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Ayia Napa
Monday, October 26, 2020

Ayia Napa

WARNING ! You’re gonna find it pretty hard to leave this fantasy to go back to reality …

Anyone who knows Napa, knows, that ‘full of youths’ stigma is just a load of media hype and no different from any other top resort! Fact is, it’s so versatile…

The 1st Guitar Festival in Cyprus

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19th to 22nd May 2016 Presented by The Pancyprian Classical Guitar Association Leo Brouwer A Music Legend in Paphos Recitals Thursday 19 May @ 8 pm Inside the Castle, Paphos Costas Cotsiolis...

Ayia Thekla Open Air Market, Ayia Napa

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With over 50 stalls in the summer there's everything you'd expect from a thriving market, from a variety of bric-a-brac, souvenirs, hand made pottery, household goods, I.T Services and computer stuff.  There's shoes, new and second hand clothes, accessories, cafes and food stalls and even Grimsby's Smokey Pete's Van selling traditional English fish imported from Grimsby of course!  Pete has been in the trade over 35 years and specialises in Smoked Haddock, smoked the traditional way in Oak Sawdust ... the aroma is awesome!

D. K. Stylianou Garden Centre, Xylotymbou

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... There's literally tens of thousands of plants here, everything you can possibly imagine and more ... carefully selected breeds, making sure they choose an extensive selection that can withstand the Cyprus climate ... many are cultured right here in their grounds in very impressive greenhouses, which in turn helps them to keep their prices so low ...


LarnacaLarnaca

The Hub of Cyprus If you’re staying in Larnaca, this port of old, discovering the island’s other attractions couldn’t be easier with countless day trips in every direction, and meanwhile you’ll find out why it’s…

Da Vinci Napiana Italian Restaurant, Ayia Napa

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We arrived early, and I just have to say the interior designer made a stunning job, recreating a Gothic feel.  It's comfortable, not too posh, something different, encouraging casual dinning ... the bar, tables and chairs, all bespoke influence, black white and grey, with acute arches adorning the facade of the restaurant; the crew all wear braces, a lovely touch ... I just love all the plants and how they kept the 50 year old tree almost totally covering the garden terrace, for a little alfresco dinning.  Oh, and within minutes we were given the wine and cocktail menu, btw, this impeccable service didn't stop there ...

May 2016

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I love this time of the year, long sunny days, through crystal clear skies, there's no heat haze yet, and mild yet cooler evenings, so you can still go out in a tee shirt ...

For the Love of Cooking!

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Not just for hotels, this place caters for everyone who loves to cook ... The stock is extensive, to say the least, and delivery is nationwide, which is why they're favoured by many top hotels, restaurants, bars, cafeterias, apartments and private and domestic homes.  I think it's the only place you can go to find just what you need, on every visit!

limassol night (1) Limassol

Our Capital on the Coast also known as Lemessos it’s by far the largest coastal resort in Cyprus, and was the first town to grow after the Turkish invasion in 1974. Many of Famagusta’s residents moved…

Hugga by the Sea Lounge Bar Restaurant, Livadia, Larnaca

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It's classy, chic and unique, it's spacious, the designer obviously minimalistic with a touch of finesse.  Outside there's a large terrace, partly covered, with comfy bench sofas and seats, huge umbrellas, dropping down to lush gardens, with mature trees creating the shade, overlooking the sea, with gorgeous architectural lighting by night ... inside its all stone pillars and wood with classy finishing, stylish lighting, high ceilings, cool touches and condiments to compliment, all creating an ambience that puts them up high in my favourite eaterie rankings.

Dionysus Mansion Fun & Gourmet, Limassol

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When I asked George why they called it Dionysus he said; "because he is the God of the Vine, Grape Harvest & Wine making, but mostly because he is also the God of Fun, and the idea of the restaurant was inspired by wine, fun and theatre, and most of all enjoyment! Then we found the house, the perfect venue to set the ambience we wanted"!

Random

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This is where I put stuff that I think deserves to be here 😉  

Intro Lefkosia town sceneNicosia

The Capital is Always worth a visit! Lefkosia or Nicosia, to us die hard’s, lies at the centre of the island, in the Mesaoria Plain, flanked by the northern range of mountains.  A charming city…

Ayia Napa Quad Buggy Safari

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With two safari's every day, your day starts with collection from your hotel at 9.30 for morning safari or 2.30 pm for the afternoon run ... a quick tuition on the bikes and a choice of trips ... the first is a little more extreme, heading out of Napa to the stunning scenery of Cape Greco,  taking in the sea caves, for a bit of rock jumping, and a small waterfall with panoramic views, then on through the beautiful coast town of Protaras and back to Napa the long way around ...

Stardust Comedy Variety Drag Show

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... from the intro to the end, the girls put on an funny and spectacularly electric show with such passion and sooo much energy !!!

Inside Out Minus One, Rock Band, Nicosia

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this local band based in Nicosia, are one of the few Cypriot bands that sing in English and tbh, they're unique in every sense of the word ... normally doing about 10 gigs a month the lockdown has given them time to think, differently, yet again!!!

