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Cyprus the Wonders of Nature

Cyprus, Kanika Hotels and Resorts - January 26, 2017

Nature has woven a rich tapestry in Cyprus. The Dwarf Cyprus Elephant and Hippopotamus remain only as fossils, but we still have over eight-and- a-half thousand species of animals and plants to delight you, some of which are unique to the island.

mouflonThe Animal on Our Coins
You may, unwittingly, already have come face-to-face with the Cyprus mouflon as the animal represented on our issue of the euro 1, 2, and 5 cent coins. Ancient mouflon are considered by some to be the world’s ‘mother of all sheep’  and the impressive species endemic to Cyprus is the largest of the island’s non- domesticated mammals. A protected species, it can (if you’re lucky) be seen in the wild in the forests of Paphos. However these impressive creatures are shy, move quickly and are incredibly agile. They have remarkable curved horns which, in an adult male can be up to about 60 cm long. From excavated mosaics, it appears that the mouflon was very well known on the island during the Hellenistic-Roman period.

carob
The riches from two special trees

Carob and Olive trees hold the culture and tradition of our island in their roots (or maybe we should say ‘fruits’). Fragrant olive oil is an important part of the Mediterranean diet; whole or sliced olives feature in Cypriot bread, pies, pastries, salads… and even cocktails. Since Mediaeval times, the island has also been famous for its carob trees, exporting pods, thick syrup and carob gum while carob seeds gave their name to the jewellery weight known as a ‘carat’. Carob mills were features of countless villages, though many have now been converted to restaurants or museums.

Wild Cyclamen CyprusThe Shy Pink Lady
A protected species, the endemic Cyprus cyclamen is our national flower. A small delicate perennial, its fragrant pink and white flowers appear in the cooler months, with the plant going dormant in summer – hiding all above-ground evidence of its existence. Typical of cyclamens, the nodding flower faces downwards, making it appear reluctant to face the curious world.

 

 

cyprus-flamingoBirds of a feather
Of 374 species found on the island, two birds are endemic – the Cyprus Warbler and the Cyprus Wheatear. The Wheatear’s main claim to fame is that it was featured on the country’s old ten pound note. Cyprus is also known for the many migratory birds passing through each year, attracting ornithologists from across the globe. The wetlands of Limassol and Larnaca are famous for the pink flamingos which visit annually (an estimated 15,000 were counted in mid January) and a rare black flamingo has also been spotted. www.english.akrotirienvironment.com

 

National Parks – nature at your feet
A trip to the impressive Visitors’ Centre at the Troodos Geopark will intrigue you with its illustrated history of the ancient geology of Cyprus ‘in a nutshell’, with stories alongside of the island’s famous copper mining. The nearby Leventis Botanical Garden has transformed the site of a former asbestos mine into an amazing botanical garden, where you can see 92 of the island’s 143 endemic plants – 37 of which are only found in this location. The Cavo Greko National Park, on the south-eastern tip of the island (between Agia Napa and Protaras) is home to about 400 plant species, including around 14 endemics. Many of the 36 different orchid species growing on the island are found here, as well as crocuses and irises. 14 indigenous species in the park are considered rare. The fauna include foxes, hares and hedgehogs, several species of snakes and lizards, and numerous butterflies.

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European Capital of Culture – Paphos 2017

Cyprus, Paphos - July 20, 2016

Serving as European Capital of Culture is one of the biggest, most ambitious honours that a
city can attain. Paphos is proud to be awarded this coveted title and has already begun celebrations with outdoor events working up to 2017. Join the celebrations with a programme of films chosen for their gastronomic and romantic themes; it’s a relaxing way to fill your August evenings. The culture continues with The 1st Folklore Festival of Ktima on 28th and 29th August, triumphing traditional Cypriot music, dance and food within the framework of myth and religion, heritage and tradition. Autumn welcomes a Monodrama showcase of plays and performances and a series of events surrounding “The Garden of Taste” and wines. Exhibitions, public art installations, musical and theatrical performances, street shows,
gastronomy symposiums and a historical conference will continue brightening the streets up until and including 2017—all excellent reasons to revisit Paphos.
www.pafos2017.eu

