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Published by the Cyprus Chamber, Edition Summer 2013

The magazine for Cyprus related business and leisure


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Welcome to the Cyprus Business & Leisure CombiNation Dear readers, I feel blessed living in Cyprus the whole year through, but I must say that summer in Cyprus is the highlight of the year, when a lot of tourists come to the island, all restaurants and shops are open and its busy. Especially now, during the economic crisis, it’s important that tourism does well this year. Therefore, we decided to bring a special edition to promote Cyprus tourism. We realize that in 60 pages, we cannot present all the good that Cyprus has to offer, but let it be a teaser to persuade you to come to Cyprus for the first time or maybe again.

We will lead you from the sun and the beach to sailing, golf, culture, diving and wine and close this edition with one of the best dishes that Cyprus has to offer, Kleftiko ! It’s called the Cyprus slow food because it takes a long time to cook. But when it’s ready and on your plate, you will definitely remember the taste the rest of your life. I wish you a lot of fun reading this Summer edition and invite you to come visit Cyprus this year. Don’t forget, the Cyprus summer lasts until November. For suggestions, new ideas, to promote your company and nice stories, you can always reach me by e-mail at magazine@combi-nation.eu. Best regards,

Robert Hek Chairman of the Cyprus Chamber

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Contents 3 Word by the Chairman

5 Colofon 6 Tourism in Cyprus 11 Sun and See 12 Coast and beaches 15 Rural and Nature 18 Golf 24 Culture 4 CombiNation


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TOURISM

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Tourism is very important for the Cyprus economy and after the decrease of the financial sector, it becomes even more important. Based on the figures of the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus, in the year 2012 almost 2,5 million tourists visited the island. Almost 69% of all tourists came from EU countries and from these EU countries, the United Kindom (UK) was the top one deliverer of enthusiastic visitors. Almost 39% of all tourists in Cyprus came from the UK, which is not strange since Cyprus is a former colony of the UK. Other countries that know to find Cyprus are Sweden (5%), Germany (6%) and Greece (5%). Another very important source of tourists outside the EU is, of course, Russia. The Russian Federation has a share of 19% of Cyprus total amount of tourists. The revenues of the tourism industry show, since the year 2009, a steady increase. The year 2009 showed a total of € 1.493.000.000 and this has been increased to € 1.928.000.000 in the year 2012. That’s an increase of 29% related to the year 2009. Although the number of visitor in the period January 2013 to April 2013 were a bit lower than the year before over the same period, we hope that the summer will attract a lot of tourism. 8 CombiNation


Responsible for attracting tourists to Cyprus is the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is a semigovernmental organisation under the responsibility of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. CTO was established and operates according to the provisions of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Law of 1969–2005 and the related Regulation on Structure and Terms of Employment and Administration and Finance. CTO operates offices both in Cyprus and abroad. The Head Offices are based in Lefkosia (Nicosia) while there are Regional Offices in other cities and areas across the island - Lefkosia (Nicosia), Lemesos (Limassol), Larnaka (Larnaca), Agia Napa, Protaras, Pafos (Paphos), Kato Pafos (Kato Paphos), Larnaka Airport (Larnaca Airport), Pafos Airport (Paphos Airport), Lemesos Port (Limassol Port), Germasogeia, Platres and Polis Chrysochous. There are also six inspector’s offices operating in Lefkosia, Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos, Agia Napa and Polis Chrysochous.

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Moreover, Cyprus Tourism Organisation has active offices in twenty two major cities worldwide - London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Athens, Milan, Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, New York, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Prague, Thessaloniki, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Dubai and Kiev. Cypriot hospitality is legendary, and you’ll be given the warmest of welcomes in Cyprus. From the basket of fresh fruit and bottle of wine you may receive on arrival, to the attentiveness of staff and friendly service, everything is geared to make you feel at home. You will find reasonable rates and every type of accommodation to suit a wide variety of preferences and pockets in Cyprus, offering you great value for money. Whether you prefer to lounge around in the lap of luxury at a five-star hotel right on the beach with every amenity, including health centre and spa, or if you choose a hotel apartment or villa with pool for independent flexibility, or even a quiet hideaway in the hills in a simple family-run establishment for a back-to-nature experience, you will find what you want on the island. Whether mountains or beach, city or countryside, the island can accommodate you. In case you haven’t decided yet where to go on holiday, your plans for later this year or maybe next year, we will give you some highlight of what Cyprus can offer you.

