Carnival Weekend

This weekend coming is Carnival time in Cyprus – marking the beginning of the 40 day period of fasting prior to Easter which officially starts on Monday 2nd March 2020, known as ‘Green Monday’. The closest Carnival parties for us will be in Paphos on 29th February and in Limassol on 1st March.

Paphos Carnival, will start at 3pm down at Poseidonos Avenue (the main road running through the port and hotel area in Kato Paphos): More Details Here. Limassol Carnival will start at 1pm at Archibishop Makarios III Avenue: More Details Here.  Expect: fun, colour, fab costumes, fire crackers (be on guard!) and a lot of confetti!

Read more about the traditions that lead up to Easter in Cyprus HERE.

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Discover Cyprus: Tsiknopempti

Today is ‘Tsiknopempti’ in Cyprus. This is the name given to the Thursday during Carnival or the “Greek Mardi Gras” period which marks the beginning of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox Church members can “legally” eat meat. Thus…everyone rushes to prepare and enjoy their favorite meat dishes, typically in vast quantities! We certainly made the most of our Tsiknopempti in the office today! Read more about this Cypriot tradition HERE.

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Discover Cyprus: Palaepaphos, Aphrodite’s birthplace

Palaepaphos (meaning Old Paphos) is the name given to the area that is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty & Fertility, which was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once a city-kingdom of Cyprus.

Palaepaphos is located within the modern village of Kouklia (just 5 minutes from Aphrodite Hills Resort), where excavations are still taking place today. It is a peaceful, traditional village, even to date, and soaked in history: DISCOVER MORE HERE

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10 Amazing Photos of Cyprus this Winter

Photograph by Maria Panagi  

Cyprus is an island of contrasts; mountains Vs beaches; traditional villages Vs cosmopolitan cities; and the same goes for seasons – winter here can provide quite the contrast to summer, despite the sun shining throughout the majority of the winter months! We can have a morning skiing followed by an afternoon swim in the sea, it’s remarkable. MyCyprusInsider has put together a brilliant post that contains ten amazing photos of Cyprus this winter, it really is beautiful: READ HERE.

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4th Tennis Camp by Academia Sanchez-Casal

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The famous Spanish Academia Sanchez-Casal are returning to Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy this April and will be hosting two fantastic coaching programmes, one for adults and one for children:

11th – 12th April 2020: Adult weekend coaching camp; choose 3 hours each day, for just €200. Read the flyer HERE.

13th – 17th April 2020: Childrens coaching camp; 6 hours per day for just €800 per child (including lunch). Read the flyer HERE.

To register, or for more detail, contact Nicole Efstathiou at Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy: nicole.e@aphroditehills.com / +357 99 455 240.

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Holidays are good for your health!

What’s not to love about going on holiday?! Everyone loves a getaway, especially escaping the sunshine, but it’s also important to remember just how good this is for you as well, health-wise. This lovely blog by Holidaysplease reiterates 7 health benefits of going on holiday, READ HERE.

Aphrodite Hills Resort offers a leisure and relaxation beyond compare; you can be as active or laid back as you wish with an array of leisure activities at your fingertips, an award winning spa, but most importantly, the sunshine.

Check out our range of self-catering holiday villas and apartments here: www.aphroditerentals.com

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Discover Cyprus – Scuba diving news from Cyprus Diving Adventures ‘The Elpida’

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Back in October we talked about the plans for two new wreck dive sites planned for Cyprus and last weekend, on 7th December, The Elpida was sunk off the shores of Larnaca. Steve Ford from Cyprus Diving Adventures goes into more detail, including a great video of the sinking, on his blog HERE.

Discover Scuba Diving! Scuba Diving is a fantastic choice of activity for visitors to Cyprus, and caters for all levels of divers from complete beginners through to advanced. Cyprus Diving Adventures offer our guests a free pick-up service, and discounted family/group and course rates: MORE HERE.

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Festive Celebrations – where to dine and party in 2019

Festive celebrations at Aphrodite Hills Resort:

Hotel:

Golf Clubhouse restaurant:

Children: From 0 – 4 years – FREE / From 5 – 12 years 50% discount

Christmas Day at Elea Estate:

Elea Estate will be hosting a festive feast buffet on Christmas day from 12.30pm with live music and a glass of bubbles on arrival; €65 per person. More details.

Boxing Day buffet at Gabriel’s Tavern, Kouklia village:

Enjoy some delicious homemade good at Gabriel’s on Boxing Day, between 1pm – 4pm. More details.

