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Nature trails in Cyprus

Nature trails in Cyprus

Explore Cyprus on foot, by following one of the 52 designated walking trails that have been created to highlight the island’s beautiful landscape and Mediterranean character. Cyprus is renowned for its natural beauty and enviable climate and although it is possible to take advantage of these hiking trails any time of the year, the recommended seasons are during autumn and spring when rural areas are in full bloom and the weather is favourable. The trails are scattered around Cyprus with the most popular areas being in Akamas, Troodos and Cavo Greko. These trails will take you on a journey through rich natural vegetation and places with historic and cultural features. Most of the trails have signposts at the starting point of the hike to indicate the kilometers and gradient of the walk as well as flora and geological features you will find en route. The Cyprus trails offer alternative tourism in the form of outdoor recreation and physical activity whilst admiring the beautiful environment and learning the history and traditions of the island

Arab Community in Cyprus

Arab Community in Cyprus

The Arab community in Cyprus is growing with hundreds of recorded property sales, from investors who come from Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Larnaca seems to be the town of choice for most Arab investors due to the harbor, the airport and the marina. Another big attraction is the Hala Sultan Mosque which is one of the holiest places of the Muslim world. Cyprus is also very close to these countries which makes it easy for the Arab community to travel to and from their countries. Unfortunately, the truth is that Cyprus benefits from the ongoing strife in these areas, as many have escaped their war torn countries and settled in Cyprus for safety reasons. Migration from Lebanon in particular started as early as the 13th century and continued after 1975 during the Lebanese Civil war. There are currently over 20,000 Lebanese descendants living in Cyprus. Over the last year more than 2000 Lebanese bought apartments in Cyprus with prices ranging between €100,000 and €300,000. Relations between Cyprus and the Arab world have always been very amicable with historical and political ties playing a huge role in welcoming these communities to the island.

Chinese Community in Cyprus

Chinese Community in Cyprus

Chinese investors have contributed to the revival of the construction sector in Cyprus which increased by 40% in 2016. The Chinese community is relatively new in Cyprus with interest in visa acquisition and proximity to European markets being the main incentive for new arrivals. It seems that Paphos is the town of choice for many Chinese who have decided to buy property either as an investment or as their new residence. Part of the attraction for these new arrivals is security, no racism, the hospitality of the locals and all the attractions that the island has to offer. Property in Paphos has been purchased by the Chinese as early as 2013 and there are currently over 7000 property transactions submitted to the land registry department awaiting approval. It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion has been invested in Cyprus by the Chinese in recent years. Large Chinese companies have shown an interest and invested in huge property developments currently being undertaken in Cyprus. Two luxury hotels in Larnaca and a new 5 star hotel in Sotira are currently being built by a joint venture with Chinese investors.

Russian Community in Cyprus

Russian Community in Cyprus

According to statistics in 2011, there are over 100,000 people of Russian origin living in Cyprus and this number has grown substantially. Limassol seems to be the area of choice followed by Larnaca and Paphos. A large part of this community migrated here in the late 1990’s and have been Cypriot residents since then. Limassol has three Russian schools and higher education centres boasting thousands of students. A Russian church has also been built in the Limassol area to accommodate the Russian community. This is the first Russian church on the island, which is run by the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, but delivers sermons in Russian. The Russian Commercial Bank (RCB) also has branches in Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos. 

Famagusta Coastal Resorts

Famagusta Coastal Resorts

The coastal region of Famagusta used to be one of the most popular seaside tourist destinations in Cyprus, before Turkish invasion in 1974. The district is now divided into the Greek controlled southern part, while the northern part is still occupied by Turkish forces. The Greek controlled area includes the towns and villages of Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Protaras and Ayia Thekla. The white sandy beaches and the crystal clear waters of these areas have been awarded Blue Flags for their quality and cleanliness. The area also includes Cape Greco which is a beautiful national park that is well worth visiting.

Paphos Archaeological Park

Paphos Archaeological Park

The Tombs of the Kings are one of the most important archaeological sites in Cyprus and have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1980. These tombs form part of the vast Archaeological Park in Kato Paphos and are carved out of solid rock which date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The locality is named after the splendid tombs of the aristocracy that have been discovered in this location. This necropolis is two kilometers north of the Paphos harbour and the underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. Archaeological excavations are still carried out on this important heritage site.

Cypriot Cuisine

Cypriot Cuisine

Greek Cypriot cuisine is influenced by Greek and Turkish traditions but also has its own unique flavours. The love of olive oil and the combination of fresh bread, cheese, seafood and seasonal ingredients make this cuisine a typically healthy Mediterranean diet. The best way to enjoy a Cypriot meal is to ask for ‘meze’ plates which will give you a variety of dishes to sample. A good tavern that serves a ‘meze’ will offer you seasonal dishes and a variety of dips, salad, vegetables and meat or fish dishes. Typically the meal is finished off with fresh fruit or yoghurt with nuts and honey.

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

These magnificent painted churches are situated in the Pitsilia, Solea and Marathasa area of the Troodos region in central Cyprus. The churches are a UNESCO world Heritage Site since 1985 and include ten Byzantine churches and monasteries richly decorated with Byzantine murals that are said to have been built between the 11th and 16th century. The region has one of the largest groups of churches of the former Byzantine Empire.All ten churches are well conserved and provide an outstanding example of Byzantine and post-Byzantine paintings. These churches are still used as places of worship by the locals who take great pride in preserving the authenticity of these structures. Set in the rural surroundings of the Troodos area, these churches are visited by thousands of tourists and local every year.

Polis and the Akamas Peninsula

Polis and the Akamas Peninsula

Polis is a small coastal town on the North West end of Cyprus. Centered on the Bay of Chrysochous and bordering the edge of the Akamas peninsula, the town of Polis has some of the best views on the island. It is a quiet tourist resort with picturesque small tavernas dotting the coastline. Latchi fishing village, which is on the outskirts of the town, is famous for its fresh fish taverns.  Polis was originally named Marion and was inhabited from the Neolithic age. It became one of the most important cities in Cyprus during this period and had important commercial relations with Attica and Corinth in Greece.

Larnaca city of Kition

Larnaca city of Kition

Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaca is the third largest city after Nicosia and Limassol. Larnaca is known for its palm tree seafront, the Church of Saint Lazarus, The Salt Lake, the Hala Sultan Tekke, the medieval fort and the Kamares Aqueduct. The islands largest airport, the Larnaca International Airport is located in Larnaca and it also boasts a seaport and marina.

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