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Sun and Sea Sink your toes into warm sand, feel the sun warming your skin as you look out on the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea. Nothing beats Cyprus for a beach holiday . With an expansive coastline providing a wide variety of beaches to choose from, ranging from secluded bays, to lively resorts, sandy beaches and rocky coves, you are bound to find the right one for you.

Relaxing in the sun is not the only reason to visit Cyprus. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, water sports feature strongly.

Try the waterpark for thrills, or bungee jumping for an extreme sensation. Discover the magic of the underwater world by snorkeling or diving in the warm crystal clear seas. Windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed all the year round, thanks to steady winds and calm predictable seas, while coastal cruising and deep-water fishing are also popular. You could even use the island as a base for a short cruise to other nearby countries. 11 CombiNation


Coasts and Beaches With a wealth of beaches to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste. From the quiet backwaters of the western peninsula, to the lively resorts in the east, the island has something for everyone. The eastern coast is famous for its fine white sandy beaches with shallow turquoise waters. Deep water bays with rocky outcrops are perfect for snorkeling or diving. The long finely packed grey sand of the southern coast lend themselves to long winter walks or jogging, while the secluded coves of the western coast beckon when you want to be alone.

Diving Clear seas and warm waters make Cyprus ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around the island range from 27 to 16 ÂşC, resulting in one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility. The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture. Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably. Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting paths are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors make it a veritable adventure.

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Phinikoudes Beach Blue Flag Bordering Larnaka’s (Larnaca) central coastal promenade, Phinikoudes Beach is one of the most famous in Cyprus. “Phinikoudes” means small palm trees (now grown into very big palm trees) that were planted in 1922. The beach has fine grey sand and is some 500 metres long. The width varies from 30 metres to 100 metres. The area is popular for its cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. There are also a large number of mini markets close to the beach. The commercial and shopping centre of the town is just behind the promenade. The main road, Athenon Avenue, is planted with palm trees, green areas and colourful flowers that add to the magnificent scenery. The beach has several services and facilities such as toilets, showers, changing rooms, access for the disabled, sun beds and umbrellas and water sports. Lifeguards are on duty with lifesaving equipment during the bathing season. There is easy and safe access to the beach by bus and car or on foot. Many car parks are found near the beach.

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The sea is clean and the water quality in line with standards set by the European Union’s Bathing Water Directive. The sea is usually calm and the waves mild. The area is the venue for the two-week Larnaka (Larnaca) Kataklysmos Fair, usually in June, during which the Blue Flag is withdrawn.


Green Bay A small, quiet and secluded beach, Green Bay has warm waters and soft sand, but few facilities.

Kapparis Beach - Blue Flag Located at the end of a one - kilometres track in the Kapparis area outside Paralimni, this is a relatively secluded beach with golden sand and shallow clear waters. The furthest of the beaches in the free Famagusta area, it has basic facilities and is popular with locals.

Agia Thekla Beach - Blue Flag Located three kilometers west of the centre of Agia Napa, Agia Thekla is a small beach named after a tiny old church situated nearby. The beach is 300 metres long and 25 metres wide and covered with fine golden sand. Seas are calm. Lifeguards are on duty with lifesaving equipment from 10:00 to 18:00 during the bathing season. Beach and water sports facilities are also available while a convenience store is located close by. The beach is within walking distance from the main road leading to Agia Napa and is accessible by car, motorbike and bicycle as well as on foot.

