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Dora Christofi

About Dora Christofi

I’m Cypriot, with a London touch, experimenting with photography, working in marketing, love cooking, reading books and wishing to travel the world. I currently live in Limassol, Cyprus and try to travel as much as I can. Visit the [Meet Dora] section for more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cyprus Airports – Restrictions from March 16th

Hermes airports announced that Larnaca and Paphos International Airports are open and operating 24/7,  urging passengers to consult their airlines for any  changes in their flight schedule. In an announcement on their website Hermes Airports indicate: Important Announcement: Larnaka & Pafos International Airports are open and operate on a 24/7 basis. For changes in the flight schedule of airlines, please contact the airline directly. Based on the measures taken by the Government to confine the coronavirus pandemic and aiming to safeguard Public Health, people intending to travel to Cyprus, as of 16/3/2020, 18:00 Cyprus time (GMT+2) up to and including 30/4/2020, can enter the Republic of Cyprus only if they have a valid medical certificate for coronavirus issued by an accredited body or a public health laboratory. The medical certificate must not be older than four days. The categories of citizens who can enter the country are as follows: (a) Cypriot citizens (b) Legal residents in the Republic of Cyprus (c) European nationals or third-country nationals working in the Republic (d) Nationals of countries who are in a designated diplomatic service or mission under bilateral or international conventions (e) Individual cases of European nationals or third-country nationals for unavoidable professional obligations, provided that the relevant authorization has been obtained from the competent Ministry (f) European or third country citizens attending educational institutions in the Republic of Cyprus - All passengers arriving in Cyprus who meet the above criteria will be taken at premises designated by the Republic of Cyprus for 14 days as precautionary measures. All passengers will be examined with a thermal camera and will be directed to the airport’s nurse office.  - Cypriot citizens who are currently abroad, or intend to travel abroad for exceptional reasons, are encouraged to register on the website www.oikade.gov.cy. - Citizens who have arrived in Cyprus prior the decree (15 March 2020) and are in the country less than 14 days, are urged to remain in self-isolation and self-observation until 14 days pass. - Citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are temporarily located or permanently reside abroad are advised to be particularly cautious, to follow local and international media on the latest developments regarding COVID-19, to [...]

2020-03-16T16:00:04+03:00March 15th, 2020|

Revolut: Get 10 EUR with your BEST Travel Card Abroad

To give yourself the best possible rate at the time you are travelling abroad, you may want to get a card that is designed for overseas use. This will help you cut the additional costs of fees and currency exchange which are applied when you use your normal debit or credit cards abroad. The best solution is to get a FREE Revolut Card plus 10 EUR, a secure, mobile-based current account that allows you to hold, exchange and transfer without fees in 24 different currencies. Launched in 2015, Revolut has more than 4 million customers who, according to Revolut, have completed more than 250 million transactions with a total value of over £25 billion. Opening a standard free account with Revolut, you are able to get a UK current account, a Euro IBAN account, and a blueish or pinkish bank card (or it might be branded some a company who has collaborated with Revolut). With your card, you will get to do the usual things you can do with a current account like send money to friends, set up direct debits, and withdraw money from an ATM, you can use an impressive range of other features, including free international money transfers, fee-free global spending and access to cryptocurrency exchange. Revolut is aiming to break down the borders of banking. If you are travelling, use your Revolut to: spend abroad with a great exchange rate. have affordable worldwide travel insurance which overseas emergency medical assistance, and expenses of up to £15m. GET 10 EUROS FREE ON YOUR REVOLUT CARD One of Revolut’s appealing features is that it lets you spend fee-free at the interbank rate in 150 currencies. When you’re spending abroad, you typically get charged with transaction fees or hidden costs that you tend to discover later on your bank statement. That’s because your bank will either charge you extra fees to use your card abroad, or they change money at a less competitive rate or both. Revolut doesn’t do that, which is why it’s popular with those who have a global lifestyle. Using it abroad is [...]

