Discover Cyprus – Amiantos Mine Lake

Photo: Cyprus from Air 

My Cyprus Insider is a great reference for all things Cyprus and we’re only too happy to share our favourite of their articles that help us discover, explore and taste the island’s hidden gems.

Check out this brilliant post about Amiantos mine lake which is hidden away in Troodos national forest park. Learn how this asbestos mine was once the largest and most populous mine on the island, where a town was created to deal with the demand of the workforce with its own hospital, church and school. Unsurprisingly the mine was left abandoned and derelict once the negative affects of asbestos was discovered!

Read the full article here.

 

Discover the real Cyprus. We guarantee you’ll never be bored at Aphrodite Hills Resort: Aphroditerentals.com.

 

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This Weekend’s Events

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. Information on weekly Sunday lunches can be found at the bottom of this article. Click on the images below for full details:

Friday 27th July 2018: The Lunar Eclipse, 8pm-11:30pm:

Make sure you go outside this evening and watch the beautiful Lunar Eclipse that is expected to take place this evening. Watch the video above to learn more about what a Lunar Eclipse is and why it happens!

Saturday 28th July 2018: In Vain, Beer Garden, Aphrodite Hills Resort, 8pm:

Get down to the Beer Garden this Saturday and see some good old Rock ‘n’ Roll! The incredibly talented Roman Horwarth and Andros Kokkinos are playing live at the Beer Garden. Don’t miss it!

Saturday 28th July 2018: Karaoke Night, Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay, 8pm:

 

Karaoke with Phil n Mark 😎

Sunday 29th July 2018: Tina Turner, Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay, 6pm:

Prepare for an evening of fun with the fabulous Tina Turner! 👍

 

Next Thursday…

The Hill View have an evening of live entertainment with music duo Kandy Sky DJ & Kosta Sorento as a DJ and Saxophonist, along with vocals from Tori Kawai. Chill-Out, Lounge, House cover versions of modern and old hits.

Music Style: Smooth Jazz, Bossa, Soul, Pop, Electro, Lounge, Easy Listening, Chill-Out, Soulful House, Vocal House, Deep House, Tropical House, Nu Disco, Dance, Fusion Mush Up, Techno.

Kosta will take you on a journey through soft jazz, soulful house and even commercial “covers”.

Reservations essential.

Weekly Events:

Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 8pm!

Live entertainment is back in Vrakas Taverna. Every Wednesday(20:00-00:00) night and Sunday lunch (13:00-16:00) come and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in the picturesque Pissouri square. Quality Greek music with Acoustic Bouzouki and Guitar accompanied by our specially selected Meze will provide you the best from Greek music and Cypriot Cuisine. Traditional plate smashing also takes place on Wednesday nights!

Every Sunday, O’Vrakas Taverna will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied with Live Music from our Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00pp. A special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light lunch.

For more information and reservations please contact us at haris@ovrakas.com or call at 99312443

Every Friday: Cyprus Night, Platea Tavern, 7:30pm:

Cyprus Night is back!

Come along and enjoy this fantastic, family friendly evening full of great traditional food, Cypriot and Greek dancing and one of the most entertaining nights you will have in Cyprus.

To book please either message The Platea Tavern on Facebook or call 99604823

Melanda Beach Restaurant Sunday Lunch

Make your way over to Melanda Beach Restaurant this Sunday for an authentic, Cypriot Sunday lunch sat by the beautiful blue ocean.

Special of the Day: Roast Lamb cooked in their very own traditional oven!

Call: 99 565336 for Reservations and more information.

Sunday Lunch at the Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri, 12:30pm-2:30pm

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

 

We guarantee you’ll never be bored at Aphrodite Hills Resort: www.aphroditerentals.com

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This Weekend’s Events

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. Information on weekly Sunday lunches can be found at the bottom of this article. Click on the images below for full details:

Friday 20th July 2018: Beach Boyz Tribute Band, Pissouri Amphitheatre, 8:30pm:

‘Good Vibrations’ – arguably the finest pop record of all time, just one of the many hits you will hear performed 100% live by just five professional performers that make up ‘The Beach Boys Band’ in this smash hit show THE BEACH BOYS STORY.

