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Paphos Forest Mine

Tucked away in the western slopes of Paphos Forest, lies an old mine. You won't ever have seen it unless you went looking for it, and even if you go looking for it you may not find it.

Old Choletria

Modern Choletria lies on the F617. You might drive through it if you are headed up to the Troodos from Paphos. However, if you are approaching from the direction of Nata, you will first arrive at Old Choletria. At first glance, there is not much to see here, but it is worth taking a slight detour to explore...

A Tale Of Two Beaches

When we visited Ayia Napa recently, we stumbled upon a designated dog beach. We know there is a similar one near Polis, so we thought we would compare the two. If you are a dog owner living in the Paphos region, prepare to get jealous...

Souskiou Cemetery

Last spring we blogged about our visit to the abandoned village of Souskiou in the Diarizos Valley. We received numerous comments, some of which alluded to an ancient cemetery that lurked in the nearby hills. Well, this naturally piqued our curiosity, and we resolved to track them down. Over the next few months we made numerous excursions, and this is a summary of what we found...

Postcard from Ayia Napa

We're all going on a summer holiday! Actually we've just got back from one. We've spent the last few days in Ayia Napa and naturally we took our cameras with us. So, for a change, here's a blog on the Eastern side of the Island. How did we find it? What were the beaches like? Did we "have it large"? Read on and find out...

Archimandrita

If you have ever driven up to the Troodos through the wind farms above Kouklia, you will have passed through Archimandrita. You probably drove straight through, as it is only the start of your journey. Next time, set off an hour or two earlier and allow yourself time to explore this little jewel...

Limni Mine

Limni Mine is an abandoned Copper and Sulphur Mine, which at some point in the future may become a golf course. With that in mind we thought we better take a look around before the golf balls start flying...

Lara Bay

Lara Bay is a bit of an enigma. If you approach from the direction of Paphos and Coral Bay, on the main road, you may well end at the beach by Lara Bay Restaurant. Confusingly, this is not Lara Bay. So go back to the main track, and continue into the Akamas for a little while longer. The turtles await...

Chrysochou Cemetery

If you drive along the B7 towards Polis, pay attention as you pass by Chrysochou. On your right, through the trees, you will be able to make out some strange stone shapes. One day recently, while we were preparing for our recent Chrysochou blog, we decided to investigate further...

Chrysochou

Chrysochou lies nestled between Goudi and Polis, on the North West Coast of Cyprus. From the B7, where you will most likely have seen it, it is notable for the well preserved mosque that dominates its skyline. But Chrysochou has other points of interest, and a few surprises should your curiosity entice you to explore, including a fully restored water mill!

Fasoula

Fasoula is nestled in the Diarizos Valley, between the abandoned villages of Souskiou and Maronas. We visited it in the Spring time, but have saved the blog for now, so you can remember how green Cyprus was just a few months ago, as you sit by the pool relaxing in the summer heat...

Abandoned Villages - Faleia

Faleia lies close to the abandoned village of Agios Fotios. It is abandoned because of the troubles, not because of any threat of landslides. According to online records, it has a population of two, and is in a desolate state. Judge for yourself just how desolate...

Chantara Falls

This waterfall, tucked in the woods behind the mountain village of Foini, has long been a favourite of ours. You can either pay it a quick visit, and have a paddle in the lower falls, or, if you are a bit more adventurous, you can climb the steps to the upper falls, and take a dip. The really adventurous can go beyond that, and have a stream-hopping adventure through the ancient woodland...

Agia Ekaterini

If you take the road from Kritou Terra down to the B7, you will drive past this church, and cannot fail to be impressed by it. Well, don't just drive by it. Park, and take a look. You won't be disappointed...

Abandoned Villages - Agios Fotios

Given that I wrote a blog about Statos last week, it would be unfair of me not to cover its close neighbour, Agios Fotios. Their histories are intertwined, as they were both abandoned for the same reason. Indeed, they merged to form a new, single town, called Statos Agios - Fotios. So what was left behind...

Elia Bridge

Like its more famous neighbour, Elia Bridge spans the Diarizos River in the south western corner of Paphos Forest. Along with Roudia and Kelefos, it forms the Venetian Bridges Nature Trail, which is a lovely route, even if you do opt to drive, rather than hike it's distance. Let's take a quick peek...

Paphos Life Road Trip #1

As summer approaches we thought we would put together some road trips suitable for all types of cars. No off-roading will be involved, and the emphasis will be on sight-seeing. This trip takes in over 10 villages, and covers a variety of landscapes, from Kathikas in the East to pano Panagia in the West.

