Cyprus

Cyprus

  • Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel
  • Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel
  • Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Why Choose a Holiday on Cyprus?

Why Choose a Holiday on Cyprus?, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Cyprus has warm and sunny weather all year-round without extreme hot or cold temperatures. In the Summer temperatures can reach 90 degrees, but cool Mediterranean breezes temper the heat. Winters are mild with some rain and snow in the Troodos Mountains. Spring and autumn are quite warm and pleasant. There are ancient settlements everywhere you go which are reminders of the Islands 10,000 year history and its incredibly diverse scenery ranges from dramatic pine clad mountains to secluded coves gently washed by the sparkling warm waters of the Mediterranean sea.

Why Choose a Holiday on Cyprus?, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Getting To Cyprus

Getting To Cyprus, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

With two modern and well equipped international airports, you will that find many of the charter and budget airlines fly to the island all year round, as well as many scheduled flights from all over Europe. Both of the Cypriot airports are situated on the South coast of the Island with Paphos airport, in the west, dealing mainly with charter flights whereas Larnaca airport, in the east, has both charter and a wide variety of scheduled flights.

Getting To Cyprus, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Car Hire and Taxi Transfer

Car Hire and Taxi Transfer, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Agni Travel can arrange a hire car (or taxi transfer) to be waiting for you at the airport. The road network is excellent with the added bonus of driving on the left hand side !!

Baths of Aphrodite

Baths of Aphrodite, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

According to the Greek poet Hesiod, Aphrodite was born when Ouranos was castrated by his son Cronus. After Cronus had castrated him, legend suggests he threw the severed genitals into the sea. From the aphros (sea foam) arose Aphrodite. She was born adult and floated into land on a scallop shell. Her legendary birthplace is said to be at the Rock of Romiou near Paphos. She was married to Hephaestus, she also had a lover Adonis, who she was previously a surrogate mother to. Her sons included Eros, Anteros, Hymenaios and Aeneas.

The baths of Aphrodite are just along the coast from Latchi. According to myth, the goddess Aphrodite used to bathe in the pool of the nearby grotto which is shaded by a fig tree and has a continuous run of water from the overhead rocks. The baths are considered a source of fertility.

Head For The Hills

Head For The Hills, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

The impressive Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus offering a cool sanctuary in which you can spend idyllic hours walking or driving in its scented pine forests.

There are nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos mountains which are included in the official UNESCO list of cultural treasures of the World's heritage and these are: Stavros tou Ayiasmati, Panayia tou Araka, Timiou Stavrou at Pelendri, Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis, Panayia Podithou, Assinou, Ayios loannis Lampadistis, Panayia tou Moutoula, and Archangel Michael at Pedhoulas.


Tombs of the Kings

Tombs of the Kings, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

About 2 miles northwards of the Old Harbour in Paphos you will find the Tombs of the Kings. The tombs are impressive enough to be worthy of kings. They are burial caves carved into the bedrock of the hill and decorated with Doric columns and capitals which date from the 4th century BC. You can freely walk about the place once inside, searching through the rooms of the tombs, with some parts underground being carved into the rock.

The Divided Island

The Divided Island, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

In the summer of 1974, the Greek military junta then in power backed a coup on the island and declared it a part of Greece. Turkey responded with 45,000 troops and occupied the northern part of the island. The Greek junta subsequently collapsed and the island was divided into the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The two sides almost reached an agreement in a 2004 initiative brokered by the U.N., but although the plan was accepted by Turkish Cypriot voters, Greek Cypriot voters rejected it. You can enter and stay in North Cyprus as long as you wish with the border formalities at currently three check points minimal. You may even cross with a Greek rent a car as long as it has insurance valid for the North. (Easily available at the border)

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Cypriot Wine

Cypriot Wine, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Cyprus is a country with over 4000 years heritage in great wines and has contributed substantially to the development of viticulture throughout the world. Over the centuries Cyprus has retained a strong tradition in fine wine production. In the past grapes were being collected by the farmers in the countryside, this usually took several days until the lorries were loaded for the grapes to be transported to the major wineries in Limassol. The grapes thus suf­fered considerably in the sun or the occasional rain, and the juice of the ripest grapes was lost during the long wait until finally reaching the winery. Nowadays grapes are collected and packed in small crates, replacing the large traditional baskets carried by donkeys. The crates are then delivered by pick-up trucks to the winery. The grapes thus arrive at the winery in perfect condition for the production of high quality wine.

Most Cyprus vineyards are small and grow indigenous varieties of grapes for wine. Donkeys and oxen are still used to plough some of them. Cultivated vineyards cover a large percentage of the country's hilly and mountainous land, from sea level up to 1,500 metres, predominantly on the southern slopes of the Troodos in the Lemesos district and the south western in the Paphos district.

