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Discovering the Heart of Cyprus: The 12 Most Popular Attractions in Nicosia

Discovering the Heart of Cyprus: The 12 Most Popular Attractions in Nicosia

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01/12/2023

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In observance, we are conducting a virtual excursion to Nicosia, one of the most mesmerising urban centres in Cyprus. This vibrant and historical locale is overflowing with culture, history, and a distinctive fusion of the old and the new. Come along with us as we reveal the fifteen most important points of interest in Nicosia that are essential for any traveller.

1. The Venetian Walls of Nicosia

Commence your expedition by strolling along the remarkably intact Venetian Walls, which originally served to fortify the city. An awe-inspiring introduction to the centuries-old fortifications of Nicosia is provided by the expansive panoramas they offer.

2. Cypriot Museum

Explore the history of the island at the Cyprus Museum, which houses a remarkable assortment of archaeological artefacts. By means of intricate mosaics and ancient artefacts, this museum offers an enthralling tour of the extensive history of Cyprus.

3. Ledra Street

To experience contemporary Nicosia, visit Ledra Street, a vibrant commercial and culinary district. Explore this vibrant thoroughfare, embellished with cafés, boutiques, and eye-catching street art that embodies the modern ethos of the city.

4. Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum

Motorcycle enthusiasts, unite! The Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum presents an extraordinary assemblage of classic motorcycles, which offer a singular vantage point on the annals of transportation.

5. Famagusta Gate

Investigate Famagusta Gate, one of the city’s original entrances. An excellent photo opportunity, this well-preserved gate serves as a reminder of Nicosia’s mediaeval past.

6. Archbishop’s Palace

Explore the magnificent Archbishop’s Palace, an emblematic representation of the ecclesiastical significance of the city. Frequently accessible to the public, the palace grounds afford visitors the opportunity to behold its magnificent edifices and verdant gardens.

7. Municipal Museum of Leventis, Nicosia

Explore the Leventis Municipal Museum for a more comprehensive understanding of Nicosia’s history, as exhibits document the city’s development from antiquity to the present.

8. Faneromeni Square

The Church of Faneromeni, located at one extremity of Faneromeni Square, is the source of the square’s appellation. “Faneromeni,” which translates to “the Visible” or “the Revealed,” is associated with the church’s patron saint, the Blessed Virgin Mary. A conspicuous feature of the square is the Church of Faneromeni, which is alternatively referred to as the Church of Panagia Faneromeni. It has a significant religious heritage that dates back to the nineteenth century. The church garners the attention of both residents and tourists due to its architectural grandeur and religious import. The square is surrounded by other significant institutions and monuments, in addition to the Church of Faneromeni, which contributes to its historical and cultural significance. A distinctive ambiance may be generated by the presence of museums, government buildings, and traditional cafés, among others.

9. Shacolas Tower Observatory

Circulate above Nicosia in the company of the Shacolas Tower Observatory. Embedded with awe-inspiring panoramas, this renowned structure offers an unparalleled vantage point over the city and its environs.

10. Folk Art Museum of Cyprus

Explore the cultural heritage of the island by visiting the Cyprus Folk Art Museum. Artisans, handicrafts, and exhibits that adhere to Cypriot customs and tradition serve as examples of this.

11. Municipal Gardens

Embark on a serene meander through the Municipal Gardens, an oasis situated in the central region of Nicosia. Secluded ponds, picturesque pathways, and verdant vegetation render this location an ideal sanctuary for repose.

12. Eleftheria Square
(Plateia Eleftherias)

Eleftheria Square (Greek: Πλατεία Eλευθερίας) literally meaning Liberty Square, is the primary square in central Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus, in Europe. At the intersection of Ledra and Onasagorou streets, it provides access to the avenues of Stasinou, Omirou, Kostaki Pantelidi, Konstandinou Palaiologou, and Evagorou. The English translation of the name is Liberty Square. In the past, the square was designated as Metaxas Square, an appellation derived from the Greek statesman Ioannis Metaxas. A competition was organised in 1974, and the new name was selected on the recommendation of the Mayor of Nicosia at the time. It is situated beneath the Venetian fortifications of the mediaeval city in the town centre. On the D’Avila bastion of Nicosia, the town hall commands a panoramic view of the square, with Ledra Street providing access to its northern wing.

