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Geroskipou Bypass

It has been announced that there is to be a new bypass built between Paphos and Geroskipou. Responses to this news were mixed, but we think it is a good idea. We decided to visit the area to see where the bypass will go and who it will benefit. Besides, the map had shown that there was a flea market in the area. What was that all about...?

The Drive To Adonis Baths

Yesterday we posted a film showing the drive to Adonis Baths. It provoked a lot of comment, so here is the accompanying blog which will hopefully answer any questions.

Ayios Ioannis - Part 2

In the concluding part of our visit to Ayios Ioannis we continue through the village before visiting an old abandoned school, and finish up gazing down upon the Xeros Valley and Paphos Forest.

Ayios Ioannis - Part 1

We haven't explored the further reaches of the Diarizos Valley much, especially not the hilltops that head towards the Xeros Valley and Paphos Forest. We've been rectifying that recently, and in this blog we want to take you on a visit to Ayios Ioannis. We thought it would be a smallish village, but we were in for a surprise. This blog is large, so we have split it in two parts. The second part will be published in a day or two.

Foinikas Views

We just can't keep away from Foinikas. Somebody posted some pics of the abandoned village on our Paphos Chat facebook group, and people were asking how to get there. We bumped an old blog showing the route, but decided that a film was also needed. While we were out shooting it, we decided to take some more shots, but this time we went for some outstanding views...

The barbaric frescoes of Agios Georgios Tou Sporou

It's time for another guest blog from Max. He's been out visiting some old churches and has uncovered some gruesome scenes...

Paphos Blue Flag Beaches

Paphos doesn't have much of a reputation for the seaside, but there are in fact 17 Blue Flag Beaches in the region. We've put them all in an easy-to-use directory, and we present them here for your delectation, so you can see for yourselves that Paphos Beaches are in fact, not shabby at all.

Old Paramali - Aphrodite meets Call of Duty

Fancy a trip that starts with a romantic trip to Aphrodite's Rock and ends up in a Call of Duty game? It's got to be worth a look, so let take a look at the old, abandoned village that lies on the opposite side of the motorway to Paramali.

Ayios Georgios Koumanon Monastery

The Paphos Countryside is full of surprises. On any journey, you can guarantee that you will pass many interesting places without realising it. However, sometimes, if you go in search of a known location, it can prove elusive. Join us as we stalk this elusive old church through the Diarizos Valley countryside, before finally succumbing to its mysterious charms...

Limni Crystal Hunting

We've long been fans of hunting for exotic crystals in the countryside of Cyprus. Half the fun of it is finding an interesting geological location. But it can also be a lot of hard work. So we thought we would show you it is possible to find some nice crystals with nothing more than a little hammer. They won't win any awards, but they are easy to find, and make a change from looking for shells on the beach...

Pafos Zoo

Paphos region is full of beautiful countryside, interesting villages and historical sites but earlier this week we decided to take our daughter to visit Pafos Zoo.

Mousere

If you are driving to Troodos on the Kouklia - Dora road, you will pass through Mousere just after Archimandrita. It isn't a very big place, but it is worth a look around, as there are some nice views coupled with some interesting ruins. Plus, the locals are very welcoming...

Polis Beach

Polis Beach took a bit of a battering over the winter months. An unexpected river came for a visit, and left it in a bit of a state. We were curious to see if it was once again beach fit...

Old Pafos in 2019 - Part 2

This is the concluding part of our blog on our latest stroll around Old Pafos. We start in Kennedy Square and head via a roundabout route to the indoor market, before concluding the walk at Ibrahim's Khan. On the way we shall revisit some old friends and look at some of the shops and restaurant that are helping to bring life into the new Old Paphos.

Old Pafos in 2019 - Part 1

It's a year since we had a proper look around Old Town, so we thought another blog was due. We won't be revisiting every place we visited in the previous blogs. Instead we will be focusing on new additions and places we missed last year. Even so, we took nearly 100 pictures for this blog, so we have split it in two. Part 2 will be published on monday.

The Murals of Agios Nikolaos

We've featured a lot of churches in our blogs. This is not surprising, as they are lovely building ornately decorated, and great places for quiet reflection on a hot summer's day. The more modern churches often have fantastic murals which take your breath away. But this is not a new tradition. A visit to the remote church of Agios Nikolaos, near Galataria, will show you that fully immersive church murals have been around for centuries...

