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Exploring Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Troodos is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Its highest peak is Mount Olympus, also known as Chionistra, at 1,952 meters. Troodos is well known for its beautiful resorts, traditional Cypriot villages, scented forests, and for its cultural heritage such as historical monasteries and churches. So you've decided to explore the Troodos area and you are looking for some recommendations? Are you just visiting for the day or you are planning to stay somewhere? I would totally recommend you to spend a weekend in the Troodos area, by booking a hotel, an apartment, or even better a traditional holiday house. By staying there you will have more time to enjoy the surroundings, villages, scenery and the amazing food you can try at many local restaurants and taverns. Below I've listed some great things you should do and places to visit along with recommended places to enjoy a nice meal during your visit in the area. THINGS TO DO IN TROODOS AREA 1. Try some traditional Cypriot Sweets Considering that you are starting your journey from Limassol, Troodos Junction, on your way up to Troodos mountains, make your first stop at Katerinas Cyprus Sweets shop. An authenticate Sweet Shop. It's located on the main road and you'll see it on your left side. You will be amazed of what you'll find here. Anything you can imagine, they've made it a sweet. Fruits and vegetables made into jams and sweets. There's free tasting so make sure to taste some of the most 'strange sweets' you mostly have never tried before. 2. Stop and enjoy Millomeri Waterfalls Another recommended stop is Millomeri Waterfalls. Millomeri is among the highest waterfalls in Cyprus. You'll need to get off the main road park your car and walk a few meters till you reach the waterfalls. 3. Visit Kakopetria Village Kakopetria is a beautiful scenery village. It is surrounded by thick forestland and is built on the banks of two rivers, Kargotis and Garillis. When visiting [...]

2018-07-23T11:18:58+00:00July 22nd, 2018|

Mesa Potamos: Waterfalls, St. John Monastery, Picnic area

Mesa Potamos area, is located near Saittas, towards Kato Amiantos in Cyprus. You can spend a whole day here by visiting the Waterfalls, the Monastery and have a relaxing time at the picnic area. Mesa Potamos Waterfalls On the way towards to Monastery of St. John the Baptist you will find the Mesa Potamos waterfalls, situated on the Argolachanias river. From the main road you will have to park your car and walk a bit. The height of the waterfall is 7m and it’s located on an altitude of 1000km. The river flows directly into Kourris dam. Geology consists of gabbro.   Monastery of Timios Prodromos The Monastery of Timios Prodromos (St. John the Baptist) lies in the Troodos forest area of Mesa Potamos. The Monastery located amongst the mountains surrounded by pine forests, has springs of sweet water near.  The monastery has been renovated in 2003 and you can see that it’s well preserved. There are a few monks living there at the moment, and if you visit the place you might see them walking near the forest, seeking for a quiet place while visitors are visiting. It’s worth knowing that archbishop Makarios and Grivas were using the monastery as a meeting point during 1950 until 1955 in order to conduct the Unity Referendum. Further to that, it has also served as a hideaway for the EOKA fighters ending up damaging the monastery when British soldiers invaded to the monastery to arrest the fighters. Mesa Potamos Picnic area 7 km from Saittas and site road to the left before the Monastery there’s a picnic area.  It’s one of the 40 picnic sites managed by the Forestry Departments who make sure to provide all the necessary facilities (barbeque area, water, tables, washrooms) when visiting the place.  The picnic area is large enough to accommodate up to 700 visitors. The picnic tables are scattered from each other, offering visitors privacy. There’s a facility to make your own barbeque if you take your equipment. The forest in which the picnic area [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Top 10 Cyprus Luxury Hotels

