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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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Experience Cyprus like a local… Vol 2

Travel Tips - December 22, 2016

Experiencing Cyprus is a never ending journey and as promised we have more travel tips for you, the Cyprus lovers, in order to make the most of your holidays. So many gastronomic experiences, history, culture, sea, sun and welcoming people are waiting for you. No matter how many times you visit Cyprus you will always discover a new experience to take back home…

WHY NOT TAKE…

…a sip! Commandaria
Few drinks can beat the history and authenticity of the sweet dessert wine Commandaria… it’s the world’s oldest named wine still in production! Don’t forget to take a bottle (or two) home and relive your Limassol experience with every sip!

…it home!  St Andrew’s Street
If you are looking for a break from the brand names of the town centre, let the cobbled road guide you around St. Andrew’s Street where you will discover a fascinating array of traditional crafts, souvenirs and local specialties, and are sure to pick up something unique to take home.

…a trip! Molos
The vast promenade of Molos is always full of life – day or night! Locals and visitors alike frequent the beach, parks and cafes, whilst the more active can be seen strolling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or walking the dog along its length, enjoying the views and the fantastic atmosphere along the way.

…A day out with the kids
Two museums offer an interesting twist on the usual offering and are ideal for a family day out. Archimedes – The Fun Side of Science is an interactive science museum where children and adults alike will be challenged by the different experiments and tasks based on Archimedes’ inventions. The Cyprus Historic and Classic Motor Museum is a car collection of many diverse and interesting vehicles, some of which are over 100 years old! The highlight for children will no doubt be the distinctive – and officially certified – green Mini from the popular ‘Mr Bean’ movies.
www.archimedesmuseum.com, www.cyprusmotormuseum.com.cy

Photo: Molos Promenade in Limassol, credits @ DeC audio visual photography

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Experience Cyprus like a local… Vol 1

Travel Tips - December 12, 2016

When you visit Cyprus there are a few things that are a must to experience in order to enjoy the true culture of Cyprus and we promise you that you won’t regret it! So here are some travel tips to start experiencing Cyprus like a local!

WHY NOT TAKE…

…a sip! Frappe

The island’s favourite cold drink is undoubtedly the ‘Frappe’, iced coffee which is enjoyed as an alternative to hot coffee in the summer. It can be taken black, milky or sweet, and coffee lovers will never look back after their first sip!

…a bite! Watermelon

Juicy, sweet watermelons are grown abundantly in the region and are the major fruit of the summer. Locals like to enjoy a breakfast of Halloumi cheese and watermelon, whilst watermelon-based cocktails are also popular in bars.

…it home! Spoon Sweets
Sticky and intensely sweet, these traditional preserves come in a variety of candied fruits, vegetables, rinds and peels and used to be served on a small spoon and offered to guests as a symbol of hospitality. Take a jar of fig, watermelon rind, marrow or cherry back with you and enjoy ‘sweet’ holiday memories at home!

…a trip! Herb gardens

The fragrant Cyherbia Botanical Park and Labyrinth in Avgorou village has nine beautifully landscaped herb gardens, a woodland area with endemic trees and shrubs that form the shape of Cyprus, and the island’s first and only maze, which is a challenging 2000m2. In the herb shop you will find a large selection of herbal teas, tinctures and essential oils – all handcrafted at the park. The fun and educational day out has something for all ages, including children’s activities and seasonal events.

We hope you enjoy them!

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An island that feels like home

The sunny island of Cyprus is known for being family friendly, as are Kanika Hotels & Resorts, so when you combine the two together, you end up with the perfect recipe for a fantastic family holiday – one that guarantees there is never a dull moment!

Within our hotels, we have all aspects of holidaying with children covered, from infants to teenagers, so that you can relax, knowing your offspring are safe, supervised and entertained. Services range from the practical – such as early mealtimes, shallow pools and babysitting – to those that have been created solely for fun. Continue reading “An island that feels like home” »

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU!

Every day in every Kanika Hotel there is the chance to play,to laugh,to sing,to dance,to make new friends. And with an entertainment programme like no other,you can feel the fun from the time you wake up to when yo go to bed with a smile on your face.

Holidays with sun, sea and sand are wonderful, but today’s modern traveller wants more, and Kanika are here to give it.
Each of the five hotels that encircle the coastline of southern Cyprus is designed to offer the best in leisure, sport and
entertainment. And with the family in mind, Kanika have compiled a printed programme of weekly activities for both adults and children to be used as a‘pick and mix’ of holiday fun.

Kids unite
This wow factor continues when kids get their first taste of the extensive kids clubs – The Crèche for 6
months to 3 years, ‘Little Monsters’ for 3 to 8-year-olds and ‘Teenz’ for youngsters up to 17. Each day is a new day to explore activities and games with programmes full of creativity, all supervised by qualified staff. 
Children adore the cartoon characters that greet them when they arrive, but which will they love the most? Will it be Gigi the giraffe, Lucas the lion, Zorba the zebra or Bella the elephant? And which themed day will they enjoy?

Star attractions
With the day of activities over, it is evenings that so many guests look forward to, for this is when the ‘stars’
come out and in every Kanika hotel there is dancing and laughing. Families can watch their children perform, or there is the ever popular karaoke and quizzes, and of course, the excellent Kanika entertainers. Vocalists, tribute bands, magicians, hypnotists and the famous dance troupes are all hand-picked to suit each hotel. The dancers and singers rehearse their lines and steps for months and then they are ready to give their all, be it ‘Chicago Rouge’ at Elias Beach or ‘Talk of the Town’ at
Alexander the Great or ‘Pop Idolz’ at Olympic Lagoon – this is Showtime!


Games, sports, films, parties, discos, arts and crafts are for the little ones at every Kanika hotel, while ‘Teenz’ at the Olympic Lagoon Resort has Kinect, gaming booths,an internet room and even their own teenage club and bar. There is something for everyone and as one guest remarked

After all, whatever your age, everyone knows that fun makes you feel young!”

Enjoy the Kanika All Stars entertainment and see what awaits you at the New Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos.

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Kanika Hotel Find affordable hotels in Cyprus? With Kanika Hotels & Resorts you can choose to enjoy any of our four hotels in Limassol, Pafos or Agia Napa.