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Rural and Nature

The variety of plant and animal life and the unspoiled scenery make Cyprus one of the most beautiful places for appreciating nature . With its rugged coastline, alternating between long stretches of sand or pebble beaches, rocky shores and promontories, sunbaked plains and forested mountains, there is something for everyone. If you’re a nature lover, or into photography or painting, you’ll find much to inspire you. For a birdwatcher Cyprus is a must-visit, as the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa, while a large number of endemic plants, such as the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus, make it a botanist’s paradise. The island even has its very own national animal, the Cyprus mouflon, a kind of wild sheep that roams free in the extensive forests of western Triodes and has been used as the symbol for the island’s national carrier. Exotic and rare forms of wildlife give Cyprus a special touch. Green and Loggerhead turtles breed on the island's sandy beaches in summer, while the Mediterranean monk seal and dolphins have also been seen swimming in the warm, calm, crystal clear seas of the island.

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Cape Greko National Forest Park The rocky promontory on the south-eastern coast of Cyprus, east of Agia Napa and south east of Protaras, is an area of unspoiled natural beauty that has been declared a National Forest Park and conservation area and covers an area of 385 hectares. Hike along the network of nature trails lined with miniature pine trees and juniper stopping to admire spectacular views from sea cliffs overlooking turquoise seas. Benches along the way provide the opportunity to rest and gaze down into crystal clear waters. One of these trails forms part of the European Long Distance Trail E4, running from Gibraltar to Cyprus. The 2 kilometres Aphrodite nature trail which goes along the north east coast of the Cape Greco promontory is part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route and commemorates the link with the goddess. Do not miss the small white washed church of Agii Anargyri with steps down to the sea where the Holy Water exists, or take one of the trails leading to the so-called Cyclops’ cave stopping at the nearby picnic site for a pleasant rest. Specialist cycling paths also exist in the area both for lovers of this sport and as a means to explore. The island has perfect weather for cycling, especially in the winter months, what with low annual rainfall and few of the headwinds that are a bane to cyclists. Take a boat trip along the coast anchoring near these a caves that nature has carved out of the ten-metre limestone cliffs and adorned in such a way as to merit the name the Palaces. The Cape Greco area is popular with divers, thanks to warm sea temperatures ranging from 16ºC in winter to 28ºC in summer and with visibility reaching 30 to 40 metres. The fauna of the waters of Cape Greco hide many interesting sea creatures.

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Golf Cyprus is an emerging golfer’s paradise, a place where you can enjoy the game all the year round in an ideal Mediterranean climate. Choose between three international standard 18 hole golf courses situated in peaceful surroundings amidst landscaped hills and with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean below. Located in the Pafos (Paphos) region, they are far from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts, yet near enough for easy access . Come and enjoy amateur golf or challenge your handicap by participating in one of the Golf Open Tournaments organised on the island. You will find here everything today’s demanding golfer needs, from clubhouses, to practice facilities and individual lessons. Bring along your spouse and family. In Cyprus there is something for everyone.

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Aphrodite Hills Golf Course Aphrodite Hills, near the legendary birthplace of the Greek mythological goddess of love, is an award-winning integrated golf, leisure and real estate development. With spectacular views over the Mediterranean and dotted with native olive trees, the course is built on two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine. The golf course was designed by acclaimed course architect, Cabell B. Robinson, who is said to have created the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens. It is an 18-hole championship standard golf course and features one of the most spectacular par 3s in Europe, which can be found on the 7th hole. A signature hole, it plays steeply down across a canyon onto a large green nestled in a grove of olive trees. The course also has a double ended 350 metres practice range, 4 target greens with bunkers, short game practice facilities and 3 academy holes . There are three residential professional golf instructors available for individual or group lessons and a three-hole academy course. . A beautifully appointed clubhouse with bar, restaurant and terraces overlooks the green and is an ideal location for hosting special events and private parties. The resort also includes a five-star deluxe Intercontinental Resort Hotel, a tennis academy, fitness facilities, luxurious villas, junior villas and apartments for sale or rent, a spa and a village square with shops and restaurants.

