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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 About section for more.

Cyprus Christmas Events 2022

The most wonderful and magical time of the year is here and there are a lot of Christmas events happening all over Cyprus. I've been looking online to find out what's happening in Cyprus this year so I've gathered most of the Cyprus Christmas events and I'm sharing them with you here.  I will be attending with my family - kids just love this time of the year! Before moving on to the list, I'm sharing with you a video prepared by Visit Cyprus which is dedicated to the Christmas Villages. 1. Nicosia Christmas Fairyland Get in the Christmas Holiday Spirit by visiting the Nicosia Christmas Fairyland in Cyprus from the 18th of November 2022 - 8th of January 2023. You shouldn’t miss it, especially if you have kids, they will love it. There are a lot of attractions and games to keep the kids busy and excited.  There are a lot of stalls selling souvenirs and Christmas gifts, food, sweets, and drinks. This year the event will be hosted at D'Avilla Bastion.  2. Larnaca Christmas Land Larnaca will be hosting the Larnaca Christmas Land at the Europe Square which will be transformed into a beautiful amusement park, with fancy decorations and fun activities for all ages. Starting on the 25th of November until the 8th of January. 3. Fikardou Christmas Village For the first time ever, Fikardou puts on its Christmas decorations and becomes a beautiful medieval village. The Medieval Christmas Village will open on the 26th of November. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in various activities, such as treasure hunting, archery, pottery, and ceramic decoration workshops while enjoying the unique nature and local delicacies. VIEW PROGRAM 4. Kalopanayiotis Christmas Village Kalopanagiotis Village brings us another beautiful “Christmas Village” in the village from 26 November 2022 to 15 January 2023. Everyone attending will enjoy a variety of activities including music, experiential workshops,  local products, crafts, hot drinks, delicious food, etc. that will be sold in the [...]

2022-12-01T15:16:59+03:00November 24th, 2022|

Camel Park, Mazotos

An adventurous family day out    If you are looking for something different to do with your family, Camel Park in Mazotos is an ideal option for a day out. Mazotos Camel Park was founded back in 1998 as a camel farm but the love and care of the owners for animals made the place a home for more than 100 animals, including ostriches, goats, deers, ponies, wallabies, lamas, alpacas, lemurs, turtles, fish, a lot of birds and our 60 camels, that each of them has its own name and character. It is the only camel park in Cyprus and the biggest camel park in Europe, achieving the ‘Trip Advisor’ Certificate of Excellence for the past 10 years. Our day started early in the morning. We left Limassol and it took us around 30 minutes to reach the park. We paid and went straight to the Camels area before the place got crowded. My kids were not very keen to ride the Camels so we took a ride with a train and they enjoyed feeding the camels with carobs. We could have walked since the distance to move around the Camels area is small, however, we got the train for the kids who loved it. Both train and camel rides last about 10 minutes and are something that should not be missed! Camels at the Mazotos Camel Park Playground Area But it's not only about the Camels. There's a lot more to do when you finish feeding the Camels and taking the rides! There's a huge kids' area with a lot of activities for children to enjoy including a bouncy castle, swingles, sliders, bumper car, and a mirror room. Adults can sit back whilst kids play around. There's also an indoor gaming area with operating rides (the ones that you have to use coins.) Swimming Pool If you're going there during Summer, make sure to take your swimming suit with you since there's a swimming pool. The pool is included in your entrance ticket. Cafe & [...]

2022-10-29T09:43:46+03:00October 28th, 2022|

The Best Nicosia Playgrounds

Nicosia has a lot of places with playgrounds for kids to play and have fun, both outdoors and indoors whilst parents enjoy their coffee or a meal. Below you will find a list of the most popular Nicosia playground places where parents can leave their kids to have fun whilst they have a drink or a meal. Nicosia has bigger playgrounds compared to other cities with a variety of activities. If you are reading this and you have more playgrounds to recommend please feel free to leave a comment. 1. Play4kidz Play4kidz is located in Strovolos, Nicosia, near the big shopping centers IKEA, Mall of Nicosia and Leroy Merlin. It's not just a simple playground. There are a lot of amazing activities that children can enjoy, starting from bowling, twister, bungee trampoline, digi wall, net world, trampoline, and soft play for the little ones.  The is the ideal place for a family outting. Parents can relax at the cafeteria whilst kids play at the playground. The vision of the creators of play4kidz, is to build a site that offers every child from the ages of two to eleven, all the tools necessary, to create an amazing party or an elaborate event, according to the preferences and needs of each individual. Entrance Fee: Starting from 9 EUR for 1 Day-Pass. Please check their website to see all the types of tickets Location: Lemesou, Strovolos, Cyprus 2. Extreme Park Nicosia’s leading Theme Park! Suitable for children aged 1-13. Parents can sit and enjoy a drink or meal, while their kids play under supervision on the Park’s premises.  The Park is divided into 3 sections - 'Outdoor Fun Factory' covering all age groups from 1-13 (operating during summer months), and 2 levels Indoors;  'Underwater Adventure' where play areas cover ages 1-8 &  ‘Plus 2’  more suitable for ages 5-13. Extreme Games include Aeroball, Climbing Wall, Jumpshot Basketball, Kiddie Slide, Toddler Zone, and many more. For more information and details please visit the Extreme Park website.  [...]

