Culture And Lifestyle

All about Cyprus's rich culture and tradition

Limassol Boat Show Significant Additions to The Largest Boat Show of Cyprus

This year’s Limassol Boat Show is preparing to open its doors from the 9th - 12th of May at Limassol Marina, featuring shows, demonstrations, activities, unique presentations of products and services, as well as a unique entertainment for children and adults alike.More than 120 exhibitors from ten different countries will present the latest trends in the yachting industry, water sports, recreational fishing, diving and other related activities.Exclusive brands and exhibitorsLimassol Boat Show has become a starting point for many companies Read More

Restaurant Review - The Monkfish Paphos

A friend whose gastronomic opinion I trust implicitly told me that there were only two excellent fish restaurants in Paphos, so I wondered if The Monkfish, which has recently opened on the coast road, perhaps could be a third option?The restaurant is sited one floor up in a large white development on the road between Paphos and Coral Bay and to serve everyone’s needs is accessed by stairs or a lift. Once upstairs there are extensive terraces with direct Read More

Fairy festival a celebration of spring

Originally, the season was called ‘springing-time’: a reference to plants ‘springing’ from the ground (as opposed to fall – the original term for autumn; turns out the Americans have this one right! – when gravity kicks in). Then it was shortened to ‘spring-time’. And now we have spring! But it’s not just the greenery that’s on the up and up: this time of year sees a whole host of events springing into being, starting with CyHerbia’s annual celebration of the Read More

Cyprus' fruit consumption above EU average

By Annette ChrysostomouThe daily intake of fruit in Cyprus is slightly higher than the EU average, according to a Eurostat table published on Monday which revealed that 69 per cent of Cyprus residents ate fruit daily in 2017, while the EU average was 64 per cent.In Cyprus, 30.3 per cent reported they eat fruit, veg or salad at least twice a day, 38.3 per cent at least once a day, 15.4 per cent 4 to 6 Read More

Admire Polemi tulip during annual festival Sunday

Hundreds of visitors are expected to descend on Polemi village in the Paphos district on Sunday to admire thousands of wild tulips in full bloom at the annual tulip festival.The event will get underway at 11:30am and celebrates the wonder of the not-so-humble tulip Tulipa Agenensis, which is found all over the southern Mediterranean and other areas such as Israel.However, the plateau between Stroumbi and Polemi is the only area on the island where the tulips grow en Read More

Take a hike with YEU

Spring is here, the weather finally seems to be clearing up and almond trees are blossoming. It’s a stunning time of the year in Cyprus and with all of the heavy rain we’ve experienced, the island’s fields and mountains are greener than ever. Now is the perfect time to take in the gorgeous landscape views on a hike.Before the heat takes over, March until May are good months to immerse yourself in Cyprus’ nature and be outdoors. There are Read More

Spend Green Monday in the woods

This weekend is bound to be an eventful one, with the carnival just around the corner and festivities popping up left, right and centre. The celebrations are set to continue early next week as Green Monday arrives, marking the official start of the Easter fasting period.After two days of partying and the heavy meat consumption that goes down on Tsiknopempti, the veggie cleansing of Green Monday comes to save the day. Beware, though, not to overdo it with bread Read More

Accountancy Cyprus: Millennial Accountants Share their Views on Work Challenges and Technology

The Accounting profession makes up one of the most vibrant and successful sectors of the Cyprus economy and the country has gained an enviable international reputation as a regional business centre thanks, in part, to the excellence of its highly qualified professional accountants, auditors and tax advisors.In the new issue of Accountancy Cyprus, eleven younger generation professionals share their views on work, how it compares with what they expected on joining an accounting firm, what they predict regarding the Read More

Carnival season kicks off with Aglantzia party

Carnival fever is nearly upon us and in two weeks’ times masquerade costumes and all sorts of funky, colourful decorations will take over the streets as the island will beat to the drums of Limassol’s annual parade. To put everyone in the mood and get the carnival hype going in Nicosia too, a themed party is coming up on Saturday with a taste of what the carnival has to offer.Nostalgia Parties, known for their lively events, have teamed up Read More

Will my Valentine be my spouse? In Cyprus the answer is yes

Cyprus is among the EU countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population, a Eurostat report published to coincide with Valentine’s Day has shown.The country with the most marriages relative to its residents was Lithuania in 2017, with 7.5 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants, closely followed by Romania (7.3). In joint third place were Cyprus and Latvia, both with 6.8. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

More ways than one to spend this Valentine's day

Whether you want to shy away from the universal day of love or go all out, bars, restaurants and wellness centres have a long list of choices for February 14. We’re already half way through the second month of 2019 and love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day will quickly be upon us.Nicosia music lovers are spoiled for choice. Fans of blues music can choose between catching The Funked Up Project at Zaatar Foods & Arts for a more Read More

Hospitality Industry Global Trends and Developments

Number of international travellers continues to grow and the global industry is changing faster than ever before. According to UNWTO's long-term forecast report “Tourism Towards 2030”, the tourist international arrivals will reach 1,8bln by 2030. The 10 global trends and developments in the hospitality industry which every industry player should be aware of, are outlined below:• Airbnb: With listings in over 190 countries and 65,000 cities, Airbnb forms a growing market share with high price competition that hotels need to face. Why Read More

Cyprus-Based eSports Training Platform Learn2Play Reaches 1 Million Users in Less Than a Year

eSports startup Learn2Play helps competitive gamers develop their skills using AI and machine learning, through online training schools for popular games including League of Legends and Dota 2. After less than a year of operations, the Cyprus-based startup has now reached 1 million active users – reflecting the explosive growth of the eSports market.According to EU-Startups, Learn2Play closed its first seed round earlier in 2018, raising €1.8 million from RTP Global, Buran Venture Capital and Chess.com, allowing the team to quickly develop Read More

Cypriots more healthy years than EU average

Cyprus is among the European countries with the highest number of years a person is expected to continue to live a healthy life, a new Eurostat report revealed.On a list with the EU member states, women in this country are number four with an average of 68.8 healthy years and men are ranked sixth with a slightly lower number, 67.5 years.Healthy life years, also called disability-free life expectancy, is defined as the number of years that Read More

The legendary Scorpions back in Cyprus

A week away from the concert, the Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre is nearly sold out for The Scorpions – known for such heavyweights as Winds of Change, Rock You Like a Hurrican and Still Loving You – but there are still some tickets available. This is not the first time the band has performed in Cyprus, they rocked the island in 2004 and again in 2006 playing to 10,000 people in Nicosia and 7,000 in Limassol. Since then, no other Read More

Fork food market returns to Nicosia

Markets thrive all around Cyprus, even the simple farmer’s market at OHI roundabout, where vegetables sell out by lunch time. At Christmas, festive markets pop up like crazy. And where there’s food, there’s people, so a common factor all these markets have is selling treats.An event offering solely that is the Fork Food Festival. Bringing fresh dishes from around the world for the last six years, Fork Food is kicking off 2019 with two events in February, one on Read More

Taste Peloponnese wine

If you didn’t partake of much wine over the holiday period fear not as another excuse to fill up glasses is coming. The Society of Wine Producers of Peloponisos vineyards are holding their second wine tasting event in Cyprus. The event invites wine professionals and aficionados to Carob Mill Restaurant in Limassol next Sunday, where 23 top wine producers of the Peloponisos Vineyards are set to inspire and impress with fascinating wines froom the largest and most important wine-growing region Read More