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Minthis Hills Golf Club The par 71, 18-hole championship course is situated in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. Its tranquil setting and mesmerizing views provide the perfect backdrop for a challenging game with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features. At 550 meters above sea level it’s a course for all seasons. Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1994, it’s the oldest course in Cyprus, and has recently undergone extensive enhancement by Mackenzie & Ebert. Minthis Hills also offers excellent practice facilities and an exceptional clubhouse with a superb restaurant and bar.

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Elea Golf Club The world-class Elea Golf Club, part of the prestigious Elea Estate, commands a breathtaking location alongside the shimmering eastern Mediterranean and the ancient town of Pafos (Paphos). At 6.900 yards from the back tees, the Sir Nick Faldo-designed golf course commands a striking location above the Mediterranean Sea and has been meticulously crafted through rolling countryside, featuring imposing weathered outcrops of limestone that offer a unique character across the course. The world’s media have already heaped positive critical acclaim on the layout, with Golf World Magazine in the UK including it in a ‘The World’s Most Exciting New Courses of 2010’ feature, and Golf Magazine in the US ranking it as "one of the Best New International developments of 2010". The course is supported by the Elea Golf Academy that sits alongside the clubhouse. It features a full length driving range complete with target greens and bunkers, a short game practice area and a stunning putting green, which commands an imposing location overlooking the whole course. Elea Estate is a premium development that will boast luxurious villas and apartments, a boutique hotel supported by a range of dining options, and extensive spa facilities.

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Secret Valley Golf Course The aptly named Secret Valley Golf Course is tucked away in a superb valley just 18 kilometres east of Pafos (Paphos) near “Petra tou Romiou�, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the mythical goddess of love. It is set in scenic hills surrounded by mature trees and dramatic rock formations offering panoramic views. The course plays to a par 71 and measures 5.989 meters. The front nine offers four nice holes for warming up, two birdie opportunities and an easy dog leg. The back nine plays longer than the first nine and the challenge starts immediately. Practice facilities include putting greens, chipping areas, fairway bunkers and a large driving range. Tuition by a PGA qualified resident golf instructor can be tailored to suit the individual and can be either private or in groups. The clubhouse has recently been refurbished to the highest standards and has a wellstocked sports shop with equipment for sale or hire, locker rooms, bars and a restaurant with verandas overlooking the artificial lakes and the golf course.

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Culture Step back in time with a visit to Choirokoitia, one of the best preserved sites of a prehistoric settlement found in the Eastern Mediterranean, with its reconstructed round dwellings giving a vivid representation of what life was like at the dawn of civilisation. Admire the exquisite floor mosaics of the Roman villas depicting scenes from mythology, arguably the best in the eastern Mediterranean and the impressive underground Tombs of the Kings nearby, carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars. Or enjoy an ancient Greek play performed in a Roman theatre with the most spectacular view on a cliff overlooking the sea . Many fine examples of Byzantine art have survived on the island, which you can see for yourself in Cyprus’ painted churches with their colourful frescoes, ten of which have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Marvel at the sumptuous pageantry of Greek Orthodox religious festivals whose origins go back thousands of years. In addition to the wealth of outdoor sites, tour the priceless collection of artifacts displayed in the various Archaeological Museum where you can see objects spanning the island’s history, including pottery, coins, jewellery, tombstones and statues.

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Museums and Galleries Cyprus’ 10,000 year old history has brought up innumerable finds over the years, so much so that it is said if you scratch the soil anywhere on the island you are bound to unearth a relic from the past. All the island’s main cities have an archaeological museum to house the regional findings, with pride of place taken by the main archaeological museum in the capital, Lefkosia (Nicosia). Quite a few private and state galleries will guide you through the most recent years of arts and culture of the island up until today. A number of specialist museums exist on the island where you can admire some exquisite examples of icons and ecclesiastical objects that have survived over time. You can also find small folk art museums all over the island where 19th and early 20th century Cypriot folk art and crafts, can be seen displayed often in beautifully restored old buildings, in whose rooms the way of life in years gone by is recreated.


Sites and Monuments Testaments to Cyprus’ turbulent history can be found all over the island. Long coveted by foreign powers due to its strategic position at the crossroad between three continents, the island is like a huge open air museum where you can see evidence of the passage of the various conquerors and rulers that controlled it through the ages.

