Cyprus

Golden Donkeys Farm, Skarinou

If you are looking for something different to do with your family, Golden Donkeys Farm is an ideal option for a day out.  This is the biggest donkey farm in Cyprus. There are around 170 donkeys at the Farm, and each of them has its own name and character.  The majority of the donkeys are females, in order to produce milk. Our day started early in the morning. We left Limassol and it took us around 20 minutes to reach the farm. We bought our tickets, including lunch, and went to walk around the farm. Adorable Donkeys The main part of the farm is where all the donkeys are. You can see the donkeys, feed them with carobs (you can buy them at the entrance), and even enjoy a donkey ride. To be honest, I would recommend donkey riding only for kids. We got 1 ticket for both kids at 8 EUR. The donkey ride lasted 15 minutes and both kids loved it. There's more to see and do Apart from donkeys, you will find some goats, rabbits, hens, and ducks so if you have children they will love it. There's an area for baby Donkeys but there were no baby donkeys when we visited. Moreover, at the Golden Donkeys Farm, you will find a lot of other interesting things such as museums, where you get to learn about the history of Cyprus, an ancient 1500 years old olive tree, a small botanical garden, an amphitheater (where events are hosted), the small church of Virgin Mary of Memila, a cozy restaurant, and a souvenir shop. 2 hours are ideal to spend at the farm when you have kids. They will need their time to explore around, see the animals, feed the donkeys, take a donkey ride and play at the playground area. PS: Donkey milk seems to be very healthy and you can buy a bottle on your way out. Read more about Donkey Milk on the Golden Donkeys Farm website.  [...]

2023-03-03T12:42:27+03:00January 8th, 2023|

Cyprus Animal Farm Parks

1. Paphos Zoo Paphos Zoo has become a popular place to visit throughout the year, for both locals and tourists. Visitors will get to discover an exciting wildlife reserve and tropical paradise of animals, learn about their species, and connect with nature. Visiting the Paphos Zoo is on of the ideal family things to do in Cyprus with your family, especially if you have smaller kids who love discovering new things. Check out my post about 8 Reasons to visit Paphos Zoo Tickets: Adults: 18.50 - Child: 8.50 EUR Opening Hours: Daily  9am–5pm  (Nov - Mar) - Daily  9am–6pm  (Apr - July) Phone: +357 26722777 Google Maps: Xylomantrou Street, Agiou Georgiou, Peyia Paphos CY, 8650 Website: Paphos Zoo 2. Mazotos Camel Park I won't go into many details here since you can find all the details in my dedicated post, Camel Park Mazotos, after visiting the camel park. You will find a lot of information and photos. Tickets: Entrance Fee for Adults: 6.00 Euros. Entrance Fee for Children: 4.00 Euros. Opening Hours: ( April – October): 9:00am – 7:00pm / (November- March): 9:00am – 5:00pm Phone: +357 24991243 Google Maps: Kiti to Mazotos, Mazotos Website: Camel Park 3. Golden Donkeys Farm Another nice place for a family to visit. It's a small farm with donkeys and a few other animals e.g. goats, chickens, and rabbits. Kids will love it. You can buy carobs and feed the donkeys and also take a ride on donkeys in the surrounding area. The farm has a wax museum, a traditional Cyprus house, an ancient olive press, a small botanical garden, an amphitheater, one of the oldest olive trees in Cyprus (1500 years old), and the small church of Virgin Mary of Memila. For more information and photos check my dedicated post on the farm at Golden Donkeys Farm, Skarinou Tickets: Adults 5 EUR - Kids 3 EUR Opening Hours: Daily  9:30AM–5PM Phone: +357 99620736 Google Maps: Skarinou 7731, Cyprus Website: Golden [...]

2023-03-03T12:42:43+03:00January 7th, 2023|

Cyprus wineries worth visiting

Cyprus is famous for its wine production and over 100 wineries, some small and some bigger, whilst you can visit all of them. Below I'm listing the biggest Cyprus wineries to visit and enjoy a great tasting experience. 1. Tsangarides Winery Tsangkarides winery, located in Lemona Village, is one of the biggest wineries in Cyprus with the next generation of Cypriot wines. Their philosophy is to blend old school traditions with new school style. Their aim is to produce wines of great character, and distinction. Opening Hours: Daily  9am–5pm  / Sunday: Closed Phone: +357 26722777 Google Maps: Lemona, Paphos 8545, Cyprus Website: Trangarides Winery 2. Zambartas Winery Zambartas Winery is Located in Agios Ambrosios Village in Limassol. The winery welcomes you to visit the winery and experience a real taste of Cyprus. They offer different tour options, depending on your time, group size and budget. All experiences are available daily, by prior appointment. Same-day reservations and walk-ins are welcome, but cannot be guaranteed availability of a tour & tasting. Zambartas Wineries own 7 hectares of vineyards and rent another 6 hectares, which are cultivated organically. The vineyards are of different ages and are concentrated mostly in the areas of Mandria Village and Agios Nikoloas. They also have some vineyards at lower altitudes, 550-700meters, in Agios Amvrosios and Pachna. BOOK TOUR Opening Hours: Daily  10am–5pm Phone: +357 25 94 24 24 Google Maps: Grigores Afxentiou 39, Agios Amvrosios 4710 Website: Zambartas Winery 3. Vouni Panayia Winery Vouni Panayia winery has been renovated and is equipped with the latest technology, to ensure high-quality standards. Apart from producing wine, the winery offers to visitors the opportunity to discover the world of Cyprus' wine and viticulture. During your visit you will have the opportunity to watch an educational short film showing the entire process from planting the vines to bottling. You can visit the traditional museum and the lovely tasting room to expand your knowledge and senses. And if you are hungry, make sure to [...]