Conference looks at future of banking

In the days of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, it comes as no surprise that a Digital Banking & Payments Conference is taking place for the very first time in Cyprus. Happening on the last day of January, it’s set to cover all things of online finance there is to know.For those who aren’t sure what this entails, the conference will focus on the requirements of regulatory compliance, such as PSD2, the dynamic development of the new Payments landscape and Read More

Uncovering mosaics a painstaking process

By Annette ChrysostomouThe antiquities department has plans for two big ancient mosaics for this year, one in Larnaca and the other one in Akaki, outside Nicosia. It takes time, work, and many careful deliberations however before such big excavations can be preserved properly and displayed to the public.Both of them are well worth the effort.The rare mosaics in Larnaca were discovered in 2016 and date from the second century AD and include a Roman public bath with a Read More

Permission granted for Epiphany service in Famagusta

The religious holiday of Epiphany will be celebrated in Famagusta in the north this Sunday, January 6, for just the fourth time since 1974.The celebrations to mark the day are being organised by the Bishopric of Famagusta and Constantia, the ‘Ammochostos, our city’ initiative and the Famagusta municipality.Buses will transport the faithful to Famagusta to attend the liturgy held at the church of Ayios Georgios Exorinos, between 7.30 am and 10.30am. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

New Cypriot printmakers showcase their art

How much do you know about printmaking? Aiming to raise visibility and support new local printmaking artists, the Hambis Printmaking Centre and Museum has established a new series of annual exhibitions titled New Cypriot Printmakers.Eighteen emerging artists are exhibiting their pieces now at the Centre in Platanistia until February 28. There are 54 works displayed of various printmaking techniques including linography, engraving, silkscreen, woodcut and etching.Over the last couple of years, the centre and museum has organised an Read More

Restaurant review: Honey at Ibrahim's Khan, Paphos

Paphos old town is one of my favourite areas of the district but despite an expensive facelift to many of the buildings it has sadly lacked a decent restaurant for as long as I can remember.Six weeks ago, that all changed.I was pleased to learn that a new restaurant Honey had opened at the historic Ibrahim’s Khan (also known as the Hani – hence the play on words of the venue’s name), a fantastic, beautifully restored building that Read More

Christmas comes to town

There’s no denying that Christmas has arrived, with every shop and café holding their own festive gathering, showering the public with ‘special deals’. Every nook and cranny is decorated with tinsel and sparkly red ornaments. Not wanting to miss out – now that Eleftheria Square is slowly starting to shape up – Nicosia Municipality has organised a series of activities taking place in the yard of the Municipality, just above the square, enticing people to a part of town that Read More

The best of local crafts and craftsmen

Unless you’ve been living under a (hand-crafted, embellished, repurposed) rock for the last few years, you’ll know about etsy. An online platform that hosts individual crafters’ ‘shops’ (web pages) it’s big business in a world which is rediscovering the beauty of hand-made. At the last count, almost 2 million crafty individuals around the world had a page on etsy.com selling everything from knitted mermaid blankets to personalised wands. Even Cyprus is represented, with island residents selling roughly 2,000 different Read More

Christmas Events to be Organised at Cyprus' Airports

Larnaca airport has been turned into a fairy-tale Christmas town open to the public with stories from the most beloved Christmas fairy-tales, decorations, charity Christmas markets and beautiful Christmas melodies by live bands in the Check-In and duty-free shopping areas.The Christmas events officially launched at Larnaca airport with the illumination of the Christmas decorations on 4 December 2018. Throughout the month, trips to the Larnaca district’s primary schools have been planned, where entertainers will read beloved Christmas tales to Read More

Popular Paphos Christmas night market returns

Hundreds of people are expected at a night market in Paphos, now an annual event on the Christmas calendar.Taking place on Thursday 6 at the large car park outside Revival Fashion store and the Paphos Post newspaper on the main coastal road in Kissonerga, event organisers Judith Evans Davies, a local businesswoman and well-known local soprano, said visitors love to soak up the Christmas spirit.“Around five hundred people come every year and it’s a great place to buy Read More

Paphos welcomes a Christmas concert

As we have now entered December Christmas-related events and activities can be justified. Jumping on the festive bandwagon is Technopolis 20 in Paphos, which has an art market on this weekend. Their Christmas concert on December 17 is presented under the Paphos Music Lovers Association Winter Festival, where a pianist and a soprano perform live.Pianist Ivelina Ruseva will play a delightful recital of well-loved classics and soprano Tina Chester will follow with classical and modern Christmas songs and carols. Read More

Festive fayres continue into December

Welcome to Markets Mark II, where we bring you the low-down on the island’s many Christmas bazaars. Last week we looked at the first tranche, all taking place in November; this week we’re moving on into December where there seems to be no let-up to the handmade folly of the jolly holiday season! If you had a mind, you could visit all of this week’s fairs and stock up on enough seasonal craftiness to make Martha Stewart red, white, and Read More

Cyprus on the List of The 20 World's Best Golf Courses

Golfscape has put together the ultimate golf bucket list that contains the top courses across the globe that you must play in your lifetime. Cyprus' Aphrodite Hills has made this list, making it one of the world’s best golf courses. 20. Aphrodite Hills, CyprusWith stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and an exquisite setting amongst natural vegetation, Aphrodite Hills Golf is paradise for the golfing enthusiast. Aphrodite Hills Golf is unique, exotic, and challenging and with a recent €4m investment upgrade Read More

Christmas season starts with festive fairs

Halfway through November, and we’re already pitching the Christmas market scene to you. To be fair, we don’t set the dates, we just report on what’s happening – but doesn’t it all seem to be getting earlier and earlier each year? There was a time (well within living memory!) when Christmas gifts were snapped up in the last week or so, a mere addendum to the religious spirit of the event. But these days, the material seems to have Read More

New Nicosia mall to welcome the crowds

Bright, cavernous and promising shopping for all, the Nicosia Mall will open its doors to the public on Wednesday morning with more retail space than any other shopping centre on the island.Located on the outskirts of Nicosia, with new roads also set to open on Wednesday morning, the new location has 140 shops over 48,000m² of retail space and aims to compete with other international shopping destinations under the slogan Made Incredible.Designed to lead shoppers around it much Read More

The perfect excuse to drink more vino

Wine enthusiasts can enjoy tasting the aromas of different wine varieties all through November as this year’s wine month is officially here.The Cyprus Tourism Organisation is holding another month full of wine-infused activities so the public can get to know Cypriot wine traditions, visit local wineries and enjoy Cypriot wines. Until November 28, wineries in Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca will have their doors open from 10am-6pm, to welcome wine lovers in.As a great excuse to tour the island’s Read More

Long cherished award for sailor Kontides

Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides has been named Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018 as the stars of sailing were recognised at the 2018 World Sailing Awards in Florida, USA.“There are lot of great legends in our sport on that trophy. Since I was 14, I’ve been dreaming of winning that award,” said Kontides, speaking after receiving the award.“I used to write it on lots of pieces of paper that it’s what I wanted. Maybe it sounded a Read More

Two 14 year-olds win exclusive Cyprus-NASA challenge

Two 14-year old pupils from Cyprus won first prize in a competition brought exclusively to Cyprus by NASA in the framework of the NASA SpaceApps Challenge, that took place in many cities around the world including Nicosia last weekend.The competition in Nicosia took place in the presence of NASA Chief scientist Dr James Green, who mentored the teams.This year NASA offered an exclusive prize only for Cyprus that no other country had. The special challenge for Cyprus was Read More

