The Mosaica Villas https://www.villa-mosaica.com Large Cyprus Villas For Rent Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:19:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Weddings Abroad – Adding a Flavour of Cyprus to Your Special Day https://www.villa-mosaica.com/weddings-abroad-adding-cyprus-flavour/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:44:46 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18940   Weddings abroad are becoming an increasingly po [...]

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Weddings abroad are becoming an increasingly popular choice, and Cyprus is up there as one of the top destinations. From the 330 days of sun a year, to the excellent food and relaxed lifestyle, a wedding in Cyprus is the perfect way to start your married life together.

 

With weddings abroad, you may not initially think about weaving some of the more traditional elements of the country you’re getting married in into your wedding day, but it can actually be a really nice way to mark it – particularly for your guests who are bound to remember it and talk about when they get home. However, it’s not always easy to incorporate some of the local customs and flair into the big day, particularly if much of it is unfamiliar to you. In Cyprus, there is a plethora of cultural traditions you could choose to honour on your wedding day, and our dedicated wedding planners are brimming with suggestions.

 

The Engagement

If you plan to start your wedding as you mean to go on, why not celebrate your engagement like proper Cypriots?! Traditionally, when a couple is engaged in Cyprus, both sets of parents visit the bride’s house to bless the couple. The groom’s family then makes glistarkes (sesame seed breadsticks) while the bride’s family take on the responsibility of handing out wedding invitations. So throw a party! And (maybe after a few practice bakes) offer your guests some traditional snacks with their invitations. It will be a sure sign of things to come!

 

Traditional Cypriot Wedding Breakfast

Why not consider a traditional Cypriot wedding spread for your wedding breakfast? Here’s a taster of what you might like to consider:

 

Prosfora: A traditional bread given to the couple by the Priest during the ceremony. If you’re not going for a traditional Orthodox wedding, you could still make your own and include it as part of your own ceremony or celebrations.

 

Cypriot red wine: Cyprus is becoming more and more renowned for the excellent wine it has to offer, and traditionally red wine is used in the Orthodox ceremony. If not for the ceremony, why not ensure you have a full supply of Cypriot wine for your guests to enjoy at the reception? Previously dubbed ‘nectar of the Gods’ it’s sure to go down well.

 

Koufeta: These highly symbolic sugared almonds are traditionally given out to guests at the end of the church ceremony. Representing purity, fertility, new beginnings and a strong union, they are both delicious and lucky.

 

Koulouria: A type of sweet bread cookie, enjoyed as a snack during the reception.

 

Getting Ready

The Bride: If the wedding is taking place in a village, it is traditional for the bride to wear a conservative gown that covers the tops of the arms. The bride and her party will then walk to the church.

 

If it is happening in a town or larger community the bride can wear a long or short evening dress before travelling to the church with her father, in either a car, limousine or horse-drawn carriage. Of course, if your wedding is taking place in the comfort of your own villa, there will be no need for horses to transport you!

 

Before leaving for the ceremony, the bride will often have a red scarf wrapped around her waist and head by her bridesmaids, traditionally to represent virginity. An alternative way to honour this tradition may be to wear a red flower in the hair, or incorporate some red detail into the dress.

 

The Groom: It is customary for the groom to receive a ‘last shave’ by his best man in front of family and friends, before being dressed while musicians play. The groom also receives a red scarf around his waist, this time to symbolise fertility. An alternative here might be selecting a red tie or cuff-links with red detailing.

 

The Ceremony

The most traditional way to marry in Cyprus would be, naturally, to have the ceremony at a Greek Orthodox church, which is one of our wedding package options. However as is the case for many weddings abroad, a civil service is more common. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some traditional Cypriot customs into your own ceremony.

 

Stefana is a headband worn by both the bride and the groom, traditionally made up of olive branches, lemon leaves and precious metals, symbolising the blessings of God, as well as the crowning of a new couple building their kingdom (or home). Nowadays the crowns tend to contain much less plant material, and are instead contain more pearls and crystals. The traditional ceremony dictates that the crowns are joined by a ribbon representing their intact union. Stefanas are easily available to buy and are kept as lifetime keepsakes.

 

Weddings Abroad – Cyprus Wedding Traditions

Other popular cyprus wedding traditions include the exchanging of wedding rings, performing the Dance of Isaiah and distributing the Koufeta. Additionally, the bride’s single friends will each write their names on the bottom of the bride’s shoes. After a night of dancing, the bride takes off her shoes and looks on the underside. Whichever name remains visible will be the next to get married, according to tradition.

