Thursday, January 30, 2014

Governor's Beach

Governor's Beach (also known as Panayiotis Governor's Beach) is located near Pentakomo Village along the Limassol-Nicosia highway, which is within the Limassol district of Cyprus.

This popular beach is Blue Flag certified, and there are various restaurants and hotels scattered throughout the area.






Site: Governor's Beach. 

Category: Nature. 

Location: Near Pentakomo Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free, plus fees for sunbeds and umbrellas (approximately €2,50 apiece). 

Date of Visit: 2011 and 2012.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Limassol Forest

The Limassol Forest is located neart Yerasa Village (also known as Gerasa Village), which is about 18 km from the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.
 
 
The Limassol Forest is primarily a forest with miles and miles of trails to hike.  However, there's a picnic area, referred to as the Maramenos Picnic Site (also known as the Agia Paraskevi Picnic Area), that's nestled in one of the valleys in the Limassol Forest.

It's a lovely little area with picnic tables and proper fire pits scattered throughout the valley, which is surrounded by the hills and trees.


This is one of the many delightful picnic sites in Cyprus, and it's a perfect location (for most of the year) to spend an afternoon with family and friends.


Site: Limassol Forest and Maramenos Picnic Site. 

Category: Nature. 

Location: Yerasa Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011 and 2012.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Anogyra Village

Anogyra Village is a lovely little village that's situated about a 25 minute drive from the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.



This quaint village consists of traditional stone houses and buildings.  Near the town center, there's the Carob Museum.  The Oleastro Olive Park and Timios Stavros Monastery Ruins are both located near Anogyra Village.

Recently, there have been blog posts for all three of these sites:

It's a delightful village to explore, as well as visit the previously mentioned nearby sites in the same day.


Site: Anogyra Village. 

Category: Village. 

Location: 25 minute drive from the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2010.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cyprus Wine Museum

The Cyprus Wine Museum is located in Erimi Village, which is west of the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.  According to the Cyprus Wine Museum website, Erimi Village "is the starting point of the cultivation of grapes and production of wine in Europe."


The museum was established in 2004, and it focuses on the history of wine making in Cyprus.  The museum is situated in a restored building, which was once an inn and meeting location for Cypriot wine merchants.  It's considered the only wine museum on the island of Cyprus.

The Saint Hilarion Hall is the museum's wine tasting room and displays wines from 38 Cypriot wineries.  According the Cyprus Wine Museum website, this room is where visitors may "enjoy some of the different wines, accompanied by traditional Cypriot delicacies, and also attend a brief lecture by one of the professionals grape varieties and the wine regions of Cyprus."

This museum is geared more towards wine enthusiasts, particularly those who intend to sample the various Cypriot wines.


Site: Cyprus Wine Museum. 

Category: Museum. 

Location: Erimi Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 25873808 and 25873809. 

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, daily. 

Entrance Fee: €4,00 plus fees for wine tasting. 

Date of Visit: 2010.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Akrotiri Salt Lake

The Akrotiri Salt Lake (also known as the Limassol Salt Lake) and the Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Center are both located on the Akrotiri Peninsula, which is within the Limassol district of Cyprus.  This salt lake is also located within the boundaries of the Akrotiri British Bases, which is an area that remained under British rule, even when Cyprus gained its independence in 1960.



As one of the two salt lake areas in Cyprus, the Akrotiri Salt Lake is considered the largest inland body of water within the island of Cyprus, even though the lake is typically dry during the summer months.  Hence, a lake without water.  The Akrotiri Salt Lake is considered to be an important wetland within the Mediterranean region.

The Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Center (AEEIC) is situated near the Akrotiri Salt Lake.  It was established in 2004 to provided environmental education programs for tourists and locals, particularly school groups.  Within the AEEIC, there's plenty of information regarding the salt lake and wildlife in Cyprus, as well as a lookout point to view the Akrotiri Salt Lake.




It's preferable to visit the Akrotiri Salt Lake between the months of October and February, since there are thousands of flamingos and various birds at the salt lakes each winter, when water exists in the salt lake.



Site: Akrotiri Salt Lake and Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Center. 

Category: Nature and Educational Center. 

Location: Akrotiri Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 25826562. 

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday to Saturday. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2010 and 2011.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Epiphany

Epiphany (also known as Kalanda and the Feast of the Light) is a public holiday in Cyprus that's celebrated on January 6.  This holiday celebrates God's revelation to all people as presented in the human form of Jesus Christ, as well as Christ's baptism. 

Since Epiphany is a religious holiday, there are special church services at some of the Greek Orthodox churches around the island.  According to tradition, select people dive into the Mediterranean Sea to retrieve a cross that was tossed in the sea as part of the church's blessing and celebration.

To view a list of the 2014 public holidays in Cyprus, please click HERE As the year progresses, plan to visit this blog to view updates and descriptions of the various Cypriot holidays.

Cypriot Holidays for 2014

Throughout the year, Cyprus celebrates several public holidays (or bank holidays).  This blog post includes a list of the Cypriot holidays for 2014.

Here's a quick summary of the 2014 public holidays in Cyprus: 
  • January 1 -- New Year's Day
  • January 6 -- Epiphany
  • March 3 -- Green Monday
  • March 25 -- Greek Independence Day
  • April 1 -- Greek Cypriot National Day
  • April 18 -- Greek Orthodox Good Friday
  • April 20 -- Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday
  • April 21 -- Greek Orthodox Easter Monday
  • April 22 -- Greek Orthodox Easter Tuesday
  • May 1 -- May Day, also known as Labor Day
  • June 9 -- Pentecost, also known as Kataklysmos
  • August 15 -- Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • October 1 -- Cyprus Independence Day
  • October 28 -- Greek National Day, also known as Ohi Day
  • December 25 -- Christmas Day
  • December 26 -- Boxing Day  

As the year progresses, please plan to visit this blog to view updates and descriptions of the various Cypriot holidays.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Limassol Municipal Folk Art Museum

The Limassol Municipal Folk Art Museum (also known as the Municipal Museum of Folk Art) is located in the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.

This museum, which opened on June 20, 1985, is considered to include one of the most important collections of Cypriot folk art and handicraft items from the late 19th century until the early 20th century.



Over 500 items are displayed within the six tiny museum rooms.  Some of the exhibits include traditional Cypriot clothing, agricultural tools, household items, furniture, wood carvings, embroidery, etc.

The Limassol Municipal Folk Art Museum is situated in a restored historic house, which was donated by the Ioannis and Katerina Schiza family.  Due to the renovation of the building and the transformation into a museum, the Limassol Municipality was awarded the Europa Nostra prize in 1988.



Even though this museum is quite small, it's still a pleasant example of life in Cyprus during the 1800s and 1900s.



Site: Limassol Municipal Folk Art Museum. 

Category: Museum. 

Location: Agiou Andreou 253, Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 25362303. 

Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday to Friday. 

Entrance Fee: €2,00. 

Date of Visit: 2010.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Timios Stavros Monastery Ruins

Timios Stavros Monastery is an abandoned monastery that currently consists of ancient ruins.  It's located southwest of Anogyra Village, which is within the Limassol district of Cyprus.




The Byzantine monastery ruins primarily include an early Christian basilica that was divided into rooms.  The Timios Stavros Monastery was built in the 14th century and abandoned in the 19th century.  The current church building, Timios Stavros Church, was built on the northeast corner of the monastery ruins.

The monastery ruins are quite picturesque and definitely merit visiting the site.




Site: Timios Stavros Monastery Ruins. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Monastery. 

Location: Near Anogyra Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2010.