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Whether you’re planning a trip to Cyprus or you’ve already booked, you’ll want to find out everything you can about this exciting destination. Cyprus is known for its beautiful weather, stunning architecture and great food, but there’s something else you’re forgetting – wonderful people. In Cyprus you’ll get a warm welcome during your stay, and it’s worth reading up on Cyprus culture and customs before your visit.

 

About Cyprus people

 

If you’re up on your history and geography, you’ll know that Cyprus is divided into two parts, Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus. There are two key communities found within Cyprus, the Greek-Cypriots and the Turkish-Cypriots, who each live in both parts of the island. Sharing many of the same traditions and customs, Cyprus is a culturally rich country with a lot to learn and discover during your visit.

 

Cyprus is famous for its hospitality, and Cypriots are very receptive of visitors to the island. As tourism plays a major role in the economy of many areas, visitors are welcome and you’ll soon feel at home during your visit. It’s polite to accept any hospitality that is offered, and you may find that you receive different offers of food and drink if you befriend some local residents during your stay.

 

Language

 

The main language of Cyprus is Greek, but residents also speak Turkish and English. English is widely spoken in Cyprus, making it ideal for visitors from the UK to converse with residents. While the dialect spoken in Cyprus varies from that spoken in Greece, there are some Greek phrases that you can learn that will be much appreciated during your stay. Save some to your phone and get practicing!

 

Religion

 

The main religions in Cyprus are the Orthodox Church of Cyprus (Greek Cypriots) and Muslim (Turkish Cypriots). You’ll find many wonderful religious buildings that you may be able to tour during your stay. Some of the Byzantine buildings are kept locked as they are designated sacred spaces, and if you locate the key-keeper during your stay and leave a small donation – you could be able to enter the building.

Easter is the main religious holiday for Greek Cypriots, with many celebrations taking place based around food and religious services. It’s a wonderful time of year when people get together and a very special time to be in Cyprus.

When visiting religious areas in Cyprus, it’s important that you show respect and behave in a way that is courteous to those around you. This means covering your arms and shoulders and avoiding inappropriate clothing. Shorts are not appropriate attire for men and women should not wear short dresses. In the presence of icons, you should not point at them or have your back to them.

 

Café culture and eating

 

Another thing that Cyprus is well-known for is its café culture. You’ll notice that the town centres and beachfronts are filled with cafes, which provide a great meeting place for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy a drink in the sun. If you really want to get a taste of what life is like for Cyprus people, it makes a nice change from the beach to sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

 

Food is another key part of Cypriot culture, and you’ll soon be enamoured with the Mediterranean flavours you’ll find in restaurants around the country. Meze (made up of many small dishes) is particularly popular and is a great way to sample traditional dishes. Meze is becoming more popular in the UK, so you may already be familiar with some elements such as koftas, pitta bread, tzatziki, hummus with tahini and other dishes which are now a common addition to British restaurant menus. Cyprus people love to dine outside and take their time to enjoy the company of friends and family, often with some local wine. During your visit you should enjoy dining in local restaurants and tavernas trying authentic Cypriot dishes, although you’ll find a number of other cuisines served in restaurants in the tourist areas too.

 

Just as in other countries, it’s polite to tip your waiter when dining out in Cyprus. You should aim to tip around 10-15%, while there might be a gratuity added to your bill as well.

 

Social behaviour

 

Cypriots have a lot of respect for their elders, and this is something that you should also observe during your visit. Family is very important and is central to Cyprus culture. Families tend to be large and they will get together often to have food together.

Cyprus people love to party, and enjoy music and dancing, with many European influences. Greek music is also very popular, and you’ll hear a lot of it on the island.

Unlike the UK, binge drinking isn’t a typical part of Cyprus living and even though there are many bars and nightclubs on the island, you should remain respectful and polite when out in public. Being drunk and disorderly will not be well received, and you won’t want to attract the attention of local police. It’s worth reading the experience of expats who have moved to Cyprus to see how they have observed the culture and to learn a few things to prepare for your visit.

 

Booking your visit

 

By learning a bit about Cyprus and Cyprus people, we hope this gets you excited about your visit. One of the best ways to experience Cyprus is to book a villa and enjoy the flexibility of self-catering accommodation during your stay. Self-catering gives you the opportunity to meet local residents, dine in various restaurants and really get a feel for life in Cyprus. With friendly owners to help you settle in, it’s a great way to enjoy a Cyprus holiday.