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Wine Tours

There are four distinct wine tours that centre on these areas, which could range from a half-day to a week long. Wine tasting figure prominently on all of these tours. The first wine tour is in Limassol itself, where the four biggest wine companies in Cyprus have tasting rooms and shops.
The second wine tour, Lemesos District East, begins with a drive up the Troodos road from Lemesos to the Kourris Valley. There are wineries in the villages of Pytsilia, Mandria and Koilani, to name just a few. Vouni is home to some of Cyprus's best vineyards for red grapes.
The third wine tour, Lemesos District West, takes in several boutique wineries as well as the whitewashed village of Omodos, where there are three additional wineries. Just off the attractive central square, you can have an up-close look at a traditional wine press.
The fourth wine tour explores mainly the highlands north of Paphos.

Akamas Peninsula

Akamas Peninsula, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

The Akamas peninsula in Cyprus is by far the most beautiful location on the entire island. Located in the west of Cyprus, the Akamas peninsula covers approximately 230 square km and is where you will find wild untouched landscape, amazing natural beauty, deep gorges, and stunning sandy bays.


Lara Bay located in the Akamas peninsula is an extremely important turtle breeding ground and here you can find the green turtles and hawks-bill turtles. These turtles are on the endangered species list and Lara Bay is a safe haven for them. The Akamas peninsula has been included in the European Council's protection programme and it was recommended that this are be treated as a biosphere reserve that is to include a large National Park area. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have also campaigned to have the Akamas Peninsula declared a National Park area in order to protect the large amount of unique fauna that can be found here.


Diving

Diving, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Warm seas, clear water and year-round sunshine ensure that diving in Cyprus remains a popular pastime. The varied nature of the dive sites as well as the lack of tides and currents means that both beginners and more experienced divers can enjoy the experience. There's plenty of underwater life and a huge variety of fish will be vying for your attention. If you're lucky you might bump into tuna, barracuda or the occasional turtle. Throw in a few wrecks, some ancient settlements plus the odd coral reef and you've got pretty much everything you could want.

Latchi

Latchi, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Latchi is a pretty peaceful fishing village surrounded by vibrant green countryside and farmland. Located on the border of the Akamas Peninsula on the north west coast of Cyprus, this traditional Cypriot resort is just 2 miles from Polis and around 15 miles from Paphos. Perfect evenings can be spent enjoying Cypriot cuisine at the traditional waterside tavernas where the fresh fish and seafood is excellent.
This quiet resort is the ideal base for nature lovers, walkers and bird watchers as it is perfectly located to the Akamas Peninsula which is a protected region and National Park of Cyprus. This vast area has all kinds of flora and fauna, nature trails, rugged gorges such as Avakas Gorge, isolated coves and tranquil beaches. It is here that you will find Lara Bay where the green turtles breed and Fontana Amorosa Bay. A boat trip from the harbour will give you excellent views of the Park from the sea. A great way to explore the surrounding countryside and places that can't be reached by road is on horseback. Hiring a car is also a great way to explore the traditional villages in the Troodos Mountains that are only accessible by the winding mountain roads.
Latchi beach is blessed with beautiful clear blue waters along with the beaches in the bays around the resort. Watersports are on offer here and offer something more than just lazing on the beach. An excellent spot for scuba diving, all ages and abilities will love diving here among the caves and sunken wrecks which are home to a fascinating variety of marine life.

Latchi, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Polis

Polis, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

Polis is located in the North West area of Cyprus just 45 minutes from Paphos airport. Polis is the ideal holiday location for those guests who appreciate authenticity and tranquility in a pleasant and friendly environment, which blends mountains and sea with wonderful warm clear seas and sandy beaches.
Polis is considered as one of the best locations for nature lovers and those keen on active holidays, such as hiking, cycling, horse riding and golf. Polis also offers all the facilities required for a relaxing vacation with banks, a hospital, pharmacies, shops, restaurants, taverns, bars, cafes and a picturesque pedestrian's area in the traditional heart of Polis, a local meeting point throughout the year from early hours till late at night. Furthermore, the region boasts an excellent archaeological museum, Byzantine churches and traditional houses.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay, Cyprus, Guides, Agni Travel

The beach at Peyia, on Cyprus's west coast, is known as Coral Bay and is ideal for families in search of safe swimming and soft sand. A large horseshoe-shaped cove flanked by steep limestone cliffs. It is the classic holiday sandy beach, with safe swimming and Blue Flag status. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the beach and in the resort itself, and many are surprisingly appealing - this is not a resort with lots of high-rise and development.

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