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Yeroskipou

Cyprus, Gastronomy, Paphos - July 20, 2016

For a sweet distraction, visit Loukoumia Yeroskipou Arsinoe factory and see how the world renowned Loukoumia are crafted. A few mouthfuls of the chewy traditional treat will satiate any sugar craving. Although rose-flavoured loukoumi was the original flavour, there are now over a dozen to choose from. Arsinoe cooks have followed their great, great grandparent’s footsteps since 1890 to maintain the original high-standard Loukoumia recipe. www.loukoumia-arsinoe.com

Need a creative outlet? Then spend a hands-on couple of hours manipulating clay at Avgoustinos
Pottery in Yeriskipou. Cypriot pottery is famous throughout Europe, so this is an excellent opportunity to watch an expert in action. When inspiration knocks, have a go at wheel throwing or
making a bowl. www.avgoustinospottery.com

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Romantic Paphos

Cyprus, Paphos - July 20, 2016

A good holiday is incomplete without a local wine tour.
For the inner connoisseur, book a half day wine tasting of local Cypriot wines with Paphos Wine Tours
www.paphoswinetours.com/daytrips.

Then end the day watching a stunning sunset at Oniro by the Sea in Peyia — a picture perfect setting where you can sit back and marvel at the wonderment of this world — It’s a truly dreamy experience. An evening surrounded by outstanding natural beauty with unobstructed sea views over the spectacular sea caves will be one to remember.

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With Historical Paphos

Cyprus, Paphos - July 20, 2016

A history dating back more than 8000 years, Paphos is home to many proud treasures. Time-travel to the past and discover the ruins of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses
and tombs belonging to the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Situated near Paphos harbour, the Paphos Archaeological Park — listed as one of the natural and cultural riches in UNESCO’s world heritage sites — allows access to several prehistoric centres and monuments.

Renowned for being some of the best maintained mosaics globally, the spectacular mosaic floors of four Roman villas are an unmissable highlight of the Park. The complex also includes other significant monuments, such as the Asklipieion, Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns) Fortress, Limeniotissa ruins of early Christian Basilica and the Tombs of the Kings: a large underground necropolis carved into the native rock dating back to the 4th century BC and thought to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high
officials.

A jump forward to recent history brings you to the nearby Medieval Castle of Paphos, originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the Paphos harbour in the late 12th century. The stunning stone-walled castle has seen many uses throughout the ages: It has served as a fortress, a prison and even a warehouse for salt during the British occupation of the island. More recently the castle serves as a backdrop to the annual open air Paphos cultural festival which takes place inSeptember. But at any time of year, the castle is a must see during a Cyprus trip.

Open daily, visitors can call +357 26 30 62 17 for general information.

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Cultural Curiosity

Cyprus, Paphos - July 20, 2016

With summer in full swing, escape the heat for a couple of hours and visit a museum, an epicentre of cultural and historical identity. Pop into the Byzantine Museum to witness a fascinating collection of meticulously preserved antiquities including 7th to 18th century icons. See the oldest

icon found yet in Cyprus, dating 1200 A.D. – the Virgin Eleousa, an exquisite example of Byzantine art. Or visit the all-year-round Archaeological Museum which houses an intriguing collection of Cypriot artifacts dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD. A tombstone from Marion with the Cyprosyllabic script, the Hellenistic and Roman statue of Asklepios and the marble bust of Aphrodite are all worth seeing.

Open only on weekdays Tel: +357 26 30 62 15.

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DESTINATION PAPHOS

Cyprus, Paphos - July 20, 2016

ONCE THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF THE ISLAND AND NOW EUROPE AN CAPITAL OF CULTURE FOR 2017, PAPHOS IS THE GEM OF WESTERN CYPRUS. SATURATED IN RICH HISTORY , CULTURE AND NATURAL BEAUTY, THE AREA IS PERFECT FOR SMALL ESCAPADES IN AND AROUND THE CITY. WHETHER IT’S DELV ING INTO THE COUNTRY ’S INTRICATE ARCHEOLOGICAL PAST, RECREATING ANCIENT CERAMIC ARTIFACTS OR BEHOLDING STUNNING SUNSETS FROM RELAXING GOLDEN BEACHES, PAPHOS AWARDS MEMORIES TO STIMULATE THE HEART AND MIND.

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