Cyprus

Cyprus

Etymology

The earliest attested reference to Cyprus is the 15th century BC Mycenaean Greek, ku-pi-ri-jo, meaning “Cypriot” (Greek: Κύπριος), written in Linear B syllabic script. The classical Greek form of the name is Κύπρος (Kýpros). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Cyprus Art Zone – This is group for you whether you are a professional or an amateur artist. or maybe just an art lover. its networking group where you can meet other people, find partners, get inspired, find new ideas and learn new things. feel free to join us. [meetup]

Cyprus Friends Meetup – I would like to give you a warm welcome to this group. i’m very exciting for the future events. together with your suggestions we are going to arrange fun activities, social gatherings and excursions. feel free to give us your suggestions. [meetup]

Meetup Nicosia – This meetup is for anyone who has moved to cyprus and are looking to meet new people and hangout! [meetup]

Pafos Meditation Group – Let’s get together for meditation and meet like-minded people in an easy going setting. [meetup]

Pafos writing Meetup – Let’s come together to write,talk about writing and it’s challenges, inspire each other and bring new ideas,giving each other feedback on writing for those who want or share what feels right, while having a coffee. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

CY Dating – See why CyDating is the fastest growing relationship site on the web. Create your CyDating profile to begin the exciting journey towards finding your match. [cy dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Cyprus Tourist Guides Association – The Cyprus Tourist Guides Association was established in 1964. It is the only association that exists in Cyprus for Tourist Guides and has 300 members from all over Cyprus. Its main aims are to improve professional standards, protect and support its members and enhance the image of the Tourist Guide. [cyprus tourist guides association]

Historic Cyprus – Cyprus has a rich and varied history with plenty of archaeological ruins, byzantine churches and monasteries, crusader castles and palaces, not to mention its more modern history of invasion and division. [historic cyprus]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Ancient Kourion – There’s no shortage of ancient sites in Cyprus but Kourion is the pick of the bunch. Romantically situated across a coastal cliff with tumbling views of the countryside and Mediterranean below, it’s a magical place. The entire site is vast, but the most famous section is the theater and the House of Eustolios, which holds a clutch of fine, well-preserved mosaics. [planet ware]

Ancient Salamis – This huge archaeological site is home to a wealth of marble ruins and ranks up there with Ancient Kourion as the top historical site on the island. Wandering along the dirt tracks of Salamis between sets of ruins from a muddle of different time periods is a lesson in the vast history of Cyprus. Grand Hellenistic statuary – missing their heads, which were lopped off by over-zealous Christians – sit amid the ruins of the Gymnasium. [planet ware]

Cape Greco – Even along Cyprus’ buzzing south coast there are regions where you can escape the crowds. Cape Greco is an impossibly pretty coastal national park with a variety of walking trails that start just east of the resort of Agia Napa. There is a wonderful variety of local flora here, particularly many of Cyprus’ endemic wild orchids that bloom in early spring but the real highlight is the absolutely gorgeous coastal scenery with azure blue sea beyond. [planet ware]

Cyprus Museum – With so many archaeological sites, Cyprus is packed full of museums, but the Cyprus Museum in the capital Nicosia is where you go to pull together all of the island’s history. Extremely well-curated, the museum takes visitors on a journey from the Neolithic age right up to the Ottoman era using beautiful artifacts to show the sophisticated artistry of each period. [planet ware]

House of Dionysus – The big-hitter site in the resort of Paphos is the House of Dionysus, home to an incredible collection of mosaic floors that are feted for their excellent preservation and vibrant coloring. Part of the larger Paphos Archaeological Site, with plenty of Graeco-Roman ruins, the House of Dionysus is a wonderful example of the intricate artistry of the period. [planet ware]

Karpas Peninsula – The most beautiful region in Cyprus is the lonely and rugged Karpas Peninsula, which stretches out in a long finger of golden beaches backed by rugged hills in the northeast of the island (in North Cyprus). It’s Cyprus’ least trodden area with sublime hiking, quaint villages, and hidden historical sites in abundance. This is the place you need to head if you want to experience the undiscovered and undeveloped island life of old. [planet ware]

Kolossi Castle – If castles had cuteness competitions, Kolossi would surely come up trumps. This tiny but perfectly formed castle just outside of Limassol is an old Crusader stronghold and a reminder of Cyprus’ importance for the Europeans during the Holy Land Crusades. First held by the Knights of St. John, the castle was used as a commandery for the area, with an excellent location looking out over the coast line. [planet ware]

Kyrenia – Kyrenia (Girne) is North Cyprus’ prettiest town having clung to the old Ottoman character of its harborside old district. Kyrenia Castle overlooks the quaint harbor on the eastern side, and climbing up onto the castle’s ramparts rewards you with fantastic views across the town. A squiggle of narrow lanes meander back from the waterfront area, full of wooden-shuttered houses in various states of disrepair. [planet ware]

