Cyprus Journals

A Part of Europe Where Time Still Stands Still

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A travel journal to Cyprus by Praskipark

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Pitsilia region

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Attraction | "An Isolated but Interesting Region "

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The Pitsilia region in the southeastern corner of the Troodos is one of the poorest parts of Greek Cyprus. Mountain folds and running water have cut deep valleys out of the rock. Many of the settlements that cling to the hillsides are within hailing distance of each other but separated by a gruelling stretch of road across the valley. Although it is a demanding walk between Agros and Palaechori on the Papusta (1,554metres), it is worth the effort for the splendid view over the mountains and down to the sea.Some 20,000 people remain in the region's 50 or so villages, but few now devote their energies to wine production, once an important source of income. Cultivating the tiny terraces which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2010

Limassol

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Attraction | "A Cypriot Town with Very Few Historic Sights"

Beach complex in Limassol Photo, Limassol, Cyprus
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Limassol, the second biggest town in Cyprus, known in Greek as 'Lemesos', lies in the middle of the south coast. With its central location it is an ideal base for tourists wanting to make day trips. The wine festival in September, the carnival in spring, and the range of evening entertainment at Potamos Yermassoyias have given the 146,000 inhabitants a fun-loving reputation. But Limassol has changed since the Turkish invasion, and some detractors have accused the townspeople of profiting from the war. Despite the withdrawal of the Turkish community, some 45,000 refugees have boosted the population dramatically. The port has certainly benefited from the Turkish occupation and has taken over from Famagu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2010

The Karpas peninsula

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Attraction | "A Cyprian Peninsula where Turtles Still Roam Undisturbed"

Karpas peninsula Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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The isolated beaches of the Karpas peninsula in northern Cyprus form one of the last coastal areas where turtles can still lay their eggs without being disturbed. On early summer nights - as long as they are not disturbed by light or noise - the 250kg females crawl ashore, dig out a hole in the sand and lay about 40 tennis ball-sized eggs. Provided the eggs are not discovered by foxes, unearthed by children building sandcastles or destroyed by car tyres, after about two months the baby turtles will emerge from their eggs, push their way out of the sand and hurry towards the water. Cars are generally kept off the sand from June onwards to avoid crushing the turtle eggs.Travelling around the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2010

Larnaca

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Attraction | "A Prestigious Port with a Touch of Mediterranean Flair"

Larnaca Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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Larnaca is Cyprus's third largest town and, quite an important port after Limassol.The palms behind the promenade give a hint of Nice and Cannes and Mediterranean flair, while the sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing. In the adjoining marina amateur sailors from all over the world meet and share their experiences.Most tourists fly into Larnaca, which became the island's principal airport when Nicosia was forced to close after the Turkish invasion. A walk through the former Turkish quarter around the mosque still has an Oriental feel, and the lively bazaar district near the Lazaros church makes an interesting place for a stroll. The seemingly endless sandy beach in the east of the town is o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2010

Salamis

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Attraction | "A Little More than Just a Few Ruins"

Salamis Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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According to legend, Salamis was founded by Teukros, a Trojan warrior mentioned in Homer's Iliad. He named the city after his birthplace, an island to the south of Athens. In the 10th century BC Salamis took over from the abandoned Engomi as an important trading centre. At it's peak as many as 12,000 people lived in Cyprus's biggest town, but under the Romans it ceded its leading role to Paphos. In the 7th century AD, Salamis was finally abandoned and the inhabitants moved to Famagusta. It had been badly hit by an earthquake, had suffered a number of attacks by Arabs and the harbour had silted up.Only a fraction of the town has been excavated. With the exception of one older tomb, the buil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2010

Famagusta

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Attraction | "Cyprus's Sleeping Beauty"

Famagusta Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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Famagusta is a sleeping beauty. In the old town, protected by massive ramparts, Gothic church ruins reach skyward and Byzantine chapels lie hidden among gardens and vegetable fields. For a long time now, the inhabitants of the town, known to the Turks as Magusa or Gazimagusa and to the Greeks as Amochostos, have had room to spare within their walled enclosure. There were said to be 365 churches, almost certainly a symbolic and exaggerated number, but a good two dozen abandoned churches can still be found. Very few concrete buildings mar the old town. Visitors can be seen in the old town many a quiet evening drinking a cool glass of beer or in the daytime on the wide sandy beaches to the north of the t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2010

Lefkara

Attraction | "A Village of Lace and Silver"

Lefkara Lace Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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Lefkara is famous for the lace and embroidery the women of the town have been making since the Venetians ruled the island. As early as 1481 Leonardo da Vinci obtained an altar cover here for Milan Cathedral. The geometric patterns and the finely -worked edging of the lefkaritika are a fusion of Greek, Byzantine and Venetian motifs. While their wares may strike some as expensive, it should be borne in mind that one tablecloth can take several weeks to produce. Lefkara is also noted for its silversmiths, and the 700 year old cross at Tou Timiou Stavrou church stands as proof of the ability of the local craftsmen.The Venetians appreciated the cooler summers of Lefkara, and the Italian i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2010