Kouris Reservoir

We've neglected the dams for a while. They've overflowed, and now the waters are subsiding, ever so slightly. But what of the reservoirs further afield? Kouris has a church which is nearly submerged when it is full. So we thought we better photographed this semi-submerged church while it is still semi-submerged.

From Pentalia to Polemi

A few weeks ago we produced a rather long film, showing a drive from Pentalia to Polemi. I was going to do a sped-up version, but I found the full version quite relaxing, especially with the soothing soundtrack, so I have left it alone. People were curious as to the route we took, so I retraced our steps, and stopped to take some photographs along the way...

Roudia Bridge Time Warp

An old photograph, showing a young man standing on top of a broken Venetian Bridge got us excited recently. It looked a bit like Roudia, but the rock outcrop in the background seemed in the wrong place. There was only one way to find out for sure...

Maronas Time Warp

A new member of our chat group, Tommy Nilsson, was stationed with the UN in Cyprus in 1964. Fortunately for us he liked taking pictures, and he has been sharing them. One picture caught my eye, as it showed the now abandoned village of Maronas as it used to look. I decided to revisit it to get a comparison shot...

Abandoned Villages: Zacharia

Nestled on the side of the Stavros tis Psokas valley, it is easy to miss Zacharia. To get to it you have to drive through the nearby ghost village of Melandra, and you might be tempted to end your adventure there. But if you persevere, you will find another abandoned village waiting to tell its tale...

Xeros River Ruins

It looks like the sun is here to stay now, and Cyprus is quickly turning brown. The Asprokremmos is no longer overflowing, and soon, the rivers will no doubt start to run dry again. Before that happens we decided to go for a drive up Xeros Valley, and explore some ruins by the river. If you fancy a paddle, don't wait too long...

Cyprus Road Trip #2: Paphos - Coast to Coast

It's time for another road trip! This time we are going Coast to Coast, from Paphos, to Agios Georgios, and across the island to Latsi and the Baths of Aphrodite. We are also stopping at lots of fun locations on the way, so buckle your seatbelts and let's get started!

Kato Arodes

Kato Arodes is the sister village to Pano Arodes, which we recently visited. The main difference is that Kato Arodes was Turkish Cypriot before the troubles began. However, while there are signs of abandonment in places, the village certainly isn't dead...

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The Abandoned Village of Theletra - Part 1

Old Theletra was abandoned several decades ago. The threat of landslides drove the population up the hll to a new settlement. Since then the village has mainly been left to crumble, save for its church and a few buildings which are still inhabited. At first glance, there is not much to see here, aside from some picture-postcard views. But get adventurous, and there is a whole host of places to explore...

Paphos Christmas Lights Switched On!

Tonight the Mayor of Paphos switched on the Paphos Christmas Lights, accompanied by marching bands and performing artists. We went along to take a look, and have a gander at some of the other lights around Paphos this Christmas.

From Miliou To Theletra

While we were exploring the sulphur springs of Miliou a few weeks ago, we couldn't help but notice a village in the distance. When we realised that it was the abandoned village of Theletra, we were surprised, as we hadn't appreciated how close the two places were. So we thought we would find a scenic route between the two locations...

The Church of the Prophet Elias

As you drive to Polis on the B7, past Miliou, you will see a sign pointing to a church. If your Greek is as basic as ours, you will need Google Translate to tell you that it is the Church of the Prophet Elias. This is good to know, because you won't be able to find it on the map. When you see how small the church is, you will understand why...

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Nurses to strike Wednesday over bullying, staff shortages

Public nurses will go on strike on Wednesday from noon to 2pm at all general hospitals to protest incidents of violence against health professionals and against poor working conditions, nurses union Pasyno announced on Tuesday.

Christmas shopping hours

General shops will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day as well as on January 1, 2 and 6, the Labour Ministry said on Tuesday.

It said that under the law, all general shops must adhere to Christmas shopping hours from December 1 to 31, which allows them to remain open until 8 pm. On Christmas eve and New Year’s eve they can remain open until 6 pm.

Scattered showers and light snowfall in mountains as unstable weather continues

After yesterday’s first snow in the Troodos Mountains, the weather will remain unstable with scattered showers and possible sleet in the mountains in the afternoon, and light snowfall tonight.

In its early morning weather forecast, the Met Office said weak low pressure is affecting the area while a low pressure system is expected on Thursday.

First snow in Troodos Mountains (video, photos)

Snow has fallen in the Troodo Mountains as shown in the video by

It comes during a generally overcast day, with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms forecast for much of the week.