Marvel at the spectacular views from cliff top spots where the ancient Mycenaean Greek settlers built temples to their various gods, with pride of place to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Watch a performance in a Roman theatre still in use today, or admire the fabulous mosaic floors that once adorned the villas of Roman noblemen when the island was a distant outpost of the Roman Empire

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Discover hidden away in the pine forests, Cyprus’ painted churches with their colourful frescoes on walls and apses, ten of which have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Cultural Routes Take in the culture of Cyprus by following one of the themed routes around the island. Follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty and protectress of Cyprus. Wander through layers of history, culture and mythology as you learn all about her birth, mythology, character, the rituals connected with her cult, as well as plants and seashells associated with her. Take a tour of the wineries and indulge in some wine-tasting, or sample other grape-based delicacies visiting an old monastery or a wine museum along the way.

Pitsilia Wine Route Pine and vines grow freely into the mountainsides exuding rural charm. Neat villages and friendly people complete the picture. Several villages are included inthe 'Nom d'Origine' Pitsilia, an area that spreads around the mountain peaks of Madari, Papoutsa and the north-western part of Machairas. Here the altitude secures a more slow and effortless grape maturity, whilst the arid and sloping earth forces the vines to huddle together and produce richer wines. Classic local grape varieties continue to have a dominant presence amongst the vineyards of Pitsilia, with occasional encounters of the Maratheftiko, a rare variety which the old wine frowers cultivated in between the Mavro in order to enrich the colour and smell of their wines. 27 CombiNation


Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Roman), or Aphrodite's Rock, is a sea stack in Pafos, Cyprus. Its status in mythology as the birthplace of Aphrodite makes it a popular tourist location. The sea in this region is generally rough, and tourists are advised against swimming there. It is not permitted to climb the rock. A restaurant, a tourist pavilion and the Aphrodite Hills resort are nearby.

In mythology, the rock is described as the birthplace of Aphrodite. Gaia (Mother Earth) asked one of her sons, Cronus, to mutilate his father, Uranus (Sky). Cronus cut off Uranus' testicles and threw them into the sea. A white foam appeared from which a maiden arose, the waves first taking her to Kythera and then bringing her to Cyprus. The maiden, named Aphrodite, went to the assembly of gods from Cyprus. The Romans widely referred to her as Venus. Aphrodite attracted a large cult following in Pafos, which was eventually crushed by the Romans. This is evident from the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in Old Pafos kouklia. A local myth is that any person who swims around the Aphrodite Rock will be blessed with eternal beauty. An alternate legend states that Digenis Akritas, a Greek hero, threw a large rock to destroy the Saracen ships. Today, this rock stands as the Petra Tou Romiou — meaning "Rock of the Greek." Text from Wikipedia


Sports and Leisure Guaranteed sunshine almost every day of the year is just one of the reasons why you would choose Cyprus to indulge in your favorite sport. Whether you just want to play for fun while relaxing in beautiful surroundings, or are professional athletes looking for winter training, there are facilities for everyone, from football and golf to water sports and hiking. Take up a new sport or improve your skills. Practice your serve, learn how to tack or just go for a thrill. Experience the closest thing to being a Formula 1 driver by zooming round a karting track. Or try the waterpark for thrills and parasailing for a new sensation.

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Cycling Experience the island’s culture, history and wonderful scenery from the saddle of a bike. A cycle tour enables you to come across things which you would probably miss from inside a car. A chance encounter with a local, a stunning landscape to linger over, the sights and sounds of nature from up close, an ancient ruin or a secluded cove. Follow one of the many cycling routes or even make your own. Set the pace you desire whether training or leisure and feel your lungs with fresh air while making your bit to fight global warming and protect the environment.