2022-10-18T17:49:02+03:00October 17th, 2022|

Limassol cafes & restaurants with playgrounds

Limassol has a lot of places with playgrounds for kids to play and have fun, both outdoors and indoors whilst parents enjoy their coffee or a meal. Below you will find a list of the most popular Limassol playground places, either Cafes or Dining areas. 1. Agora Playlounge Agora Playlounge is located in Limassol’s bustling center, AGORA, an all-day venue to spend time with family, colleagues, and friends. It has a nice, clean indoor playground area where parents can leave their kids to play whilst they have a coffee or a snack whilst they watch them. Every Sunday, Limassol AGORA presents children's performances, events, and activities, in Greek and Russian. You can also host a birthday party for your kid there. For more details check their website here. Entrance Fee: 8 euros for 2 hours Location: Saripolou, Agora Limassol 2. My Mall Playplanet  This cozy space creates an atmosphere of fun for children. There are a lot of big toys to play e.g. 2 bouncing castles etc. Parents can also sit and watch them or if the kid is small e.g. 1-2 years old, parents are permitted to go inside with them. The basement area of My Mall functions as a play area for preschool-aged children, there's a bowling alley, as well as comfortable lounge areas for parents, plus you will find the ice skating ring for bigger kids. Entrance Fee: 6 Euros Location (Google Maps): MyMall Limassol - Basement, Unit B201 3. Bubble Park Bubble park is maybe one of the biggest playground spaces in Limassol. At Bubblepark you can find a playground with a variety of slides, a cannon with foam balls, a foam ball volcano, trampolines, inflatables with slides, and various other kiddie rides. Motor car lovers have the chance to race each other on a track of race cars and for the bike lovers to enjoy the fantastic formula bumper bikes. Athletic kids can test their agility and fitness at the indoor rope course, experience [...]

2022-10-29T09:49:13+03:00October 4th, 2022|

Unique places to visit on your Greek adventure

Greece is a country with a long and storied history. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to narrow down your options. If you're looking for something a little off the beaten path, check out these 10 unique places to visit in Greece whilst on your Greek adventure. 1. The Temple of Poseidon This temple is located on Cape Sounion, about an hour's drive from Athens. Built in the 5th century BC, it was dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea. The temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece, thanks to its stunning views of the Aegean Sea. 2. Gortyna This archaeological site is located on the island of Crete and is home to ruins from several different civilizations, including the Minoans, Romans, and Byzantines. The site also contains an interesting museum with exhibits on the history of the area. 3. Kavala This picturesque city is located on the northeast coast of Greece and is known for its stunning beaches and Byzantine castles. Kavala is also home to a number of excellent restaurants, making it the perfect place to enjoy some traditional Greek cuisine. 4. The Mani Peninsula Located in southern Greece, the Mani Peninsula is an ideal place to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of busy cities like Athens and Thessaloniki. With its dramatic coastline and traditional villages, the Mani Peninsula is a must-see for anyone visiting Greece. 5. Meteora Meteora is home to a number of stunning monasteries that are built atop towering cliffs. The monasteries are only accessible by climbing a long set of stairs or taking a hike through scenic hiking trails. While visiting Meteora, be sure to take some time to explore the surrounding area as well, as there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails that offer stunning views of the valley below. 6. Nafplio Nafplio is located just a short drive from Athens and is known for its Venetian architecture and medieval castles. This charming city makes [...]

2022-09-26T16:55:08+03:00September 23rd, 2022|

Limassol Wine Festival 2022

The Limassol Wine Festival is a 10-day annual cultural and vibrant event that takes place every year, since 1961 around September. The Limassol Wine Festival, one of the most popular events in Cyprus, takes place in the Limassol Municipal Gardens, which are located on the east side of the town near the sea. This year, the 61st Limassol Wine Festival event is taking place during the 17th - 25th of September.  There are pavilions on both sides of the main entrance belonging to the Limassol wineries including ETKO, KEO, LOEL, SODAP, and LAONA, where the visitors can taste, free of charge, all kinds of wines. When you purchase your entrance ticket, you are also given a 20% discount voucher which you can redeem at these wineries  (applies to 1 bottle, excluding Commandaria). During the event, you will enjoy a celebration of food and wine. There's a variety of kiosks that cook Cypriot food e.g. mostly souvlakia. You'll get to listen to Cypriot music and watch Cypriot and Greek dancing. If you happen to be in Cyprus during this period, a visit to Limassol would not be complete without attending one of the biggest and most significant cultural events on the island. View the full program to see what kind of activities and events have been planned and plan accordingly your visit. VIEW FULL PROGRAM Limassol Wine Festival Tickets Adults: over 18 years old: 5 Euro 20% off all bottled wines (applies to 1 bottle, excluding Commandaria) from ETKO, LOEL, KEO or SODAP wineries. Children/ Teenagers from 6 – 18 years old: 3 Euro Plastic wine bottle: 1.50 Euro Wine glass: 1.50 Euro Wine glass with stem: 2.50 Euro For more information visit the official Limassol Municipality website.  Venue Address Lemesos Municipal Gardens 28th October Avenue Lemesos, Cyprus Operating Times Weekdays 19:00 - 23:00 Saturday & Sunday 19:00 - 23:30 Get a glimpse into the event by watching the following video.

