Thursday, August 21, 2014

Limassol Pier

The Limassol Pier is located along the seafront, near the Limassol Promenade in the city of Limassol, which is within the Limassol district of Cyprus.
 


Within walking distance from the pier, there are several areas of interest, such as the Limassol Promenade and the newly opened Limassol Marina.

The Limassol Pier is situated in a lovely area, particularly for those wanting to walk along and explore this part of the Limassol seafront.


Site: Limassol Pier. 

Category: Nature. 

Location: Near the Limassol Promenade in the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2008 to 2014.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Assumption Day

Assumption Day (also known as the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) is a public holiday in Cyprus that's celebrated on August 15.

This holiday is primarily a Greek Orthodox religious festival that honors "the Virgin Mary's ascent to heaven."  The Assumption Day holiday is known as the Dormition of the Theotokos.

The Greek Orthodox church refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the Virgin Mary (or Theotokos in Greek).  According to Greek Orthodox tradition, Theotokos was physically taken up to heaven at the end of her life, which is commonly known as falling asleep (or Dormition in Greek). 

Throughout Cyprus, there are Greek Orthodox religious events to honor the Dormition of the Theotokos on Assumption Day.

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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blog Page: Paphos

Paphos (also known as Pafos) is a city and a district in Cyprus. 



Here's a list of sites to visit within the district of Paphos:

Blog Page: Limassol

Limassol (also known as Lemesos) is a city and a district in Cyprus.
 


Here's a list of sites to visit within the district of Limassol:

Blog Page: Nicosia

Nicosia (also known as Lefkosia) is a city and a district in Cyprus. 



Here's a list of sites to visit within the district of Nicosia:

Blog Page: Famagusta

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog Page: Larnaca

Larnaca (also known as Larnaka) is a city and a district in Cyprus. 



Here's a list of sites to visit within the district of Larnaca:

Blog Page: Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus is occupied by Turkey.  It has three districts, which are Famagusta (Gazimağusa), Kyrenia (Girne), and Nicosia (Lefkosa), while the main cities in Northern Cyprus are Famagusta (Gazimağusa), Kyrenia (Girne), and Nicosia (Lefkosa).  The districts of Famagusta and Nicosia, as well as the city of Nicosia, are divided between the two sides of the island.




Here's a list of sites to visit within the district of Kyrenia:

Here's a list of sites to visit within the district of Nicosia:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blog Page: Cyprus

Cyprus (also known as Kypros) is a little island in the Mediterranean Sea.


 
Even though it’s smaller in size than the American state of Connecticut, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.  

Geographically, it’s located in the Middle East; however, the island is now a part of Europe and the European Union.



The island’s strategic location between Europe and the Middle East encouraged numerous foreign invasions throughout the years.

Cyprus has been under the control of various leaders, such as the Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Persians, Ptolemies, and Romans, as well as the Crusaders, Frankish Lusignans, Venetians, Ottomans, and British.



According to ancient tradition, Cyprus is considered the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

More accurately, Cyprus is mentioned in the Bible, specifically during Paul’s first missionary journey.
 


After the Trojan Wars, the Greeks immigrated to Cyprus.  While settling on the island, they established the Greek identity, language, and culture.

Eventually, Cyprus won its independence in 1960 from the British, yet the Greek identity of language and culture has remained extremely evident on the island, even until today.



In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus, and since then thirty-seven percent of the island is still occupied by Turkey.  Cyprus and Turkey are continuing to work out a solution, along with the assistance of the UN.

While Cyprus is sometimes confused as a part of Greece (due to the heavy influence of Greek culture and language in Cyprus), it’s actually a separate country.  Currently, it’s a divided country with the northern part of Cyprus occupied by Turkey.

This blog primarily focuses on the southern side of the island, which is simply referred to as Cyprus.  However, there will be blog posts featuring sites in Northern Cyprus.



Cyprus has five districts, which are Famagusta (Ammochostos), Larnaca (Larnaka), Limassol (Lemesos), Nicosia (Lefkosia), and Paphos (Pafos).

The main cities in Cyprus are Ayia Napa (Agia Napa), Larnaca (Larnaka), Limassol (Lemesos), Nicosia (Lefkosia), and Paphos (Pafos).  Plus, there are plenty of villages scattered throughout the island.



Northern Cyprus has three districts, which are Famagusta (Gazimağusa), Kyrenia (Girne), and Nicosia (Lefkosa).

The main cities in Northern Cyprus are Famagusta (Gazimağusa), Kyrenia (Girne), Nicosia (Lefkosa).  Some of the districts, as well as one major city are divided between the two sides of the island.
 


Cyprus has a wide variety of interesting archaeological sites and ancient ruins, museums and educational centers, landmark buildings and monuments, and monasteries and churches with historical and architectural significance.

Also, the island has natural beauty with beaches, mountains, valleys, farmlands, etc.  Since the island is a popular tourist location, there are plenty of hotels and restaurants for tourists and locals. 


Hope you enjoy Exploring Cyprus with us!

Blog Page: Holidays and Festivals

The island of Cyprus celebrates various public holidays (or bank holidays) and festivals throughout the year.



Here's a list of holidays and festivals that are celebrated in Cyprus:

Here's a 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 -- Kataklysmos, also known as Pentecost
  • August 15 -- Assumption Day
  • October 1 -- Cyprus Independence Day
  • October 28 -- Greek National Day, also known as Ohi Day
  • December 25 -- Christmas Day
  • December 26 -- Boxing Day  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog Page: Feature Requests

The Exploring Cyprus blog welcomes feature requests for sites, activities, restaurants, hotels, and other items related to the island of Cyprus.


The blog posts for requested features are similar to most of the posts on this blog The Exploring Cyprus blog posts tend to provide basic details and an overview, as well as pictures and highlights personal experiences.

Exploring Cyprus will write an honest review with a brief indication that the feature was requested and/or what aspects were received for free.  Also, Exploring Cyprus will share these blog posts with its followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, etc.

In exchange for the requested feature, you or the company that you represent will simply need to cover all the costs required for the two individuals from Exploring Cyprus.


If you have a recommendation for Exploring Cyprus to feature on this blog (or any additional questions and/or comments), please click HERE fill out a form or contact exploringcyprus@gmail.com.

Blog Page: Welcome

Exploring Cyprus provides detailed information about the island of Cyprus.  This site is geared towards those planning to visit or currently living on the island, as well as those simply searching for more information about Cyprus.


Some of the items featured on this blog include the following:
  • Archaeological sites and ancient ruins
  • Monasteries and churches
  • Beaches and mountains
  • Major cities and various villages
  • Museums and educational centers
  • Landmark buildings and monuments
  • Restaurants and hotels
  • Festivals and cultural events
  • Travel tips and current news

For the past several years, Elizabeth has lived in the Republic of Cyprus with her husband.  As they continue Exploring Cyprus, Elizabeth primarily updates this blog with their travels and experiences, as well as daily life in Cyprus. 

 
Hope you enjoy Exploring Cyprus with us!

NOTE:  Travel information is subject to change, particularly prices, opening hours, etc.  When arranging travel details, plan in advance to verify the necessary details.  This blog and those contributing to this site cannot be held responsible for the readers’ experiences while traveling.