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Cycling Hundreds of Kilometers of Bike Trails Cyprus is a biker’s paradise and it’s not just because of the guaranteed sunshine. Granted the excellent weather conditions prevailing on the island mean cycling can be enjoyed almost throughout the year. And, unlike other European or Mediterranean countries, strong headwinds are rare. But it is the island’s compactness that is its main attraction, offering rapid changes of terrain and scenery on even the shortest bike trails. Within the space of 10 km you can go from rocky to clay, and steep to flat, enabling you to experience all surfaces within a short period of time, and making the island into one huge mountain bike arena. A number of bike centres are available on the island offering rental services, route information, guide assistance and support. They can organize your journey to take you through a varied landscape combining mountain views, rugged coastlines, tranquil vineyards and olive groves and fascinating ancient ruins.

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Diving Clear seas and warm waters make Cyprus ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around the island range from 27 to 16 ยบC, resulting in one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility.

The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture. Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably. Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting paths are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors make it a veritable adventure.

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Limassol or Lemesos is the second-largest city in Cyprus. Limassol municipality has a population of approximately 100,000, while the metropolitan area has a population of approximately 200,000. It is the largest city in geographical size, and Limassol municipality is the largest and most populous on the island. The city is located on Akrotiri Bay on the island's southern coast, and it is the capital of Limassol District, which has a population of approximately 235,000. Limassol is one of the busiest ports of the Mediterranean transit trade and the largest port in Cyprus. It has also become one of the most important tourism, trade, and service-providing centers in the area. Limassol is renowned for its extensive cultural traditions, and is home to the Cyprus University of Technology. A wide spectrum of activities and a number of museums and archaeological sites are available to the interested visitor. Consequently, Limassol attracts a wide range of tourists mostly during an extended summer season to be accommodated in a wide range of hotels and apartments. A large marina is currently completed near the old town. Source: Wikipedia


Sailing Feel like a millionaire for a day from the comfort of your yacht, sailing along the beautiful Cyprus coastline and anchoring in a secluded cove inaccessible by land. Your wish will be the crew’s command as they serve you with a champagne lunch and make you feel like royalty while you just relax in the sun.

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. Steady westerly winds, calm waters and beautiful scenery are good reasons to go sailing in Cyprus. Chartering a boat is a great way to celebrate that special anniversary, or to impress your clients or staff. Spend a day out deep sea fishing, go on a sunset cruise, or just take it easy pottering about.

Two marinas, five ports and numerous bays provide shelter and essentials. Larnaka (Larnaca) marina, with room for 450 and a motley yachting community from all over the world, is full most of the year round, especially as it is a popular place where those living on board can spend the winter in the Mediterranean. 41 CombiNation


Hiking Perhaps the best way to see a country is on foot. If you love the great outdoors or want to improve your fitness, hiking is ideal. Leave your car and experience the culture and nature of the island in the best possible way. Cyprus has numerous signposted paths or nature trails, some more challenging than others, but all are a feast for the senses, especially in the springtime when you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature at first hand.

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Hiking in the Akamas Peninsula The Akamas Peninsula, the northwestern tip of the island, is an area of natural wilderness where pineclad cliffs plunge down into turquoise waters. With its rugged coastline, alternating between rocky shores, promontories and sandy bays, it is an area of breathtaking beauty exuding an aura of ancient peacefulness.

Hiking in the Akamas Peninsula

Here a network of trails, such as those of “Aphrodite” or “Adonis”, provides spectacular views across the Mediterranean. Nature trails go from near sea level past The carob, mastic and eucalyptus Akamas Peninsula, the northwestern tip of the climbing up to juniper and pine. Along the way you island, is an area of natural wilderness where pine-clad can see rare endemic plants, like the Cyprus orchid, cliffs plunge down into turquoise waters. With its rugged tulip and crocus. coastline, alternating between rocky shores, promontories and sandy bays, it is an area of In the spring or autumn hundreds ofbeauty migrating birdsan aura of ancient breathtaking exuding pass by overhead, as the island is on the migration peacefulness. path between Europe, Asia and Africa. Interesting geological formations present here, from narrow Hereare a network of trails, such as those of “Aphrodite” or deep valleys, caves and“Adonis”, islets to provides gorges, such as that views across the spectacular of Avakas. The area boasts the largest concentration Mediterranean. Nature trails go from near sea level past of rare endemic plants on the island, includingclimbing the carob, mastic and eucalyptus up to juniper and Cyprus tulip, while the sandy beaches on the pine. Along the way you can see rare endemic plants, like western coast of the Akamas areorchid, important the Cyprus tulip and crocus. breeding grounds for the green and loggerhead turtles. In the spring or autumn hundreds of migrating birds pass by overhead, as the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa. Interesting geological formations are present here, from narrow deep valleys, caves and islets to gorges, such as that of Avakas. The area boasts the largest concentration of rare endemic plants on the island, including the Cyprus tulip, while the sandy beaches on the western coast of the Akamas are important breeding grounds for the green and loggerhead turtles.

