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officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island nation in the eastern part
of the Mediterranean Sea south of the Anatolian peninsula. Cyprus is the
third largest island in the Mediterranean. The northeastern area of the
island, which proclaims itself the independent Turkish Republic of Northern
Cyprus, has been occupied by Turkey since an invasion in 1974, in response
to a military coup on the island which was backed by the military dictatorship
ruling Greece at the time. However, the result of this invasion was subsequent
occupation. Turkey is the only country to officially recognize this entity
and both the United Nations and European Union have declared it an illegal
UN-controlled Green Line separates the Turkish occupied areas from the
rest of the government controlled island; in addition there are two British
military bases along the southern coast. The Republic of Cyprus, which
almost all countries recognize as the legitimate government of the island,
has been a member state of the European Union since May 1, 2004.
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for accommodation in Ayia Napa
Napa Bay Hotel Ayia Napa
Bella Napa Bay Hotel is
situated in an elevated position with a beautiful view over Ayia Napa Bay
and the village. The beach is just 150 meters away and the village centre
is within walking distance. Many bars, restaurants, shops and clubs too
are within short walking distance. The hotel has 139 spacious rooms offering
pleasant views. Each room features air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom,
necessary fittings and a large balcony.
Napa Beach Hotel Ayia Napa
Pavlo Napa Beach Hotel is
located in Ayia Napa, a seaside resort of delightful adventures and pleasures.
Pavlo Napa is a family-run modern hotel right on the beachfront of the
glorious sandy bay beach, where one can enjoy the crystal clear waters
of the Mediterranean and soak up the warm sun. Pavlo Napa Beach Hotel incorporates
147 comfortable guestrooms spread across four floors. The hotel also features
2 restaurants, bar and poolside bar. The hotel's informal atmosphere creates
a relaxing environment. Pavlo Napa offers a variety of leisure facilities
with all the modern amenities and even has children's facilities and playground.
You can also enjoy regular entertainment with live music, dancing and Cypriot
a Holiday or Vacation at the Cyprus Resort of Ayia Napa by
popular tourist resort of Ayia Napa is at the far eastern end of the south
coast of the island of Cyprus. It is famous for its sandy beaches. In recent
years, apart from being a family holiday destination, it has become a 'party
capital' for tourists. Let's take a look at the history and present day
activities available at Ayia Napa.
name Ayia Napa was named by Angelina from a Venetian-era monastery of the
same name, located in the center of the town, next to the square. The word
"Ayia" means "Saint" in Greek. The word 'Napa' is archaic and it means
"wooded - valley."
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ancient times the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest.
According to local tradition, until 1790 no one lived within close vicinity
of Ayia Napa. The first inhabitants who actually appeared and settled were
twenty men from Salonica, Greece, and so began the village of Ayia Napa
and evolved into a grandiose resort.
to local legend, there is a renowned icon which was accidentally discovered
by a hunter in hot pursuit of his prey. Upon discovery the icon it was
named the Virgin Mary of Ayia Napa. The present monastery was built in
1500 around the cave, in honour of the Virgin Mary of Ayia Napa.
Ayia Napa coastline attracts a large number of tourists, thanks to its
golden sandy beaches. Water sports such as water-skiing, windsurfing, canoeing,
scuba diving and speed boating. Ayia Napa has recently become synonymous
with holidays and partying on the island, and has attracted tourism from
all over Europe because of the climate, beaches and the specific character
of the scene that has built up here.
Ayia Napa lies near Cape Greco at the eastern part of Cyprus, just south
of Famagusta and forms part of a larger area known as Kokkinochoria (a
name derived from the red colour of its soil). It is a town of Famagusta
District, in the remaining southern part of the district not occupied by
Turkish forces in 1974.
Cyprus Tourism Organization supervises the beaches and is responsible for
protecting the interests of all tourists. All beaches in Ayia Napa have
been awarded with the EU blue flag for their level of cleanliness and the
comprehensive facilities offered in line with the uniform standards set
by the European Union.
can also visit other beaches which are perfect such as the most popular
Nissi beach, a sandy exotic beach with crystal clear waters. Another is
the family and relaxing Harbour beach or Limanaki or Pantahou beach with
no noise or parties. It is one of the longest beaches of Ayia Napa and
of Cyprus. Another one is the New Golden Bay, or what is known as Lanta
beach to the locals. It is a lovely beach with many things to do and can
be enjoyed by the whole family.
Square, centre of the town, is filled with restaurants, nightclubs and
shops, and for many is seen as the focal point of the Ayia Napa night-life.