For tickets call: +357 96 818 066

20th – 22nd July 2018: AfroBanana Republic Festival, Kiti, Larnaca:

It’s innovative, it’s creative, and it has firmly become one of the island’s most highly anticipated events of the summer, a step away from the sea, for the ultimate summer experience!

The AfroBanana Republic Festival will transport revellers to an ethereal parallel universe, infused by the magic of creative innovation and expression, for a thrilling three-days of genre-defying music, holistic wellness, quirky artistic interventions and family fun for all ages.

YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO:

☉ Internationally acclaimed bands
☉ DJs from all over the world
☉ Artistic interventions
☉ Unexpected theatrical performances
☉ Creative & Innovative Kid’s workshops
☉ Wellness activities
☉ Interactive experiences on the beach
☉ Food & Drinks Market:
a wide selection of food stalls & professional cocktail mixologists

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Festival dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 20, 21 & 22 July 2018, Kiti, Larnaca. Gates open at 14:00 on July 20 and close at 20:00 on July 22.

Tickets:
Presale: 1 Day €23 / 3 day €37 / Camping Per Tent €7 (valid for 1 or 2 nights)
Doorsale: 1 Day €27 / 3 Day €43 / Camping Per Tent €10 (valid for 1 or 2 nights)
SUNDAY: FREE ENTRY – Limited Availability – Priority to ticket holders

Children under 12 get free access.

Sunday 22nd July 2018: Xiles Rock ‘n’ Roll, Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay, 6pm:

Rock n Roll at its very best by this terrific trio! Not to be missed 😎

Weekly Events:

Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 8pm!

Live entertainment is back in Vrakas Taverna. Every Wednesday(20:00-00:00) night and Sunday lunch (13:00-16:00) come and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in the picturesque Pissouri square. Quality Greek music with Acoustic Bouzouki and Guitar accompanied by our specially selected Meze will provide you the best from Greek music and Cypriot Cuisine. Traditional plate smashing also takes place on Wednesday nights!

Every Sunday, O’Vrakas Taverna will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied with Live Music from our Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00pp. A special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light lunch.

For more information and reservations please contact us at haris@ovrakas.com or call at 99312443

Every Friday: Cyprus Night, Platea Tavern, 7:30pm:

Cyprus Night is back!

Come along and enjoy this fantastic, family friendly evening full of great traditional food, Cypriot and Greek dancing and one of the most entertaining nights you will have in Cyprus.

To book please either message The Platea Tavern on Facebook or call 99604823

Melanda Beach Restaurant Sunday Lunch

Make your way over to Melanda Beach Restaurant this Sunday for an authentic, Cypriot Sunday lunch sat by the beautiful blue ocean.

Special of the Day: Roast Lamb cooked in their very own traditional oven!

Call: 99 565336 for Reservations and more information.

Sunday Lunch at the Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri, 12:30pm-2:30pm

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

 

We guarantee you’ll never be bored at Aphrodite Hills Resort: www.aphroditerentals.com

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This Weekend’s Events

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. Information on weekly Sunday lunches can be found at the bottom of this article. Click on the images below for full details:

Saturday 9th June 2018: Global Wellness Day, Limassol Old Port, 8am:

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social platform created by volunteers dedicated to living well. Wellness Day which brings together exercise, healthy eating and spiritual teachings, is a social movement that will raise awareness of living well throughout the world. It is a step that can ignite the flame of happiness burning throughout the world. It is a special opportunity to bring together the wellness world in a sacred mission.

Sunday 10th June 2018: Don Stevens, Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay, 6pm:

The Grape & Grain are delighted to invite you to an evening of live entertainment with the Don Stevens, who will be playing a variety of well-known covers from all eras!

1st – 30th June 2018: Pawtraits Exhibition, Theta – Healthy Eating Cuisine, Limassol:

Theta are hosting a “Pawtraits” exhibition throughout the month of June to raise awareness for the ongoing situation in Cyprus regarding abandoned dogs and animal abuse.