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Hiking at Troodos Mountains The Troodos Mountains, whose highest peak almost reaches 2000 metres and is covered in snow in the winter, is a cooler alternative in the summer to the heat of the coast. Here some fine walking is to be had along trails that go through scented forests of pine, past waterfalls and take in magnificent panoramic views across the island. The mountains are unique geologically and one of the few places in the world where geologists can study what was once the oceanic crust without getting wet. Pillow lava, resulting from the underwater volcanic eruption 90 million years ago that gave rise to the island, can easily be seen along roads and hillsides all over the Troodos area. It is one of the five most rich in copper areas in the world and the island, whose name in Greek is 'Kypros', may have given the metal its Latin name, cuprum.

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Birdwatchers may also spot the rare and protected eagle, the griffon vulture, or the colourful hoopoe, and of course the nightingale, which did not let the Nobel winner poet, George Sepheris, sleep in Platres. Occasionally if you are lucky you may see a Cyprus mouflon, a kind of wild sheep peculiar to the island, which roams free in the extensive forests of western Troodos and is the symbol for the island’s national carrier. Some of these paths lead to splendid monasteries or tiny painted Byzantine churches. Ten of these churches have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List for their colourful frescoes on walls and apses and their unique architecture of pitched timber roofs.


Four main trails cover the area – “Atalante” goes round Mount Olympus; “Persephone” leads to a spectacular viewpoint; “Kalidonia” leads to the Caledonian waterfalls; “Artemis” encircles the Chionistra summit. Other trails go across the Madhari ridge. Many important features or plants are signposted along the way pointing to the numerous endemic plant species of the area.

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The Moshi Moshi 03i Curve Wireless Handset and Weighted Base offers Bluetooth compatibility, stylish design, and a charging dock for the iPhone. Featuring a high-gloss finish, this handset is compatible with all Bluetoothenabled phones and computers. An included multipoint chip lets you pair and answer calls with two different Bluetooth devices. The Curve is also fitted with an auto-reconnect function, allowing the handset to automatically reestablish connection when paired devices are detected in range.


UP COMING EVENTS IN CYPRUS

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UP COMING EVENTS IN CYPRUS

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The Dutch – Cypriot Chamber of Commerce organizes two seminars about saving taxes and asset protection for Belgium and Dutch entrepreneurs.

Location: Houten, the Netherlands The seminar will start at 19.00. The language used during the seminar is Dutch. You can register via the seminar website www.belastingseminar.com

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UP COMING EVENTS IN EUROPE

Seminar “Saving Taxes via Cyprus”, September 17th , 2013


The Mistress of the Rock In 1991 Richard Cole flew to Cyprus to join the fight to liberate Kuwait. His first glimpse of the island took him past the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite Goddess of Love. His prayer to her for a safe return answered, now he returns to the island some 17 years later with his wife Julie. Only this time, for Richard Cole, a chance discovery turns him from tourist into an entrepreneur and then into a man possessed.