After receiving a few messages questioning me about recommendations on Cyprus luxury hotels I’ve made a research and found the top 10 five star luxury hotels which have been rated by visitors over 8.7 (on Booking.com). But first let’s explain what we mean with Luxury Hotel. A Luxury Hotel will provide you privacy, room comfort, great service, outstanding dining and a variety of activities to choose from. It will provide you extraordinary experience, it will exceed your expectations and will create life-long memories. Stay at the best hotels, enjoy the luxurious style, and enjoy the Mediterranean views and Cypriot hospitality. Columbia Beach Resort Rating: 9.3/10 Columbia Beach Resort is located on the 2km-long Pissouri Bay, a peaceful and rural area situated 20 minutes from both Paphos and Limassol.  The five-star beach resort has earned an identity for itself within the island’s wider hospitality sphere that is synonymous with exclusivity and exceptionality in regards to its facilities, its exceptional service and superb experience. All suites have stone floors, natural wood furnishings and shutters, and overhead ceiling fans to keep them cool. Each has a balcony with views of the gardens or the sea. Facilities include Nespresso coffee makers, Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. SHOW PRICES Four Seasons – Limassol Rating: 9.3/10 Four Seasons Hotel lies on a private part of Limassol’s sandy beach offering 5-star accommodation amongst tropical gardens with 2 free-form pools and 2 floodlit tennis courts. It features 3 award-wining restaurants and the exclusive Shiseido Spa. All rooms, studios and suites are elegantly furnished and come with a satellite LCD TV, safes and coffee makers. Most rooms open out to a private balcony. You can enjoy an exotic cocktail at one of the four bars and try freshly made Sushi and, Oysters at the Vista Terrace. SHOW PRICES Anassa – Paphos, Polis Chrysochous Rating: 9.3/10 Anassa Hotel features breathtaking sea views and a wealth of spa and leisure possibilities within a luxurious village setting. Anassa combines tasteful decoration with elegant furnishings for a [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00September 1st, 2017|

Cyprus Cape Greco Viewpoint

Between Protaras and Ayia Napa, there’s a magical viewpoint in Cape Greco area. The view point is located on the top of a cliff and from there your eyes will relax by just gazing to the infinite Mediterranean Sea. But let’s introduce the area to those who may have not heard about it. Cape Greco is located Between Protaras and Ayia Napa in the south-east corner of Cyprus. The area is divided into two parts, the military part and national park. Of course you cannot access the military part, however the national park is worth a visit. In order to reach the viewpoint, you will need drive up to one point and they you will have to walk a few meters to reach the top of the cliff. Cape Greco Viewpoint Map For more information regarding Cape Greko National Park visit ChooseYourCyprus.

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00August 31st, 2017|

8 Reasons to visit Paphos Zoo

Honestly, I would never compare Paphos Zoo with any other zoo I’ve been to e.g. London and Edinburgh. Paphos Zoo is small compared to large European zoos, however for the size of a small island the Zoo is a great place to spend your time. Considering that the zoo does not receive any government funding it has managed to develop from a bird park into a large zoo. Paphos Zoo is located in Pegeia near Coral Bay, approximately 3km from Pafos. 1. Open 365 days You can visit any day you wish. The Zoo is open from 9am every day. Closing times change through the year depending on the season e.g from January – March the Zoo operates from 9-5, from March – July it operates 9-6, during August its open until 7pm, September to October from 9-6 and during October-December from 9-5. 2. Biggest Zoo in Cyprus The zoo covers more than 100.000 sq.m, and is Cyprus’s leading tourist attraction. Here you will find an extensive variety of birds and animals from every corner of the planet whilst the collection of parrots and snakes is one of the largest in Europe. 3. Nice environment The zoo has been constructed in a way that offers visitors the ability to not only enjoy the birds and animals but enjoy the magical sounds and nature colours walking through a beautiful environment of lakes, gardens and ponds. 4. Cleanness What is most important is the fact that the Zoo is clean and you will rarely smell the scent of animals. There are a lot of people working there making sure the zoo is kept clean at all times. 5. Parrot and owl show Enjoy a show with flying clever parrots and owls showing off how clever they are and their amazing abilities. Check out the Paphos Zoo website for the show times. 6. Feed a giraffe With 10 EUR you have the chance to feed a giraffe and take a photo along with the kids who will love it. 7. Great experience for kids If you have kids, it’s a great experience for [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00August 29th, 2017|