Limassol Municipal University Library is preparing to open

On Friday, October 26, 2018, at 19.00 the grand opening of the municipal university Limassol library - one of the main attractions of the city.Municipality and the Cyprus University of Technology ( TEPAK) invite everyone to attend this joyful event. The event will be held with the participation of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Mayor of Limassol Nicosia Nikoladisa.The library is located in the city center , in a beautiful old Read More

Opera on the big screen

Some of opera’s greatest stars will be brought to the cinema screen in Cyprus on Saturday with a performance of the Metropolitan Opera live in high definition, part of a series of ten spectacular productions.The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented signers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers and dancers from around the world.It was created in 1883 by a group of wealthy businessmen who wanted their own theatre. Read More

The super super healthy olive oil

Some of the world’s top academic institutions are studying the olive oil produced on an arid Cyprus farmBy Annette ChrysostomouRecently there has been a huge surge in international publications hailing the multiple positive health effects of olive oil. But not just any olive oil. It must contain a large number of phenolic compounds.All these latest developments in the field mean that Yale University has suddenly become very interested in a Cyprus farm. Just this week, the prestigious university has Read More

Michalis P Michael Cyprus Can Develop a Strong Film Industry

The first Cyprus Film Summit was held with the participation of 120 representatives of production and directing companies.With the aim of promoting Cyprus as a shooting destination and creating a strong audiovisual industry on the island, the first Cypriot Film Summit 2018 was held today 10 October, at the Nicosia Conference Center.The conference presented the special framework of incentives and benefits that the government has developed for domestic and international productions to be done in our country, as Read More

Hollywood, Bollywood to talk movie magic in Nicosia

By Annette ChrysostomouNext week’s film summit aims to persuade big foreign producers to choose Cyprus as a location, but it should also boost the island’s own film industry, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Cipa) and local film directors have said.A Cipa official said a number of big players will be attending the event, the first of its kind in Cyprus, from October 9 to 12.“We have invited producers of Hollywood movies who work with big stars like Richard Read More

Cyprus' First Film Summit

The 1st Cyprus Film Summit will be held at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia on October 10th, bringing together 120 participants from all over the world.The Cyprus Film Summit is being organized by the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus), the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Press and Information Office.According to a press release, the "Cyprus Film Summit 2018" constitutes an excellent initiative to promote Cyprus as a filming destination to industry professionals. Continue reading at Read More

Bar review: Savino, Larnaca

Nestled in the heart of Larnaca’s Laiki Yitonia is a bar that just recently hosted its 28th birthday. Regulars would tell you that it is the ‘Cheers bar’ of Larnaca because owner Moulos will remember your name!Savino rock bar is a no nonsense, authentic rock bar. Whether you are rocker or not, the vibe is buzzing and the music not too intense. Savino has a range of cocktails on offer but you are more likely to see punters enjoying Read More

Mediterranean dancers descend on Larnaca for festival

Folklore dancers tell many stories through the traditional clothes they wear, the traditional music they move to and the choreographies that were passed down to them. Many of these stories will be told at the 13thMediterranean Folklore Dance Festival in Larnaca next weekend.The dance festival, organised by the Cultural Heritage Association of Nicosia in cooperation with Larnaca Municipality, will bring together 14 dance groups from Mediterranean countries and 15 from Cyprus.Speaking about the upcoming festival, President of the Read More

57th Wine Festival to be Hosted at Limassol Municipal Gardens

Limassol’s Municipal Gardens light up on Friday, August 31 to welcome visitors to the 57th Wine Festival, to taste Cyprus’ wines and meet the wine makers, the Cyprus News Agency reports.The annual Festival, watched over by the statue of the Vrakas, the Cypriot dressed in the traditional vraka, will be open until September 9, offering ten days of continuous celebration for locals and tourists alike.At a press conference in Limassol on Wednesday evening, Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said this Read More

New attraction to take journey into Greek mythology

“Off with their heads, and on with mine!” – or something of the sort – said Roman Emperor Caligula when he demanded that all artistically acclaimed statues of Greek gods, especially the wondrous statue of Zeus at Olympia, be brought from Greece so that their heads could be removed to replace them with his sculpted portrait.Unlucky for him, Caligula was assassinated in 41AD, before his grand plan could be implemented. Unlucky for everyone else, the giant 7m wide Read More

Diver 95 in bid to set new world record

By Bejay BrowneRAY Woolley, 95, will attempt to set a new world record as the world’s oldest scuba diver by going down to the sunken wreck of the Zenobia ferry in Larnaca on September 1.The dive will see Ray attempt to reach a depth of around 40 metres and the entire process will be filmed, photographed and documented in line with guidelines approved by Guinness World Records.The nonagenarian, who lives in Limassol, already holds the Guinness record title Read More

Paddleboarder completes Mykonos feat

Paddleboarding coach Costas Symeonides on Friday successfully completed his 10-day journey from the Greek island of Mykonos to Limassol on a stand-up paddleboard, collecting €75,000 for charity.Visibly rundown from the effort, 41-year-old Symeonides arrived at the Ayia Varvara beach where friends and supporters awaited.Symeonides said the feeling was unbelievable because it had been a very difficult feat. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

A festival to wake us up

Some of us may be sorry to realise that August is almost over, the holiday month will soon be a thing of the past and our routine will once again be in motion.Others may be counting down the days until schools start again (if indeed they start on time), until things get back on track, and until the annual Septemberfest – Nicosia Beer Fun Festival 2018 wakes us up and gets us all refreshed for a new season.The Read More

Get to know Cyprus wine

The 57th annual Limassol Wine Festival will begin next Friday night, August 31 – opening the gates to 10 days of festive drinking, dancing and, of course, eating with a colourful array of fireworks.The wine festival, which started in 1961, is a staple on the Limassol calendar and has succeeded in attracting thousands of tourists and locals to the Limassol municipal gardens each year, allowing the wine to pour freely and setting the mood, high.This year’s festival, which Read More

Commandaria festival: A celebration of Cyprus' 'wine of kings'

On September 7 to 15, the 12 villages of the Commandaria region are organising the 8th Commandaria Festival in close collaboration with producers and as part of concerted efforts to keep traditions alive.Commandaria is a famed wine with a rich history and has managed to retain its quality and importance through the years. A dried grape wine from Cyprus was first described in the 8th century BC by the Greek poet Hesiod. Commandaria was served at the wedding of Read More

University of Cyprus excavations at Kouklia reveal complex architectural unit

Α complex architectural unit which was constructed at the beginning of the 5th century BC by the Paphos royal dynasty has been uncovered during excavations carried out this year at the Hadjiabdoulla plateau by the University of Cyprus.The Department of Antiquities announced the completion of the University of Cyprus’ 13th field project at Palaiaphos, under the direction of Professor Maria Iacovou. The 2018 excavations took place between May and July and focused on the plateau (citadel) of Hadjiabdoulla, one Read More

Get out and run

The ninth annual 5km CableNet Run The Park event will get people running in Athalassa National Park in Nicosia on September 8.The run is organised by Dro.Me.A. Racing Runners’ club and Aglantzia Municipality and supported by the association of Parents and Friends of Children with Heart Disease. Major race sponsor is CableNet.The event includes a 5km race, an 800 metre kids’ race and a charity 5km Corporate race in memory of Cablenet’s Director Andreas Mavrides. Continue Read More

Napa gets swimming in musical waves

Ayia Napa is at the height of its season. The beaches are getting more crowded, the easy August days are setting in and the music events are getting louder.The peak of the musical week will be on Thursday and Friday when the Ayia Napa Youth Festival will have audiences singing and dancing along with Panos Yiamos and Super Sako and Eleni Foureira.Thursday is set to see what happens when you have a Greek singer perform on the same Read More