The undertaking requires the implementation of intricately designed bespoke materials and concepts. Liberty Square was not initially incorporated into the Venetian wall’s construction. During the British Cyprus era, which occurred at the end of the 19th century, when the island was under the dominion of the British Empire, it initially manifested as a bridge. Wooden bridges were built to facilitate transportation as the city grew beyond the fortifications of the Middle Ages. Established in 1882, the Hajisavvas Opening was initially constructed of timber but was subsequently substituted with a sturdy concrete structure that continues to stand today.

Nicosia offers something for every type of traveller, be it an interest in contemporary culture, ancient history, or the landscapes of Cyprus. Have fun exploring!

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Rediscovering the Rich Tapestry of the Old City of Nicosia

Rediscovering the Rich Tapestry of the Old City of Nicosia

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24/11/2023

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Located in the centre of this dynamic metropolis, Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, possesses a millennium-long history that is exemplified by the Old City, a living testament to the cultural diversity of the island. This journal undertakes an expedition to investigate the captivating alleyways, significant historical sites, and obscure attractions that render the Old City of Nicosia an indispensable tourist destination.

An Exploration Into the Labyrinthine Streets of Time

Old City of Nicosia is an intricate network of alleyways and narrow streets that entice visitors to immerse themselves in the city’s illustrious past. While traversing the cobblestone pathways, one will come across quaint cafés, traditional Cypriot architecture, and local artisans proudly exhibiting their wares. Every footfall signifies a temporal voyage, wherein the contemporary world harmoniously merges with the remnants of the past.

Venetian Walls: Historical Guardians

The Old City is fortified with the Venetian Walls, which stand as a formidable reminder of the city’s strategic significance over the course of centuries. Constructed by the Republic of Venice in the 16th century, these walls have endured the trials of time and continue to stand erect as steadfast guardians, providing expansive vistas of the city and an insight into its military history.

Delightful boutiques and conventional markets

Old City Nicosia is a shopper’s paradise, lined with traditional markets and charming boutiques. Embark on an exploration of the distinctive mementos that encapsulate the essence of Cyprus while indulging in local craftsmanship. The Old City presents a plethora of genuine Cypriot merchandise, ranging from handcrafted pottery to elaborate lacework.

Ledra Street: A Walk Through the City’s History

Prior to its renovation, Ledra Street was a thriving commercial district; it is now a vivacious pedestrian zone that entices visitors to stroll through its jubilant ambiance. Situated amid historical landmarks and dotted with cafes, stores, and cultural sites, the street is an ideal location from which to experience the city’s contemporary vitality.

An Interweaving Fabric of Religious Institutions

The Old City of Nicosia exemplifies a rich tapestry of religious and cultural influences, as demonstrated by its extensive collection of churches, mosques, and synagogues. An examination of the Faneromeni Church, the Selimiye Mosque, and the Chrysaliniotissa Church will reveal distinct narratives regarding the coexistence and religious tolerance of the city.

The Old City of Nicosia is, in general, a vibrant tapestry of tradition, culture, and history. While traversing its picturesque thoroughfares, one will become engrossed in the anecdotes of precedence, while being enveloped by the dynamic vitality of the present. The Old City of Nicosia offers something unique to anyone, whether they are fervent shoppers, history buffs, or those interested in experiencing authentic Cypriot culture. Therefore, fasten your strolling shoes and prepare to travel back in time to one of the most enthralling regions of Cyprus.

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Amaxotos Cycling Route

Amaxotos Cycling Route in Cyprus

Amaxotos Cycling Route

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Wineries Cyprus

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The main Pissouri village is located about 3 kilometers from the sea on the Cape Aspro ridge,
and about 500 feet above sea level. The whole stretch is an absolutely gorgeous spot where
the waves that softly lap up against a pebbled and sandy shoreline, partly cradled by the
rocky cliffs that drop down to the sea, making the whole setting picture perfect.

The old carriage road – ’’Amaxotos’’ in Pissouri

The old carriage road – ’’Amaxotos’’

The old carriage road, ‘’Amaxotos’’, was constructed in 1850, during the Turkish rule, and
was reconstructed in 1878 during the British rule. The road is, located on the outskirts of
Limassol. It is said that the ancient word ‘’Amaxitos’’ meaning carriage road, was
misinterpreted by the Turks who didn’t know the island’s language well, which resulted
in the word ‘’Amaxotos’’. The old carriage road facilitated the transfer of agricultural products
from and to the pier of Pissouri village’s Port.