2024-02-07T16:14:22+03:00December 25th, 2022|

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 where I grew up and lived for many years. Armou is a village in Paphos located a few minutes away from the City Centre. You can enjoy the spectacular Paphos town view and horizon sea views from almost every point in the village day and night. When googling Armou, you cannot find enough information apart from properties that are advertised to be sold or rented. Apparently, Armou is a village that has been modernized over the past few years, and many new properties have been built almost everywhere. My grandparents told me 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 by taking the Geroskipou-Konia exit or by reaching the Paphos roundabout and taking 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 1946; however, today, there are around 670. Most people have left the village and moved to a different town. Many of the current residents are English people who are 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. Agia Varvara church is the only church in the Village. The Church gets busy during Christmas and Easter when all village emigrants return 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, and music, and everyone is welcome. You can also enjoy food and coffee at Agios Charalambos Tavern and Coffee Shop, located in the village square. The Tsada Golf Course [...]

2024-03-21T21:13:58+03:00November 19th, 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 & [...]

2023-03-03T12:43:43+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.  [...]

2023-07-18T09:58:18+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 [...]

2024-03-04T09:27:14+03:00October 4th, 2022|

Exploring Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Troodos is the most extensive 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 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 Mountains 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 [...]

2024-02-08T11:51:20+03:00September 1st, 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) 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 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 include a fitness centre, [...]

2023-07-20T09:49:05+03:00August 4th, 2022|

Οικογενειακά Ξενοδοχεία στη Παφο

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 στη Πάφο), κατάλληλα για οικογένεις για να περάσετε ευχάριστα τις καλοκαιρινές σας διακοπες! Ανακαλύψτε 10 οικογενειακά ξενοδοχεία στη Πάφο, 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. Aliathon Aegean Rating: 8.5/10 Το Aliathon Aegean βρίσκεται στην Πάφο. Αυτό το κατάλυμα διαθέτει εστιατόριο, δωρεάν ιδιωτικό χώρο στάθμευσης, γυμναστήριο και μπαρ. Έχει επίσης 24ωρη ρεσεψιόν, ΑΤΜ και δωρεάν WiFi σε όλους τους χώρους του. Επιπλέον, στις εγκαταστάσεις θα βρείτε υπηρεσία ενοικίασης ποδηλάτων, κήπο και εξωτερική πισίνα. Το θέρετρο προσφέρει κλιματιζόμενα δωμάτια με ντουλάπα, βραστήρα, ψυγείο, θυρίδα ασφαλείας, τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης και ιδιωτικό μπάνιο με ντους. Ορισμένες μονάδες περιλαμβάνουν μικρή κουζίνα με φούρνο μικροκυμάτων και εστίες μαγειρέματος. Κάθε δωμάτιο στο Aliathon Aegean είναι εφοδιασμένο με κλινοσκεπάσματα και πετσέτες, Στο κατάλυμα σερβίρεται καθημερινά ευρωπαϊκό πρωινό. Στο Aliathon Aegean υπάρχει παιδική χαρά. Η περιοχή είναι αγαπητή στους ποδηλάτες. Το θέρετρο μπορεί να μεριμνήσει και για την ενοικίαση αυτοκινήτου. Μερικά δημοφιλή σημεία ενδιαφέροντος κοντά στο Aliathon Aegean είναι η Παραλία ΣΟΔΑΠ, η Παραλία Γεροσκήπου και το Υδροπάρκο της Πάφου. Αυτό είναι το αγαπημένο μέρος των επισκεπτών μας στον προορισμό Πάφος σύμφωνα με ανεξάρτητα σχόλια. Η τοποθεσία αρέσει ιδιαίτερα σε οικογένειες – τη βαθμολόγησαν με 8,9 για διαμονή με παιδιά ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort Rating: 8.7/10 Το Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort 4 αστέρων είναι ένα παραθαλάσσιο θέρετρο στα προάστια της Πάφου, κοντά στους διάσημους Τάφους των Βασιλέων. Περιβάλλεται από καταπράσινους κήπους 20 στρεμμάτων και διαθέτει υδάτινο πάρκο με 6 πισίνες, 7 τσουλήθρες και 2 εστιατόρια. Σαλόνι μαλλιών, γυμναστήριο, σάουνα και ατμόλουτρο, καθώς και σπα με πλούσιο μενού σπα με όλα τα είδη μασάζ και περιποιήσεων, Τα δωμάτια περιλαμβάνουν κεντρικό κλιματισμό, καλωδιακή/δορυφορική τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης, ψυγείο, στεγνωτήρα μαλλιών, πρίζα για ξυριστική μηχανή, παροχές για καφέ και τσάι και δωρεάν [...]

2023-07-20T11:44:02+03:00August 1st, 2022|
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