A percentage of all sales from the exhibition and any orders for pet portraits during this month, will be distributed between 3 Cyprus dog rescues, who do an amazing job saving and re homing hundreds of dogs.

Come along and show your support.

Exhibition:
1st-30th June 2018
Meet and greet 1st June 6pm-9pm
Venue:
Theta Healthy Eating Cuisine
Limassol

Supporting:
GWP Rescue Cyprus
Rescue & Rehome Cyprus
Dog Valley Rescue Cyprus

Weekly Events:

Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 8pm!

Live entertainment is back in Vrakas Taverna. Every Wednesday(20:00-00:00) night and Sunday lunch (13:00-16:00) come and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in the picturesque Pissouri square. Quality Greek music with Acoustic Bouzouki and Guitar accompanied by our specially selected Meze will provide you the best from Greek music and Cypriot Cuisine. Traditional plate smashing also takes place on Wednesday nights!

Every Sunday, O’Vrakas Taverna will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied with Live Music from our Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00pp. A special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light lunch.

For more information and reservations please contact us at haris@ovrakas.com or call at 99312443

Every Friday: Cyprus Night, Platea Tavern, 7:30pm:

Cyprus Night is back!

Come along and enjoy this fantastic, family friendly evening full of great traditional food, Cypriot and Greek dancing and one of the most entertaining nights you will have in Cyprus.

To book please either message The Platea Tavern on Facebook or call 99604823

The Plaice in the Square

It’s ‘Thank Cod it’s Friday’ today meaning that Cod & Chips is  €7.95!

The Plaice is also hosting Sunday Lunch with a choice of two different meats and homemade desserts every week. There will be two sittings, the first at 12pm and the second at 2:30pm.

Open 6 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Call 25 222 239 for FREE delivery & Reservations!

Melanda Beach Restaurant Sunday Lunch

Make your way over to Melanda Beach Restaurant this Sunday for an authentic, Cypriot Sunday lunch sat by the beautiful blue ocean.

Special of the Day: Roast Lamb cooked in their very own traditional oven!

Call: 99 565336 for Reservations and more information.

Sunday Lunch at the Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri, 12:30pm-2:30pm

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

 

We guarantee you’ll never be bored at Aphrodite Hills Resort: www.aphroditerentals.com

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Marine Life in Cyprus by Steve Ford at Cyprus Diving Adventures

'Scuba Steve' at Cyprus Diving AdventuresSteve Ford, our preferred Scuba Diving Instructor on the island, writes a fantastic blog on his website – this month we find out about the marine life in Cyprus, which might just surprise you.  Check out his website for more details on what courses he has to offer, and information on his Dive Centre which is situated in neighbouring Pissouri Village: CyprusDivingAdventues below:

We hope you enjoy Steve’s article, below:

Having dived in Cyprus for almost 20 years I have seen and continue to see a great variance and abundance of marine life all around the island.

The Med is not known for good sea life and in parts it is sparce, this is mainly due to exploitation and over fishing. However there have always been a lot of dive sites in Cyprus that have enjoyed fantastic marine life and in big numbers, you just need to know where to go and where to look. Also in Cyprus there is a big development in marine reserves, new fishing controls, artificial wrecks and reefs being sank to help with fish populations and all this is ongoing.

The Zenobia wreck was one of the first designated protected marine reserves in Cyprus and it is well known for it’s excellent marine life with large groupers, barracuda, turtles, jacks, triggerfish, moray eels, parrot fish, wrasses, squirrel fish, nudibranchs and much more all present here in large numbers. Since then St Georges Island has been made a new protected marine reserve area and here we regularly see large shoals of fish and a great variance of marine life. It is also a great dive site to get close to the marine life as they do not fear divers due to their protection.

The Limassol wrecks are also a great success after being sank to start a new artificial reef in 2014. Since then an additional reef has also been laid in the area and the result has been an explosion of new life. This is a well protected area and is one of the best dive sites to see masses of fish and big predators. New reefs are also being laid with the support of the Cyprus fisheries authorities who see that these developments also help with fishing stocks outside of the protected areas for their members. This is a great way of promoting this win win situation where the divers, dive businesses and the fishermen all get the result of more and more fish.

