Cyprus is the legendary birthplace of the goddess of beauty,
love, sex and passion, the beautiful Aphrodite.
|Limassol is the second biggest city and the
major port of the island. It is located in the south coast of
the island and lies between the ancient kingdoms of Curium and
Amathus. East of the town one can find the tourist area with
luxurious hotels close to the beach and a of variety
restaurants, taverns, cafes and discos.
|Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and the
largest city in the island. Its population is estimated to
exceed the 150,000 people. Presidential and Archbishop's Palace
as well as central government offices are housed in Nicosia.
Also it houses all foreign Embassies. It is a modern European
city and a busy commercial center with many local and
international companies having their main offices here.
Places of interest : Cyprus Museum, Folk Art Museum, National
Struggle Museum, Cyprus Handicraft Center, Archbishop's Palace,
Annual Events : Nicosia International Fair (May)
|Larnaca is very closed to the island's main
International Airport. It is a flourishing tourist resort with
many hotels and hotel apartments at the east part of the city
along the coastal road.
Places of interest : Pierides Museum, Saint Lazarus Church,
Larnaca Promenade - 'Phinikoudes' (Palm Trees), Byzantine Church
of Angeloktisti, Ancient Khirokitia.
Annual Events : 'Kataklysmos' Festival (June)
|Paphos is a very popular tourist resort as it
combines excellent hotels with a beautiful physical enviroment.
It is closed to the second International Airport of Cyprus and
has many interesting places to visit as it carries a long
history from ancient times until today.
Places of interest : Tombs of the kings, Rock of Aphrodite,
Mosaics (House of Dionysos and House of Theseus), Paphos Castle,
Baths of Aphrodite, Palepaphos (Kouklia).
god of vine and wine, can still find his ancient festivals
celebrated on Cyprus
times, Cypriot wine has been known as "a balm for the body" with
extraordinary properties that promote a healthy body.
||The 3,600 square mile island is blessed with sandy
beaches, forested mountain interiors carpeted with flowers in the
spring, quiet rural villages and a stylish capital - Nicosia. Seaside
resorts ring the island from Ayia Napa in the east to Larnaka and
Limassol in the south, and Paphos in the east.
The Limassol Carnival (February - March)
The Limassol Carnival is an essential institution and great tradition
for the citizens of Limassol. The festival lasts for ten (10) days,
filled with festive, amusing masquerading.
More about Carnival on Cyprus
"Anthestiria" - Flower Festival (May)
This festival takes place in May. "Anthestiria" were organised in Athens
in honour of the God Dionysus, the divine protector of the theatre. They
were also the festival of souls and plants celebrating the rebirth of
man and nature. Nature beauty is celebrated during the flower festival.
Nature’s beauty is celebrated in Limassol, with flower parades and
exhibitions of plants and flowers.
"Kataklysmos" - Festival of the Flood (June) Limassol
Kataklysmos is a festival which takes place near the sea shore of
Limassol, on the Sunday of the Pentecost and the Monday of the Holy
Spirit. It is unique in its kind and has a paganistic character.
We don't know for certain what the origins of this festival were. A lot
of people believe that kataklysmos originated from the ancient
ceremonies in honour of Aphrodite and Adonis. The custom of throwing
sea, river or lake-water at one another has prevailed both in areas near
the sea and inland of Limassol.
On Sunday and Monday, a variety of dance and song competitions take
place. Popular songs known as "chatista" are sung by different singing
groups which complete each other.
Shakespearean nights (June)
The Shakespeare festival is a charity event annually organized by the
Society for Chest Diseases at the ancient theatre of Curium.
There, Shakespeare’s plays are staged, in a fascinating environment in
the open air theatre of Curium. The performances attract large audiences
from Cyprus and abroad.
Anthestiria – Flower Festival (May)
The flower festival, which takes place during May, is a celebration of
nature's beauty during spring, anthestiria derives from the Greek word
anthos meaning flower. The origin of the Anthestiria goes back to
ancient times, when festivals were organised in honour of god Dionysus,
the divine protector of the theatre.
