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.

10 Οικογενειακά Ξενοδοχεία στον Πρωταρά

Η Κύπρος είναι ένα όμορφο νησί της Μεσογείου, το οποίο το καθιστά μια κορυφαία επιλογή για απόλαυση οικογενειακών διακοπών. Για εσας που έχετε παιδία και θα θέλατε να κάνετε εγχώριες διακοπές, σας έχω ετοιμάσει μια λίστα με ξενοδοχεία (συγκεκριμένα στον Πρωταρά), κατάλληλα για οικογένεις για να περάσετε ευχάριστα τις καλοκαιρινές σας διακοπες! Ανακαλύψτε 10 οικογενειακά ξενοδοχεία του Πρωταρά, σύμφωνα με το  Booking.com, με βαθμολογίες πάνω από 8/10. Μείνετε στα καλύτερα ξενοδοχεία με την οικογένειά σας και απολαύστε το υπεροχο νησί της Κύπρου. Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa Rating: 9.1/10 Το Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa βρίσκεται στον Πρωταρά και διαθέτει 4 εξωτερικές πισίνες. Ακόμα, προσφέρει 7 εστιατόρια, κέντρο σπα, 2 γήπεδα τένις, παιδότοπο με προσωπικό επίβλεψης και δωρεάν Wi-Fi σε όλους τους χώρους. Όλα τα δωμάτια του ξενοδοχείου περιλαμβάνουν καθιστικό, τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης με δορυφορικά κανάλια και ιδιωτικό μπάνιο με δωρεάν προϊόντα περιποίησης και μπανιέρα ή ντους. Κάθε μονάδα είναι εξοπλισμένη με επιφάνεια εργασίας και βραστήρα. Καθημερινά σερβίρεται μπουφές πρωινού. Το προσωπικό της 24ωρης ρεσεψιόν μιλάει Γερμανικά, Ελληνικά, Αγγλικά και Ισπανικά και μπορεί να σας δώσεις χρήσιμες πληροφορίες για την περιοχή. Οικογένεις που έχουν μείνει εκεί βαθμολόγησαν με 9,7 για διαμονή με παιδιά λόγο τοποθεσίας και χώρους για παιδία. ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ Crystal Springs Beach Hotel Rating: 9.2/10 Το Crystal Springs βρίσκεται κοντά σε ένα γραφικό ψαρολίμανο, σε απόσταση 5χλμ. από τον Πρωταρά. Διαθέτει εξωτερική πισίνα με ξεχωριστή παιδική πισίνα και δωμάτια με επιπλωμένο μπαλκόνι και θέα στη Μεσόγειο Θάλασσα. Παρέχεται Wi-Fi στους κοινόχρηστους χώρους. Τα δωμάτια στο Crystal Springs Beach Hotel είναι κλιματιζόμενα και φωτεινά. Περιλαμβάνουν δορυφορική τηλεόραση και μίνι μπαρ. Τα ιδιωτικά μπάνια είναι εξοπλισμένα με στεγνωτήρα μαλλιών. Προσφέρονται επίσης παιδικά καρεκλάκια, κατόπιν αιτήματος. Στο Salamina Restaurant μπορείτε να απολαύσετε θεματικές βραδιές, διεθνή πιάτα και τοπική κουζίνα, με ειδικό μενού για παιδιά. Το Crystal Springs έχει επίσης ένα ελληνικό μπαρ με θέα στην παραλία, που σερβίρει φρεσκομαγειρεμένα ελαφριά πιάτα. Οι επισκέπτες του Beach Hotel μπορούν να χαλαρώσουν σε μια ξαπλώστρα στους καταπράσινους, όμορφα διαμορφωμένους κήπους ή να παρακολουθήσουν ένα μάθημα καταδύσεων στην παραλία. Το ξενοδοχείο διαθέτει γήπεδο τένις και [...]

2021-05-21T09:39:01+03:00May 20th, 2021|

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. 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 επισκέπτες υλικά για την προετοιμασία του πρωινού. ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ [...]

2021-09-17T11:27:47+03:00May 7th, 2021|

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 [...]

2021-05-20T15:28:45+03:00May 5th, 2021|

Crystal Springs Beach Hotel: Warm Top Service Hotel

"Lose Your Self in an Oasis of Lush Gardens. Take in the view and enjoy the sun, sand and sea." Cyprus is full of surprises and hidden spots and Crystal Springs Beach Hotel is one of them! The 4* Hotel in Protaras sits within its own tropical garden and provides you an exclusive crystal clear sandy beach. Its privileged location on the outskirts of the popular Protaras resort commands breathtaking views in a calm and relaxing environment. Stepping out of the hotel, the vast amenities and vibrant nightlife of Protaras are close by, making the hotel ideal for couples and families. Rooms There's 6 types of rooms at Crystal Springs. We stayed in a Superior Room with Sea View. Upon arrival in our room, we were greeted with a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit. The room is spacious enough for two people and a toddler. The rooms are modern and fresh with a clean and soothing palette that evokes a sense of relaxation between orange and white colors. What I really loved and could not take my eyes of what the breathtaking front sea view. Room Amenities • Private Balcony • Daily  Coffee and Tea facilities • Bath Robe and Slippers • Free Toiletries • Magnified Mirror • Safety Deposit Box • Mini bar available at a charge (there is no mini bar offered due to COVID-19). • Room service available until 21:30 at a charge • Air conditioning • Baby cot (Upon request) • Wi-Fi • Hairdryer • Wake up service • 32’ Plasma TV BOOK NOW Eating So when we arrived at the hotel we were informed about the All-Inclusive offer. We never really stayed at a hotel All-Inclusive. We found the price very good for what it offered - 40 EUR per day all you can eat and drink from any place inside the hotel. The delicious extensive full buffet breakfast offers a variety of continental and English breakfasts every morning. At lunch and dinner, you can enjoy al a carte menu and theme [...]