Aspri, Ranti in Pissouri

Aspri, Ranti

Aspri was a rural area where residents had livestock farms. It took its name after the white soil.
Ranti is a forested area also known as ‘’Rantidi Forest’’ and is found on the borders of Limassol
and – Pafos regions. It is considered one of the key natural beauties of Cyprus.

Lime Furnace and Gypsum Furnace in Pissouri

Lime Furnace and Gypsum Furnace

The Lime Furnace and Gypsum Furnace in the area of Amaxotos provided lime and gypsum.
The difference between limestone and gypsum lies mainly in their composition, and in the
process of their conversion from the form of stones to lime, with limestone needing a higher
firing temperature and gypsum dissolving more easily in water. The service life of the lime
kiln and the plaster kiln was ten years.

Flourmill in Pissouri

Flourmill

The flourmill was built to support villages in the area , by milling the wheat.
Flourmills functioned as the first sample of today’s bakeries. They would
supply the villages in the regions with flour for homes use. This is how the famous
baked goods of Cyprus such as Cypriot pittas and sourdough bread were born.

Paliofiniko & Myth in Pissouri

Paliofiniko & Myth

This was an agricultural region with palm trees, hence the name.
Paliofiniko was known for the agricultural and livestock produce which earned
the daily income of the residents. The strong presence of Pissouri in the
production of Cypriot products such as halloumi, carob, almonds and
Cypriot sultanina grapes must be noted.

Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock) in Pissouri

Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock)

Based on Byzantine history the rocky area and the gigantic stones are connected to the myth
of Digenis Akritas. According to the myth, the hero threw the bulky stones in the sea to keep
the Saracen Arabs away (7 th – 10 th century). The name “Petra tou Romiou” comes from that
hero. It is said that sometimes the waves form a human figure which dissolves in sea foam as
they break.

The old slaughterhouse in Pissouri

The old slaughterhouse

The old slaughterhouse is found 200 meters from the Lime Furnace. The slaughter house
served the residents of Pissouri village who had livestock farms. The slaughterhouse closed
down in 1980.

Cyprus Rally in Pissouri in Pissouri

Cyprus Rally in Pissouri

The history of the Cyprus Rally begins in 1970. The organisation of Pissouri Rally begun in 1980 as part of the local races before the Cyprus Rally was included in the World Championship in 2000. Drivers from all over Cyprus and from other countries participated in the Pissouri Rally
drivers. It was organised around 3-4 times per year. In 2005 the residential area of the village
was extended interfering with the rally route, therefore for safety reasons the rally was cancelled.

Skotini Birdge in Pissouri

Skotini Birdge

The area is located west of Pissouri village on the Limassol-Pafos Road. It features a, bridge
which was built during the Turkish rule. Its name means ‘dark’ and comes from the fact that the
sun set earlier in the area than in other regions. According to one of the many myths surrounding the name of Pissouri village, which means ‘’darkness’’, during the persecution of the Christians many have found refuge in secluded regions such as this one.

Station and fountain in Pissouri

Station & Fountain

The station with the fountain was built during the English rule in 1953. This was the begining
of the tradition of villagers carrying water in pitchers. The fountains, based on Cypriot tradition,
became a meeting point for the village girls where they shared their news and a point for secret
dates for couples. In 1965 the direct supply of water to homes begun, hence bringing to an end
the tradition of fountains, which remain to offer water to passers-by.

The myth in Pissouri

The myth

It is the location, where-according to the myth, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and
beauty, was born. The ancient Greek Goddess was born of the sea spray and blown
there by the winds, Zephyr and Aura, as Isiodos narrates in his work Theogonia.
The region is part of the Cultural Route of Aphrodite.

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5 Places in Cyprus to see autumn colours

5 Places in Cyprus to see autumn coloursin Cyprus

5 Places in Cyprus to see autumn colours

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Enjoy the beauty and intensity of autumn in Cyprus while September can often be as hot as August, the Autumn months in Cyprus are generally pleasant and energising for those of us who live here.