There are many more of these marine reserves all around Cyprus, with some being wrecks and some artificial reefs. There are also many more projects underway to sink more wrecks and reefs to further develop the marine life around the island, to encourage more diving tourism and as a result to also support the fisheries.

Diving with a good, experienced Dive Centre is also the best way to ensure that as a diver you visit the best dive sites in Cyprus and that you see plenty of marine life. A dive professional who knows the areas very well and has dived them for a few years will always give their divers the very best quality diving.

We guarantee you’ll never be bored at Aphrodite Hills Resort: www.aphroditerentals.com

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This Weekend’s Events

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. Information on weekly Sunday lunches can be found at the bottom of this article. Click on the images below for full details:

1st – 30th June 2018: Pawtraits Exhibition, Theta – Healthy Eating Cuisine, Limassol:

Theta are hosting a “Pawtraits” exhibition throughout the month of June to raise awareness for the ongoing situation in Cyprus regarding abandoned dogs and animal abuse.

A percentage of all sales from the exhibition and any orders for pet portraits during this month, will be distributed between 3 Cyprus dog rescues, who do an amazing job saving and re homing hundreds of dogs.

Come along and show your support.

Exhibition:
1st-30th June 2018
Meet and greet 1st June 6pm-9pm
Venue:
Theta Healthy Eating Cuisine
Limassol

Supporting:
GWP Rescue Cyprus
Rescue & Rehome Cyprus
Dog Valley Rescue Cyprus

Saturday 2nd June 2018: We Are Not Alone Charity Exhibition, Art & Shock Gallery, Paphos, 6:30pm:

Art & Shock invite you to their latest charity exhibition “WE ARE NOT ALONE”.
Their exhibition has a specific goal: to help Russian speaking volunteers of Happy&Home. We want to help them raise funds for their animals and support some of the existing projects, such as their informative deeds, referred to bringing attention to the problems of homeless animals and to the propaganda of taking a pet from a shelter. For more details about Happy & Home: www.facebook.com/cyprusanimalsfriends/ and www.facebook.com/groups/zhivotnienakipre/

This event is held with the support of the government of Paphos.

Sunday 3rd June 2018: Blues Brothers, Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay, 6pm:

The Grape & Grain are delighted to invite you to an evening of live entertainment with the Blue Brothers!

 

Weekly Events:

Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 8pm!

Live entertainment is back in Vrakas Taverna. Every Wednesday(20:00-00:00) night and Sunday lunch (13:00-16:00) come and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in the picturesque Pissouri square. Quality Greek music with Acoustic Bouzouki and Guitar accompanied by our specially selected Meze will provide you the best from Greek music and Cypriot Cuisine. Traditional plate smashing also takes place on Wednesday nights!

Every Sunday, O’Vrakas Taverna will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied with Live Music from our Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00pp. A special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light lunch.

For more information and reservations please contact us at haris@ovrakas.com or call at 99312443

Every Friday: Cyprus Night, Platea Tavern, 7:30pm:

Cyprus Night is back!

Come along and enjoy this fantastic, family friendly evening full of great traditional food, Cypriot and Greek dancing and one of the most entertaining nights you will have in Cyprus.

To book please either message The Platea Tavern on Facebook or call 99604823

The Plaice in the Square

It’s ‘Thank Cod it’s Friday’ today meaning that Cod & Chips is  €7.95!

The Plaice is also hosting Sunday Lunch with a choice of two different meats and homemade desserts every week. There will be two sittings, the first at 12pm and the second at 2:30pm.

Open 6 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Call 25 222 239 for FREE delivery & Reservations!

Melanda Beach Restaurant Sunday Lunch

Make your way over to Melanda Beach Restaurant this Sunday for an authentic, Cypriot Sunday lunch sat by the beautiful blue ocean.

Special of the Day: Roast Lamb cooked in their very own traditional oven!

Call: 99 565336 for Reservations and more information.

Sunday Lunch at the Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri, 12:30pm-2:30pm

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

 

We guarantee you’ll never be bored at Aphrodite Hills Resort: www.aphroditerentals.com

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