2020-03-12T13:41:15+03:00March 12th, 2020|

Coronavirus: What Travellers need to know

The spread of coronavirus is making travellers around the world worried. Health officials are urging everyone to take extra precautions and take extra measures in order to avoid influenza. Some flights have been suspended The majority of flights to China have been suspended. If you have upcoming travel plans you are advised to check with the airlines and look for advisories posted on carriers' websites. If you're planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, check the country by country travel advice on GOV.UK. Should I cancel or postpone my travel plans? It has been recommended that elderly travellers and those with underlying health conditions, should delay or avoid traveling to areas that are experiencing ongoing transmission of COVID-19. The disease can be fatal for people who are above 65 years or who have chronic illnesses. That list of countries experiencing local transmissions is updated daily by the World Health Organization. For more information visit the website to view the latest situation reports. In Asia, it currently includes China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. European countries on the list are Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece and Romania. Three countries in the Middle East are listed - Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. What else should I have in mind? If you decide to travel, even if its destinations without major cases, you should consider the quality of healthcare available in the region you are going to if you become ill. You may be caught up in quarantine if an outbreak occurs. Your flight plans may get disrupted because other passengers are opting not to travel. Even in areas without major outbreaks, large numbers of cancellations and no-shows by customers have led airlines to ground flights and disrupting tens of thousands of passengers. If you wish to cancel an existing flight or hotel booking, then you will have to bear the cost. How can I protect myself if I'm traveling? Wash your hands frequently, cover your nose and mouth [...]

2020-03-10T17:38:28+03:00March 10th, 2020|

Nicosia Christmas Fairyland 2019-2020

Get in the Christmas Holiday Spirit by visiting the Nicosia Christmas Fairyland in Cyprus. You shouldn’t miss it, especially if you have kids, they will love it. Opening Hours: 11:00 -24:00 Entrance: FREE 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: 15th November 2019 – 12th of January 2020 Facebook Page: Click to find more info about the Christmas Fairyland.

2019-11-16T19:03:57+03:00November 14th, 2019|

Top 10: Αγροτουριστικά καταλύματα στη Κύπρο

Αυτό το χειμώνα, χαλαρώστε σε ένα ξενοδοχείο σε ένα χωριό στην Κύπρο. Όταν χιονίζει έξω ή κάνει κρύο, η ζεστασιά των τζακιών και η διαμονή στο βουνό, προσφέρει μια ευχάριστη εμπειρία. Από τη Λόφου, το Βουνί, το Άρσος, τον Καλοπαναγιώτη προς τα Λευκάρα, τη Καλαβασό και τη Βάβλα, υπάρχουν πολλά ωραία και άνετα μέρη για να μείνετε. Ανακαλύψτε τα Top 10 Αγροτοτουριστικά καταλύματα για αυτό το χειμώνα, με αξιολογήσεις στο  Booking.com πάνω από 9/10. Μείνετε στα καλύτερα ξενοδοχεία, απολαύστε το παραδοσιακό κυπριακό στυλ του χωριού και  την κυπριακή φιλοξενία. Win a trip for 2 | Italy, Cambodia, Costa Rica, or Egypt! Casale Panayiotis - Kalopanayiotis Rating: 9/10 Φωλιασμένο στην Κοιλάδα της Μαραθάσας, στις πλαγιές της Οροσειράς του Τροόδους, το Casale Panayiotis είναι ένα συγκρότημα παραδοσιακών κατοικιών, οι οποίες συνδυάζουν τις σύγχρονες ανέσεις με το παραδοσιακό στιλ. Προσφέρει κέντρο σπα και κομψά δωμάτια με θέα στην αυλή ή τα βουνά. Όλα τα δωμάτια είναι ξεχωριστά επιπλωμένα και περιλαμβάνουν χειροποίητα κυπριακά αντικείμενα, θέρμανση και κλιματισμό. Διαθέτουν επίσης τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης με DVD/CD player, θυρίδα ασφαλείας, μίνι μπαρ και καφετιέρα. Στο μπάνιο θα βρείτε δωρεάν προϊόντα περιποίησης, μπουρνούζια, παντόφλες και στεγνωτήρα μαλλιών. Ορισμένα έχουν τζάκι, ενώ σε όλα παρέχεται δωρεάν Wi-Fi. ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ Oinou Strata - Vouni [Adults Only] Rating: 9.5/10 Το Oinou Strata - Adults Only βρίσκεται στο Βουνί, προσφέρει μπαρ και δωρεάν Wi-Fi. Όλες οι μονάδες διαθέτουν καναπέ, καθιστικό, τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης και ιδιωτικό μπάνιο με στεγνωτήρα μαλλιών. Επίσης περιλαμβάνουν πλήρως εντοιχισμένη μικρή κουζίνα με τραπεζαρία, ψυγείο, μαγειρικές εστίες, βραστήρα και καφετιέρα. ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses - Lofou Rating: 9/10 Το Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses βρίσκεται στο κέντρο του χωριού Λόφου και προσφέρει πετρόκτιστα στούντιο και διαμερίσματα με ξύλινη επίπλωση και κλασική διακόσμηση. Διαθέτει κήπο, ηλιόλουστη βεράντα και δωρεάν Wi-Fi σε όλους τους χώρους. Όλες οι μονάδες του Oinoessa έχουν μπαλκόνι ή αίθριο, οροφή με ξύλινα δοκάρια και κρεβάτια από σφυρήλατο σίδηρο. Περιλαμβάνουν τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης, κλιματισμό και κουζίνα με ηλεκτρική κουζίνα ή μικρή κουζίνα με φουρνάκι. Το κατάλυμα προσφέρει στους [...]

