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Cyprus is the third largest Mediterranean Island, also know as Aphrodite's Island. Once you land in Cyprus you will notice the weathers extreme heat and the glorious sunshine. Cyprus boasts 11 out of 12 months sunshine so you are guaranteed to come home with a golden suntan.
If you want to escape from the heat, Troodos is well worth a visit, but it can get a bit cold outside of the season. On a non-hazy day impecable views of the whole island are on offer. You can also ski at Troodos during the winter months.
There is something for everyone young and old in Cyprus, from museums and amphitheatres, to restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. With many water parks and sports on offer, you should never get bored during your stay.
The local people in Cyprus are really friendly and will welcome you with an abundance of warmth. You will also find children are welcomed almost everywhere.
The beaches in Cyprus are very varied - you will find the sandy beaches in and around Ayia Napa are some of the best on offer, but can sometimes get over crowded. If it's a more peaceful beach you want then head towards Paphos and Pissouri, where things tend to be more on the relaxing side.
Pissouri beach boasts a part stone part sandy beach which has been awarded the blue flag. You can participate in various water sports including paracending, jet skiing and water skiing, amongst many others. There is a lifeguard on duty during the day and there are lots of sun loungers and parasols for hire (£1 per day each).
All around the bay you will find lots of restaurants and taverns. One tavern to make a visit to in Pissouri is the Vine Leaf which hosts a Greek night on Friday evenings, serving many local dishes and providing an evening of Greek entertainment and dancing; to be enjoyed by all.
It is strongly recommended that you hire a car whilst staying in Pissouri as it is a long walk up to the village; few people try and walk it but they end up suffering for it the next day, a taxi will take you up there for £3 (cy).
Visit Pissouri and you will have a very pleasant and relaxing time. Just a short walk from Pissouri Beach (away from Pissouri and back towards towards the motorway) you will find a Tavern with an outdoor seating area - it offers a range of delicious food and breathtaking views towards Troodos.
Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus, it has a large port which is busy with ships visiting from all over the world. Limassol is at the heart of the wine making industry and the local beer Keo is also brewed here. There are no real beaches in Limassol town center but there are a few man-made ones, such as Ladies Mile situated west of the new harbour. There is a vast array of accommodation along the sea front, ranging from: the most luxurious hotels to the more humble apartments, all offering a good standard of accommodation depending on what you want. In amongst these you will find many bars, restaurants and clubs. Limassol also boasts water parks, a long tourist strip, the old town centre and possibly the largest McDonalds in Cyprus, with a large children's area featuring play equipment
Limassol has a bright and lively nightlife, along with some of the best festivals on the Island: the wine festival in September with wineries all offering free samples of their wines, this goes on for ten days: the pre-Lenten Carnival with spectacular balls and parties: the Limassol Festival in the summer and the ancient Drama Festival at Kourion.
Shopping in Limassol offers a choice of modern boutiques and showrooms, and the more traditional shops selling handmade goods. You will also find shops which will make clothes and shoes to measure in just a couple of days, particularly handy if you find it difficult getting shoes and clothes to fit. Some of the streets offer some amazing views, with over hanging buildings, small shops with lots inside and with these streets being very narrow it always seems buzzing with people.
Paphos believed to be the birth place of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, is situated on the southwest of the Island. The city of Paphos is split into two parts one being Ktima mainly the residential area, and down by the pretty harbour the lower part of the town also known as Kato Paphos. You will find many open air taverns to sit and relax in the lovely warm sunshine, whilst watching the little fishing boats bobbing up and down in the water.
Paphos has its own airport, which is a good thing as transfer times from Larnaca to this end of the island can be very long and hot.
Paphos has many luxurious Hotels offering a very high standard of accommodation, along with many smaller establishments offering a range of places to stay.
In the ancient times people believed if they visited the Baths of Aphrodite, and bathed in the waters, that this would help them with fertility.