Towards the end of October evenings tend to get cooler. In October through November, leaves change colour and vineyards in Troodos Mountains take on gold and crimson hues against a backdrop of crystal clear sunlight. In Cyprus, even mid-November can feel like summer but by month’s end medium-weight apparel for the late afternoons and evenings will enhance the traveller’s experience.

Enjoy beautiful autumn days in Troodos by visiting the forest, the villages, the vineyards and the amazing views from the highests points of Troodos Mountains.

A complete network of amazing walking trails starting either from the top of the Troodos mountains, with unspoiled, breathtaking views over the sea and the near by villages or across the rivers where the sounds of nature blended with the beauty of the trees and plants invite you to a lifetime experience beyond your imagination and expectations. Live the moment. Enhance your senses and experience to the full one of the most beautiful places in the whole world.

Here are some of our favourite places, in Troodos Mountains to see Autumn colours.


Tzielefos Bridge in Cyprus
Tzielefos Bridge in Cyprus

Tzielefos Bridge

Tzielefos Bridge is one of the medieval bridges positioned between the Elia and Roudia bridges. Another great walking route can be found just over an hour’s drive inland in the verdant Troodos Mountains. There, you can take a trail from Kaminaria Village to the stunning medieval Tzelefos Bridge. You’ll pass the equally entrancing Elia Bridge on your way too.

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Platres Village in Cyprus
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Platres Village

Located in the Troodos mountain range, in the Lemesos (Limassol) district, the village of Platres sits at an altitude of 1.100 metres. It can be reached from Lemesos by following the B8 route, and then the F825 for Kato Platres.

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PLATANIA FOREST
PLATANIA FOREST

Platania Forest

Enjoy and photograph autumn landscapes in Troodos region like Platania picnic and camping site. Platania is located 5km from the village of Kakopetria near the Platania forest station. The altitude is 1100 meters while the maximum capacity in terms of tents and caravans is 150.

Direction to Platania Forest

Kakopetria Village in Cyprus
KLARIOS RIVER in Cyprus

Kakopetria Village

Perched on the slopes of the Troodos Mountain, cuddled in the green of its forests and bathed in the freshness of its streams, Discover the magical scenery of the Solea Valley, and enjoy nature that has been so generous to this picturesque village!
Choose Kakopetria for a memorable vacation, take a journey into the past, and savor the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.

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Pedoulas Village  in Cyprus
Pedoulas Village in Cyprus

Pedoulas Village

Pedoulas is situated on the northern flanks of the Troodos range, 1200 meters, above sea level, and is thw loftiest village of the Marathasa valley. Its history dates back in the Byzantine times. Tourists and visitors can enjoy the exceptional climate and unique scenery in a tranquil setting, at the same time taste a great variety of fruits and its pure and healthy water.

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The 20 Coziest places to stay around Cyprus

The 20 Coziest places to stay around Cyprus in Cyprus

The 20 Coziest places to stay around Cyprus

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Get some rest and unwind at an exquisite hotel or Agrotourism getaway. When it’s snowing outside, the warmth of fireplaces and snuggling up is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There are many hotels in the Troodos area, and most are within close proximity to the ski resort. If you’re not planning on skiing, you can always head somewhere a little further afield to enjoy the winter ambience. From Kalopanayiotis to Pedoulas, Kakopetria to Platres, there is an endless list of places to put your feet up for the night.

What about Spring!!! Cyprus in springtime is lusciously GREEN! Spring in Cyprus is, for most people, the best time to visit. Winter’s rains bring the countryside to life. February and March are the prime months of verdant colours to behold. The main months of rainfall are December, January and February and, after the countryside has been inundated with much needed water, the magic and the beauty begin to blossom. It is a wonder how plants can withstand such intense fluctuations in temperature yet still survive.

Some of the Cosiest Places to Stay around Cyprus are in the Villages of Kalopanayiotis, Pedoulas, Kakopetria, Askas (Nicosia District) Pano Lefkara, Vavla, Kato Drys, Tochni (Larnaca District) Platres, Lofou, Omodos, Arsos, Potamitissa (Limassol District) Episkopi, Droushia and Pomos (Paphos District).


Aristotelio in Cyprus
Aristotelio in Cyprus

Aristotelio

Pedoulas Village

“Aristotelio” is a small and remarkably elegant hotel, ready to offer a warm hospitality. Located in the community of Pedoulas, in the highest valley of Marathasa, at the tops of the Troodos Mountains.

