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    Coral Bay Beach in Peyia

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 30, 2013

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    Coral Bay beach is tourists' favourite beach in Paphos.
    I was recently here and I have a video showing the whole of the coral bay. (Don't miss it).

    Take the coast road from Paphos Town north for about 14 miles signposted to Peyia. There are frequent service buses from Kato Paphos

    The Coral Bay in January
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    Agios Nicolaos Tis Stegis -11th Century

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Don't miss this very old church of the 11th century while driving through Kakopetria.
    In 1985 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List which includes nine other painted Byzantine churches of the Troodos range.

    It is the only surviving Byzantine monastery of the 11th century in Cyprus.

    The Ancient church of Agios Nikolas tis Stegis The old Chuch of Agios Nicolas
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    Adonis Baths in Paphos

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Adonis baths, at a two level waterfall, is a beautiful little paradise which is well worth visiting.

    This is where Adonis the lover of Aphrodite used to bathe, according to Greek mythology. It is also called the baths of Aphrodite, or (Ta Loutra tis Aphrodites).

    Mind you, the fee to get inside is 9.00 or 10.00 euros! I find it too expensive.

    It is just 2 km from the coastal village Latchi.

    Adoni's baths Adonis baths leading sign Interior of the owner's collection Adonis Baths
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    AKAMAS PENINSULA

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    The Akamas peninsula situated to the north west of Paphos is a unique area with outstanding varied vegetation, wildlife, landscapes and coasts. The number of plant species found here are up to 600, 35 of which are endermic, there are also 168 species of bird, 20 reptiles and butterfly species and 12 mammals.

    It is a paradise for naturalists and if you come here between March and April there are wild orchids and tulips found in the unspoilt countryside here.

    Wild orchids in Akamas
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    Bellapais Abbey near Kyrenia

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    %Gothic Bellapais Monastery also known as Bellapais Abbey is set on the flanks of the Five-finger (Kyrenia) mountains in the beautiful hillside village of Bellapais .
    A spot not to be missed if you get to the north side of the island.

    Opening hours
    Daily 9.00 - 19.00 from June until mid-September

    Daily 9.00 - 17.00 from mid-September until May

    Admission policies are flexible, app. 5 YTL

    ******
    (As a Cypriot my heat hurts when I see Cypriot places occupied by the Turkish troops).
    It is so painful to have your country divided in two parts.

    Bellapais Abbey The ancient ruins of Bellapais
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    AGIA NAPA

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    The golden sandy beaches of Agia Napa will amaze you.
    During the summer season when the hotels and restaurants are open this area can become quite noizy.
    There is the monastery of Agia Napa on the left side of the bus-stop worth to be visited.

    There are many taverns and pubs in the area.
    The beaches are sandy with turquoise and aquamarine colours.
    There is a bus leaving from the Palm Tree avenue that comes to Agia Napa every hour in summer.

    The Port of Agia Napa Unspoilled sandy beaches of Agia Napa View from the Port
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    PROTARAS

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Protaras is popular for its crystal turquoise waters and lovely beaches.

    The area of the Fig Tree Bay is the most popular. There are many restaurants, bars and pubs in the whole area, many tourist and souvenir shops.
    It is close to Agia Napa and Paralimni.
    In the outskirts of Protaras there are some rocky bays ideal for divers.

    I came to Protaras several times during summer holidays and I find it a more quiet resort than Agia Napa. I would recommend it to couples with small children.
    Usually people who love noisy nightlife choose Agia Napa as it is more popular to the younger generation.

    Crystal clear turquoise in Protaras Unspoilled sandy beaches
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    The Monastery of Agia Napa

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    If you come from Larnaca by coach the final stop is at the square of the Monastery.
    Don't miss visiting it because it is worth it.

    If you come from Larnaca by coach the final stop is at the square of the Monastery of Agia Napa. It is worth visiting it because it has much history.

    An ancient sycamore, believed to be over 600 years old sits outside the south gate of Ayia Napa monastery. Inside there is a cave which tells of the history of the monastery as a place of worship for early settlers to the island.

    Tip: Look at my transportation tips to see how you can get here.

    By the entrance of the Monastery The ancient sycamore tree at the entrance Inside the gardens The buildings in the garden The Ancient Monastery of Aghia Napa
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    Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Don't miss visiting the Byzantine Monastery of John the Lampadistis in the village of Kalopanagiotis. Kalopanagiotis is a beautiful village in the Troodos range.

    The Church and Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, (Saint John Lampadistis) is one of the 9 painted Byzantine churches found in the Troodos Mountains and it is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    It contains excellent frescoes, treasures of Byzantine art of the 13th and 15th century.