Until the 9th century AD, Paphos was the capital of Cyprus, but due to many unfortunate circumstances such as an earthquake in the 4th century and Arab raids in the 9th century, many people slowly moved away to neighbouring towns. Eventually the capital was moved inland to Nicosia. Paphos took a long time to get things put right again after all its troubles it wasn't until about 1974 that things started to pick up. The government put lots of cash into the area and built the water distribution works, roads and the International airport. Today it is a very popular seaside resort, bustling with visitors from all over the world.
There are many historical places of interest to visit whilst in Paphos such as:
Paphos District Archaeological Museum - A collection of Cypriot antiques.
Byzantine Museum - A collection of pieces from the Byzantine period.
Ayia Solomoni Church - Found in Kato Paphos, St. Paul Street.
Paphos Odeon - A second century Odeon built out of limestone and is still used for performances.
Paphos Castle - can be found in Kato Paphos.
The Baths of Aphrodite - Can be found about 48Km from Paphos.
The Tombs of the Kings - Can be found just outside of the town.
Nicosia is the capital of the beautiful is island of Cyprus. The Greek Cypriot's call it Lefkosia, and the Greek Cypriot's call it Lefkosa. But to the rest of the world it is know simply as Nicosia.
The green line which separates the Greek half of the island to the Turkish half runs right through the capital. This is a line which consists of oil drums, barbed wire and sandbags. Each half both display their flags close to the border, to try and taunt each other.
The old city has lots of narrow streets which have houses, cafes, shops and workshops. There are a few shopping and dinning areas along the way which are considered upmarket. Many parts of the city are in ruin, and many more are getting that way too. So you will see several refurbishments taking place. There are many taverns and gift shops in the city, as there are all over the island.
You can cross over from the Greek side, but only as a day visitor. The passing over point is at the Ledra Palace Hotel, and you must return by 5pm. They do not permit you to take hire cars across the border, but there is a bus service which leaves from the gate.
If you choose to go on holiday in the Turkish side, you are not permitted to cross over to the Greek side. Over on the Turkish side things are somewhat slower, there is not as much traffic and what traffic there is seems to travel slower. The redevelopment side of things is not as advanced as the Greek side, with fewer office blocks and not as many refurbishments taking place.
Up in the capital you will find the heat a lot more intense, because of having no sea breeze. Temperatures can be several degrees higher inland than down on the coasts. In the height of the summer season you will find many local people on the beaches trying to escape from the extreme heat of the inner city.
There are many places of interest in the capital such as:-
The Cyprus museum- This is open 9-5 Monday to Saturday and 10-1 on Sunday
The Cyprus Handicraft Service- This is open 7.30-2.30 Monday to Friday and on Thursday 3 to 6 except during July and August
The Folk Art Museum-This is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-1 on Saturdays.
In the high seasons the Troodos Mountains make a lovely place to escape the very intense heat. With the heat beating down on the forests, it releases the wonderful scents of the eucalyptus and pine trees. There are many nature walks in the forests on Troodos, the Persephone Trail measuring 3km and the Atalanta Trail measuring 9km.
All over the mountains are Forest Stations; these generally have information boards, picnic areas and even barbeques. You will also find that some have guest houses as well.
Troodos village itself mostly consists of gift shops and taverns; there is also many car parks for you to park your car while you go and explore the mountains on foot.
Not many places will you find that you can sunbathe down on the beach, then take a short drive up the mountains and go skiing. Well on Troodos you can, on the slopes of Mount Olympus. If it is a good year you might find enough snow to do some skiing between December through to April. But you will have a greater chance of finding enough snow if you visit between January through to March. Although you will not be guaranteed to find snow up there it can sometimes reach a depth of up to 3m in Troodos.
There are a few facilities for the skiing in Troodos, such as lifts; 4 in all, equipment hire and refreshments. But they are fairly limited.
If you need a helping hand in learning to ski in Troodos, you will find instructors to give you some guidance. There are slopes for all form beginners to intermediate in Troodos.
In February an international skiing competition comes to Mount Olympus in Troodos, with competitors coming from many different countries to take part.
Whether it is the skiing that attracts you to theses picturesque mountains or the breath taking views, this is the perfect place to take an alpine break - Troodos.
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