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Casale Panayiotis in Cyprus
Casale Panayiotis in Cyprus

Casale Panayiotis

Kalo Panayiotis Village

Discover village life in Cyprus through a luxury hotel and spa set in an ancient mountain range. A welcoming, traditional village, cascading down the mountainside, inviting guests to experience a tangible past now revived in a proud, Cypriot community.

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Apokryfo Traditional Guesthouse
Apokryfo Traditional Guesthouse

Apokryfo Hotel

Lofou Village

APOKRYFO comes from the greek ‘”hidden away…..kept secret” a fitting name for this secluded property. Apokryfo is a unique hideaway located at the edge of the picturesque village of Lofou, in the foothills of Mount Olympus, Cyprus. This boutique hotel is made up of a cluster of old stone houses that have been painstakingly renovated by the owners: local architect Vakis Hadjikyriacou and his interior designer wife, Diana.

Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses  in Cyprus
Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses  in Cyprus

Oinoessa

Lofou Village

Oinoessa is a complex of two luxurious stone-built houses, consisted of six deluxe studio apartments that surround a private courtyard. It is located in one of the most scenic and unspoilt areas of Cyprus, the picturesque village of Lofou. Here, you will find peace and tranquillity: it is the perfect getaway from the stresses of modern life.

Pano Lefkara Villa House  in Cyprus
Pano Lefkara Villa House  in Cyprus

Pano Lefkara
Villa House

Pano Lefkara Village

Built in 1890 , the listed property lies in the heart of the beautiful village. An exceptionally beautiful 4 bedroom traditional 400 sq.m building with an inner courtyard and lush garden.

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RedBlue Door Traditional Listed Houses in Cyprus
RedBlue Door Traditional Listed Houses in Cyprus

RedBlueDoor

Pano Lefkara Village

Situated in Lefkara village, RedBlueDoor offers fully equipped stone houses, which combine both traditional and modern features. Free WiFi is available throughout, while some villas also enjoy spa facilities.

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Linos Inn in Cyprus
Linos Inn in Cyprus

Linos Inn

Kakopetria Village

Linos Inn is situated in Old Kakopetria village, in the Solea Valley – approximately 50 km from Lefkosia (Nicosia) the capital of Cyprus, 50 km from Lemessos (Limassol) the 2nd largest town and 15 km from Mount Olympus, the highest peak of the Troodos mountains.

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Arsorama Village in Cyprus

Arsorama Village

Arsos Village

Arsorama is the home we inherited from our ancestors and which the government has declared preserved. Due to the many beautiful memories we have had in the years gone, by with our great grand parents, we wanted to honor their memory by bringing back life to our ancestral home.

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The Carob Tree Villa in Cyprus
The Carob Tree Villa in Cyprus

The
Carob Tree Villa

Tochni Village

The Carob Tree Village Villa is a 3 bedroom home in the stunning Tochni Village, centrally located in Cyprus. Each room has access to its own private bathroom.

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New Helvetia in Cyprus
Arsorama Village in Cyprus

New Helvetia

Platres Village

Hosted in a 1930s stone building, this vintage-style hotel offers free Wi-Fi, and on-site fitness facilities. It is located in Pano Platres, at the foot of the Troodos Mountains.

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Lyhnos in Cyprus
Lyhnos in Cyprus

Lyhnos

Askas Village

Welcome to the House of Lyhnos, a house whose history goes back two hundred years. Almond blossoms in the spring, picking hazelnuts in August, grapes and vines, grape flavours and wine​.

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Oinou Strata in Cyprus
Oinou Strata in Cyprus

Oinou Strata

Vouni Village

Oinou Strata offers the option of a luxurious and relaxing stay in Vouni, one of the biggest wine-villages of the mountainous Limassol and maybe one of the best agrotourism destinations.

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Palatakia in Cyprus
Palatakia in Cyprus

Palatakia

Kato Drys Village

Housed in a 300-year old building, Palatakia combines traditional architecture with modern facilities. It is located in Kato Drys with several monuments to visit and offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.

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To Konatzi tis Marikas tzai tou Yianni  in Cyprus
To Konatzi tis Marikas tzai tou Yianni  in Cyprus

To Konatzi

Kato Drys Village

“To Konatzi of Marika and Yiannis” is situated in the centre of the village and it was built in 1865 by the members of the family. The House was restored in 2016.