2020-09-08T09:25:43+03:00September 5th, 2020|

Help Lebanon After Beirut Explosion

As the search for survivors continues after the Beirut Explosion, a number of groups worldwide have mobilized to help the thousands of people wounded by the blast, and the hundreds of thousands of others who have been made homeless. The enormous explosion that leveled parts of Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday killed at least 137 people and injured more than 4,000 others, overwhelming the authorities and damaging many hospitals and critical facilities. Rescue workers were struggling to treat the wounded of the blast, which was powerful enough to be felt 150 miles away here in Cyprus. As the desperate search for survivors continues, with teams scouring through rubble from homes, twisted metal from cars, broken windows, and other debris, groups around the world have moved to help. For those looking for ways to give support, here is a list of 10 organizations and initiatives operating in the country. Impact Lebanon, a nonprofit organization, has set up a crowdfunding campaign to help organizations on the ground, and is helping to share information about people still missing after the explosion. The group had raised over $3 million as of Wednesday and donated the first $100,000 to the Lebanese Red Cross. The Lebanese Red Cross is the main provider of ambulance services in Lebanon, and said it would dispatch every ambulance from North Lebanon, Bekaa and South Lebanon to Beirut to treat the wounded and help in search-and-rescue operations. You can make a one-time contribution here. The United Nations’ World Food Program provides food to people displaced or made homeless after the blast. Lebanon imports nearly 85 percent of its food, and the port of Beirut, the epicenter of the explosion, played a central role in that supply chain. With the port now severely damaged, food prices are likely to be beyond the reach of many. You can donate here. The nongovernmental organization Humanity and Inclusion has 100 workers in Lebanon, including physical therapists, psychologists and social workers. They are focusing on post-surgical therapy in Beirut following the explosion. You can make a single or monthly contribution here. UNICEF, the United Nations agency specializing in aid to children, is providing [...]

2020-08-07T09:08:21+03:00August 6th, 2020|

Top 10 Protaras Family Hotels to Stay

Cyprus is an all-rounder of a Mediterranean island, which makes it a top choice for planning and enjoying a family holiday.  So this is summer, I'm organizing my holiday stay in Cyprus with my family. It's not the two of any more so I'm looking for a family-friendly place to stay. I have prepared a list of family-friendly hotels for you to check and have an enjoyable time with your family in Protaras. Find out the Top 10 Protaras Family Hotels according to Booking.com, with ratings above 8/10. Stay at the best hotels with your family and enjoy the Cyprus summer weather. Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa Rating: 9.2/10 Featuring 4 outdoor swimming pools, Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa is located in Protaras. It includes 7 restaurants, spa centre, 2 tennis courts and supervised kids club. Free WiFi is provided throughout. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a bath or shower. All rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. Families particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a stay with kids. Customer service is available in German, Greek, English and Spanish at the 24-hour front desk. Families particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a stay with kids. SHOW PRICES Crystal Springs Beach Hotel Rating: 9.2/10 Crystal Springs is situated near a picturesque fishing harbor, 5 km from Protaras. It has an outdoor pool with separate children's pool, and offers rooms with furnished balconies and views of the Mediterranean Sea. WiFi is offered in public areas. Rooms at Crystal Springs Beach Hotel are air conditioned and bright. They have a work desk, and come equipped with satellite TV and a minibar. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer, while children's high chairs are also available upon request. The Salamina Restaurant offers theme nights, international dishes, and regional cuisine, with special children's menu. Crystal Springs also has [...]

2020-08-17T10:25:55+03:00July 12th, 2020|

10+1 Tips on how to book the cheapest flight

I usually spend hours and hours before deciding and booking a flight. I search on various search engines, I watch the prices go up as the days pass by in order to book the cheapest flight, but usually, I end up booking a higher price (compared to the price I first found). Below I'm listing some tips you need to have in mind if you want to get the cheapest flight. 1. If you find a cheap fare just book it, don't think about it. If you think of it over and over again the fare will most likely go up when you decide to finally book it. The best time to book your flight is today, now. 2. Try to search and compare prices Skyscanner as far as I know if one of the most popular flight search engines.  Try to search for the same flight on travel search engines but also make sure to check the airline's website too, it might be cheaper. 3. Book 6 weeks in advance Prices drop below the average fare 6 weeks before you travel. 4. Book last-minute flights When an airline hasn't filled a flight, they will cut down their prices. So if you are flexible you should try this. 5. Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday According to FareCompare Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least expensive days to take a flight while Friday and Sunday are the most expensive. 6.Combine two flights You might find it much cheaper to combine two low-cost airline tickets compared to one direct. Make sure to check all the available options. 7. Become a frequent flier Sign up for the frequent flier schemes so you can gather miles and spend them later by getting cheaper/free tickets. 8. Fly early in the morning Early morning flights are the cheapest. 9. Fly off-peak Avoid flying during half term/school holidays, high summer season, bank holiday breaks. 10. Fly to the secondary airport Most destinations have two airports. The primary one is more expensive compared to the second one (low-cost airlines fly there). 11. Join airline mailing lists By signing up on airline mailing lists you'll [...]

2021-07-21T12:07:10+03:00April 20th, 2020|

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|
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