 

Booking a visit to Cyprus is an excellent idea for a holiday, and with a large Cyprus villa you can bring along your friends or family (or both) and really get into the Cyprus spirit. Whichever part of Cyprus you decide to stay in, you’ll receive a warm welcome and some wonderful memories to take home with you too.

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Cyprus Holiday Hotspot – Our Guide To Limassol https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-holiday-hotspot-guide-limassol/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:41:38 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18636 Limassol (or Lemesos as it’s now known), is one of Cyp [...]

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Limassol (or Lemesos as it’s now known), is one of Cyprus’ most vibrant cities and is often overlooked in place of the more well-known Ayia Napa or capital Nicosia. If you’re planning a Cyprus holiday, then make considering Limassol for your stay is a great choice. Want to know why? Find out everything you need to know to plan the perfect holiday and discover one of Cyprus’ top cities.

 

Why Limassol for your Cyprus holiday?

Limassol is Cyprus’ second largest city, known for being the hub of industry in the country. This means that there is a hustle and bustle around the city that makes for a fantastic Mediterranean getaway. With glorious beaches, thriving nightlife and the Old Town to discover, there’s never a dull moment in Limassol.

 

Beaches

Like any good sunshine destination, a visit to the beach is must. You’ll be spoiled for choice in Limassol with beautiful golden sands to relax on, including Aphrodite, Armonia and Castella beach. If you’d prefer a quieter beach, then Kalymnos is a good option, although it isn’t the easiest to get to. For a more active time at the beach, Akti Olympion has a variety of different watersports to take part in, as well as some amazing views. It’s a blue flag beach too, with a many bars and cafes nearby to take a break in when the sun gets too hot.

It’s worth remembering that some beaches will charge you to rent sun loungers. This can soon add up throughout the course of your stay if you’re enjoying your Cyprus holiday for a week or more. Choosing a Cyprus villa with its own private pool gives you some flexibility and means that you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing at your leisure without worrying about daily fees.

 

History

Limassol is a city with a lot of history, including the Castle of Limassol that dates back to 1228. In the Old Town you’ll also find the beautiful cobbled streets and Agia Napa cathedral which are worth exploring when you get the chance. You can also enjoy shopping around the various market stalls and shops that offer a range of goods to take home with you.

Located approximately 11km outside of the city, you’ll find the Amathus archaeological site, which is worth a visit if you’re interested in ancient history. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can discover a lot about the people who lived in the ancient city, including its founder King Kiniras.

If you want to venture further during your stay, you could rent a car and drive to some of Cyprus’ other great cities and discover their ancient treasures too.

 

Food and drink

In Limassol you’ll find many high-quality restaurants serving traditional Cypriot and Mediterranean dishes. Lamb and pork are very popular meats and you should aim to try the kleftiko (a blend of slow-cooked lamb and pork), the afelia (a traditional pork dish cooked in wine), souvlaki and other tempting treats. Of course, you can also dine at restaurants that cater more to international visitors with Asian and European cuisine or alternatively, you could head to the local shops and buy fresh local ingredients to serve up your own tasty treats from your luxury Cyprus villa. Along the beaches you’ll find a number of cool cafes and bars to enjoy drinks in the sun which are also great if you’re bringing children along on your Cyprus holiday.

 

Nightlife

A Cyprus holiday wouldn’t be complete without experiencing some of the local nightlife. Among your choices are some laid back bars for cocktail sipping and enjoying the mild summer nights. There are also a range of nightclubs for those who like to party well into the night. Popular clubs include Basement and Sesto Senso, which is well-known for being one of Limassol’s most stylish clubs.

One of the busiest times for the city is the annual Limassol Wine Festival, where locals and visitors gather together to enjoy wine, music, dance and drama. The festival takes place in late summer and isn’t one to be missed.

Activities

During your Cyprus holiday, you can enjoy a number of exciting activities in and around Limassol. The Limassol Zoo is a popular attraction with families and houses animals that have come from all over the world. A day trip to Kourion is also recommended so that you can see the ancient theatre and explore the ruins of what was once a significant city in ancient Cyprus. The ancient theatre at Kourion is still operational to this day with many live productions & musical events being held there every year. Like Akti Olympion, Kourion is also a Blue Flag beach and happens to be one of the cleanest beaches in the Limassol area – no buildings or ships are allowed.