 

There is also the tradition of ‘pinning the money’, a ritual in which the married couple dance the Newlywed dance, while relatives and friends pin money onto their clothes, traditionally to help them pay for the wedding expenses and ensure their married life does not begin in debt.

Weddings Abroad Made Easy With Villa Mosaica

At Villa Mosaica we understand how stressful planning weddings abroad can be. That’s why we offer a range of Cyprus wedding packages to suit your needs. Our villas are both private and spacious, offering your own pool, easy access to the beach and the perfect setting for a wedding. Our wedding planning service is based in Cyprus, and we can craft your ideal wedding for you, whether it be traditional, Cypriot, or modern. We take care of everything from the planning to the legal paperwork, to making sure the wedding runs without a hitch, so you’re free to enjoy a stress-free, memorable day.

 

If you’d like more information about our Cyprus weddings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Weddings In Hot Climates – A Guide https://www.villa-mosaica.com/weddings-in-hot-climates-guide/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:37:49 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18934   You can’t always rely on the British weather, e [...]

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You can’t always rely on the British weather, especially when it comes to your big day. Choosing to get married abroad is becoming more and more popular as people look to get married in a hot climate where good weather is almost guaranteed. Keeping your cool when planning a hot wedding isn’t always easy, but this useful guide to weddings in hot climates will certainly give you some food for thought.

 

Choosing the time of year

Summer weddings are very popular in the UK, as that’s when the weather is at its warmest and driest. When you’re thinking about weddings in hot climates however, you’ve got a bit more flexibility about when you can get married while still enjoying the good weather. If you don’t cope with the heat well, avoid the height of summer when hot climates are even hotter and you’re likely to feel uncomfortable on your big day. It’s worth observing the average temperatures of your chosen destination to help you pick a time of year that you can handle.

 

Choosing the right wedding venue

The big advantage of weddings in hot climates is that you can do it outside, giving you the opportunity to make the most of the climate you’re in. Choose an area that has plenty of space and has options for shelter on days where it is too hot. You could partially cover the seating area so that those who would prefer to be in the shade can do so. Make sure there are areas that are covered for guests to take a breather – somewhere shady and breezy is ideal. If you’re going have some of the wedding indoors, make sure the rooms are well ventilated with windows you can open, fans or air conditioning. Make sure that you see the wedding venue in advance, as this will give you an idea of how best to set up your wedding to make sure it’s a fun day for everyone.

Something that many couples do when getting married in a hot climate is to have the wedding later in the day. Avoid peak hours and aim for a wedding time of around 4/5pm – the sun will still be out but the heat won’t be as severe. Getting married later in the day also means you can get away with just feeding your guests once, which is an ideal option if you’re short on budget.

 

Your wedding attire

Consider what you’re going to be wearing very carefully – you don’t want to be sweating your way down the aisle, after all! A wedding is a long, busy day and you’ll want to feel cool rather than a hot mess. When choosing your wedding dress, select a dress made from lightweight material, which lets you move around easily – too many layers will feel heavy and cause you to feel too hot. Meanwhile, men should avoid wool suits or kilts – there are many lighter, breathable fabrics to choose from, with linen being a particularly popular summer wedding suit style for men. There are some great colours to choose from too.

 

Wedding day makeup

Makeup is an important part of a bride and bridesmaids’ look but you’ll need to consider the products you use carefully to avoid your makeup melting down your dress by the middle of the afternoon! If you’re having a makeup artist do your makeup, make sure you have a thorough conversation with them about your concerns – they should be able to offer solutions for makeup that will stay in place in the heat, offer sun protection and leave you looking fresh and glowing.

If you’re going to do your makeup yourself, choose powder formulas over liquid where possible and remember to keep a touch up kit to hand – some translucent powder will be vital to get you through your big day. Meanwhile, waterproof makeup is a wedding day essential that will keep your makeup in place during the tears, and also ensure that it doesn’t melt under the heat. Do some research on the best waterproof makeup products and make sure you pack them to go away with you.

 

Pre-wedding advice for guests

Getting married abroad calls for a much different set of information for guests than a wedding would in the UK. As well as advising on flights and accommodation, you should also give them a bit more of an insight into what the area is like, what’s there for them to do and what they can expect about the weather. Let them know what typical temperatures are like and suggest that they might want to base their outfits on this knowledge. These things may seem obvious to you, but there’ll always be some guests who won’t do their homework ahead of the wedding.