Limassol all prepared for wine festival

Preparations for the 57th Limassol Wine Festival are nearly complete, with the trademark traditional ‘Vraka Man’ statue put in place on Monday at the entrance of the Limassol Municipal Gardens to welcome visitors to the festival, which will take place from August 31 to September 9.According to Limassol mayor Nikos Nikolaidis this year’s festival will be better than ever.“The wine festival is a great folk festival with a huge tradition, it is a celebration honouring the Cypriot farmer, Read More

Young artist completes recordbreaking drawing

Alex Dzaghigian, a 16-year-old student at the English School in Nicosia, has completed a 300-metre-square canvas that could break the Guinness World Record for the largest drawing in the world.The record is currently held by Indian Ashok Nagpure with a 280.17-metre-square drawing completed on December 25, 2013. Guinness World Record will verify Alex’s work within the week.For the past two weeks the youngster has spent more than eight hours a day working on his drawing.“Art is Read More

The band that puts Cyprus on top

From cinema to theatre to music, whatever your fancy, there’s a festival for you at the moment. The film buffs can overdose on the Summer Open-Air Marathon in Nicosia, the theatregoers can sample the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama while live music fans should probably put the Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival in Limassol on the top of their list.The festival, which has already gone through two performances, will bring one of the most popular Cypriot bands of Read More

Paphos to host beach water polo tournament

Paphos’ second annual beach water polo tournament will take place later this week with 25 International teams taking part.Organised by Cyprus Athletic Tourism- an independent company- with the support of Paphos Municipality, the Beach Water Polo International Tour 2018 will be held from July 13–15.Around 150 athletes from Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Hungary are expected to participate this year. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

A worldmusic festive feel in Limassol

July is the month when the Rialto Theatre in Limassol hosts performances by bands and musicians from all over the world during the Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival. This July sees the 13th edition of the festival and it promises to do what it does every year; entertain us with an array of musical traditions.The festival has become a bridge between different traditions, each of its various incarnations presenting musicians who have common starting points and influences, drawing their Read More

King of the waves to be crowned in Larnaca

For the sixth year in a row the King of Kite festival will host the only international kitesurfing championship on the island.Kitesurfs will be up this weekend at the Kahuna Surfhouse in Larnaca (which is said to have perfect conditions for kite surfing) where all the action will be. Every year water sports fans flock to the event for the sea, sun, sport and the fact that every year a professional kiteboarder hosts the event and crowns the winner. Read More

The power of art in a public space

Two sculptures have become synonymous with Paphos, being photographed hundreds of thousands of times and shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Little Fisher Boy and Sol Alter, a homage to Aphrodite, have taken on a life of their own.“I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide I would make a sculpture, I have been doing this for many years as well as painting. But because these pieces are public art my name has become known,” says the Read More

Global winners at 13th Cyprus International Film Festival

FILM makers from all over the world were honoured at the 13th Cyprus International Film Festival (Cyiff) awards ceremony held at Palia Ilektriki in Paphos on Sunday evening.Short and feature films of all genres competed in main categories including, ‘Cyiff got talent’ for first and second time filmmakers and a veteran’s category for more experienced filmmakers.Cyiff actively supports new and emerging filmmakers and women in film.Véronique Mériadec with her film ‘A Thousand Pieces’ (France) won numerous categories Read More

Music to bewitch under the summer moon

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra will wrap up the musical season with three open-air evening concerts under the name Witches Dance next week.Forty-five professional musicians will meet on stage with 30 young musicians under the baton of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, together with soloists Maria Petrou and Orestis Papatryphonos on violins. Audiences will be presented with images of the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil with Read More

Raise a pint to a super beer festival

Because the first Limassol Beer Festival last year was such a success the organisers are set to repeat the process again this year.The magic formula includes three days of over 100 kinds of beer – both local and international – live screenings of the World Cup, lots of food to choose from (burgers, ribs, pizza, pulled pork and more), live entertainment, beer games with lots of prizes and a playground where the kids can play.The beer fun will Read More

Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival brings the kids in

The 21st Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival will come to a close on Saturday with a first for the festival, a performance that is suitable for children and families.Switzerland and the dance company Company Mafalda will do the honours with a performance of Zick Zack Puff – where extremely diverse qualities meet. When on stage, these qualities exchange experiences and slowly begin to realise that there is opportunity in diversity, if forces are joined and complement each other.Together they Read More

Its lights camera action in Paphos

Two film festivals, both in Paphos, will be giving film buffs the chance to watch a variety of (mostly short) films from around the world. The third Paphos International Film Festival (PIFF) will screen a total of 19 international short films and 11 student films from June 22 to 24. PIFF, which is organised by photographer Nicolas Iordanou and director and producer Sylvia Nicolaides, is committed to supporting authentically independent short films and it aims to research, promote and develop Read More

Nicosia square gives it up for jazz

Aglanjazz is one of the best summer festivals around, encapsulating all that’s good about the season. It’s also well organised – a big jazz hand to the Aglangia Municipality. And, to top it all off, the name is singularly superb: Aglangia continues to lead the league in both witty musical monikers and jazzy June celebrations.This year, the festival takes place on June 27 and 28; quite a while away yet but it’s worth saving the date. Not that you’re Read More

Thrilling finale to Cyprus Rally

The second day of the 2018 Cyprus rally proved to be just as exciting as the first, with thrills and spills a-plenty for the fans who had gathered both in the centre of Nicosia for the mostly tarmac Super Special stage which was run early on Sunday morning, and on the fast gravel tests in the countryside.Overnight race leader Juuso Nordgren survived the first two stages of the day but perhaps the pressure of heading the field by such Read More

Cyprus International Food Festival CIFF2018Pafos

CIFF2018Pafos in collaboration with the Municipality of Pafos will host vendors with street food from around the world on June 16 and 17 at the spectacular Pafos Castle.A huge variety from across Europe, the Middle East from Syria to Siberia and of course from Cyprus with lots of wine and beer from around the world.Venue:Pafos Medieval CastleHarbour Area, Kato PafosPafos, CyprusChefs will have the opportunity to participate in the Chef Challenge Area to show how creative they can Read More

Chef is breath of fresh air for Cyprus economy

AGNIESZKA RAKOCZY meets a chef who is keen to evolve his own style of cuisine and who has his eye on a Michelin star being given in Cyprus It is difficult to figure out someone so concentrated and focussed on realising his aspirations and achieving his future goals that he views any discussion of his past as an unnecessary diversion, one that might slow him down from reaching his destination and fulfilling his life’s quest. Yet how to comprehend, much less Read More

The shared cultures of Cyprus and Russia

Limassol has become the most multicultural city on the island. With so many cultures rubbing shoulders, it is only natural that they will share rituals and traditions with each other, and this weekend Cyprus and Russia will come together during the XIII Cyprus-Russian Festival.This festival, which is dedicated to friendship with Russia, will welcome over 1,300 professional and amateur singers and dancers from both countries on three concert stages as well an array of events for children and adults Read More

Bicommunal cooperation to save the monuments of Cyprus

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, along with the people of UNDP-Pff and the EU, are working methodically after years of abandonment and destruction to save the monuments of Cyprus, Greek Cypriot Representative at the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage Takis Hadjidemetriou has said.Hadjidemetriou was speaking on Saturday at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the conservation works of St Mary of Armenians Church and St Mary of Carmelite Church in the occupied city of Famagusta.“Deep is our faith, Read More