For a break from the heat, you can cool off in the fun-filled Fasouri Watermania Water Park, which has large outdoor pools and fun water rides that will be sure to excite and delight visitors of all ages.

If you’d like to enjoy some walking away from the main holiday crowds, a walk along the Promenade or Limassol marina is highly recommended and will let you take advantage of the city’s gorgeous scenery and landscape. It’s recommended that you enjoy any walks late in the afternoon/early evening as the sun begins to cool so as not to become affected by the hot Mediterranean sun.

 

Culture

Limassol is known as being the most metropolitan city in Cyprus, and it is very popular with visitors from all over the world. The locals are very welcoming to visitors and there’ll be no shortage of hospitality during your stay. The city is rich with music, and you’ll experience a lot of different genres coming together to create a wonderful atmosphere. From the café culture of the Old Town and Marina to the thrilling evenings, you’ll find somewhere to feel at home in Limassol.

Limassol is a great destination for your Cyprus holiday, which you can make even better with a stay in your own private villa. Staying in a villa gives you peace, quiet and privacy, and the wonderful opportunity to take things at your own pace. With your own swimming pool, spacious bedrooms and WiFi, cable TV and spacious living and dining areas, you’ll find much to enjoy about your private hideaway. Have a browse around our website for more details on our available properties, and if you have any questions, please contact us for more information.

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Cyprus Weddings – Our Ultimate Guide https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-weddings-ultimate-guide/ Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:26:39 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18587 What do you picture for your wedding? The perfect set [...]

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What do you picture for your wedding? The perfect setting, beautiful weather and your nearest and dearest around you? Then why not consider a wedding in Cyprus? The perfect setting for your destination wedding, Cyprus weddings are the perfect way for you to say ‘I do’.

 

Why Cyprus weddings?

Many people dream of a wedding abroad, and Cyprus is the ideal location if you don’t want to travel too far for a destination wedding, at just four hours away. Not only is it one of the warmer countries in the Mediterranean, but on average it only rains around 30 days a year – much better odds than in the UK! When you plan a wedding abroad it’s possible to get all of your wedding booked easily, making the whole process stress-free and often cheaper than it would be at home, especially if you opt for a wedding planning service.

 

Not everyone wants to get married in front of a huge crowd of people, and inviting just your close family and friends can make your wedding more intimate and enjoyable, amongst the people you really want to be there.

 

The legal side

With Cyprus weddings, you have the option of a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony, with the paperwork available in English so that you both understand everything. The ceremony will also be in English so it will be almost as if you’re getting married in the UK. As the ceremony tends to be the same in Cyprus as in the UK, you and your guests will know what to expect. Your wedding ceremony and the necessary paperwork can all be managed by us if you book your wedding with us, and we’ll make sure that your documents are checked when you arrive to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

 

All-inclusive weddings

Cyprus weddings are popular because they offer the option for couples to have the entire wedding in one place, turning it into a multi-day event that will make your wedding last longer and make it all the more memorable for everyone. With a wedding at an exclusive location like a luxury villa, you can have the ceremony, reception and accommodation in one place to make it a great experience for all of you.

 

Many people will have their wedding over a number of days. This means that couples can enjoy hen and stag parties at the villa that can be arranged through us. Guests can also enjoy meals together and some drinks the evening before the wedding, as well as different activities around the villa or out and about in Limassol and the surrounding area.

 

Why choose a wedding villa?

A wedding villa is a great option for Cyprus weddings. You’ll get to have your own private venue that you can enjoy with friends and family, as well as the convenience of doing all the preparations from the comfort of your accommodation. This is an excellent way to save money as with Villa Mosaica there are no additional charges for having your wedding when you book the villa for your accommodation. The additional advantage of having two villas next door to each other means you could have as many as 40 guests staying!

 

Booking a wedding villa can help make the wedding process much more calming, as there’ll be no big rush to get to the venue on the day. You can take time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings to make sure you feel happy and stress-free before the big day. With everything taking place in one location, there’s no danger of losing your guests either and everyone can continue to party until the dawn if you wish.

