Posts tagged ‘Cyprus’

Urban exploration in Cyprus

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I was always interested in urban exploration and recently I realized that although Cyprus is relatively well maintained there are a lot of interesting abandoned buildings. Here are a few photos from some places that I visited during the previous two weeks.

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Cyprus bus

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Although the locals say the Cyprus bus transport system have become much better since the last years, it’s still very basic and sometimes random. Only some bus lines are always in time it seems, while some other bus lines are randomly late or even skips a bus now and then. One of the bigger problems with the bus on Cyprus is also that the intercity lines are very infrequent and usually without any buses whatsoever during night time. On top of this the timetables are inaccurate or just difficult to understand. For example “06:00-09:00 (every 60 minutes) , 08:00 , 09:30” means that there is buses 6 & 8 o’clock, but not at 7 o’clock according to the bus drivers.

I still love traveling by bus and when you finally get on a bus in Cyprus the rest of the trip is definitely enjoyable. So if you still plan to travel by bus on Cyprus – here is the Cyprus bus official web site:
www.cyprusbybus.com

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Larnaca bus station is just a normal bus stop along the beach walk


Aphrodite’s Rock, Cyprus

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Aphrodite’s rock, also called Petra tou Romiou, is one of the popular things to visit here on Cyprus when you had enough of all the archaeological sites that Cyprus is also famous for. Aphrodite’s rock is situated on the coastline between Limassol (Lemesos) and Paphos and is supposedly the birth place of Aphrodite. There are several variations of myths and rumors about swimming around Aphrodite’s Rock, with the most common one saying that you will get ‘eternal beauty’ if you swim around the rock 3 times.

Petra tou Romiou translates to “the Rock of the Greek” and is related to another legend of the same place, where Digenis Akritas threw the rock on a Saracen ship.

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Plastic ribbons on a bush near Aphrodite's rock
Plastic ribbons on a bush near Aphrodite’s rock

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Cost of living in Cyprus

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The cost of living in Cyprus is a bit more expensive than in most other countries in Europe, especially comparing to the southern countries. You can still live cheap in Cyprus if you have a car or are living near one of the big super markets, but in other case calculate with double the prices as below if you go shopping in small local stores. When a price range is written, the cheaper price is LIDL and the more expensive is Alphamega. All examples are from Limassol in south Cyprus.

STORE / SUPERMARKET (LIDL Cyprus & Alphamega)
1 liter juice 1-2 euro
1 liter milk 1,30 euro
1 liter local beer 1,80 euro
1,5 liter of wine 1,50 – 2 euro
1 liter rice 1,10 euro
0,5 kg pasta 45 cent – 1,35 euro
6 eggs 2-3 euro
Can of sardines or tunas 85 cent – 1,20 euro
1 fresh big bread 70 cent
1 kg yogurt 2 – 4,40 euro
1 kg bananas 1-2 euro
1 kg kiwi 2,20 euro
1 kg orange 1,20 euro
washing powder 2,60 euro
CAFE / PUB / RESTAURANT
Caffè Latte 3-4 euro
Draft beer (33 cl) 3,50 euro
Sallad 8-14 euro
Fast food Kebab 4 euro, Hamburger 4 euro
Lunch/dinner 6-12 euro for cheap lunch/dinner without drink
TRANSPORT IN/AROUND CYPRUS
Local bus 1 euro per trip (ticket can not be used when changing bus) or 2 euro for a day ticket.
Bus within the country Around 3-6 euro
Bus Larnaca airport to Limassol 8 euro
THE REST
Furnished apartment 450 euro/month + electricity & water (central)
Room in shared apartment 200-300 euro/month including electricity & water & internet (central)
Phone calls (MTN) 7 euro for a sim card with 2 euro to call for. 7-8 cent per minute, 2 cent per SMS and 20 free SMS included in every top up.
WIFI Open WIFI networks can be found on the street on some places. Cafés and restaurants commonly have free WIFI. There are also a few internet cafés with computers that you can rent. Internet in Hotels cost extra.

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Kouris Dam, Cyprus

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Kouris Dam is the largest of the 180 Cyprus dams. Dams here on Cyprus are very important for the people living here, not only because they need them to survive but they are also a recreational place to visit. A few days ago the Kouris Dam, the largest of the 180 Cyprus dams, overflowed for the second time in it’s 24 year old history. Kouris Dam has a height of 110 meters, a surface area of 3.6 km3 and a capacity of 115 MCM (115 000 km3), which is about 35% of the total capacity of all the dams on Cyprus together.