Bar review Lush Larnaca

The temperature is rising and the days are getting longer – summer is just around the corner. What better than enjoying a drink listening to the sounds of the waves and feeling that cool sea breeze? Being able to do just this at Lush on the Makenzie beach strip of Larnaca is just one of the reasons it has become such a summer hot spot over the last few years.Lush is generally busy throughout the day and night during Read More

Limassol Boat Show 2018 Record Attendance Exceeding 25000 Visitors

The island’s largest boat show, featuring yachts, activities and demonstrations on water, as well as recreational fishing products, was completed with remarkable success on Sunday, 6th of May. Limassol Boat Show, which took place at Limassol Marina from the 3rd to the 6th of May 2018, hosted more than 120 exhibitors from eight different countries and presented more than ten seminars, live water demonstrations and hundreds of products, marking a record attendance that exceeded 25,000 visitors.Continue reading at source Read More

Euphoria art land explodes onto the landscape

A stunning, unique project nestled in the Limassol countryside is offering guests the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of nature whilst immersed in a melting pot of cultures, which have been expertly melded to create three vibrant houses and magnificent landscapes.The Euphoria Art Land project is an explosion of colours and influences which work together surprisingly well, and have been created by well-travelled interior designer, Anthos Myrianthous, who started the project six years ago.Myrianthous, 52, told the Sunday Read More

The village of Lania welcomes us once more

For another year, the Women of Lania will be welcoming all to walk along the picturesque lanes of the village, while also taking a stroll among some of the village’s open courtyards this coming weekend.This year is the thirteenth year that these women have made May the month for the village of Lania in Limassol to really shine. The weekend of the organisers’ pick is always a great one for the whole family to get out in nature and Read More

The Mall Of Cyprus G3 Great Games Celebrate International Dance Day

International Dance Day brought endless dance and games to everyone at The Mall of Cyprus on the 29th April. Dance Celebration 2018 was organized with G3 Great Games – official representatives of the Just Dance video game in Cyprus – to offer all dance enthusiasts an unforgettable evening.Continue reading at source Gold News Read More

Bar review Pier One Limassol

There is nothing better than enjoying a relaxing drink as the sound of the waves swishes beneath you – I think this is one of the reasons Limassol and Cyprus are so special. There is nothing like the sea to make you feel better and there are few places that compete with Pier One as far as having a drink is concerned.Pier One is located in the Old Port area in what is now an ultra modern space. What Read More

Celebrating International Dance Day with The Mall of Cyprus and G3 Great Games

On the occasion of International Dance Day, The Mall of Cyprus and G3 Great Games, official representatives of the video game Just Dance in Cyprus, are organizing the ‘Dance Celebration 2018’ and invite you to celebrate with endless dance, music and games.At the event, taking place on April 29th, from 15:00 until 19:00, dance enthusiasts will have the chance to show off their skills, following the steps of the Just Dance game. Numerous dance schools will be adding to Read More

The sounds of Crete and Cyprus

A chance to hear the Cretan lyra and the oud being played in Nicosia is comping up this weekend.The sounds of Crete will blend with the voices of Cyprus in a celebration of the music of the Eastern Mediterranean.Greek musician Zacharias Spyridakis will play the Cretan lyra and Cypriot Yiannis Koutis the oud, while both will sing during the concert. The two come together on stage performing original compositions filtered through a modern perception of traditional music and Read More

Easter one long whirl of tradition

Here in Cyprus, it’s Easter that’s the most wonderful time of the year! One long whirl of tradition, celebration, and reunion, Easter is a beloved national holiday which sees families flood back home in anticipation of this special time…After the austerities of Lent (nistia, or fasting, is widely practised on the island, and many of the faithful happily renounce meat and dairy for the 50-day period), Easter is a bit of a blow-out, both in terms of celebration and fare. Read More

Paphos goes blue for autism awareness

ON Monday evening Paphos town hall, the castle at the harbour in Kato Paphos, archaeological sites the court house and some other buildings will be lit up with blue lights in support of Autism Awareness day.All over the world thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes, businesses and communities emit blue lights on April 2nd, in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities also take place all month long to increase understanding and acceptance and gather worldwide support.Marina Read More

Cyprus Amateur Mens Open 2018

The Cyprus Amateur Men's Open is a counting event for World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).For 2018 the event will be hosted by Eléa Estate Hills GC and will be played between May 18 - 20 (Registration and Practice day on May 17). The Championship will be decided by Stroke Play in a 3-day event over 54 holes, and the player with the lowest gross score over 54 holes will be the Cyprus Amateur Men’s Open Champion.Entries will be Read More

Easter fun around the island

Welcome to Easter fortnight! Wait, two weeks? Well yes, because while much of the world is celebrating the resurrection today (Happy Easter expats!), Orthodox Easter falls on April 8 this year. Incidentally, for the next two years both celebrations are also seven days apart. In 2021, we’re looking at a separation of nearly a month, and the two dates won’t coincide again until 2025! Which basically means this wonderfully cosmopolitan island will be seeing double the celebrations for the Read More

Get your bazaar game on

Apothiki 79 in Larnaca is well known for its unique bazaars, which give us a chance to decorate our homes with items that nonene else has and also buy gifts for those who have quirky tastes.The two-day Easter bazaar during the weekend, will present unique personalised and handmade gifts for everyone, such as holiday decorations, women’s clothing, jewellery, beauty products, food gifts, home decor, children’s clothing, decoupage and much more.Apart from serving up a storm of unique gift Read More

Bringing kids together under the same sky

Every single person you have ever loved, met, or even passed in the street lives in exactly the same place. Granted, that place is pretty big by the standards of, say, Aradippou, but when you look at the universe as a whole, the roughly 200 million square miles of land surface on Earth is vanishingly small by comparison…Our Galaxy is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 km from end to end. IC 1101 – the biggest galaxy discovered to date – is over 60 times Read More

GreenCyprusCom plants thousands of trees along Paphos coastline

GreenCyprusCom, a non-profit organisation, has planted 2,000 trees along the coastline of Paphos.An announcement on Tuesday said the organisation had over the weekend, completed another major tree-planting event and planted trees along the scenic coastline of ‘Petra tou Romiou’ (Aphrodite’s Rock). In 2017 overall, 2,000 trees were planted within the framework of a campaign for the revival of Cyprus’ forests.The non-profit GreenCyprusCom aims to bring together people who care about nature and revive the island’s greenery, by organising regular Read More

Classical and Byzantine music for Easter

With Easter just around the corner, a number of Easter themed events are starting to pop up. As music is a big part of this religious holiday, singer Nectaria Karantzi will be joined by the byzantine choir and the traditional orchestra of the Holy Metropolis of Limassol at the Pattihio theatre to celebrate the coming of Easter while the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CySO) will also give two Easter concerts next week.The performance at the Pattihio theatre, under the title Read More

Fair ladies and gents welcome to Medieval Nicosia

There is something very medieval about Nicosia, whether we notice it in our everyday lives or not. Maybe it is the walls, the monuments, the structure of the buildings, maybe it is all this together. This is what the third Medieval Nicosia Festival will try to figure out over the course of its five days.The festival, organised by the Nicosia Tourism board and its Meet Nicosia, Meet Culture campaign that aims to grab more of the tourist flow visiting Read More

The Mall of Cyprus Celebrates World Theatre Day

For the second consecutive year, The Mall of Cyprus celebrates World Theatre Day by inviting its young friends to come and watch a series of theatre shows, filled with fantasy, adventure, and laughter.On Saturday 31st March, on a specially designed stage in front of Entrance 1, The Mall of Cyprus will welcome three professional theatre groups. At 11am the young theatre lovers will have the opportunity to watch the amusing play “Meet at the Ark at Eight” by Maskarini Read More

