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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|

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|

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|

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|

Limassol Wine Festival 2018

The Limassol Wine Festival is a 10-day annual cultural and vibrant event that takes place every year, since 1961 at end of August - beginning of 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.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.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.Download the full program to see what kind of activities and events have been planned and plan accordingly your visit. DOWNLOAD 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 Venue AddressLemesos Municipal Gardens28th October AvenueLemesos, CyprusOperating TimesWeekdays 19:00 - 23:00Saturday & Sunday 19:00 - 23:30 ParkingA big parking space located on the Municipal Garden Theatre’s eastern side is provided free of charge by the Limassol Municipality (Pafilia plot). Get a glimpse into last year's event (2017) by watching the video from blogger Amanda Kate at FoodyFair.  

2018-09-03T09:39:59+03:00September 2nd, 2018|

The Great Wall of China – Mutianyu

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe with an eye to expansion [Ref: Wikepedia] Why Was the Great Wall of China Built? Originally built as a wartime defense, the Great Wall of China features many towers and passes. When Emperor Qin Shi Huang first proposed the so-called Long Wall, it was meant to defend the Chinese states against nomadic tribes from the north. During the Han Dynasty the Great Wall was extended to protect the Silk Road trade. The Ming Dynasty, which “took a largely defensive stance,” according to History.com, is known for not only extending the Great Wall, but also repairing and reinforcing existing structures. Getting to the Great Wall (Mutianyu section) from Beijing The beautiful Great Wall is just 70 miles from Beijing. But getting there can be a bit tricky for travelers making the trek solo. Visitors sticking with public transportation will first need to get to Dongzhimen Station, where you can take an hour-long express bus ride to Huairou Station. Then, you’ll need to transfer to a bus stopping at the Mutianyu Roundabout. Most experts on travel to the Great Wall will recommend skipping the train and opting for a hired car and a guide. Especially when your time in Beijing is limited I would strongly advice you to go there with a private tour guide. A tour guide will take you early in the morning to the less popular sections of the wall will help you to maximize your time. We pre-booked a small-Group Great Wall Experience Tour that started at 7:00 in the morning in order to avoid the crowds. The distance from Beijing center is around 73 kilometers (45 miles). It took us around 2 hours to arrive at Mutianyu by mini bus. Mutianyu Mutianyu is the mostly restored, spectacular [...]

2018-08-23T14:02:29+03:00August 22nd, 2018|

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+03:00July 22nd, 2018|