    The Monastery of John Lampadistis in Troodos
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    Don't Miss the Museum of John Lampadistis!

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    If you come to the Monastery of John Lampadistis, don't miss visiting the museum as well.
    Normally they don't allow visitors taking photos, but I had a special permit and I had the privilege to take the photos I wanted.
    I have them here on this thread if you wish to have a look. They are indeed very old and worth seeing. They are masterpieces in one word.

    Tip: Don't leave without going to see where the Holy Water comes out of a rock!
    (Watch out though as it is a bit slippery down there).

    The leading path to the Holy Water
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    Life in Traditional Villages...Worth visiting!

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Discover what Cyprus really is about by visiting beautiful traditional villages that seem to be a world away. These villages are scattered throughout the island.

    It is here that you will understand and feel the real authentic Cypriot culture, its people and the hidden gems.
    Cyprus is not an island to be visited only during the summer months. A drive on the Mountains of Troodos and Olympos, or Akamas.

    Visit a traditional Agrotourism House and I am sure you will want to come here again and again.
    Personally I love visiting these Agro houses, which I find very cozy, and in my tips I am including several such from my frequent visits on the island. Choose the one you think will suit you. I suggest that you book to one such even for 2 or 3 days before you leave the island.
    You won't regret it.

    The picturesque village of Tochni

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    The Tenta at Kalavasos

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    A site not to be missed by anyone!

    Just a few kilometres from the village of Kalavasos one can come to the very popular – Tenta. It provides evidence of the initial establishment (end of the 7th millennium B.C.). The Cypriot Aceramic Neolithic.

    The Tenta comprises a small village with houses clustered around the upper part of a small natural hill. All of the architectural elements here are curvilinear, if not circular.

    Tenta - Kalavasos The Tenta at Kalavasos The ruins of houses under the Tenta -Kalavasos
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    The Chocolate Workshop in Platres

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    If you are up the Troodos range don't miss visiting Platres which is one of the most popoular resorts in Cyprus, the whole year round.

    There you will have the chance to visit the Most famous Chocolate workshop in Cyprus and not only....

    You can even attend a chocolate class where you can make your own chocolates! It's fun.

    The chocolates here are of excellent quality and taste and been enjoyed by many Heads of State including the Queen of England.

    A variety of chocolates to choose from! Voted one of the Top Ten Must See Attractions! Chocolate drink Mouth watering chocolates!
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    The Most Significant sites NOT to be Missed!

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    The list of places to visit while you are having your holidays in Cyprus can indeed be very long.
    I have tried to narrow it down to the most significant and popular sites that one should not miss.

    • Paphos Harbour & Castle
    • Kourion/Kolossi Castle
    • Limassol Castle
    • The ruins of ancient Kition
    • Nicosia 'within the walls' and the House of Hadigeorgakis Kornesios
    • The Paphos mosaics
    • Panagia tou Araka
    • The nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos Mountains
    • Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church
    • Agia Napa and Protaras
    • Cedar Valley
    • Choirokitia
    • Lefkara
    • Baths of Aphrodite
    • Rock of Aphrodite
    • Omodos

    The Baths of Aphrodite area Paphos - Aphrodite baths area
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    Visiting the Folk Art Museum in Nicosia

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    The building itself is originally 15th century gothic with latter additions.
    It was originally used as a monastery for the Latin Order of Benedictines and was taken over by the Greek Orthodox Church sometime before the Ottoman occupation in 1571. It went on to become the Archibishop’s Palace prior to the building of the new Archbishopric nearby.

    The door is carved stone archway with a 16th century fresco of the Annunciation, and it is supposed to be the oldest fresco of the city.

    Exhibits:
    What the visitor sees here is a vast collection of everyday items from a forgotten era. The collection is rich and it is split in different rooms. This is where you will find the costumes of the people; the looms used to weave their fabrics; pottery; furniture –often beautifully carved and painted in bright colours; decorative baskets that were used for different things; Jewellery and other metal work including the most intricate filigree work. There are samples of embroidery as well.

    A stroll out here makes the guest feel as if he enters a time-machine that takes him back to Nicosia, a century and a half back. You see, 150 years back the people of Cyprus were still under the yoke of Ottoman rule and the majority of them were extremely poor. A completely different picture of what is today.

    I highly recommend it. Be sure not to miss it!

    Fee is 2 euros for adults,
    1 for children, and special discounts for groups.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Friday- 09:00 to 16:00
    Saturday: 09:00 to 13:00
    Tel: +357 2243 2578

    Exhibits Interior
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