Worlds biggest yacht in Limassol

Limassol may be the focus of attention this week as the American Iwo Jima is in the area for exercise drills, but a different kind of boat is stealing the show.The biggest yacht in the world, the Dilbar, is now anchored right opposite the amphibious assault ship. The luxury superyacht, which belongs to 63-year-old Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has a total interior volume close to 16,000 gross tonnage (GT) and includes a 180 cubic metre swimming pool, a power Read More

Throw off winter stupor at art exhibition

Forget January 1, it’s Spring that rings in the real changes. There’s something about the imminent start of this season which makes us all a bit restless – the circle of life begins once more, flowers bloom and there’s a renewed sense of energy in the air that wakes us from our winter stupor and challenges the soul. But it’s those at the cutting edge of creativity who are probably the most affected by this seasonal change; here are three Read More

Olivera Jevtic and Simon Kiprugut Kirui win Limassol Marathon

A record number of runners take on the marathon and half-marathon events in CyprusSerbian record-holder and five-time Olympian Olivera Jevtic won the women’s marathon title at the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO, while Simon Kiprugut Kirui claimed the men’s title, as they clocked respective times of 2:44:26 and 2:18:28 on Sunday (March 18).Jevtic, who claimed victory by almost six minutes ahead of Radosveta Simeonova, said the event – taking place in warm and blustery conditions – was a good test Read More

A very energetic Saturday

Saturday will be all about fitness and how we can raise our energy levels in Limassol.The Opap Limassol Marathon will be underway and, for all those who are interested in fitness but don’t necessarily want to take part in the big event, the Petrolina Energy Day event will be just the thing.The oil company Petrolina, who is a sponsor of the marathon, will give everyone the chance to try out some activities and get information on how to Read More

Charity auction celebrates life

After being exhibited in Paphos and Limassol, the group exhibition Life is currently being shown at 1010 Hall in Nicosia.The exhibition, which will help raise funds for The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (Pasykaf), features artwork by leading Cypriot and European artists. These include Philippos Yiapanis, Andros Efstathiou, Andreas Makriou, Kyriacos Lyras, Louis Stavrou Yiannapis, Julie Hart and Anna Privaloff. Many other artists have also made donations to the exhibition and some of them do not sell their Read More

Paphos village prepares for everpopular tulip festival

A lush carpet of stunning wild tulips will be in full bloom for the annual tulip festival in Polemi village on April 1, say organisers.The festival, which is growing in popularity every year, attracts hundreds of visitors and president of the association of tulip friends, Dr Antonis Nicandrou, will be on hand to answer any questions.“This is such an important festival as it brings the community together and puts Polemi on the map. We live in a culture Read More

Quality Acoustic Music Takes a Step Forward in Nicosia

By Sarah Fenwick, co-founder Sarah’s Jazz Club, Editor CyprusNewsReport.com.Everyone told me that starting a jazz club in Nicosia would be difficult, nearly impossible because of the Kafkaesque licensing system designed to trap you into fines and legal dead ends. Many venues operate without licenses because of the complexities and expense. It’s simpler to just pay the fines and put it down to the cost of doing business, they think.I was scared, to be honest. The considerable financial Read More

Preparations Underway for the Limassol Boat Show 2018

Following the show’s success over the last three years, Limassol Marina, in association with Dacor Advertising and Media Ltd, will be hosting the Limassol Boat Show 2018 from the 3rd to the 6th May 2018. This annual gathering of industry professionals and prospective buyers will offer thousands of visitors the opportunity to view the latest boating and yachting products and services against the unique backdrop of Limassol Marina. The event will also include a series of seminars, product presentations, activities Read More

Paphos Ibrahims Khan to open in May

The first successful craftsmen and artisans to be allocated available units at the historic Ibrahim’s Khan in Paphos, will be proposed at the local council meeting on Thursday night.Municipal officer Doxa Economidou-Barda, speaking to the Cyprus Mail on Thursday afternoon, said that procedure for the two tenders has been concluded and that applicants in the first tender process have been evaluated and will hopefully now be agreed upon.“There are five workshop units that interested us and were evaluated Read More

Spring comes in red and white

The Embassies of Bulgaria and Romania invite people to get to know the tradition of wearing a red and white thread named Martisor to mark the beginning of Spring, tomorrow in Nicosia.The tradition involves making, offering and wearing a red and white thread, named Martisor in Romanian and Moldovan and Martenitsa in Bulgarian. The wearing of the Martisor on March 1 began in ancient times and up until today, the thread is thought to be a symbol that will Read More

Marathon season in Cyprus

If you’re one of the fabulously fit, you’ve no doubt been looking forward to this weekend for a while now, jumping out of bed at six each day for a quick sprint to Troodos and back before work. However, while the rest of us mere mortals are unlikely to be joining you in your quest (surely parking more than 10 metres from Starbucks constitutes a workout?) we’re looking forward to supporting you as you start your season…Over the next Read More

Guitar melodies times three

Three guitarists will take audience members on a journey through time with their melodies in Paphos on Saturday, when a flamenco mood will surely get them on their feet.Vasilios Avraam, George Christofi and Socrates Leptos make up the Cyprus Guitar Trio, who will entertain with well-known works written specially for three guitars by great composers, such as de Ferranti, Margola, Ferenc and Kaps, among others.The Cyprus Guitar Trio was founded in 2015 and is dedicated to the promotion Read More

Carnival on its way to Paphos

Each year the King of the Carnival reflects a different theme- this year it’s Rio, famous for its raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers. Paphos’ celebrations will take place from February 8- 17, and the entrance of the King of the Carnival which traditionally signals the start of the ten day celebrations, will take place at 3.30pm on Thursday, February 8.He will make his grand entrance along Griva Digeni Avenue, in the centre Read More

Diving mission helps threatened turtles

A diving mission to locate abandoned fishing gear and to remove it has been carried out by the Oceanographic Centre and the diving team of the sports centre of the University of Cyprus in the Latsi area, it was announced on Thursday.The mission in the Natura 2000 protected area was part of a series of actions to reduce the impact of abandoned fishing gear on marine turtles.Abandoned gear is a serious threat to sea turtles since they may Read More

Ayia Napa in The 70s

Below are some rare photos of Ayia Napa in the 70s. It looks nothing than today.  One photo is of Nissi Beach; Pure nature, sandy beach, and nothing else.Take a look BelowNissi Beach 6 People sun bathing :) Ayia Napa Square (where most of the bars, clubs, discos are today located) - Traditional coffee house.Vraka Man. A guy with the traditional suit It is amazing to see how things change. If you have more photos that we can add Read More

Bases pay respect on Remembrance Day

Hundreds of British Forces Cyprus personnel paid their respects on Sunday to troops who have fought in conflicts all over the world as part of the Bases Remembrance Day services.Soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians who attended services in Akrotiri, Episkopi, Dhekelia and Ayios Nikolaos, laid wreaths and bowed their heads to remember the ultimate sacrifice so many service personnel have made fighting for their countryCommander British Forces Cyprus, Major General James Illingworth, speaking in Dhekelia said: “We stand together Read More

Cypriot breaks indoor rowing record

The indoor rowing record was broken by a Cypriot athlete in Limassol on Sunday.Member of and trainer at the Limasool Nautical Club Aristotelis Ioannou broke the record for men aged 30 to 39.The Cypriot champion rowed 1,000 metres in a time if 3:00:3, beating the existing record of 3:01:1, which was held by Gary Conway from Ireland.Source : Cyprus Mail. Read More