Kataklysmos - Festival of the flood (June)
Forty days after Easter, Limassol bursts into action celebrating the
Kataklysmos, splashing each other with water, which is said to symbolise
the purification of the body and soul. According to Greek mythology the
celebrations are in honour of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, who
it’s said was born at Petra tou Romiou, a series of rock formations off
the south coast of Cyprus. The annual festival takes place near the sea
shore of Limassol during June and adults and kids alike will find it
The Wine Festival (September)
During the first quarter of September, the great Wine Festival of Cyprus
takes place in the Municipal Garden of Limassol, every evening between
8.00 hrs - 23.00 hrs. During the festival the visitor has the chance to
taste some of the best Cyprus wines, which are offered free of charge.
On some evenings, various groups from Cyprus and abroad perform folk
dancing and there are also choirs and others.
Ancient Greek Drama Festival (July - August)
This cultural event is organized by the Cyprus Tourism Organization and
the Cyprus Theatre Organization. Performances of ancient dramas and
comedies are presented in Greek and are held in the ancient Theatre of
Citrium, 19 km west of Limassol.
Limassol Wine Festival (August - September)
In ancient times, Greeks would have spectacular celebrations dedicated
to Dionysus, the God of Wine, and Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and
Beauty. The Limassol Wine Festival is today’s equivalent to the ancient
celebrations dedicated to them. The first wine festival was organised in
1961 offering to Cypriots and visitors a taste of Cypriot wine and a
fun, comfortable atmosphere. Some 15,000 visitors come each year to
taste, free of charge, an assortment of wines, to enjoy the warm
atmosphere, feast on delicious local dishes and be entertained by local
dancers, songs and plays.
The festival has been an annual event since then, offering free wine,
Cypriot food, traditional music and dancing, attracting thousands of
Cypriots and visitors alike. The host City,
Lemesos (Limassol) is also
the center of the biggest grape-producing region of Cyprus and there is
much participation by wineries of KEO, SODAP, LOEL and ETKO.
Since 1962 the emblem of this festival is the giant replica of a Cypriot
vine grower in his traditional local costume, and his slogan “Drink
wine, it gives you life”.
HISTORY: On the doorstep of Asia
only 76 miles Syria, 43 miles from Turkey and 270 miles from Rhodes. Its
shape and situation have made it a natural target. Cyprus has
been a gateway to the eastern Mediterranean for 10,000 years, ever since
it was first settled by Anatolian tribes. Since then, it has been fought
over by the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, the Ottomans
and the British. Sailors
have long prized its fertility and ability to
The Eteocyprians in their early days had
worshipped a goddess of fertility. When the Greeks came this figure was
transformed into their goddess of love, Aphrodite. Apollo was also
worshipped but Aphrodite became a kind of patron saint of the island
with sanctuaries dedicated to her in every corner and her temple in old
Paphos became famous throughout Greece. She became associated with
Cyprus so much that the legend was born of Paphos as her birthplace,
where she first rose from the sea and festivals were held in her honor.
When the Romans came later they continued the worship of Aphrodite under
the Roman name of Venus. They rebuilt the temple at Paphos and produced
coins of it which circulated round the Mediterranean Cyprus and
Aphrodite amalgamated and Cyprus was called the "Island of Aphrodite".
In 1960 Cyprus became an independent country after many adventures and
occupations and was later admitted to the U.N. and became a member of
the British Commonwealth and of the Council of Europe.
The complicated constitutional provisions were such that difficulties
immediately arose in the functioning of the state.
On December 21, 1963, fighting broke out in Nicosia and later to the
rest of the Island between the communities of Greeks and Turks which
make up the main population of Cyprus. In August 1964 the Turkish Air
Force bombed Greek Cypriot patrol boats and villages in Tylliria and
Turkey threatened to invade the Island in defense of the Turkish
Cypriots. In July 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus and occupied 37% of the
extent of Cyprus.
Telephone: +357 6 801800
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8mls/13kms East of Paphos
Transportation to city centre Bus: available. Taxi: fare CYP
5, journey time 15 mins
Air 2000, Cyprus Airways, El Al Israel Airlines, Finnair,
Hapag Lloyd, IRS Aero, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines, Transaero
information: tel 422833/801810, available 24 hours
Postal address: P.O. Box 3001,
Telephone: +357 4 630700
Fax: +357 4 630707
Location: 5mls/8kms South of
Transportation to city centre
Bus: service 19/22/24, every 60 mins Mon-Fri, fare CYP 0.35,
journey time 15 mins. Taxi: fare CYP 3, journey time 15 mins
Airlines: Aeroflot Russian
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Airport tax: None
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