Larnaca – Easygoing Larnaca, on the island’s southeast side, may be a seaside resort, but it’s kept its local soul. This is by far the most laid-back base for holidaymakers here. All the facilities for sun- and sand-based fun can be found, but the old crumbling Turkish Quarter (called Skala) and ornate Agios Lazaros (Church of St. Lazarus) give the town an interesting historical edge, while the center itself has retained the atmosphere of a proper workaday town rather than just a summer resort. [planet ware]

Nissi Beach – A swath of white sand loveliness that rolls onto the turquoise sea in Agia Napa, Nissi Beach is Cyprus’ most famous strip of sand. Yes, it gets crowded in summer (a beach this gorgeous doesn’t stay a secret), but even with rows of sunbeds, there’s no denying Nissi’s beauty. [planet ware]

St. Hilarion Castle – One of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful castle ruins, St. Hilarion’s is an old Crusader bastion and the home of plenty of local legends and myths – the most famous being that a fairy queen, who spent her time charming local shepherds, built the castle here. [planet ware]

Troodos Villages – The Troodos Massif (Troodos Mountains), in the hill region of the southwest, are packed full of pretty villages full of stone-cut traditional houses and cobblestone alleys. They’re also home to some of Cyprus’ most amazing churches and monasteries that hold vibrant frescoes and wall paintings that date from the medieval era. The Troodos churches are so important historically that nine of them have been given UNESCO World Heritage status. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Anthestiria Flower Festival – The Anthestiria Flower Festival is held each May to celebrate spring and the rebirth of man and nature. The main focus of Anesthesia Festival is the flower parade in Larnaca with stunning decorated floats and people carrying flowers, but the festival also features exhibitions, flower markets and shows. [just landed]

Kypria – One of the most important cultural festivals in Cyprus is Kypra, held through September and October. The programme features ballet, opera, cinema, art, theatre and music that is performed by artists both from Cyprus and around the globe. [just landed]

Limassol Wine Festival – At the end of August, the great wine festival takes place in the Municipal Garden of Limassol and lasts for 12 days. Started in 1961 to promote the country’s wines, it’s now Cyprus’s largest festival. Visitors have the chance to taste the best local wine of Cyprus with Cypriot food, that are offered for free from 8pm until 11pm. Moreover, performances such as folk dancing and singers are included in the festival programme. [just landed]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – While urban bus services exist in Nicosia, Lemesos, Larnaka and Famagusta, about the only two places where they are of any practical use are Larnaka (to get to and from the airport) and Lemesos, where frequent local buses trundle between the tourist area and old harbour, and there are also regular services to Kourion and Kolossi from the local bus station; and Ayia Napa, where there are regular services to Paralimni and Protaras. [lonely planet]

Service Taxi – Taking up to eight people, service taxis are a useful transport option in the South. They are run by an amalgamation of private companies called Travel & Express, with one national phone number. The individual offices can also be contacted directly: Nicosia, Lemesos, Larnaka and Pafos. [lonely planet]

Taxi – In the South, taxis are extensive and available on a 24-hour basis; they can either be hailed from the street or a taxi rank, or booked over the phone. Taxis are generally modern, air-conditioned vehicles, usually comfortable Mercedes, and, apart from outside the major centres, are equipped with meters that the taxi drivers are obliged to use. [lonely planet]

Tourist Taxi – The ‘tourist’ taxis that await you near the Turkish Cypriot checkpoint at the Ledra Palace Hotel in North Nicosia will take you anywhere you want to go around Northern Cyprus. A round-trip day tour to Kyrenia, Famagusta, Bellapais (Beylerbeyi), Buffavento Castle and St Hilarion Castle costs around €30 to €50. (Although euros are not in general use in the North, most people will accept them if you have no other currency; Turkish taxis at crossing points will always quote their prices in British pounds.) [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Cyprus WordPress Users Meetup – Wordpress is a great tool to create almost anything for the web! And the best part of it, It’s FREE. I am so passionate about anything wordpress and would like to share my experiences with people interested to learn more about and how to develop in wordpress. [meetup]

emeRgent – This group aims to develop a community consisting of R practitioners located all over the island and to facilitate knowledge and experience exchange amongst its members, focusing on the matters of data analysis and statistics. [meetup]

Nicosia Web and Mobile Devs – This group is dedicated for developers who are interested in engaging with each others in order to learn and inspire. All dev skills and levels are welcome. JS, iOS, Java, Python, AngularJS, React, coco2d, swift etc. Let’s get together and create / achieve something special. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Cyprus – Geia sas kai kalós írthate, or hello and welcome to InterNations Cyprus! As an expansive global platform with a presence all over the world, InterNations is the place to meet and discuss questions with like-minded fellow expats in Cyprus and around the world. Whether you want help finding employment in the capital Limassol, need a guiding hand through the famously slow local bureaucracy or just want to get the skinny on the best places to live on the sunny island, our InterNations community members will be glad to help you out. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Accept – We are a group of people comprising and relating to people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, cultural background, religious background, language, health condition, physical condition or other features and we demand constantly, and dynamically, the acceptance, the mutual acceptance, the empowerment and the support for each other, bringing on an equal footing with the Cypriot society, issues that concern the LGBT community. [accept lgbt cyprus]

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Resources

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