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Paphos - the Birthplace of Aphrodite

Paphos - the Birthplace of Aphrodite

Paphos is a Mediterranean coastal town on the southwest corner of Cyprus. Palaepaphos or old Paphos which is now the area of Kouklia has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. This area was the centre of the cult of Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and old Paphos was the most important place of worship for the goddess in the ancient world. Archeologically there are findings of this cult as far back in time as 700BC and in 391AD when the Romans inhabited the island. 

Nicosia the last divided city in the world

Nicosia the last divided city in the world

Steeped in history, Nicosia can be traced back to the Bronze Age. It has been the capital of Cyprus since the 11th century AD when it was a spectacular city with a royal palace and over 50 churches. In the 16th century the city was enclosed by the Venetian wall which was built to ward of an Ottoman attack. This wall, that is still standing in part today, was circular with eleven bastions and three gates. Settlements in Nicosia can be traced back as far as 2500 years BC when the first inhabitants settled in Mesaoria. In this era, the town was known as Ledra and was probable renamed Lefkosia after the son of Ptolemy I of Egypt whose name was Lefkos. Nicosia became the centre of administration of the island in the 9th or 10th century and it was the seat of the Byzantine government during this period. 

Luxury Yachting in Cyprus

Luxury Yachting in Cyprus

If you are lucky enough to own a yacht, Cyprus has world class berths for docking as well as comprehensive facilities and services for sailors. With the deep blue, calm waters of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a popular destination for yachters from all over the world. Secluded beaches which are not accessible by land can be your private swimming area, anchor off shore and discover the beautiful coastline of Cyprus that only a few have seen.

Weddings in Cyprus - The Island of love

Weddings in Cyprus - The Island of love

With the gorgeous weather, amazing scenery and great food, Cyprus is the perfect wedding location. Thousands of people get married in Cyprus every year and they can give testament to having the wedding of their dreams. You can get married on the beach, at a luxury hotel or even hire a villa or two to accommodate your guests and plan the perfect wedding. And all this at a relatively low cost.

"The Sport of Kings" Horseracing in Cyprus

Horseracing in Cyprus dates back to the Hellenistic period as described in the works of Homer and other authors of that period. During this period horseracing was described as the ‘sport of kings’ due to the fact that it was a sport that kings took part in. It is also a fact that there was such a bond between man and horse that it was common, when a king died to have his horse buried with him. It is said that organized horse racing as we know it today started around 1878. In those days the police used horses for their daily duties and they started organizing races between themselves. This slowly grew to the popular sport that horseracing has become, in Cyprus.

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

Why is the Mediterranean diet considered to be one of the healthiest ways of eating? Typically, the Mediterranean diet consists of lots of pulses, vegetables, fruits and wholegrain products. It also includes a lot of fish, dairy products and white meat. The combination of these ingredients with a healthy amount of natural olive oil which is a monounsaturated fat is what makes the ideal combination for a healthy diet.

Watersports and Water Parks in Cyprus

Watersports and Water Parks in Cyprus

With the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea encircling the island of Cyprus, it is no wonder that watersports are a big part of summer entertainment. Cyprus is known for its crystal clear waters and amazing climate, and you can find professional water sport operators in all seaside resorts and in some of the bigger hotels. There are many watersports to choose from, you can go for a fun ride on the banana boat or be a bit daring and try out parasailing. There is something for everyone, including children.

Cycling in Cyprus

Cycling in Cyprus

If you are an avid road cyclist or mountain biker, you will be able to see Cyprus from a different perspective that only bikers have the pleasure of seeing. There are bike trails all over Cyprus, but it seems that the most popular are on the picturesque North West side of the island, near Polis. There are amazing mountain bike trails and many deserted roads, with little, or no traffic that you can ride on. 

A Brief look into the History of Cyprus

A Brief look into the History of Cyprus

Although Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, it is steeped in history. Civilization has existed on the island since 4,000BC and Cyprus was ravished by invasions and conquered by different civilizations over the years. Even to this day Cyprus has to deal with the Turkish capture of the north of the island which is still under Turkish occupation.

Golfing Residential Estates in Cyprus

Golfing Residential Estates in Cyprus

Golfing estates in Cyprus, offer prestigious, luxurious homes in upmarket developments which are surrounded by an expanse of beautifully maintained greens. Buying a house on a golfing estate is a good investment as land value does not decline. Golf Estates in Cyprus offer a very attractive, luxurious standard of living. Being able to enjoy an expanse of manicured gardens with an array of small animals and birds, and seeing the beautiful scenery unfold in front of you, is a wonderful experience. Since golf courses are a huge expanse of land, people living on the estate will enjoy the ultimate peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of suburban life.

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