No longer is he dealing with a fantasy, or a legend, he is dealing with the raw truth that what he has uncovered is slowly but surely destroying him and all that he loves. But he has no way to stop it. On the Island of Love, the story of Aphrodite takes on a new twist and the legend that is the Goddess moves from myth to reality. Read it, and then go see for yourself if the story is true! Myron Edwards, 55 married with three children, former BBC Comedy script writer with credits such as The Two Ronnies and A Kick up the 80’s, Hudd Lines and Weekending. Moved to Cyprus 2004 and now working as Creative Director for a leading Advertising Agency in Limassol. Enjoys writing, reading, TV and Cinema, sports, mainly football watching and when he can playing! He lived in Essex and North London during his early career where he worked in a variety of different companies which varied between the travel industry and sales and marketing. Here he was able to combine his creative talents and writing skills in a variety of different projects and opportunities., before moving out to Cyprus with his family. The Mistress of the Rock is his first novel.

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Book recommendation

For what he discovers had lain undisturbed for 5,000 years and it should have stayed that way. Because now the secret is out he has no way to control it, with all that he loves, about to be tested, beyond anything that he could imagine.


Do not believe everything you hear Don't believe everything you've heard‌ about Cyprus -- despite the

TV presenter Tonia Buxton and Ben Robinson of Isis Media have got together to celebrate the island of Cyprus with the support of Stavros Kleovoulou of OM DMC Ltd. Click on this link to watch the youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLm7voqtlp4&feature=yout u.be

Cyprus 2013 - warm welcomes guaranteed!

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Movie recommendation

headlines warning of the financial crisis and banking collapse in Europe, Cyprus is very much open for business! Talk to people who've visited Cyprus in 2013 and you'll know it's still the same beautiful island with amazing beaches, gorgeous food and the warmest of welcomes. Oh yes, and then there's the Cypriot sunshine too...


Kleftiko Slow roasted lamb with potatoes

Serves 4 Ingredients • • • • • • •

1,5 to 2 kg leg of lamb 2 lemons, cut into 6 wedges each 4 large potatoos, washed and each cut into 6 wedges A tablespoon of your Flavours of Cyprus herb mix 0,25 teaspoon cinnamon 250ml white wine of water Salt & Pepper

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Bon apetit !

This is one of the oldest Cypriot dishes which remains very popular to this day with locals and visitors. The meat is traditionally roasted in clay ovens fired with local aromatic carob or olive wood and it gets so tender and soft it falls off the bone on your plate.


Method: • Wash and dry the lamb • Make several deep slashes in the meaty parts with a sharp knife. • Transfer the lamb to a roasting pan that has been lined with heavy duty kitchen foil • Squeeze half of the lemon wedges over the lamb and rub the juice all over the meat • Push the squeezed lemon wedges into the slashes in the meat • Place the potatoes and tomatoes around the lamb, squeeze over the remaining lemon wedges and add them to the pan • Sprinkle over the cinnamon, the salt and a generous amount of pepper • Rub the herbs in your hands over the dish to bruise some of the leaves and sprinkle all over the lamb and the potatoes • Add the wine or water to the base of the pan • Seal with more heavy duty kitchen foil to retain the moisture while cooking • You want to allow an air gap between the meat and the foil and you must ensure the edges are airtight so that the moisture from the cooking lamb is not lost • Put the sealed roasting pan into an oven that has been pre-heated to 170 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius for a fan oven) and leave to cook for 4 hours • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before removing the foil and serving

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Paphos, also known as Pafos, is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District. In antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos and New Paphos. The currently inhabited city is New Paphos. It lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km (31.07 mi) west of Limassol (the biggest port in island), which has an A6 highway connection. Paphos International Airport is the country's second largest airport. Near Palaepaphos (Old Paphos) at the seaside of Petra tou Romiou is the mytical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddes of love and beauty and the founding myth is interwoven with the goddess at every level, so that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world. In Greco-Roman times Paphos was the island's capital, and it is famous for the remains of the Roman governor's palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. The apostle Paul of Tarsus visited the town during the 1st century AD. The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the worlds’heritage. Source: Wikipedia

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Paphos


by night Paphos Castle


The highway from Limassol to Paphos

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In the next edition we will give you all the reasons why you should move your head office to Cyprus

Next edition

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Combination magazine, summer edition 2013