Nicosia Christmas Fairyland 2016

We recently visited the Nicosia Christmas Fairyland in Cyprus which you shouldn’t miss especially if you have kids, they will love it. Opening Hours: 11:00 -24:00 Prices: If you visit after 6 the ticket is € 6 per person if there’s a concert on the day. On a normal day without a concert planned the ticket is € 4. The ticket is divided in to 3 coupons. You have the opportunity to enter in a draw for a chance to win a Ford Focus car, you have a free ride on one game of your choice, the Giant Wheel. Carousel, Caterpillas and Blizzard. There are a lot of attractions and games to keep the kids busy and excited.  They have organised live concerts from singers or bangs from Cyprus and Greece, see the program to make sure you don't miss your favorite artist. There are also a lot of stalls selling souvenirs and Christmas gifts, food, sweets and drinks. There are a lot of things planned, concerts, live links with radio stations, theaters for the kids, dancing shows. Location: Hadjiiosif Avenue, Strovolos, Nicosia. Dates: 18th November – 8th of January Facebook Page: Click to find more info about the Christmas Fairyland.

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00December 15th, 2016|

Armou Village, the place where you can enjoy spectacular views of Paphos Town

It would be unfair not to write something about Armou Village, the village I grew up and lived there for many years. Armou is a village in Paphos located a few minutes away from Paphos City Centre. You can enjoy the spectacular Paphos town view and horizon sea views from almost every point in the village both during day and night. When googling Armou you cannot find enough information apart from properties which are advertised to be sold or to be rented. Apparently is a village which has been modernized over the past few years and a lot of new properties have been built almost everywhere. I was told by my grandparents that the name of the village came from the fact that Aphrordite’s chariot passed from the village (chariot in greek is Αrma – Άρμα). The village is accessible from the Paphos-Limassol highway either taking the Geroskipou-Konia exit or by reaching  Paphos roundabout and take the exit to Konia. It’s about 5km away and you can reach the village in 10 minutes. There’s also a bus you can take from Paphos Town. Armou used to have around 460 residents back in the 1946 however today there are around 300-350. Most of the people have left the village and moved to a different town. A large number of the current residents are English people staying there permanently. There’s a primary school that used to work years ago but since there are not enough children it’s not operating for teaching,instead, the children go to Konia primary school or primary schools located in the City Centre. However the school is used for Theater lessons also as for selling used books now and then. Agia Varvara church is the only church in the Village. The Church gets quite busy during Christmas and Easter when all village emigrants come back for a short break. I would say that the busiest period of the year is Easter. During the Easter period an air of festivity envelops the village. On Easter Monday, after lunchtime, the village square hosts an Easter celebration by organizing traditional Easter games, theatre, music [...]

2016-12-05T13:04:36+00:00November 19th, 2016|

Cyprus Food & Desserts

Of course Trip Experiences is not a food blog, but I'd like to take you on a taste trip on some of the delicious dishes that Cyprus offers. Cypriot cuisine takes its ingredients and flavors from signature Greek dishes. It involves appetizers, delicacies and salads, main dishes, mostly consisting of meat dishes and end with sweet desserts. Appetizers & Main Dishes The most common word that you’ll hear regarding food in Cyprus is ‘meze’. Meze is a selection of traditional cold and hot appetizers which includes a variety of specialties like tzatziki (yogurt dip made with garlic, cucumber and olive oil), tahini (crashed sesame seeds, lemon, garlic and olive oil), taramosalata (fish roe mixed with potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice), hummus (pureed chickpeas and tahini). Cypriot Salad is made of tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, olives, olive oil, and vinegar. Cyprus Zalatina is pork in lemon and vinegar jelly (gelatin). This is usually served around Christmas time. Loukanika are the traditional Cyprios Sausages made of minced  pork,  matured in salt, red wine and spices. Snails are cooked in their shell (sounds strange), but they are delicious and are considered a great delicacy. Cypriot meatballs are called Keftedes. Koupepia consist of minced meat and rice which is wrapped in grape leaves. Lountza is make of dried pork tenderloin marinated in red wine, dried and smoked. Halloumi is white cheese made of goats milk. Kolokithakia me auga is zucchini with eggs fried in pure olive oil. Pastichio – aka: Makaronia tou Fournou is a dish made with pasta, mince meat and covered with fresh cream named bechamel which consists of milk, eggs, flour and cheese. Souvla is the Cypriot traditional food which is in many cases cubed charcoal meat (lamb, portk, chicken). Souvlakia is again meat, in small pieces, cooked on a skewer, with oregano and lemon and are usually served with pitta bread, salad, hummus or tzatziki. [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:22+00:00November 3rd, 2016|

