times, Paphos was the island’s capital, and it is well known for the remains of the Roman governor’s palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. Paul the Apostle visited the town during the first century AD. The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage.   read more…

Theme Week Cyprus – Mount Olympos

27 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Royal Air Force radar station on Mount Olympus © Alaniaris/cc-by-sa-3.0

Royal Air Force radar station on Mount Olympus © Alaniaris/cc-by-sa-3.0

Olympus, or Chionistra, at 1,952 metres (6,404 ft), is the highest point in Cyprus. It is located in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. Mount Olympus peak and the “Troodos Square” fall under the territory of Platres in Limassol District. A British long range radar currently operates at Mount Olympus’ peak.   read more…

Theme Week Cyprus – Geroskipou

26 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Agia Paraskevi, a byzantine church © Chell Hill/cc-by-2.5

Agia Paraskevi, a byzantine church © Chell Hill/cc-by-2.5

Geroskipou is a coastal town in Cyprus, east of Paphos. Its current population is approximately 7,800 and it is the second largest municipality in the Paphos District. Geroskipou, with its remarkable five-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, and its Folk Art Museum, is a popular tourist destination. It is known especially for the production of Turkish Delight or “lokum”. The town is the only place in the world which has protected geographical indication (PGI) for the popular dessert.   read more…

Theme Week Cyprus – Polis Chrysochous

25 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Polis Beach © ChrisSampson87/cc-by-sa-4.0

Polis Beach © ChrisSampson87/cc-by-sa-4.0

Polis Chrysochous is a small town at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, at the centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve. It is a quiet tourist resort, the inhabitants’ income being supplemented by agriculture and fishing.   read more…

Theme Week Cyprus

24 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Nissi Beach © Romeparis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nissi Beach © Romeparis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union . A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established in 1983. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of a continuing dispute.   read more…

Agia Napa on Cyprus

4 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Ayia Napa beach © Vitaly Lischenko/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ayia Napa beach © Vitaly Lischenko/cc-by-sa-3.0


Ayia Napa is a resort at the far eastern end of the southern coast of Cyprus. In recent years, it has become less known as a family holiday destination, and more for its bustling nightlife. The name Ayia Napa is derived from a Venetian-era monastery of the same name, located in the centre of the town, next to the square that today is the clubbing centre. The word “Ayia” (Agia) means “holy” in Greek. “Napa” is archaic and means “wooded valley”. In ancient times the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest.   read more…

Varosha on Cyprus

18 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Yolanda Demetriou/cc-by-sa-1.0

© Yolanda Demetriou/cc-by-sa-1.0

Varosha is a quarter in the Cypriot city of Famagusta. By law it belongs to the Republic of Cyprus, but is located within Northern Cyprus. Prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, it was the modern tourist area of Famagusta. Its inhabitants fled during the invasion, and it has remained abandoned ever since.   read more…

Larnaca on Cyprus

11 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Palm Trees Promenade © Valantis Antoniades/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palm Trees Promenade © Valantis Antoniades/cc-by-sa-3.0

Larnaca is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus, the third largest after Nicosia and Limassol, with an urban population of 72,000, and capital of the eponymous district. The island’s largest airport, Larnaca International Airport, is located on the outskirts of the city to the south. The port of Larnaca and the marina are two of the four official entry points by sea to Cyprus. The city is known for its palm tree seafront, foinikoudes.   read more…

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