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8 Reasons to visit Paphos Zoo

Honestly, I would never compare Paphos Zoo with any other zoo I’ve been to e.g. London and Edinburgh. Paphos Zoo is small compared to large European zoos, however for the size of a small island the Zoo is a great place to spend your time. Considering that the zoo does not receive any government funding it has managed to develop from a bird park into a large zoo. Paphos Zoo is located in Pegeia near Coral Bay, approximately 3km from Pafos. 1. Open 365 days You can visit any day you wish. The Zoo is open from 9am every day. Closing times change through the year depending on the season e.g from January – March the Zoo operates from 9-5, from March – July it operates 9-6, during August its open until 7pm, September to October from 9-6 and during October-December from 9-5. 2. Biggest Zoo in Cyprus The zoo covers more than 100.000 sq.m, and is Cyprus’s leading tourist attraction. Here you will find an extensive variety of birds and animals from every corner of the planet whilst the collection of parrots and snakes is one of the largest in Europe. 3. Nice environment The zoo has been constructed in a way that offers visitors the ability to not only enjoy the birds and animals but enjoy the magical sounds and nature colours walking through a beautiful environment of lakes, gardens and ponds. 4. Cleanness What is most important is the fact that the Zoo is clean and you will rarely smell the scent of animals. There are a lot of people working there making sure the zoo is kept clean at all times. 5. Parrot and owl show Enjoy a show with flying clever parrots and owls showing off how clever they are and their amazing abilities. Check out the Paphos Zoo website for the show times. 6. Feed a giraffe With 10 EUR you have the chance to feed a giraffe and take a photo along with the kids who will love it. 7. Great experience for kids If you have kids, it’s a great experience for [...]

2022-10-05T07:58:54+03:00August 29th, 2017|

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 I grew up and lived there for many years. Armou is a village in Paphos located a few minutes away from Paphos City Centre. You can enjoy the spectacular Paphos town view and horizon sea views from almost every point in the village both during day and night. When googling Armou you cannot find enough information apart from properties which are advertised to be sold or to be rented. Apparently is a village which has been modernized over the past few years and a lot of new properties have been built almost everywhere. I was told by my grandparents 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 taking the Geroskipou-Konia exit or by reaching  Paphos roundabout and take 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 the 1946 however today there are around 300-350. Most of the people have left the village and moved to a different town. A large number of the current residents are English people 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. However the school is used for Theater lessons also as for selling used books now and then. Agia Varvara church is the only church in the Village. The Church gets quite busy during Christmas and Easter when all village emigrants come back 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, music [...]

2022-10-05T07:59:06+03:00November 19th, 2016|

37+1 FREE Things to Do in Cyprus

If you are looking for a sunny island with nice beaches, landscapes, history, nightlife I would recommend Cyprus! Cyprus offers you everything, from mountains to beaches, from tasty Cypriot dishes, from quiet bars to wild nightlife. Below I’ve gathered some FREE things you can do in Cyprus so make sure to take advantage of these if you are visiting this beautiful island. These are some of my selections and I'm sure there's a lot more free things you can do. Paphos District 1.Take a walk around Paphos Harbour & Castle The castle is located on the edge of the harbour and a nice walk is enough to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 2.Take some beautiful sunset photos and swim around Aprodite's Rock It’s a beautiful place to visit and take some nice photos and also swim – however the water here is a bit chilly. 3.Walk through the 2km Avakas Gorge (Akamas Area) and see some flora and animal species Find out some tips about this walk through the Gorge by Cyprus Travel Secrets  4.Enjoy nature’s art at Peyia Sea Caves https://www.flickr.com/photos/dora1986/26282257480/in/dateposted-public/ 5.Take photos of the EDRO III Freetown Shipwreck at Peyia Sea Caves This commercial ship was forced onto the rocks in Peyia during severe weather conditions. Since then it has raised a huge interest with many locals and tourists who come here to see the ship and take photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dora1986/8421752224/in/album-72157627596040568/ 6.Visit the Agia Solomoni church and catacombs Before visiting the underground catacombs there's a tree with a lot of handkerchiefs hanged on. Hanging a personal offer on the tree, is believed to cure diseases of those who hang it, and many people, both locals and visitors still do it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/philphotography/5014794153/in/photolist-8CQtwx-8D98Aa-8D91Wg-8DFfKh-8CTAvS-8DCcWX-8DcheW-8D947t-8D967r-8DCaQP-8Fi3CH Inside the catacomb of Agia Solomoni - Photo by Φ-Filippos-Κ 7. Make sure to visit Geroskipou and admire Agia Paraskevi Byzantine church 8.Check out Baths of Aphrodite, the place where the Goddess of Love used to take her bath [...]

2020-06-18T16:59:24+03:00April 21st, 2016|

10+1 Paphos sites to see

Paphos (Pafos) is a beautiful coastal city in the southeast of Cyprus. The history of this beautiful town dates back more than 9 thousand years, from the Stone Age, to the roman times, Byzantium until today. There are a number of sites which have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Due to the fact that Pafos is the European Capital of Culture for 2017, I’m taking the opportunity to post the must Paphos sites in this beautiful town. This is the place where I grew up since I moved from the UK to Cyprus. I've lived here for 12 years (before moving to Limassol). I basically gathered the top 10+1 sites you have to see when you are visiting Pafos. What’s different in this post is the fact that most of the photos I’m using have been captured by other photographers I follow on Flickr and who have given me the permission to use their work on my post. Plan your holidays here! You can swim as early as end of March - beginning April up until October. During spring the temperatures are between 23-30 and during summer the thermometer get's close to 40(~). Depending what you like, spring, summer, autumn you can choose accordingly when to visit. However, whenever you visit make sure not to miss the following sites. Must See Paphos Sites 1. Paphos Harbour Castle is another UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the harbor. It's beautiful stone walled castle with a lot of history. It was a Byzantine fort, built to protect the harbor but was later on destroyed by the Venetians. After the Ottomans ruled, the castle was restored back to its old glory. If you enter the Castle and get on the top you’ll enjoy nice views of the harbor and the city. Admission: € 2.50 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dora1986/6114586943/in/album-72157627596040568/%20 Paphos Castle -Photo by Me 2. Archeological Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Here you'll find the more important monuments including Saranta Kolones,the Roman Oden, Agora, Asklipieion, Basilica of Chrysopolitissa, Roman mosaics at House of Theseus, Aion and Orpheus. Admission: [...]

2022-10-05T07:59:19+03:00March 27th, 2016|
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