Cyprus
Cyprus
By Rebecca Valley

The Republic of Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia, and is located east of Greece and south of Turkey. A member of the European Union, Cyprus is also an official UNESCO and World Heritage Site, due to archeological digs that unearthed a well-preserved Neolithic period village --  Choirokoitia -- and other findings that date human life on this island back to the 10th millennium BCE.

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The largest city in Cyprus is Nicosia, locally called Lefkosia. Nicosia is the capital and the business center of the island, and the base for international business. Because of this, the city is ranked among the richest in terms of per capita income. The city of Nicosia has been inhabited since the Bronze Age 2500 years ago, and thus is a cultural center with beautiful architecture.

In Nicosia, consider visiting the Cyprus Archaeological Museum, the largest in the country, or the Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus; the former includes exhibits with ancient artifacts found on the island, the latter cultural artifacts ranging in age from ancient to modern. In terms of the arts, consider tickets to the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra or visiting the Satirical Theatre of Cyprus -- the only drama school on the island, and one of the main theatres housed on the island.

Eating in Nicosia is a simple endeavor for almost all diets -- the area has a wide variety of foods, though local cuisine is a mixture of Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Southern European dishes, with a wide variety depending on where on the island you travel. Dining is affordable, and many of the trained chefs in Nicosia were schooled in Europe, and thus there is a wide variety of international and specifically European cuisine. While in Nicosia, be sure to indulge in coffee -- it is a large part of the culture, and cafes are common and offer authentic Greek coffee and iced frappes.

Unlike Nicosia, the second-largest city in Cyprus, Lemesos, has a large beach-front; it is located on the Akrotiri Bay of the southern coast of the island. It is also the largest geographical city on the island, and has the largest municipality, with an astonishing population of 101,000 people. A busy port, goods are traded in Limassol and then transferred to the business center of Nicosia, and so Limassol is more cosmopolitan than most of the cities of Cyprus.

Lemesos is a hub for nightlife and festivals, and is considered the party capital of Cyprus by many.  When visiting, consider going to one of the traditional taverns, or buzukia, that feature live music. The Potamos Yermasoyias, or "Galatex" area is a great place to look for pubs/nightlife. For historical views, walk along the wooden promenade for views of the Ancient Kingdom of Amathus, opposite, or drive 15 km down the road to see some historically significant sites -- the House of Achilles, and Sanctuary of Apollo, coupled with beautiful views of  Kourion Beach. Shoppers should visit Anexartisias Street, in the Old Town, to see goods for both tourists and locals. In terms of local goods, consider buying sea sponges, loofas and Lefkara lace.

When visiting the island of Cyprus, be sure to remember that beach-front; one of the perks of this island are the beautiful, sandy white beaches that tourists flock to during the warmer months. Agia Napa is one of the more well-known beach resort villages; a place known for its bustling, youth-oriented nightlife, as well as a number of historical monuments like the monastery, built in 1500 for the Virgin Mary of Ayia Napa, this village is famous for both lounging and water sports. In the same area of the island as Ayia Napa is Kapparis, a small area within Protaris known for having some of the best beaches in Cyprus, located near the town of Paralimni. Paralimni is another small resort town, larger than Agia Napa though less historic, with a small town centre with vendors and restaurants. The surrounding countryside of Paralimni is the real draw -- once a center for agriculture, as the town was built on a lakebed, the surrounding country is picturesque, with windmills and beautiful red soil.

Some of the more populated beaches, particularly around the month of July, are in and around Ayia Napa, incuding Nissi and Macronnosis beaches. Fig Tree Bay at Protaras and Konnos Bay between Ayia Napa and Protaras are also well-populated and incredibly popular. If you are thinking you want something a bit quieter, consider traveling to the Kapparis area, where you can find Fireman's Beach, Sirena Bay, Agia Traida, and Louma Bay. Whether you are looking for some undiscovered beachfront or just hoping to catch a few hours of sun among your cohorts, the beach is certainly something to take advantage of while you are on this lovely island.

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MUST SEE IN Cyprus LIST:

  • 1. Tombs of the Kings
  • 2. Salamis
  • 3. Konnos Beach
  • 4. Omeriya Hamam Baths
  • 5. Coral Bay
  • 6. Troodos Mountain Wineries
  • 7. Kolossi Castle
  • 8. Cyprus Museum
  • 9. Kouris Dam
  • 10. Notre Dame de Tyre

Cyprus EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Limassol Carnival - February-April
  • 2. Anthestiria Flower Festival - May
  • 3. Kourion's Shakespeare Festival - June
  • 4. Ayia Napa Children's Festival - June
  • 5. Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood) - June
  • 6. Limassol Beer Festival -July
  • 7. International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama - July/August
  • 8. Limassol Wine Festival - September
  • 9. Cyprus Rally - September
  • 10. Kypria Music/Art Festival - September/October

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Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort
Old Limassol Nicosia Road, 4534 Limassol Cyprus
By Marilynn Lopez

Known as one the most exotic places in the world, Cyprus’ beautiful scenery is a must see. Much like the country it is located in, the Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort in the city of Limassol is the place to stay. Located just a short distance from the Paphos International Airport (PFO) and near various attractions such as the Amathus Ruins, this resort is fully equipped to host your stay. Guests are able to check is as early as 2 p.m. and check out as late as 12 p.m.

The knowledgeable and friendly staff will promptly check you in upon arrival and guide you to your room. The Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort offers an array of room options for its guests such as family rooms and connecting rooms depending on availability. This resort also has different types of suites such as the Royal Spa Wing featuring ‘adults only’ rooms and the Citrus Garden suites designed for an intimate feel. In addition, each room features a spacious bed, Plasma TV, mini bar and whirlpool tub.

Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort wants all guests to feel comfortable and right at home by offering an impressive variety of amenities. This resort is known for its one-of-a-kind therapeutic spas and saunas. The fitness center features an indoor-heated pool, steam bath and yoga classes. Guests can participate in activities at the beach such as waterskiing, scuba diving and sailing before grabbing a bite to eat. In addition to having the convenience of 24-hour room service, guests can satisfy their palette at any of the surrounding restaurants. The Balthazar Restaurant offers Japanese cuisine or you can enjoy a meal while sitting poolside at Le Fleuri Lounge.

If your travels ever lead you to the city of Limassol in Cyprus, make sure to stay in the luxurious Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort. To book cheap and easy, book your trip through WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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