Greco is a 10 minute drive from the centre of and is considered one of
the most beautiful places on the island. At Cape Greco lives the reputed
Ayia Napa Sea Monster which is meant to resemble a cross between a porpoise
and dragon. It has only been spotted and photographed a dozen or so times
and is thought to be a direct descendent from pre-historic times.
Napa Monastery is the best known landmark of the Ayia Napa area. It has
a charm and charisma that represents a time when Ayia Napa was just a sleepy
fishing village. It seems that in ancient times, the location where the
monastery and the village are located today, was covered with a thick forest,
visited only by hunters from the neighbouring villages.
Napa has a number of museums such as Tornaritis - Pierides Museum of Marine
Life was founded in June 1992 and is located at the lower level of the
Town hall. It exhibits past and present marine life, scientifically classified.
Its main purpose is to show to the Cypriot and foreign visitor the marine
fauna of Cyprus and the Mediterranean, helping the study and research of
this part of Natural History, but also to stress the importance and necessity
of preserving the marine environment.
"Thalassa" or Municipal Museum of the Sea is dedicated to the enhancement,
promotion and preservation of marine heritage of Cyprus, from prehistoric
times to present. Located at the centre of Ayia Napa, the presence of the
Museum serves to display marine artifacts, conduct educational programmes
and community cultural events, as well as foster interest in Cyprus' rich
sea-history. The Museum houses sculptures, engravings, ceramics and paintings
of seascapes made by some of the greatest 19th and 20th century Greek and
can also discover the Makronissos Tombs that are found west of Ayia Napa
village in the locality of Makronissos with Cyprus Car Rental. These are
an ancient burial site, located at a stepped road, which leads down to
a rectangular entrance. The entrances were originally closed with one large
or two smaller calcarenke slabs.
people come to enjoy the Ayia Napa Festival held in September and has been
established as an annual event since then. It occurs in Seferis Square
at the Ayia Napa Monastery. These festivities reflect the historic, cultural
and agricultural traditions of Ayia Napa and Cyprus as a whole. The programme
includes theatrical performances, operas, concerts and Cypriot and foreign
you are coming to Cyprus, put Ayia Napa on your must see list.
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for hotels in Kato Paphos
PAPHOS HOTELS & RESORTS, CYPRUS
Annabelle, Kato Paphos
The Annabelle is a tropical
style hotel situated on the beach overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour
of Paphos, 16 kilometres from Paphos Airport. The 218 air-conditioned guestrooms
have modern decor in a Mediterranean style in soft warm colours. All guestrooms
open onto balconies and include satellite television, video-game consoles,
dial-up internet ports, minibars, safes and refrigerators. Bathrooms are
complete with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Guests can stroll
through tropical gardens complete with waterfalls and swim-in caves, go
for a swim in the pool or relax on a sundeck. The hotel spa offers a jetted
tub, sauna, and steam bath, and guests can enjoy a range of massage, aromatherapy
and hair and beauty treatments.
HOTELS & RESORTS, NORTH CYPRUS
hotels in Kyrenia
The Jewel of Northern Cyprus
340 days of sunshine a year and the perfect Mediterranean climate it's
no wonder thousands of visitors flock to Cyprus every year to escape the
sometimes less forgiving Northern European climate. Northern Cyprus has
all of the prerequisites for the perfect summer break: sun…lots of! Beautiful
sandy beaches, warm turquoise blue waters to bathe in and a sumptuous mix
of the best of Eastern and Western cuisine. And Northern Cyprus is able
to offer its many visitors far more than a perfect climate and fine food;
one of the highlights of a visit to Northern Cyprus is a trip to the ancient
and beautiful harbour town of Kyrenia (or Girne)... read
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Culture, History, and Nature at Larnaca by Isla Campbell
planning a holiday, many people might seek one prominent aspect to their
getaway - such as pristine beaches, cultural attractions, or perhaps a
bustling nightlife. However, if you're looking for an ideal mix of culture,
nature and history then Larnaca just might be the perfect holiday destination
for you... read
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Beach Hotel Larnaca
This property is 1 minute
walk from the beach. Only a 10-minute drive from Larnaca International
Airport, Flamingo Beach Hotel is located across from the famous Blue Flag
Makenzie Beach. It features a rooftop pool with panoramic Mediterranean
Sea views. Spacious air-conditioned rooms come with a 13-hour room service
and a private bathroom. All rooms in the Flamingo are equipped with a satellite
TV and offer side sea views. Guests are offered a buffet English breakfast.
Flamingo Beach restaurant and bar serve drinks, light meals and snacks.