New Year’s Eve party at Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri village:

Fine dining, lots of drinking and dancing – a wonderful way to bring in the New Year! Starting at 7pm, there will be a meal followed by DJ to get you up and dancing the night away. Sumptuous 4-course meal and a glass of champagne at midnight for €60 per person. More details.

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Highlight events in December

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! Especially here on Aphrodite Hills Resort, with all the stunning Christmas displays lighting up the entrance tunnel and village square ❤ There are some lovely events coming up this month, here are our pick of the month:

3rd – 7th December – Panto in Paphos

What? Stage one theatre in Paphos are performing Cinderella 2 ‘The uglies’ revenge’ | Where? Emba theatre, Paphos; 7.30pm | Cost? €12 per adult (€6 per child) | More info?: Click HERE for more details.

7th December 2019 – The Nutcracker ballet:

What? A beautiful performance of The Nutcracker by the Stars of Russian Ballet – soloists of famous Russian theatres | Where? Pattihio Limassol Municipal Theatre, times vary per day| Cost? from €20 per person (children €5) | More info?: Click HERE.

13th December 2019 – Classical Christmas Ball:

What? Exquisite black tie Christmas Ball with live entertainment and delicious set menu meal | Where? Elea Estate | Cost? €42 per person | More info?: Click HERE.

11th & 14th December 2019 – The Nutcracker Ice Show:

What? The famous story of the Nutcracker will be performed in an ice show, by Atria Music – best events in Cyprus | Where? Markideio Theatre, Paphos on 11th December @ 7.30pm and Pattihio Theatre, Limassol, @ 8pm | Cost? €40 per person (30% discount for children under 12) | More info?: Click HERE.

14th December 2019 – Aphrodite Hills Winter Open:

What? 18 hole individual stableford tournament, with 9am shotgun start | Where? Aphrodite Hills Golf Club | Cost? €75 per person (including buffet lunch), discounted entry fee for golf members | More info?: Click HERE.

20th – 22nd December 2019 – Christmas Village at Episkopi Village:

What? Three days of local Christmas market goodies, choir singing, dance performances, children activities and more | Where? Eleftherias Square, Episkopi village | Cost? Free on 20th & 21st, entrance for 22nd TBC | More info?: Click HERE.

30th December – 5th January – CATS, direct from London:

What? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical masterpiece CATS comes to Cyprus for 1 week only this Christmas. Direct from London with an all star company of singers and dancers, performances will be accompanied live by The West End Theatre Orchestra | Where? Pattihio Limassol Municipal Theatre | Cost? From €45 | More info?: Click HERE.

Christmas and NYE dinners:

Watch out for our next Christmas post which will include some of the wonderful dining options and events taking place to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s eve.

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Christmas Market Time!

As the end of November approaches we’re starting to see the sparkle of Christmas lights appear..it might not be ‘cold outside’, but the festive spirit has hit! There are some lovely Christmas markets opening up over the next couple of weeks, here’s our low-down of our favourite local ones:

Aphrodite Hills Resort: 7th – 8th December 2019.

Free entrance, doors open at 10am each day; there will be lots of stalls selling all sorts of goodies, and plenty of activities available for kids, including a visit from Santa! Full Details HERE.

NB: Aphrodite Hills are also lighting their Christmas tree in the village square this Saturday, 30th November, at 6pm.

Elea Estate Christmas Fair: Sunday 1st December 2019.

Free entrance, from 10am – 4pm with over 50 stalls and entertainment throughout the day! Full Details HERE.

Technopolis 20, Paphos: Saturday 7th December 2019.

This is an arty affair; Technopolis will host its 6th annual Christmas art market from 10am – 5pm. Bound to be filled with handmade goodies! Full details HERE.

Alongside promoting Christmas markets, we’d also like to promote three wonderful charities that are working hard to make sure that those less fortunate do not miss out on the festivities. Please take a look at how you could help them help others this Christmas:

A gift of love: are raising money to help towards renovations within the Children’s home of Paphos – read more and find out how to donate HERE.

Adopt a family for Christmas: a Pancyprian campaign to support vulnerable families in Cyprus – read more and find out how you can contribute HERE.

10th Santa’s Christmas workshop: 7th & 8th December 2019 @ Trakasol Cultural Centre in Limassol. This Christmas workshop is a fundraising event to help children with social and financial problems. Read more HERE.

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