Pafos1Paphos

Sunset Boulevard Also known as Pafos, it’s quite a way up the west coast, where the sun turns into a big red doorknob as it sets into the Med … it’s the birthplace of the…

Jewellers

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Many visitors come to Cyprus for its golden sunshine, sandy beaches, and the resultant golden suntan. However, if you have good taste, purchase of...

Beach Side

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There's nothing quite like sitting next to the sea to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner ... Here we highlight the bars, cafes, and restaurants...

Car & Bike Hire

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It’s always touring season ! Renting a car is easy and it’s still very reasonably priced.  In fact it’s a must, as there are some...

Intro - Paralimni - St Georges Church ScanParalimni & Kapparis

Next to the Lake Paralimni is best described as Ayia Napa and Protaras’ ‘live in’ village, Para-limni means, next to the lake!  And we still have, arguably, our winter fill as evidence, enough to confuse…

September 2015

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It's september and one things for sure, this is my favourite month, honest ! ... I can't believe it's here already, the summer has...

Minimarket Europe, Ayia Napa

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They specialise in importing foods from UK, Poland, Bulgaria and Asia.  So, great choices in sauces and ingredients and even Basmati rice by the 20 Kg sack for crazy cheap prices.

Papoytswmenos Gatos Kids Shoes, Paralimni, aka Puss in Boots

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spacious and colourful, truly international, the latest fashions by top designer names ... for kids !

Polis & Latchi 20Polis & Latchi

Cyprus’ little secret In the hub of Chrysochou bay, centrally situated between two stunning harbours, Latchi and Pomos, with the Paphos forest to the east and the Akamas peninsula to the west, lays this small…

Lithos Rock Band, Protaras

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Together, over the years, they have played at some big events opening for Shaggy, John Legend, Macklemore ... Opening for Greek Band 'Bleu Loccomondo' at last years 'Youth Festival in Cyprus, not to mention numerous Radio and TV appearances and just check out this video of Lithos Rock Band feat Carl Sentance of Nazareth at Blue Spice covering Highway to hell

Soul in The Sun Cyprus

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the backdrop for the stage, a midnight blue sky with a million stars falling into the Mediterranean Sea ...

O’Neills Irish Bar & Grill, Kato Paphos

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This is, without doubt, one of Paphos' finest eateries ... It's a traditional Irish Bar, so authentic all the furniture was crafted in Ireland an imported over, lots of dark warm wood, benches and stools, cottage cabinets and red brick. There's plenty of room inside, a nice covered smoking room and a lovely breezy sun terrace out front with comfortable seating, it's just like you've walked into a bar in Dublin !!!

Protaras Bay by NightProtaras & Pernera

Boasting one of the finest beaches in the world ! Protaras is one of my favourite towns, as it was back in 1991 I came here to work for my first full season and boy…

Either Side of Cape Greco Part 1

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Protaras and Ayia Napa lay either side of Cape Greco ... which btw is the most south easterly point on the island !

Golf

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Getting a round in ... There's four fantastic 18 hole courses on the island, and visitors are often surprised by the standard of the greens here...

Bootleggers Off Licence & Cava, Pernera, Protaras

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This place is a little warehouse of goodies, wines, spirits, beers, ciders, soft drinks, energy drinks and party nibbles all at crazy discounted prices boasting the best offers you'll find anywhere.  There's also a selection of alternative souvenirs like Natural Cosmetics, Herbolive, Aphrodite, and Slave Balsam, Aromatic Oils, Cooking Herbs and Spices and even some nice summer hats ... plus a no commission money exchange service.

Grand Slam Inn, Kapparis

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The Grand Slam is a family run British style boozer, it's even on the corner, on the sunny side of the road, and once known as The Corner Pin, inside it looks busy, with quirky little designs mostly mums doing, I just love the Table Tops they're well cool ... There's music memorabilia all over the place with a professional light and sound system, a well stocked bar, with a lovely front terrace onto Kapparis Avenue ... it's a great stop off for an afternoon drink, good pub grub, and there's something happening here almost every night!

Sage Fusion Cuisine, Ayia Napa

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This is one restaurant you can put into the exquisite range ... it's right in the heart of Ayia Napa’s bustling tourist centre, and without doubt, one of Cyprus' premium eateries.  In fact, Sage has been impressing me with their culinary flair for over a decade, with a strong emphasis on quality fulfilled with passion, that starts from the moment you arrive and are greeted by their charming Maître ’D ...

The Loop, Paralimni

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Over a gorgeous cappuccino I asked Vaida, why she created 'The Loop'? ... She explained; She is originally from Lithuania, but lived in Holland for many many years, and fell in love and married a Cypriot, and finally moved to Cyprus just 2 years ago" ... Vaida said" "she noticed there was a distinct lack of places to get good fresh food, not just vegetarian and vegan but specialising in healthy eats and healthy diets.  This inspired her to open a place where all the dishes are home made, using predominantly fresh quality produce, and a menu with variety, so there's something for everyone, oh, and served with a little finesse" ... I had a good look through the menu and I have to say it looks well cool, and so I got her point, and must say I'm well impressed.

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