 

Great value packages

The great thing about planning a wedding in Cyprus is that you can take advantage of some excellent wedding packages. Our packages include the wedding ceremony and reception, drinks, photography, hair and makeup and even the finer details such as bouquets for the bridesmaids. There are a number of different packages available to suit your tastes and budget, and you can always add to them if needed. A package is a great way to make sure that all the finer details are taken care of, and you know exactly what you’re working towards.

 

Some of our packages include beach weddings, so if you want to have your wedding ceremony on the golden sands of Limassol overlooking the sea, this is a popular option. You and your guests will be transported to and from the beach, and you can continue the reception back at your villa.

 

Building your own package

If a package isn’t the right option for you, then you always have the option of building your own package to create a bespoke plan that suits you. Some details may mean more to you than others and at Villa Mosaica, you can be sure of getting genuine advice from those who know the local area and suppliers well. We can help you source the things you want for your big day to help ensure you get exactly what you want for your wedding day.

 

We know that weddings can take their toll on your nerves and stress levels, and while that’s completely normal, we’re also on hand to help in any way we can. Our wedding planning service can help reassure you and ensure all the details are in place – from booking suppliers in advance, to making sure the drinks are chilled on the day – we will ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

 

When it comes to deciding what you want for your big day, it’s important to make a decision that makes sense for you both as a couple. A wedding abroad is a fantastic idea as it could save you money on your wedding and ensure an experience you’ll never forget. With more and more people choosing Cyprus weddings, you’ll be in good company as you start your new life under the blue skies. For more information about booking your wedding with Villa Mosaica, you can check our wedding FAQ page, explore our great wedding packages or contact us for more information.

 

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Cyprus Holiday Ideas https://www.villa-mosaica.com/holiday-ideas/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:46:57 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=17707 Cyprus Holiday Ideas Here are 7 holiday ideas for 7 da [...]

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Cyprus Holiday Ideas

Here are 7 holiday ideas for 7 days in Cyprus. A holiday in the Mediterranean is like no other, and while you may be looking to enjoy the comforts of your own Cyprus holiday villa, it is only natural you may get itchy feet during your stay.

Luckily for you and your family, the island has a host of local attractions, and many holiday ideas, for you to enjoy during your visit that will make for the holiday of a lifetime. From ancient sites to the sandiest beaches, Cyprus has a whole world for you to experience.

We’ve laid out the very best attractions for you to witness during your time with us, all of them within reachable distance from our rental villas. Cyprus really will become the holiday you will never forget.

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

A World Heritage site, this historical park is located in south-west Cyprus and remains under excavation by archaeological teams. The most important archaeological remains there are four Roman villas that were uncovered with their original mosaic floors still intact. There have also been other fantastic discoveries made at the park, including an agora (marketplace), a Hellenistic-Roman theatre, and “The Tomb of the Kings”, a necropolis carved out of solid rock.

Kourion Beach

If you’re looking for a more relaxing escape from the towns, Cyprus has some fantastic beaches for you to enjoy. Kourion Beach in Kolossi is a very popular choice for locals and some visitors alike, with its natural beauty and clear blue waters. Quieter in the week than at weekends, it has additional amenities to make your visit enjoyable, including three restaurants right on the waters’ edge.

Sea Caves

For the intrepid adventurer, a visit to Ayia Napa’s Sea Caves is a must! This stunning natural landmark is great fun for the whole family, with access by boat and on foot, allowing you to jump into the water and discover the marvels of Mother Nature. Diving, swimming and snorkelling are recommended, and you may even find an octopus to catch here, too!

Fassouri & WaterWorld Waterparks

Nothing says family fun like a trip to the waterpark, and Fassouri & WaterWorld are a favourite spot for holidaymakers. these award-winning theme parks are a great day out for all, with several pools to enjoy and boasting more than 20 water slides! The kids will love it, and so will the adults.

Limassol Old Town

Want to take a quiet stroll and witness normal Cypriot life? A stroll down Limassol Old Town & Harbour may be just the ticket. Enjoy the fresh bay air and enjoy the sights of the many yachts resting in the magnificent marina. There are plenty of local restaurants, cafes and bars for your comfort, so sit back and relax while taking in the attractive harbour views.