TOP Reasons to Visit Cyprus

I have to admit that from all the posts I’ve written on my blog, anything that has to do with Cyprus has raised a lot of interest. What do I mean? Anything that has to do with Cyprus has been viewed and shared a lot! So what’s better than writing about your own place? I’ve told you about some interesting Cyprus facts, about free things you can do in Cyprus but I haven’t told you WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT CYPRUS! Well, it’s pretty obvious: With its Mediterranean looks, a sun-drenched climate throughout the year and inviting culture, there’s plenty reasons why someone to visit this amazing island, Cyprus. The Warmest Welcome Cypriot people are known for their hospitality and friendly nature. Anywhere you go on the island you should expect a warm welcome. Especially if you happen to be in a village, it's very common to be invited to a Cypriot's house for a coffee. Talk to a local, they will provide you a lot of information. Natural Beautiful Scenes From its blue water beaches, its mountains, natural sea caves, waterfalls, salt lakes, there's a lot of natural beauty to see and explore. Food & Drink Mixing the best of Cypriot cuisine, Cyprus provides you the best tastes from fresh seafood, souvlakia (barbeque) local produce including olives, halloumi, shioushioukkos, all delicious. I think my next post should about Cypriot cuisine. Cyprus is one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions. Lovely Beaches From the quiet, clean sands of Pissouri Bay to the party atmosphere in Ayia Napa (Nissi Beach), the crystal clear waters in Protaras there’s a great mixture of sand and pebble beach to choose from. Historical Sights to see Cyprus has a rich and exciting history, with a number of unique and ancient sights for you to explore. Visit the old Tombs of the Kings or the amphitheatre in Paphos, and then learn about the island’s many, important archaeological discoveries at the Nicosia museum. Best Sunsets I’ve taken hundreds of photos capturing the Cyprus sunset, especially in Paphos. [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:22+00:00June 29th, 2016|

50 Cyprus Facts, an island rich in history and culture

Cyprus is a lovely island located in the eastern Mediterranean, rich in history and culture. In Cyprus you will enjoy the best blue waters and taste delicious Cypriot specialties that will make you want to come back.  I'm lucky that I'm living there. I've made a list with 50 interesting Cyprus facts which include points about geography, history, economy, culture, transportation, food & drinks, entertainment and myths. Although I capture my own pictures, this time I choose to feature a photo which has caught my eye a long time ago on flickr. Enjoy. General Facts Cyprus is an Island in the Mediterranean Sea Cyprus is NOT part of Greece The name of Cyprus may originate from the Mediterranean Cypress Tree (Kyparissos) or derived from copper that was discovered in Cyprus. Current population is 1 204 788 (Jan 2016) Spoken language is Greek and English is widely spoken The phone dialling code for Cyprus is +357 The Electricity and plug system is the same as the UK The official currency is EURO Time Zone GMT + 2:00 hours Geography Facts Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is the only capital in the world which is divided between two nations (see point 15) There are two British military zones in Cyprus, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, which are a legacy of the British occupation of Cyprus which ended in 1960 The highest peak is Mount Olympus, which reaches around 6402 ft above sea level The Akamas peninsula has a unique beauty. It’s the last coastal region on the island which remains untouched by mass tourism and development History Facts The island has been divided since 1975. A UN buffer zone (known as the Green Line) separates the self-declared Republic of Northern Cyprus (which is illegal) and the controlled South Greek. Turkey occupied 36,2% of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Cyprus and forcibly expelled from their homes about 200,000 Greek Cypriots During the Copper and Bronze Ages when the island's rich natural copper resources were exported to other countries making it one [...]

2018-04-03T06:12:23+00:00May 21st, 2016|
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