Abandoned Villages - Statos

Statos is unusual, as abandoned villages go. People deserted it not because of inter-communal fighting, but because of the threat of landslides. And then, no sooner had they emptied, some of the abandoned buildings were repopulated. Were villagers returning, or had outsiders moved in, prepared to take the risk of landslide?

Agios Savvas Tis Karonos

We first discovered this abandoned monastery a few years ago, when we were out geocaching.Visiting again, a few years later, I am paying more attention to the architecture than cache hiding places. There is certainly lots to see, and it is a fascinating place to have a look around. Plus, as it is slap bang in the middle of the Diarizos Valley, you know you can make a day trip out of a visit to the area, if you want to...

Stroumpi Murals

If you drive along the B7 from Paphos to Polis, you will eventually hit Stroumpi. It is about midway between the two towns, and nestled on the Paphos Hills. If you look to your right as you ascend the hill, you will notice some lovely murals adorning the walls. In due course, I will write a blog on the whole of Stroumpi, but today, I just want to concentrate on these murals...

Kelefos Bridge

Kelefos Bridge is probably the most well-known of all the Venetian Bridges in Cyprus, for good reasons. It features on the UK TV holiday adverts for Cyprus, showing a couple cycling over it on an afternoon ride. In reality, you won't find any cyclists here, but you will find a bridge full of charm, and surrounding countryside to match...

Foinikas Heights

We love Foinikas, the abandoned village on the banks of the Asprokremmos Reservoir. We've already blogged about it twice though, so we thought we would take a look at some of the surrounding countryside, and see what else the valley has to offer. Hopefully we will show you that you can find stunning, remote scenery only a stones-throw from Paphos. You don't need to travel all the way to the Akamas or Troodos to lose yourself in rugged beauty...

Abandoned Villages - Prastio

The Diarizos Valley really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is the fourth abandoned village we've visited recently. However, this one is a bit special, as it is an abandoned village that is truly abandoned. To get to it, you have to leave the safety of your car, and wade through shoulder-high thistles and grasses. Is it worth the journey? You decide...

The Garden Of Memories is Open!

Last year, St Michael's Hospice Charity Shop ran an appeal to build a Garden of Memories in the grounds of their hospice, for the patients and their visitors to relax in a bit of serenity. Well, today was the official opening, and prior to the big event, I had a walk around with my camera...

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Paphos Christmas Lights Switch On

Cyprus is sensible. It only puts up the Christmas Decorations a few weeks before Christmas, rather than in October. This way, you don't get heartily sick of them by the time Christmas Day arrives. Last night, the Mayor switched on the Old Town lights, and we were there to join in the spectacle...

On A Clear Day...

Yesterday was the day after the storm, so we had some clearing up to do followed by a visit to Chrysochou Green Point. We couldn't help noticing how clear the skies were after the bad weather, so decided to take a few pictures on the way back...

Mikri Salamina Sculpture Park

A few days ago we found out about an event organised by Chakra Gallery in the Old Town. A day trip to a sculpture park with a tour provided by the artist responsible for all the creations. We cleared our calender and jumped at the opportunity. We are so, so glad we did...

The Mall Christmas Decorations Are Up

It's that time of year again, and the Christmas Decorations are beginning to appear in the shops. They are still making preparations for the main Old Town Switch On, but the Mall have already decked their halls...

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Paphos still plagued by stormy weather

Heavy rain and strong winds plagued the Paphos district on Tuesday, resulting in three more fallen trees on the roads.

The fierce winds toppled three trees at 1.20pm, 5pm and 9pm in Paphos and Polis Chrysochous. In all three cases road networks were restored shortly.

Paphos hotels expect 80% occupancy over Christmas holidays

Paphos hoteliers expect occupancy rates of some 80% over the Christmas holidays, the president of the local chapter of the Cyprus Hotels Association Thanos Michaelides said on Wednesday,

He told the Cyprus News Agency that bookings were satisfactory with keen interest from the local market.

Paphos bus drivers to return to work

Paphos bus drivers voted by majority to suspend their strike action and return to work on Wednesday morning to give the company and the Transport Ministry time to resolve their dispute by December 23.

The decision came after bus drivers traveled to Nicosia where they protested outside the Presidential Palace, the House of Representatives and the Transport Ministry.

Bad weather causing problems in Paphos and Limassol

The fire services continue to receive calls for help due to rains in the Paphos and Limassol district.

Between Monday and Tuesday morning, they removed two trees from roads and pumped water from a passage and a building in the Limassol area.