Vouni Panayia Winery

If you enjoy a tipple of wine with your dinner, then a trip to the Vouni Panayia Winery is one of the best holiday ideas and a must when visiting Cyprus and. Located near Paphos, this modern winery is the perfect introduction into Cypriot viticulture. The winery shows you the whole process and gives you an insight into how the wine is made. Of course, there’s always a chance for tasting at the end of your visit, and there’s also a restaurant if you’d like a little food with your wine.

Saint Lazarus Church

Located in Larnaca, this 9th-century church is a popular tourist destination known for being the primary place of worship for Saint Lazarus (Agio Lazoros) whose tomb is located beneath the church. The church itself is beautifully designed, with a stunning wood-carved baroque iconostasis making the church well-worth visiting. Afterwards, you can always savour a traditional Cypriot meal at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Your Visit

Now that you’ve got plenty of holiday ideas for your trip to Cyprus, why not book yourself into one of our exquisite rental villas in Cyprus? A Cyprus holiday villa is the perfect way to experience your visit. Enjoy the luxury of your own space with full privacy, your own swimming pool and enough room for the whole family.

Make your next visit to Cyprus one that you all can enjoy together in comfort and without hassle. Make your next visit with the Mosaica Villas. Book your stay today.

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Getting Married Abroad https://www.villa-mosaica.com/getting-married-abroad/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:55:09 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/rent-cyprus-villas/?p=17330 8 benefits of getting married abroad If you have recen [...]

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8 benefits of getting married abroad

If you have recently got engaged or looking to book a last-minute wedding in 2017, have you ever considered getting married abroad? There are many benefits of spending your special day overseas, and Cyprus is one of the most popular destinations for weddings abroad. Want to find out more?

Here are 8 benefits of getting married abroad:

1. Guarantee the weather

Wondering if the weather will hold out is almost a wedding tradition in the UK. The weather is totally hit and miss, even during the summer months. The dread of rain, wind or even snow on a wedding day can really dampen the mood. Booking a wedding abroad means there is no need to worry about windswept hair and ruined wedding photos. You can relax and enjoy the sun throughout your entire trip.

Cyprus has about 320 sunny days, with clear blue skies, per year!

2. Combine the wedding and honeymoon

One of the real benefits getting married abroad is that you can save a great deal of money by combining your wedding and honeymoon all in one. There is no need to stress about having to rush from your wedding to jump on a plane; you’ll have your loved ones and the hot sun all in one place. If you choose to stay in Cyprus, why not stay in one of our Cyprus Wedding Villas, so you can have your own space to invite your guests for the duration of the trip.

3. Finding a unique location

Unlike the traditional settings of a registry office, getting married abroad can give you the freedom to choose a gorgeous, unique spot for your ceremony. Whether you prefer to walk down the aisle on a sandy beach, or in a large private villa, the choice is completely up to you.

4. Lower costs

A UK wedding can cost anything up to £20,000. For young couples who have more important things to save up for, such as homes and cars, this figure is extremely steep. A holiday abroad is significantly cheaper. If you are hoping to tie the knot in Cyprus, the average price for wedding packages costs approximately £7000, almost one-third cheaper than a standard UK wedding. The cheaper cost can be a real pull factor when it comes to choosing a suitable destination for a wedding; therefore, an overseas wedding would be the real winner in this instance.

5. Writing guest lists

If you are looking for more on an intimate setting, having your wedding in Cyprus will give you the romantic setting you have always dreamed of. If you are worried about inviting certain guests to the ceremony, going overseas gives you the chance to escape from those pressures and an excuse to invite your nearest and dearest only. Due to the nature of getting married abroad, shortening your guest list can also reduce costs on the head count. If you don’t have a large selection of friends and acquaintances, this would also be an option to consider.

6. Be unique

If you are one to stand out from the crowd, getting married abroad could be the perfect way to create a memorable day not just as a couple but for all those who attend too. Only 1 in 5 couples choose to tie the knot abroad; therefore, you may not know many other couples who have chosen to do the same as you.

7. The good news

The good news is that you do not have to plan the whole process alone, a Local Wedding Planner can fully organize for you a tailor-made wedding package suited to your desires and requirements.
In fact, a local wedding planner in this case is a great option as the planner will be one who knows the locality very well. As such all the wedding arrangements will be set, confirmed and ready before your arrival in the Island.
All you have to do then is to enjoy your Dream Day and Holiday.