2019-12-11T13:04:35+03:00November 7th, 2019|

Top 10 Cyprus Winter Cozy Places to Stay

This winter, relax at a hotel or Agrotourism getaway in a village in Cyprus. When it’s snowing outside or it's very cold, the warmth of fireplaces and staying inside whilst in the mountains, provides an enjoyable experience. From Lofou, Vouni, Arsos, Kalopanayiotis to Lefkara, KAlavasos to Vavla, there is a number nice and cozy places to stay and enjoy with your partner, family or friends. Find out the Top 10 Cyprus Winter Cozy Places to stay this winter, based on Booking.com ratings above 9/10. Stay at the best hotels, enjoy the village traditional cypriot style, and enjoy the Cypriot hospitality. Win a trip for 2 | Italy, USA, Egypt, or Thailand! Casale Panayiotis - Kalopanayiotis Rating: 9/10 Nestled in the Marathasa Valley, on the slopes of Troodos Mountains, Casale Panayiotis is a complex of traditional houses that combine modern luxuries with traditional style. It features a spa center and elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard or the mountains. You can read my full review based on my stay at Casale Panayiotis: A luxury resort located in the mountains and I totally guarantee you that this is the top from Cyprus Winter Cozy Places recommendations. SHOW PRICES Oinou Strata - Vouni [Adults Only] Rating: 9.5/10 Located in Vouni, 8.1 miles from Platres, Oinou Strata - Adults Only provides a bar and free WiFi. Each unit comes with a sofa, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a well-fitted kitchenette with a dining area, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. A fridge and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. SHOW PRICES Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses - Lofou Rating: 9/10 Located in the centre of Lofou Village, Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses offers stone-built studios and apartments with wooden furnishing and classical decoration. It features a garden and sun terrace, and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Opening to a balcony or patio, all rooms at Oinoessa come with beamed [...]

2020-01-03T11:44:41+03:00October 27th, 2019|

Agros Rose Festival 2019 – Cyprus Annual Event

Agros Rose Festival is held this year on the 11-12th and 18th and 19th of May in Agros Village in Cyprus. I visited the Agros Rose Festival on Sunday the 12th of May and need to admit that it was one of the best festivals I've been to. If you really want to enjoy this I would advise you to visit early in the morning in order to avoid the crowds. We were there at 10:30 in the morning, when it was still not that hot and the place was not packed - and you'll find a nearby car parking space. During the festival, visitors have the chance to see and enjoy various exhibitions of products made of local roses, learn more about the procedure of making rose water, enjoy a traditional dance program and traditional music and taste some products made of rose also as other Cypriot traditional products. We visited the Rose factory which is one of the most interesting and characteristic spots in Agros. You will be toured around the factory and hear how rose water is made, from which roses, when and long does it take to produce. You'll get to try rose water, rose chocolates, hand creams, liquors, even toothpaste (everything that has to do with cosmetics is considered to be organic).  There are kiosks serving food and drinks, and other kiosks that sell rose products including food, drinks, cosmetics, candles etc. There's a hop on hop off train touring the area (2 EUROS). Check below the festival plan to get an idea of what to expect if you decide to visit. Agros Rose Festival 2019 Photos About Agros Agros is a village built on the Troodos Mountains, in the region of Pitsilia, in southwest Cyprus, which has built amphitheatrically among high mountains at an altitude of 1100 metres with a population of approximately 1,000. The village is located 45 minutes away from the cities of Nicosia and Limassol, 20 minutes from Troödos Square and 80 minutes from the international airports of Larnaca and Paphos [ref: [...]