2022-09-13T12:28:58+03:00September 9th, 2022|

Flight delay or cancellation? Claim up to 600 EUR

Was your flight delayed, canceled, you missed a connection or you were denied from boarding? Don't stress out because there's a way to get compensated. Compensair allows you to claim up to 600 EUR per passenger. Visit their website or check the widget below to check if you are eligible for compensation, totally free. According to their website, the average compensation amount that their clients received was 450 EUR. That's not bad at all, is it? So if you have been in this situation, submit your application and claim what you are allowed.  Claim up to 600 EUR How can Compensair help me? Detailed analysis of all the circumstances of the case with the use of our software Drafting all the necessary documents and sending them to the parties Negotiations with the airline If necessary (Compensair will involve their partners and take all the costs and risks): Preparation for court Court procedure You are always aware of your application status via your personal profile and our notifications. What will it cost to get the compensation? Compensair provides you with all the necessary services for free. They charge only a success fee only after receiving compensation. What do I need to provide to apply for compensation? Signed consent Information about the flight and booking or ticket number Claim up to 600 EUR About Compensair  CompensAir is UK based company that started operating in 2016 to help air travelers know their rights when it comes to claiming any airline compensation due to a delayed or cancelled flight. They have had clients claim money from over 40 countries from hundreds of different airlines. Excellent and speedy service is the focus of this company. They offer their clients due money from airlines in almost record time. CompensAir is ready to assist you in the process of receiving compensation from the airline as soon as you’re back from the airport. While every flight compensation company is different, CompensAir takes the best features of the industry’s leading companies and makes them each their own.

2022-09-05T14:44:53+03:00September 5th, 2022|

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 around 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 the area you [...]

2022-10-18T16:13:35+03:00September 1st, 2022|

Revolut: Get 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, 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, stock and crypto trading. Revolut is aiming to break down the borders of banking. If you are traveling, use your Revolut to: spend abroad with a great exchange rate. have affordable worldwide travel insurance overseas emergency medical assistance, and expenses of up to £15m. GET YOUR REVOLUT CARD NOW 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 much like using [...]

2022-09-05T12:00:33+03:00August 12th, 2022|

10 Best Ayia Napa Hotels

Cyprus is an all-rounder of a Mediterranean island, which makes it a top choice for planning and enjoying a family holiday.  Ayia Napa is one of the most popular areas for your summer holidays. I have prepared a list of the best 10 hotels for you to check and have an enjoyable time in Ayia Napa Find out the 10 Best Ayia Napa Hotels according to Booking.com, with ratings above 8/10. Stay at the best hotels and enjoy the Cyprus summer weather. Note: All content below belongs to Booking.com  Amarande (Adults Only) Rating: 8.9/10 This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. This 5-star resort hotel is just 300 m from Ayia Napa Beach and 1 km from Ayia Napa’s centre. All rooms have spacious infinity glass balconies, while most come with sea views. All rooms at Amarande - Adults Only include a flat-screen satellite TV, room automation panel system, USB charging points and bathrooms with double sink vanity sets. Free WiFi is available throughout. Amarande - Adults Only has a large outdoor pool and terrace area surrounded by sun loungers. Guests of Prestige Swim-up Suites are also offered a private deck with sun loungers and an exclusive swimming pool. There’s also a gym with modern facilities and a hot tub, sauna, an indoor pool and a steam bath. Guests can also play tennis on floodlit hard-surface tennis courts. Amarande - Adults Only has 2 restaurants. The main buffet restaurant offers live cooking stations, a healthy section and local delicacies corner each night. Guests can also eat at the a la carte restaurant which offers spectacular Mediterranean cuisine. There’s also lobby bar and poolside bar serving drinks and light snacks. SHOW PRICES Olympic Lagoon Resort Ayia Napa Rating: 8.7/10 This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Just 150 m from the golden sandy Landa Golden Beach in Agia Napa, the 5-star Olympic Lagoon Resort features 5 swimming pools surrounded by landscape gardens, a spa centre including sauna, indoor pool and hamam, 8 restaurants and a kid's club. Other facilities [...]

2022-09-05T11:44:43+03:00August 4th, 2022|
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