8. A place you may never have visited

If you have always dreamt of heading off on your dream holiday for a week in Cyprus, a wedding would be the perfect excuse to pack your bikini and swimming trunks and jet off to the destination of your dreams. Having a wedding in a destination you have never been to will add to the excitement once you arrive.

If you would like any further information on hiring a Cyprus holiday villa package, including a local wedding planner, for your overseas big day, please contact us at The Mosaica Villas today. We would be happy to welcome you for your special day!

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Cyprus Wedding & Honeymoon in One https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-wedding-and-honeymoon/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:04:22 +0000 http://www.villa-mosaica.com/rent-cyprus-villas/?p=7451 Cyprus Wedding and Honeymoon, combined on the Island o [...]

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Cyprus Wedding and Honeymoon, combined on the Island of Love

Cyprus wedding and honeymoon. Two in one. The beauty about getting married in Cyprus is that you’re already on honeymoon. Wake-up the day after the wedding as Mr and Mrs, without having to face a day of travelling before you can start enjoying your newly-wed status.
Planning your dream honeymoon can be just as stressful as arranging the wedding itself. You can save yourself all this hassle by getting married abroad so you’re already in resort. No effort, no fuss, just celebration and enjoyment.
Contact our experienced wedding planners today to get started.

Many couples have to settle for a honeymoon a few days, or even weeks after the wedding because they can’t get the travel dates they want. The elation from the wedding day has worn off by this stage – so it’s not nearly as romantic. Whereas a wedding in Cyprus is extra special as you’re already in a romantic holiday destination…on the Island of Love and you can truly enjoy your Cyprus wedding and honeymoon.

Cyprus has lots to offer honeymooners from romantic walks on the beach to hiking in the Troodos Mountains. All year round sunshine, beautiful coastlines, fascinating historic cities and lively nightspots will ensure you have an unforgettable honeymoon.

The Villa Mosaica Honeymoon Experience

Wedding celebrations at our villas can go on for several days. There’s the pre-wedding dinner, guest arrivals, hen and stag nights. After the wedding, you can enjoy some quality time with your family too.

Many couples feel rushed and resent being whisked away on honeymoon when they’re still spinning from the wedding itself. It can actually be nice to spend a few days sharing this special time with your loved ones.

Villa Weddings

villa wedding gives you the added flexibility to hold a post-wedding breakfast, a thank you dinner for your parents, or a BBQ night with dancing under the stars. There’s a whole host of activities you can enjoy together – mosaic making classes, wine tasting, or even just lazing round your private swimming pool. This is great if you have children.

Our villas are large enough to enable you to hold the Wedding Ceremony as well as the Wedding Reception at the villa, while you can still enjoy ample privacy, so you get the best of everything. Plus, we include a bottle of champagne and flowers for newlyweds on the night of the wedding.

If you’d prefer a romantic getaway, we can arrange that you spend the remainder of your time in Cyprus at a luxury villa for two. The rest of the family and guests can fly back at leisure, while you continue to enjoy your Cyprus wedding & honeymoon and, of course, the ever shining Cypriot sun.

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Fantastic Family Holiday https://www.villa-mosaica.com/fantastic-family-holiday/ Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:05:45 +0000 http://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=9868 10 Tips for a Fantastic Family Holiday in Cyprus Looki [...]

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10 Tips for a Fantastic Family Holiday in Cyprus

Looking for a fantastic family holiday? Here are ten tips which you can use while staying at a villa in Cyprus with your family & friends:

1. Stock-up

The beauty of staying at a self-catering villa in Cyprus is dining at your leisure. Ensure there are plenty of tasty delights in the fridge, as well as treats for the kids. Don’t just buy the basics, splurge at the supermarket to enhance your holiday.

2. Be adventurous

Try new things: Tzatziki, Haloumi, Koupepia (vine leaves), Commandaria wine. Get lots of cold meats, cheeses and salad items so there’s no need for cooking if you don’t feel like it. To create authentic Cypriot dishes look out for spice mixes such as Souvaki for skewered meats – perfect for the BBQ.

3. Plan what you can

To avoid disappointment, especially in peak season, plan trips and excursions in advance. Use the internet to find local tour operators, or contact us. You may even save money on tickets.

4. Inspire the children

If you plan on visiting the ancient sites and monuments, buy the children a fun book about Greek mythology. The birthplace of Aphrodite and the Sanctuary of Apollo will be so much more exciting for them.