2019-05-14T08:51:36+03:00May 14th, 2019|

UK Citizens: How will Brexit affect your holidays to Europe

So, UK is about to leave the EU this month, right before the Easter holidays. If the UK leaves with Theresa May's deal,  this means there will be a transition period until the end of 2020. As a UK passport holder myself, I'm writing down how Brexit will affect UK citizens traveling within the EU however, life must go on as normal for British families - and that includes making plans for their holidays within the EU. Brexit Timeline: key dates in the UK’s divorce from the EU What travel documents will I need to travel? European Commission reported that UK citizens will not need a visa even if there's no deal however, you will need a Visa to travel to US after Brexit, whether there's a deal or not. NO DEAL: According to the UK Government, visitors will be able to stay for up to 90 days out of any 180-day period. You might need a visa before travel if you intend to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days throughout of that 180-day period. DEAL: EU citizens and UK nationals will continue to be able to travel freely with a passport or an ID card until the end of the transition period in 2020. Should I exchange holiday currencies before or after Brexit? The pound has lost its value against the euro and the US dollar. Nobody knows what is going to happen to the markets and the smallest piece of news can send the pound falling or rallying within minutes. A no-deal Brexit could see the pound weaken, while a deal may see it rise. However, to give yourself the best possible rate at the time, you may want to get a card that is designed for overseas use to cut the additional costs of fees and currency loading that are applied when you use your normal debit or credit cards abroad. The best solution is to get a FREE Revolut Card, a secure, mobile-based current account that allows you to hold, exchange and transfer without fees in 24 different [...]

2019-03-30T11:57:11+03:00March 30th, 2019|

Casale Panayiotis: A luxury resort located in the mountains

"Discover village life in Cyprus through a luxury hotel resort and spa set into an ancient mountain range in this Mediterranean escape". Cyprus is full of surprises and hidden spots. One of these is Casale Panayiotis, a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Kalopanayiotis Village. It's a place to relax and enjoy the village life. It combines a mixture of a luxury spa, elegant hotel rooms that remind you of Cypriot Village houses - modern and old. Nestled in the Marathasa Valley, on the slopes of Troodos Mountains, Casale Panayiotis is a complex of traditional houses which combine modern luxuries with traditional style. It features a spa center and elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard or the mountains. Rooms All rooms and suites used to be village homes which have been restored, retaining their original Cypriot character and touches. All rooms are heated and air-conditioned, provide a TV,  safe, minibar and kettle, whilst some other rooms have a sink and a mini cooker. Free toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer stock the bathroom. A few rooms have a fireplace (there is a 10 Euros extra charge for a basket of wood). We stayed at one of the 5 Studios, Agia Marina no.5 which is located in the Old neighborhood, near the Agia Marina church (the room was named after the church). Our room had a fireplace which made it extra cozy and warm during the winter nights that we stayed there. BOOK NOW Eating The food we had whilst staying in the village was delicious. Casale owns a few restaurants including Byzantino Restaurant, Byzantino Cafe, Loutraki, Pantheo and Kava. In order to reach most of these places and other eateries around the village, you need to walk, despite at which room you are staying at. We had food in Byzantino Restaurant which serves local dishes. We also visited Loutraki Grill restaurant set in a contemporary environment with amazing village views. But note that Loutraki has a very limited selection of dishes. I won't forget the exceptional breakfast. A variety of traditional Cypriot selections, including [...]

2019-01-18T15:28:17+03:00January 17th, 2019|

Peles Castle, Romania: A must-visit attraction

Peles Castle is been considered one of the most stunning and most impressive castles in Romania, especially in winter. I had no idea about this Castle before I planned my visit to Bucharest. When I was planning my excursions, my main one was to visit the famous Bran Castle (mostly known as Dracula's Castle) between Transylvania and Wallachia. After visiting both castles, Peles Castle is the most stunning one between the two. I visited the Castle on a snowy day. I always prefer to take private tours to save time and reach the places I visit early in order to avoid the crowds. I usually book via Viator (that's my own personal space for booking tickets via Viator). The Castle is located in Sinaia area, located only about 75 miles north of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, or one hour and a half by train. So if you don't wish to go on a private tour, you can easily get to Sinaia either by car (on the E60 or DN1 road) or by train. For this specific tour, you may find a variety of options by searching for Peles Castle. Reasons to visit Peles Castle 1. Rich History The grand castle was built at the wish of King Carol I (1839–1914), the first Romanian King, as a summer retreat. It was one of the most modern European constructions during that period since it had central heating and electricity. Since then, it has accommodated various historical figures and later on it was used as a private haven for communist leaders and senior officials from around the globe. 2.Architecture and Design In order to enter the Castle, you need to cover your shoes with plastic covers in order to keep the place clean and respect the place. As we went through the Castle, our guide explained a lot of things about the architecture, the design and the purpose of each room. Its 160 sumptuous rooms are embellished with the finest examples of European art, including Murano chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, Handmade silk embroideries, Cordoba leather-covered walls. Some of the rooms [...]

2019-01-07T16:13:07+03:00January 6th, 2019|