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Ktima 1937 Kannides in Cyprus
Ktima 1937 Kannides in Cyprus

Ktima 1937
Kannides

Droushia Village

KTIMA 1937 Kannides is a traditional house that has been tastefully renovated and converted into a complex of five apartments in Droushia Village, Paphos District.

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Votsalo villa  in Cyprus
Votsalo villa  in Cyprus

Votsalo villa

Pomos Village

Set in Pomos, just 3.7 km from St Raphaels Church, Votsalo villa offers beachfront accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, a garden and free WiFi. This property offers a private pool and free private parking.

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Ambelikos in Cyprus
Ambelikos in Cyprus

Ambelikos

Potamitissa Village

Welcome to Ambelikos Agrohotel, a little gem situated on the eastern slopes of the Troodos mountains in the village of Potimitissa. With traditional cuisine and local wines and tucked away from the busy tourist areas.

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Piskopos House in Cyprus
Piskopos House  in Cyprus

Piskopos House

Episkopi Village

In a typical Cyprus Village, Episkopi of Pafos, ideally located for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt region, the traditional Piskopos House can easily become your perfect place of lodging.

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Vavla Rustic Retreat in Cyprus
Vavla Rustic Retreat  in Cyprus

Vavla Rustic Retreat

Vavla Village

Vavla Rustic Retreat is your ideal destination for a quiet, rustic get-away into the countryside of a village steeped in culture, history and traditions. Situated at the very top of the village of Vavla.

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Stou Kir Yianni  in Cyprus
Stou Kir Yianni  in Cyprus

Stou Kir Yianni

Omodos Village

All the wonderful compliments and praise that are bestowed on Omodos Village, apply equally to the ‘house that Stavros built’ Named in honour of his father (Yianni).

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Athalassa National Forest Park

Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus

Athalassa National Forest Park

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Located on the south-eastern edge of the city of Lefkosia (Nicosia), Athalassa National Forest Park has a total area of 840 hectares and is an oasis of greenery with many endemic, indigenous trees, shrubs and herbs. Athalassa was declared a National Forest Park in 1990, based on the provisions of the Forestry Legislation. It is located in the southeast of Nicosia and is surrounded, in the north by Aglantzia, in the south west by Strovolos, and Latsia and in the southeast by Geri. In addition to its primary function as space and green lungs, the Park is offered for outdoor recreation activitied, physical exercise and environmental education and training. The Park is becoming increasingly important for the capital, mainly because of its geographical position – as it is easily accessible to the public- , but also because it is the largest free area of green areas in the wider region.Geological samples, fossils and related objects are exhibited in a separate room, and visual material is used to present the local fauna and flora.

Its network of trails – covering 20 kilometres – makes it a popular place for cycling, walking and dog walking (on a designated pathway).

A park to walk, run or cycle. The best place for training in Nicosia. One gets the impression that they are in a forest. There is also a lake in the park something that makes Athalassa a very friendly destination for families with children.
The Botanical Gardens are open daily and are free of charge to visit, whilst the grounds of the park also incorporate a Visitor’s Centre that provides information about the environmental features of the park. A scale model replica of the park shows its basic natural features, vegetation and recreational facilities, whilst dioramas give three-dimensional representations of the area’s vegetation, birds, mammals and reptiles.


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Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus
Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus

Why locals love it

It is the biggest green area in the capital and locals love to go there for a walk to cycle or simply to relax and appreciate all the wildlife that finds refuge there. There are also picnic facilities, which locals like to use on the weekends.

Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus
Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus

Why you
should visit it

There are picnic facilities on the park, as well as sports ground and cycling paths, which makes the park a nice alternative for tourists. In addition, there is also a bird observation point, where people can learn more about the birds that live or visit the island.

Special tip
Going there early in the morning is a unique experience!

Athalassa National Forest Park
Athalassa National Forest Park

The visitor centre

The Visitor Centre of the Athalassa National Forest Park is situated on the northeastern edge of the Agios Georgios Park, by the corner of the Kyreneia and Athalassa avenues, in Aglantzia. It is administered by the Department of Forests and was opened to the public in May, 2004. The buildings of the Centre are old government buildings restored by the Department of Forests in collaboration with other authorities.