Holistic skin and body care from plants of Cyprus

Cyprus can be frustrating. The weather’s too hot, the politics are endless, there’s a total inability to queue. The bureaucracy is soul-destroying, nothing happens on time, and our salaries are atrocious. But wait. Pause for a second and breathe… You live in a country with values (if you lose it, it will be returned), you have more holidays then pretty much any other European nation, random strangers will still stop to help people in trouble, and there’s a wonderful siga Read More

Injured turtle treated released

The department of fisheries has released a small green turtle (Chelonia mydas) back into its natural environment after treating it for propeller injury, it was announced on Thursday.The turtle, which was released at Phinikoudes beach, Larnaca, was 26 centimetres long, 23 centimetres wide and weighed around 2.5 kilos.The turtle was found injured in Akrotiri, Limassol, on August 25. Its shell had been pierced by a boat propeller above the left lung. It was transferred to the Meneou Read More

Government plans animal welfare Police force

The government will create an animal police force tasked with investigating abuse, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Monday.Nicolaou said a government bill provides for the operation of an animal police force operating island-wide with members specially trained as regards animal protection, the minister said.“The main office will be located at the police HQ and officers will be assigned in every district to handle such cases,” Nicolaou said.The animal police will work together with the 79 community Read More

SCULPTURE PARK MYTHS SCULPTURES 1st INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

ΟPENING: 24 SEPTEMBER 2017, 19:00 Geroskipou Sculpture Park (Opposite the Old Ken of Pafos)Geroskipou, with a wealth of antiquities, folk traditions, and natural beauty, in 2017 acquires a sculpture park inspired by local legends. With particular reference to the history, the legends and local traditions, ten Cypriot and foreign sculptors will create on-site works drawing on the history of the area and, in this way, leaving behind them the traces of the European Capital of Culture.The project aims to Read More

2017 MUSICAL MINUTES FIVE PIANOS FIVE DAYS FIVE PLACES

2017 MUSICAL MINUTES !  FIVE PIANOS, FIVE DAYS, FIVE PLACESFive new pianos will be exhibited for five days at a different location each day. A travelling interactive installation that includes a total of 2017 minutes of music! Of course the pianos are not to be presented as mere exhibits, since musicians but also students and visitors will be able to test their skills on the piano keys. On the first day of the event the pianos will be exhibited at the Read More

Larnaca staying active with free events in August

Whilst many locals choose to disappear in August to enjoy their summer holidays out of the town, those staying put can still enjoy a variety of free sporting and cultural events taking place in the Larnaca region for the rest of this month.Beach volleyball tournamentThe ‘International Police Association – Larnaca Region’ branch is organising the ‘4th I.P.A Larnaca Region Beach Volley Mania’ tournament, open to all.The tournament – being held under the aegis of Larnaca Municipality Read More

Celebrity British baker Paul Hollywood was in Paphos recently to film a segment of his upcoming TV show A Bakers Life

Celebrity British baker Paul Hollywood was in Paphos recently to film a segment of his upcoming TV show ‘A Baker’s Life’.The star spent July 26 to August 1 in Cyprus, making his first stop at Paphos’ Annabelle Hotel where he had in the past spent five years as head baker, between 1994 and 1999.‘The Great British Bake Off’ judge, 51, will be telling his life story through the new five-episode show.Merseyside – native Hollywood began his career Read More

Trendy bars in Paphos

Long gone are the days when Paphos was known solely for its downtown club and pub-dense Bar Street. From clubbing to a quiet drink with friends, today the region boasts a satisfying choice of classy, trendy and arty spots to pass an evening. If you don’t yet have a favourite, you soon will.Technopolis2018 Nikolaou Nikolaidis Avenue, Paphos. Phone: 7000 2420Even before the European Culture Capital Pafos2017 launched, the Technopolis20 Culture Centre in Ktima was offering a rich programme of Read More

Turtles hatching at Lara beach outside Paphos

Stunning photographs have been caught by the lens of Phileleftheros photojournalist Yiannis Nisiotis on a day trip to Lara beach near Akamas in the Paphos district.A dedicated turtle conservation and reproduction team oversaw turtle hatchlings make their way into the waves.  The eggs of the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta-caretta) hatch approximately seven weeks after they are laid in the sand. Read More

Bar Review Avalon Live Larnaca

This review takes us back to an area which is home to a number of small bars hidden between its narrow streets. Setting up shop in an area that already contained famous rock-themed bars like Savino and Stone Age, which have become part of the town’s fabric, looked a risk but it looks like Avalon Live has embedded itself well in Larnaca’s Laiki Yitonia.Avalon started out as something between a rock and a sports bar but had far more Read More

Exploring the richness of Cyprus

Cyprus truly is one of the most diverse places on planet earth, and island with indigenous species and has one of the most unique histories.  Whether your interest is in architecture, archaeology, nature, culinary exploration or general fun in the sun, Cyprus has it all.Many with the Cypriot community see Cyprus as a beach holiday destination, some visit relatives and spend time with loved ones. However, even though they may travel to different parts of the island, they Read More

SeeFest Cinema on the Beach Paphos

SeeFest – Cinema on the BeachMunicipal Beach SODAP 9, 17, 23, 30 August 2017, 20:30For the 4th consecutive year, SeeFest organises screenings and invites locals, foreigners, and visitors of the town to share a cinematic experience under the stars and next to the waves. For 2017 the four films that are proposed combine deep human stories with humour and adventures, connecting and creating conditions of communication through the great power of the Cinema.Free Entrance Wednesday 9 August 2017, 20:30Their Finest Read More

LARNACA ATTRACTIONS

Salt Lake - (From Wikipedia)A popular sight in Larnaca, Salt Lake is home to nearly 85 species of migratory water birds like flamingos.About 10,000 flamingos visit the lake every year around Jan-Feb. In July-Aug, the lake dries up leaving a thick crust of salt measuring up to 10cm deep. In the Middle Ages, the lake was used to mine salt for commercial purposes, but now it is just a tourist attraction. Situated nearby the Salt Lake is the holy Read More

Rocking for a good cause

Popular Greek singer Panos Mouzourakis will be on his way to entertain us on Saturday at Trinity Beach in Protaras in aid of the Cyprus Red Cross.The Greek actor and singer, who was born in Switzerland, is known for his unique way of talking, expressing himself and overall being out of the ordinary. He has a very funny side that he brings to all his performances and he has his way of making the audience feel right at home. Read More

July in Cyprus was the hottest for 30 years

Average maximum temperatures in July were the hottest recorded in Cyprus for more than 30 years.According to an official announcement on Wednesday:  “In July 2017 extremely high temperatures were recorded all over Cyprus.”“Specifically, the mean provisional daily maximum temperatures of Nicosia, Prodromos, Paphos, Larnaca and Paralimni are a record of high temperatures of July and rank July 2017 as the hottest for at least the last 30 years,” it added.Temperatures in July reached a high of 45°C Read More

Take responsibility to keep Cyprus clean

A couple of weekends ago, a big party was organised on Phinikoudes beach. The organisers secured the permits from the municipality and held the event until the early hours of the morning, with a DJ and lots of drinking and dancing.The next morning, photos appeared on social media, showing the beach covered in litter.There was quickly an outpouring of public outrage regarding the way the organisers had left the beach, with many jumping in to insult them and Read More