5. Sunburn is not worth the risk

Don’t take any chances when it comes to the sun, you could ruin 2 or 3 days of your holiday. Have a strict rule that no-one goes outside until they’re plastered in factor 30. Even waterproof lotion wears-off, so don’t forget to re-apply.

6. Go outdoors

Do you want your Fantastic Family Holiday to be complete? Then, do not forget to explore the unspoilt beauty of the Troodos Mountains. Go hiking or cycling, with a network of trails to choose from including various sights, rare plants, waterfalls, and spectacular scenery. Have a prize for whoever spots a Mouflon – a wild sheep native only to Cyprus.

7. Try and get some time for yourself

It’s important for adults to get some alone-time to unwind. Agree that you’ll each have a day for yourself at some point during your vacation. On this day, your partner takes care of the kids and you do whatever you please.

8. Watch out for mobile roaming charges

Make doubly sure that all phones have data roaming turned off. Or better still, book a Cyprus villa with Wi-Fi. You can use Skype to call home and the kids can even chat to their friends.

9. Agree a budget for spends

Give children a holiday allowance, agreed in advance. This way you don’t have to keep saying no…they can decide for themselves whether they want something, or not.

10. Accept that arguments will happen

It’s unrealistic to expect total harmony for 2 weeks. Don’t let a little spat spoil your time away…it’s not worth it!

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Villa Rental for Corporate Events https://www.villa-mosaica.com/villas-for-corporate-events/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:02:39 +0000 http://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=9735 Corporate Events & Entertainment Corporate events [...]

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Corporate Events & Entertainment

Corporate events require special facilities and Villa Mosaica has a lot to offer as a suitable venue for corporate events. Our 3 large, luxury villas just 7 minutes away from the vibrant city of Limassol make an ideal location.

The beauty of choosing our self-catering Cyprus villas, for corporate events, rather than an expensive conference hall is that we can offer you a more relaxed, authentic experience. The villas are in private, secure grounds for complete confidentiality necessary for business meeting events.

Guests for the events can lounge by the swimming pools in between meetings, and there’s a much better opportunity to get to know colleagues. Villa rental costs much less than a a traditional corporate events facility so your event’s budget will stretch much further.

Accommodation

Villa Mosaica has 9 bedrooms, sleeping up to 18 guests. Adjacent sister properties; Villa Aretousa and Amorosa have 8 and 4 bedrooms. Private and spacious, the villas all have their own swimming pool and are set in tropical gardens, with panoramic views. All accommodation has full wheelchair access. Between the three villas, we can accommodate up to 42 delegates for your event. We have six additional 3 and 4 bed properties in Pissouri, Paphos and Coral Bay to accommodate larger parties.

Facilities

The many reception rooms, with large seating and dining areas will provide ample space for meetings and presentations during the event. There’s also a large veranda  and a large gazebo for outdoor activities. Wireless broadband internet connection is available. If you require anything extra, we can arrange it for you. Several cars can be parked on the large driveways.

Activities

Need ideas for a team building exercise? How about mosaic making classes at the villa by a local artist? Photini Stylianou can conduct classes on various mosaic art methods for different group sizes, at different levels. This will add fun and relaxation to event underway. The local area also has lots to offer companies including world class golf courses, health spas and night life. 340 days of sunshine per year means there are many outdoor activities to partake in, from skiing in the Troodos Mountains in winter, to group vineyard tours in the summer.

Services

Airport transfers by minibus are available for large groups traveling to the event. We offer catering, and related, services for business meetings, poolside BBQ and large parties. This can be buffet style or formal dinners. We can provide decorations and entertainment for celebrations and parties following corporate events. Mosaica Villas are based in Cyprus so we can take care of everything you need for a successful event.

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Guide to Kolossi https://www.villa-mosaica.com/kolossi/ Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:54:17 +0000 http://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=9683 The Name Our luxury villas Mosaica, Aretousa and Amoros [...]

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The Name

Our luxury villas Mosaica, Aretousa and Amorosa are located just 7 minutes from Limassol city in a residential area called Kolossi, famed for its Medieval Castle by which it was named.