The Agios Georgios Park in Cyprus
The Agios Georgios Park in Cyprus

The Agios Georgios Park

The Centre is within walking distance from the Agios Georgios Park offering a variety of recreational facilities and a pleasant environment.

Direction to The Agios Georgios Park

Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus
Athalassa National Forest Park in Cyprus

Cylcing Route

Cycling Route National Forest Park Athalassa
Difficulty rate: An easy route for all types of bicycle.

Road condition: Paved road throughout.

Route description: National Forest Park Athalassa was given a 16km long bicycle path on the initiative of the Forestry Department. It is a popular area for the inhabitants of the capital, who go there to exercise or just for fun.

National Forest Park Athalassa is located south of Nicosia (Lefkosia) and to the east of the Nicosia – Limassol motorway.

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3 unspoiled hideaway beaches in the South Coast

Beaches in Cyprus

3 unspoiled hideaway beaches in the South Coast

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The south coast is Cyprus at its most diverse. Beaches hem the shore and offer relaxed holiday fun.
A sunlover’s haven, Limassol is blessed with 16 kilometers of beachfront. This long stretch of sandy beaches includes areas with excellent facilities and clear waters that have been awarded with the Blue Flag label.

Hotel developments may have taken over much of the coast, but drive a little further afield and the natural beauty of the region reveals itself. Beaches around Episkopi Bay nestle in against verdant farmland and dramatic bluffs, while inland the countryside rolls upward in hilly waves, with roads edged by olive and almond trees and vineyard rows.

Here’s a look at the three most unspoiled hideaway beaches in the South Coast.

Zapalo Beach in Cyprus
Zapalo Beach in Cyprus

Zapalo Beach

Episkopi

Located right under the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, Zapalo Bay is propably the most spectacular beach in the Limassol District. It is a large bay which combines steep cliffs, fine brown sand, white rocks and crystal-clear deep-blue waters. The view from the top of the bay is stunning.

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Cape Aspro in Cyprus
Cape Aspro in Cyprus

Cape Aspro

Pissouri

A landscape of unique, wild charms unravels at the western coast of the Limassol district. Cape Aspro, whose name is related to the white, chalky cliffs rising above the beach, is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places in the Limassol district.

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Governor’s Beach in Cyprus
Governor’s Beach in Cyprus

Governor’s Beach

Governor’s Beach offers the perfect balance of a beautiful natural setting and mild human intervention. Dark grey sand with graceful white chalk rocks protruding into the navy blue sea are complemented with sunbeds,umbrellas and nearby amenities, making your visit here both relaxing and comfortable.

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Where to stay in limassol in Cyprus
Where to stay in limassol in Cyprus

Where to stay?

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Pomos village

Pomos in Cyprus

Pomos

Paphos

POMOS WEATHER

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Pomos village, hanging on the cliffs of west coast Cyprus, lies about 20 km afar from Polis Chrysochous, on the way to Akamas nature reserve.
It is a laid back village very peaceful and quiet. It is ideal for those wanting to live the authentic Cyprus way of life, away from the hassle and bustle of tourist’s resorts.

This tranquil and calm area prides itself with amazing views of the coastline and sandy beaches, making it the ideal place for rest and relaxation.

Pomos is one of the remaining unspoiled and undisturbed areas of Paphos. An ideal location to get away from it all.

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Beach Pomos in Cyprus
Beach Pomos in Cyprus

Beach

The beach that shows up in front of you is not only virgin but it has expansion of one kilometer. The beach of Pomos has something special. It has enough width and it is constituted from a fine but also coarse-grained sand, mixed with few colourful pebbles.

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Port in pomos ,Paphos Cyprus
Port in Cyprus

Port

The littoral place of the village contributed to the development of fishery. In the offshore area next to the Akron Pomos, there is a fishery shelter which in 1984 took in four fish boats that kept busy seven residents of the area. With state expenses since 1983 the port of the area developed significantly.

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Cape

The cape of Pomos or the Akron Pomos as it is more known , is in the area of Tilirias about two kilometers north of the village in which he took its name . Its formation took place because of the hard rock that is around it and which resisted the mordant energy of the waves.