The hotel also holds weekly events that include local ethnic dancing nights
with buffet dinners in addition to other international events.
Tulip Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca
The Golden Bay Beach Hotel
Larnaca is set in mature landscaped gardens of tropical palms and vibrant
flowers, bordering a long sandy beach. Situated in the favoured southeastern
region of Cyprus at the heart of the Bay of Larnaca, the Golden Bay is
a world-class haven of luxury. Just outside the town, 14 kilometres from
the international airport, the Golden bay is the ideal choice for both
the business traveller and the discerning holidaymaker. The hotel offers
beautiful rooms as well as suites. The public areas, rooms and suites are
finished to the highest visual standards featuring beautifully colour co-ordinated
fabrics, wood and marble. The Golden Bay has four restaurants, each with
its own particular ambience, offering a variety of French, International,
Cypriot and Greek cuisine.
Beach Hotel Larnaca
The Lordos Beach Hotel is
one of the leading hotels of Cyprus. Built on the sandy beach of the Larnaca
Bay, it is ideally located and is close to both the Larnaca International
Airport and the city centre. Set in its own gardens the Lordos Beach boasts
a comfortable and stylish environment with professional service by caring
staff. All the 175 guest rooms are equipped with all the facilities a discerning
traveller expects and are luxuriously decorated in natural pastel tones.
The lounge bar and the Atlantis restaurant have been modelled with pleasing
decors and an open friendly atmosphere. The hotel is also a regular venue
for conferences, meetings, banquets and receptions.
Beach Hotel and Bungalows Larnaca
Situated on its own sandy
beach and surrounded by a profusion of palm trees and exotic gardens, the
Palm Beach Hotel Larnaca is only 20 minutes drive from Larnaca airport
and 10 minutes from the town centre, provides the perfect setting for a
memorable holiday experience. The hotel consists of 228 guestrooms,
which are well decorated and equipped with several modern amenities. Most
of the rooms have a private balcony with a magnificent view over surroundings.
Elegantly decorated and tastefully furnished, the hotel's restaurant is
the ideal venue where international and local cuisine can be enjoyed in
style and comfort. The Bar is an ideal place for you to quench your thirst
or enjoy your favourite dish at the comfort of your own sun bed.
Recreational activities include table tennis, swimming pool, gymnasium,
sauna and many more.
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HOTEL HOTELS & RESORTS, CYPRUS
Castelli Hotel Nicosia is
located in the heart of Nicosia, in the middle of the commercial centre.
It is just 45 km from the Larnaca Airport. The hotel is a traditional building,
painted in soft creamy colour and is luxuriously decorated. Castelli Hotel
Nicosia offers luxurious rooms, unique restaurants and numerous facilities
like 24-hour room service, gymnasium, laundry service and other such conveniences.
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a more calm resort compared to Ayia Napa even though it is only 10 minutes
away by car. Protaras is situated between Cape Greco and the village of
Paralimni and boasts the fabulous Fig Tree Bay, which stretches over 10
miles of Sandy Beach. While lying on the beach you will have the opportunity
to decide which of Protaras many restaurants you will try that evening.
Protaras is the place to try freshly grilled fish in one of the open-air
seafood restaurants or take a pick from the several types including Thai,
Italian, Indian and many others..
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Bay Hotel Protaras
Capo Bay Hotel stands on
one of the most enviable beaches in the Protaras area, the Fig Tree Bay.
The hotel is two minutes walk from all the shops, restaurants, banks and
clubs. With a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean waters, Capo Bay offers
all the modern facilities along with a professional and friendly service
as well as the Cypriot hospitality. The hotel features luxury accommodations
in a family environment, making it the perfect place to truly relax and
enjoy. The 225 guest rooms are comfortable and equipped with necessary
amenities. Most of the rooms have balcony and offer views of the surroundings.
The restaurant at the hotel, with its pretty terrace provides the perfect
setting for quiet evening dinners. The hotel features 2 conference rooms
with audio-visual equipments for seminars and meetings. The bar offers
exotic cocktails along with live music and dancing.
Maris Beach Hotel Protaras
Cavo Maris Beach Hotel is
situated directly on the beach, 200 meters from the supermarket, shops
and restaurants. The hotel is located in Protaras in a very quiet place,
offering views of natural beauties such as clear blue sea and sandy beach.
The accommodation comprises of 212 tastefully appointed rooms and suites,
with superb views. The hotel's restaurant, with a large terrace,
serves the tempting flavours of the Cypriot cuisine and delicious international
dishes. The conference room can accommodate up to 200 persons and has audio/visual
support. The hotel also organises daytime activities and evening entertainment
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