For scuba diving enthusiasts Kouris Dam also has a submerged church that is possible to dive into when the water level is high enough.

To see a list of all the dams in Cyprus, current water level of each dam and more statistics, visit this link

Or for more information about when and how each dam were build, visit this link

As you can see on the first link, this year the inflow of water is already the highest since the last 10 years with a record high peak in January 2012.

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Kouris dam bridge

Kouris dam exit

Kouris dam toys, alcohol and icecream

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The Three Stars wreck, Limassol

Monday, April 9th, 2012

This morning at sunrise I went on a short road trip with a friend to see one of the many wrecks that exists in Cyprus. Just next to Limassol Salt Lake, in the area of Akrotiri, is the Three Stars wreck. This ship sank in 1972 after catching a fire and is now laying just 15 meters out from the shoreline at 7 meters depth and with one part even visible from the beach. The wreck is good for snorkeling when the waves are not to big and is also suitable for a beginner wreck dive. Entry is from rocks so if you plan to snorkel bring wetsuit boots or use fins.

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Three Stars wreck shoreline

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Ayia Napa pictures

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

While a friend came to Cyprus to visit me we took a road trip to Ayia Napa for two days. Ayia Napa is a more touristic city then Limassol where I am currently living, but with a really nice beach and harbor.

Here are the few pictures I took from the trip to Ayia Napa:

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Ayia Napa port

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Ayia Napa monastery

Ayia Napa children play

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Ayia Napa ferris wheel

Ayia Napa desert and chess

Easter in Cyprus

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Easter in Cyprus is an important event and is celebrated both on the Catholic Easter and the Greek Orthodox Easter, with the last mentioned being the main Easter holiday in Cyprus.

One Easter tradition in Cyprus is the cracking of eggs, where the participants of the game are holding one painted egg each in their hand while hitting it together with the other person’s egg seeing whose egg will crack. The one with the egg that does not crack will win the other persons cracked egg. Other traditions are cleaning the house, buying new clothes and eating traditional Easter food, for example roasted lamb together with wine.

This year of 2012 the Easter in Cyprus occurs on the following dates:

8 April: Catholic Easter
15 April:  Greek Orthodox Easter

TRNC street art

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is the part of Northern Cyprus that is a self-declared state which is only recognized by Turkey and called “occupied territory” by the rest. To pass from Cyprus to TRNC by foot you go to the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia (also locally known as Lefkosia). Nicosia is the only capital in the world that is divided into two countries. In the middle of the city is a passport control which normally takes 5-10 minutes to pass, and the stamp you get on a separate paper. The differences between the two sides of the city is like black and white with the Cyprus side being similar to Madrid, a bit more relaxed then the rest of Cyprus, but with the TRNC side being very similar to Turkey both visually and even more with the people with “southern” mentality and level of social life.

TRNC graffiti / street art

TRNC graffiti / street art

TRNC graffiti / street art

TRNC graffiti / street art

TRNC graffiti / street art

Cyprus ferries

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

There are a lot of discussions about which Cyprus ferries are still working and which destinations are possible. Here is a up-to-date list of all ferries for 2012 from Cyprus at this moment:

Company Destinations
http://www.grimaldi-freightercruises.com Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, UK
http://www.louiscruises.com Greece, Lebanon, Turkey
http://www.magicone.co.il Israel*
http://www.rosenfeld.net Israel*
http://www.salamiscruiselines.com Egypt, Israel*, Greece, Lebanon, Syria

* At the moment it’s uncertain if it is allowed to do a one-way trip from Cyprus to Israel or if you need to have a return ticket.

Usually also Poseidon has routes from Cyprus to Greece and Israel, but at the moment all their routes are down without anybody knowing when they will start their service again.

From TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) in the “north Cyprus” there is also a possibility to go with Fergun to Turkey. Ferries leave on daily bases for this route and to go from Cyprus to Turkey should be no problem. If you plan to go the opposite direction, from Turkey to Cyprus, you should first control if you will have problems passing the border to Cyprus when arriving to the island from the north side.

The future of the Cyprus ferries is somewhat unknown and changing at the moment, so for the latest information always check with the ferry company.

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