Cyprus Living and Recreation
Recreation, events, night life, things to do & sports
Eating out is a local habit and is part of entertainment in Cyprus. There is a wide variety of restaurants, catering for all tastes. Along with taverns, which provide local and Greek dishes, there are restaurants that offer international cuisine such as French, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Lebanese, Japanese, Russian, Mexican and other. Prices vary but in general one may quote €40-€60 for two persons at a good restaurant for a three-course meal with wine and afters, whereas at taverns this is reduced to approximately €25-€35 for two persons. Night-clubs with good live music, discos and a variety of bars are some of the entertainment choices in all towns
Sport Clubs include tennis, squash, bowling, golf, archery, shooting, sailing (all kinds of sea sports) etc.
There are four international standard golf courses operational in Cyprus and another eleven programmed to be developed.
The club houses have restaurants, bars, pro shop, changing rooms and showers. They all offer practice range and some of them tennis courts and tennis lessons.
Aphrodite Hills Golf Club is 18km east of Paphos and 50km west of Limassol, located near the sea on two plateaus on top of the hill with fantastic sea and mountain views. For Green Fees, membership and other details click on www.aphroditehills.com
Secret Valley Golf Club just next to Aphrodite Hills but in a scenic valley with grand trees and natural rock formations. www.cyprusgolf.com
ELEA Golf Club only 10km east of Paphos 60km west of Limassol designed by Sir Nick Faldo in a stunning natural environment near the beach and Paphos airport. For fees and other details click on www.eleaestate.com
Minthis Hills Golf Club (Ex Tsada) only 10km north of Paphos Town set in the grounds of 12th century monastery. For Green Fees and other charges click on www.cyprusgolf.com
Golf enthusiasts should bear in mind that the local weather conditions permit all year round playtime.
The clubhouses have a restaurant, bar, shop with golfing accessories, changing rooms and showers. In addition they provide a tennis court school and outdoor swimming pools.
The local weather conditions permit an all year round playtime.
There are a number of sites of historic and legendary interest on the island. The Venetian Walls, the Cyprus Museum and the Folk Art Museum are the major attractions in Nicosia, while the Limassol and Pafos districts are well known for the ancient theatre at Curium, the Temple of Apollo and the Roman Mosaic Floors at Kato Pafos. The Troodos Mountains are rich in Byzantine monasteries and churches, many of which contain exquisite frescoes.
Festivals and fairs take place all the year round. Visitors who happen to be in Cyprus in May are suggested to visit the International (State) Fair, while the Limassol Wine Festival (September) offers visitors an opportunity to try all sorts of Cyprus wines and food, free of charge or at very low prices. Other festivals include the Carnival (February), the Flower Shows, the Snow Ski games etc. In addition there are regular horse racing competitions at the Nicosia race course, shooting clubs, aeronautics, sailing, diving, motorcar rallies (including the Cyprus International Rally, the Troodos Mountains International Rally and the Antique Car Rally), tennis, football games etc. Go to Cyprus Tourism Organization website for events.
Associations and Service Clubs
There are also various international associations and cultural societies which include the Lions and the Rotary Clubs, Round Table, Toastmasters International, Armenian Centre, British Council, French Cultural Centre the Goethe Institute etc. There are five public international T.V. channels and numerous local radio stations. Approximately 50% of the TV programmes are British and American and all foreign films are broadcast in their original language. Availability of satellite dishes can provide international television connections. The radio programmes are mainly in Greek or English. In addition there is a British Forces Radio in Cyprus, which broadcasts on a 24-hour basis.
There are three local English language newspapers, two Russian and a number of local magazines, which are printed in English and almost all main national papers and well known international magazines are available on the island (usually with one day delay from their day of issue.
This most informative guide covers a range of things to do, events, driving and transport, dining out, night life, nature trails, sports and leisure, family fun, cultural attractions, social events, health and beauty spots, emergency information, even details on getting married etc etc. If one attempts to live it through not only it will make living in Cyprus most enjoyable, but it will keep himself and his family “busy” with fun and games for at least 20 years.
Cyprus Holiday Guide
A complete guide on Living in Cyprus (2011 edition of CYTA) can be seen online.
This most informative guide covers a range of things to do, events, driving and transport, dining out, night life, nature trails, sports and leisure, family fun, cultural attractions, social events, health and beauty spots, emergency information, even details on getting married etc etc. If one attempts to live it through not only it will make living in Cyprus most enjoyable, but it will keep himself and his family busy with fun and games for at least 20 years.
Paphos Bird and Animal Park
Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary
Vouni Village, www.donkeysanctuary-cyprus.org
Melios Pet Centre
For more information visit Antonis Loizou & Associates www.aloizou.com.cy