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Dragon’s Cave in Cyprus
Dragon’s Cave in Cyprus

Dragon’s Cave

In the past tradition said that ships arrived in the area and made burglaries. In this cave there was the famous Dragon who protected the area from all the evil things that happened then. It is a rocky cave, with an opening to the sea some kilometers further from the port, to the cape. The cave has lots of depth and sweet water comes from there.

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Sunset in Cyprus
Sunset in Cyprus

Sunset

While the sunset begins, the few scattered clouds take a soft golden color and create a marvelous view. The Sunset here is Bucolic and blissful, wonderful and wild, head along this far north western coast of the island. The location of Pomos is the ideal place to watch the sunset. The scenery and nature are unique. Even in the same place every sunset is different from day to day. Pomos is one of the best sunset view points not only in Cyprus but all over Europe.

Pachyammos in Cyprus
Pachyammos in Cyprus

Pachyammos Village

The small village of Pachyammos, just 3,5 km from Pomos is majestically beautiful and the mountains lead straight into the sea. The main point of interest is the impressive church of Agios Rafael, an important pilgrimage site for the faithful due to the belief in the miraculous curing powers of the saint.

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Pomos Accommodation in Cyprus
Pomos Accommodation in Cyprus

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Stunning natural environment, friendly, laid back people, great apartments and villas for your accommodation, wonderful beaches, stunning sunset, Pomos is the ideal place for those seeking active holidays in the nature.

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4 Great trail in Troodos Mountains

4 Great trail in Troodos Mountains in Cyprus

4 Great trail in Troodos Mountains

TROODOS WEATHER

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HIKING TRAILS DIFFICULTY RATINGS

All nature trails are divided in 3 categories of difficulty, as follows:
Category 1: Easy trail, with gentle gradient. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Category 2: Average degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in fair to good fitness levels. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), and/or course along narrow or rough terrain.

Category 3: High degree of difficulty. Route with difficult terrain such as sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), course along particularly rough and/or slippery, and/or narrow, and/or steep terrain. Suitable for adults in very good to excellent fitness levels. Unsuitable for young children.

“GET BACK TO NATURE”
Explore the island’s natural beauty, especially its fauna, flora and mining heritage, by walking its nature trails, which have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes of Cyprus.
A series of unique and complex geological processes have made Cyprus a model for scientists and a key to understanding the evolution of planet Earth and its oceans.The wooded summit of Troodos is the deepest layer of a piece of oceanic crust and the upper mantle of the earth, i.e. an ophiolite formed 90 million years ago, 8000 metres below the surface of the sea. Cyprus’ forests are mostly natural woodlands of great biodiversity and major ecological significance.

The Trails

In general the terrain is easy to cross and so are the trails. The routes start and finish almost at the same place. The Troodos square.
The trails are Atalanti, Persephone, Psilo Dentro-Pouziaris and Kaledonia.

Basicaly the Atalanti Route starts at 1730m where the square is, then goes to 1830m and finally ascents back to 1748 again.

The routes of Persephone, Psilo Dentro-Pouziaris and Kaledonia starts at 1730m where the square is, then goes all the way down to 1238m and finally ascents back to 1700 again.


Atalanti Trail in Cyprus
Atalanti Trail in Cyprus

Atalanti Trail

TRAIL TYPE: Circular
STARTING POINT: Troodos Square
LENGTH: 14km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 4 – 5 hours
DIFFICULTY RATE: 2

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persephone trail in Cyprus
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Persephone Trail

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: 150m south of Troodos Square, in the direction of the police station.
LENGTH: 3km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 1 hour
DIFFICULTY RATE: 1

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Psilodentro Pouziaris Trail
Psilodentro Pouziaris Trail

Psilodentro Pouziaris Trail

STARTING POINT: The crossing point of the forest road Platres – Mesa Potamos with the tourist road Moniatis – Platres – Troodos, close to the Psilodentro (Tall Tree).
LENGTH: 9km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 3 – 4 hours
DIFFICULTY RATE: 3
(This path is very challenging due to the uphill and downhill areas of the route.)

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kalidonia trail in Cyprus
kalidonia trail in Cyprus

Kalidonia Trail

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: (A) 350m from the main road of Troodos Square – Platres, 3km from the square. You can also access the starting point from the old Troodos – Platres road, after the Presidential Summer Residence. (B) At the Psilodentro (Tall Tree) above Pano (Upper) Platres

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