Kolossi town

On the outskirts of Limassol, nestled amidst the vineyards and citrus groves lies the small town of Kolossi. Staying in Kolossi gives you the chance to experience real Cyprus. A blend of ancient and modern, the town has plenty of amenities (in walking distance of our large Cyprus villas). This includes – local supermarkets, bakeries, taverns, restaurants, coffee shops and chemist.

It is a peaceful, relaxing place where you get to know the locals and experience the Cypriot way of life first-hand. There are a handful of beautiful churches and chapels, dating back to the 13 century. And of course, the magnificent Castle, linked with a number of significant events throughout Cyprus’s long history.

Kolossi Castle

Built in the 13th century, the imposing castle is a fine example of military architecture. It is 21m high over 3 floors, and is accessible by a short drawbridge. After a victorious battle against the Byzantine ruler, King of England Richard Lionheart took up residence before selling the castle to The Knights Templar.

It was subsequently re-built when it passed to the Knights of St John and was established as the seat of the Supreme military commandment (Grande Commanderie). The site became a vineyard; producing and exporting the sweet wine of the same name. Sugar canes were also processed here and you can see the remains of the refinery to the east of the castle.

Surrounding area

Kolossi has good public transport links and local taxis are available 24 hours a day. Vibrant, historic Limassol is just 11km away. Kourion Beach and the fascinating ancient city are just a 6 minute drive. Paphos is also easily accessible.

The rural village of Episkopi is closeby; home to the archaeological Museum of Kourion, overlooking the bay. You can also visit Cyprus Wine Museum in nearby Erimi, and stop off at Michaels Taverna to experience authentic Cypriot hospitality.

See flamingos and other migratory birds at the salt lake in Akrotiri, the RAF base is also located here. The cave church of Panagia Vounarkotissa, famed for its miracles is just 2km away.

In the village of Pissouri, there is a popular Sunday market perfect for fresh fruits, vegetables and other local produce to stock your fridge with.

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The Best Time to Visit Cyprus https://www.villa-mosaica.com/best-time-to-visit-cyprus/ Fri, 29 Nov 2013 02:59:02 +0000 http://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=9595 The Best Time To Visit Cyprus What is the best time to [...]

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The Best Time To Visit Cyprus

What is the best time to visit Cyprus? The Island is one of the most southern points in Europe and has the warmest weather in the Mediterranean. It is a sub-tropical island, with a Mediterranean and semi-arid or steppe climate. This means it’s rated as group B on the Köppen humidity classification scale – desert is A, polar E.

The Ancients quite rightly referred to it as ‘the island of the sun,’ with its impressive 340 days of sunshine per year. As one of the hottest, driest places in Europe, our most frequently asked question is – when’s the best time to visit Cyprus?

Winter

As the warmest European winter destination, Cyprus enjoys very mild weather with temperatures ranging from 16-20°C in the daytime, and 7-11°C at night. January is the coldest month and has the most rain with a monthly average of 8 days. There is a great contrast between coastal weather and that of the Troodos Mountains, 1,952m above sea level. Mount Olympus is a ski resort with a low of 0°C and a high of 5°C. It’s possible to go skiing down the slopes and sunbathing on the beach in the same day.

Spring

The island is at its most beautiful in the spring months. Flowers are in bloom and the landscape is covered with colourful poppies, daisies, tulips and anemones. Rock-rose, peonies and orange blossoms grow in the mountains. The Akamas peninsula is famous for its wild orchids; home to many species, some extremely rare. Average temperatures are March 13°C, April 16°C and May 20°C. The milder weather means it a great time to enjoy sight-seeing and cultural activities.

Summer

11.5 hours of sun every day, reaching well into the 30’s makes Cyprus a holiday-makers paradise. The sea climbs to a warm-bath temp of 27° C and the beaches are the only place to be. If you prefer a cultural holiday, the archaeological sites are not very pleasant at this time of year due to the sweltering heat – consider going off-season. Sun-worshipers are in their element – white sandy beaches, warms seas, water-sports, cocktails and balmy summer nights.

Autumn

The weather is warm and the sea temperature still pleasant, after the long hot summer. September is still very hot, reaching 29°C, whereas November’s average is 17°C. There is only a slim chance of rain; you may get caught-out if you visit later in the season. It’s harvest time in September, so don’t miss the wine festival & carnival in Limassol for free tastings. There are also many local celebrations; giving you the chance to experience real Cyprus.

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