Beach ashtray drive a smoking success

An initiative encouraging Larnaca seaside smokers to be more responsible with their cigarette butts has been declared a resounding success with over 16,000 stubs collected in just one month.The Larnaca Tourism Board announced this initiative’s resounding success this week, thanking its partners in the effort the Eco-Ashtray initiative and FAR Fusion Asset Recovery.The aim behind the innovative move is to combat the pollution caused by cigarette butts which litter the district’s many beaches by offering smokers at some Read More

Portokali Restaurant Larnaca

The Piale Pasha road between Phinikoudes and Mackenzy Beach which, being sandwiched between Larnaca’s two busiest areas, continues to be a hotbed for reliable restaurants and taverns of various styles.Given the location, literally just a stone’s throw away from the sea and a prime fishing location, the overwhelming majority of establishments in the area tend to be fish taverns, so this time I opted to try a restaurant with slightly more variation.Portokali restaurant is just at the start Read More

Fire safety week ends with games in Larnaca

The fire safety awareness week culminates on Sunday with a fun event in Larnaca in which firefighters from Cyprus and Greece will take part.The event on April 30 from 10am to 1pm at the Phinikoudes beach in Larnaca includes firefighting competitions which the public will have the opportunity to watch.At the same time, the audience will be informed about fire safety by members of both fire services.The event is also aimed at children who can participate in Read More

Old meets new in the world of traditional crafts

It’s the old and the new in a delightful amalgamation of the most ancient of crafts and the most modern of arts. Known as Craft Stories, it’s set to present the stories of yesteryear in the format of the ninth art, and aims to preserve, engage and revive much of what makes Cyprus unique: our traditional crafts…A PhD project initiated by Christina Skarpari, who is studying Socially Engaged Communication Design at Central St Martins, Craft Stories attempts to present the Read More

Peace2Peace in Moutallos

An open call is inviting women to become involved in a Peace2Peace crochet project which will see them decorate stones to be placed in a new public garden in Moutallos in Paphos.  Peace2Peace was formed by three women – Greek Cypriots, Christiana Mouzouri, Elena Daniel and Turkish Cypriot, Nilgun Akin. Members hand crochet hundreds of pieces which are joined together to form open air art installations.For their first project in August 2016, they decorated an anchor at Paphos harbour, Read More

Adopt a family for Easter Campaign

The Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council (PVCC) announced on Wednesday the launch of its ‘Adopt a family for Easter’ campaign.The campaign – that aims to collect foodstuff for needy families ahead of Easter- is running for the third year in the row.  Last year, 1,200 families were helped by private individuals and organisations, an announcement said.Interested parties are urged to offer necessary items for the Easter table – foodstuff, Easter eggs, candles, and sweets for children. No clothing Read More

Restaurant Review : To Kafe Tis Chrysanthis Larnaca

Finding reliable food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere does not necessarily mean picking a fancy restaurant and paying over the odds anymore in Larnaca, with a select few establishments showing that attention to detail and doing the basics right can result in long-term success.If you live in Larnaca, you have either walked past this small café and not have even noticed it, or you are an avid fan who visits just about every week. Situated on the corner Read More

Paphos gears up for Cyprus Marathon

In less than two weeks thousands of runners will line up in Paphos to participate in what promises to be the largest Cyprus marathon event to date.Now in its 19th year, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon will be held on Sunday March 5, and will see around 2,000 runners take part in the four events: the Logicom Cyprus marathon, the half marathon, the 10km road race and the 5km fun run.The event traditionally attracts amateur runners from all over Read More

Paphos parties as Carnival Queen celebrates culture

The festivities get underway on Thursday, February 16, traditionally starting with the grand entrance of the ‘King of the carnival’, but this year it will be a ‘Queen of the carnival’, signaling the start of ten days of celebrations.So far, around 60 teams and floats have signed up for the main carnival parade on Saturday, February 25, with more to follow, said a spokesman for the Paphos municipality cultural department.“People can still register to participate in the coming Read More

Time for Carnival

The Limassol Carnival is the oldest and most popular folk festival in Limassol. This year, from February 16-26, the streets of Limassol will become a blaze of colour and craziness.This year 116 participating groups are preparing feverishly with organisers, enthusiastic to surpass the record number of 2016. The 2017 list of groups and contacts can be found on the website All About Limassol.The ambience in Limassol during the carnival season is best captured in a 1976 article: “During Read More

Scuba Diving in Larnaca

Scuba DivingBlessed with all the elements that make a diver’s paradise, Larnaka attracts visitors from all over the world for its favourable weather conditions, top-ranking wrecks and diverse marine life. And with warm waters that range from 16-27 degrees almost all-year-round, the island as a whole enjoys one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, further enhanced by fantastic visibility - thanks to an absence of plankton. Whether you are an experienced diver or trying the sport for the Read More

Weddings and Honeymoons

Cyprus is one of Europe’s leading destinations for weddings, blessings and honeymoons, and is famed for its wonderful climate, beautiful scenery and myriad of options for venues, ceremonies and celebrations. From sundrenched vows and sacred ceremonies to newlywed adventures, Aphrodite’s island is love personified.There are so many reasons why Cyprus wins the heart of couples wishing to marry abroad, including:-  Short flying time from all European countries.-  Significantly lower costs compared to marrying in other countries.-  Simple Read More

Guru Cafe Larnaca

The new flair of the Guru Bar chain arrived last year on Finikoudes, only a short walking distance from the sea. In the mornings, you will be drawn in by the ambience which gives a modern ethnic tone, white and blue, as well as the irresistible aroma of Guru coffee blend. Selected coffee beans from Central and South America go through a rigorous process in Italy before ending in your cup. Up until noon time, you can order a “stack” Read More

Five Great Projects to Liven up your Home

Homes need constant refreshments and updates, and in many cases making the right decision can be tough. You as a homeowner have probably thought about ways to liven up your home. Making small improvements to your home will make it more enjoyable to live in, give it a fresher look, and also if you at any time decide to sell it, will increase its value. Here are some great projects that will help you achieve a new and better atmosphere Read More

Want a Restfull Retirement in Cyprus

Active expats with a competitive edge won’t be disappointed when they move to this sports mad island – you can even go skiing, honest! (And you thought your retirement was going to be restful…) Cyprus offers sports enthusiasts plenty of opportunity to get their fix of physical activities throughout the year, thanks to the warm climate – bar the odd winter storm. Whether it’s tennis, golf, football or a visit to the gym, something leisurely or fast-paced, there’s plenty to pick Read More

PAFOS2017 OPENING CEREMONY

If you go to the website of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017, you will get the gist of just how big and important the honour is for Paphos and for the Cyprus cultural scene as a whole.  So, if you live in Paphos, put on your seatbelts on because it is going to be a very exciting cultural ride, and if you live in other cities, plan to go to the city where Aphrodite was born and take part Read More

New Municipal Market in Ermou Street Larnaca

The works for the construction of the new Municipal Market will start soon and will last 18 months! Its location will be on the current public parking of Ermou Street (Saturday market).The ground floor of 2.000 sqm will have 11 open air round-shaped shops which will accommodate a total of 20 kiosks, restrooms and other public facilities. The mid-floor will accommodate 4 restaurants, a small gallery and an exhibition space.On the roof, local plants and herbs shall Read More

Bar Review: Dstrkt Larnaca

In the days of yore it was the Phinikoudes strip in Larnaca that locals used to flock to for either a morning coffee or an evening drink, but those days seem long gone.The Makenzie area now takes centre stage from spring right through to December but other pockets of town are fast becoming the new focal points during the remainder of the year. One of those to have seen a huge rise in cafés and bars is the square Read More
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