 

Keep the (soft) drinks flowing

You don’t want to run the risk of your guests ending up dehydrated on your wedding day, so make sure there are plenty of soft drinks and water around to help keep them cool and hydrated. While there’ll be plenty of fizz flying around, you should make water easily accessible and ensure that there’s regular top-ups on the tables. Another great suggestion is to keep some refreshing fruit to hand like mangos and watermelons to help keep guests cool while they’re outside. You could even speak to your caterers and find a way of working them into your canapes!

 

Hot weather hand-outs

There are some thoughtful little gifts or favours you can put out for your guests that will help to get them through weddings in hot climates in the most enjoyable way. Turning your order of service into fans is a wonderful idea and ensures that guests take them away with them. Having buckets of hot weather essentials such as cooling sprays, sun tan lotion, flip flops, sunglasses and face sprays is another thoughtful thing to consider for your wedding day and guests will appreciate the effort you’ve made to look after them. You can also put a few things in the bathroom like hairspray, deodorant and hair ties that will help guests to freshen up throughout the day.

 

Easy ways to keep cool for weddings in hot climates

As the bride and groom, you’ll be more likely to feel the heat than anyone. Some of the best tips for keeping cool during your hot weather wedding include taking a break from the sun every now and then and making sure that you drink plenty of water. Give the ushers the job of topping up your water glass as you’ll be likely to forget with everything else that’s going on. If you can take part of the wedding indoors, it’s recommended that you do so to let everyone have a bit of a breather from the sun. You can always return outdoors in the evening when it is much cooler for some drinks and dancing. Having a change of outfit is another great suggestion that you can slip into once the formalities are over so that you’re ready to hit the dancefloor.

Weddings in hot climates are a great idea, but you’ll need to consider your preparations carefully to make sure everyone has a good time. Cyprus is a particularly popular destination for a hot weather wedding, so why not take a look at our luxury wedding villas and book your dream wedding in a fantastic destination?

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Nature in Cyprus – What can you hope to see? https://www.villa-mosaica.com/nature-in-cyprus/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:28:54 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18928   Did you know that contact with nature has been s [...]

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Did you know that contact with nature has been shown to make us happier and decrease our stress levels? When you first think about Cyprus, you may not straightaway think of its natural habitat. But there is actually a great deal on offer. Whether you’re planning a wedding or a trip with friends, our guide to nature in Cyprus spills the Mediterranean island’s best-kept secrets, from moonlit turtle beaches to flamingo spotting picnics, meandering mountain walks to long days in the sunshine. Relax and enjoy the diversity of nature in Cyprus – it’ll be unforgettable.

 

Nature in Cyprus: Beautiful Beaches

The Limassol region, with its magnificent coastline, is dotted with a wide array of amazing beaches. There’s something for every mood here- from chilled out town-side sands to secluded natural retreats away from the crowds.

Avdimou beach, near Avdimou Village is reached via a wandering road through citrus and olive groves and is amazing for a family day out- a broad stretch of sand gently sloping into the sea, creating a shallow paddling playground for kids and parents. When the sun goes down, there are bars and taverns nearby to wind down with a cool drink and sand between your toes.

Governor’s Beach is also a shallow beach, halfway between Limassol and Larnaca. There are several nature trails winding their way through the hills behind, as well as an area of rocky shore perfect for exploring rockpools or snorkelling offshore.

Episkopi Bay offers something a bit different- with dramatic limestone cliffs and strong currents, this is the place to go if you want to feel the full force of nature in Cyprus. Swimming isn’t advisable on parts of the beach with strong currents, but the wind here makes this beach popular with kitesurfers.

 

Turtle Watching

The Mediterranean is home to the endangered green and loggerhead sea turtles. These graceful oceangoers come ashore to nest and lay their eggs at the beaches on calm summer nights. Volunteers ensure the baby turtles make it back to the ocean safely. They navigate by the moon, so can easily get turned around by bright lights such as streetlamps or car headlights.

You can see turtle nests at Paramali beach, as well as other areas in Episkopi Bay, but visitors are asked to respect the turtles by keeping their distance and allowing the young turtles to safely reach the ocean.

 

Aphrodite’s Rock

When evening falls, take a romantic walk to see Aphrodite’s Rock. According to legend, this place where the waves crash against the rock is the beach where the Greek goddess of love was birthed from the sea foam, riding to shore in a conch shell. The rock itself, known as Petra tou Romiou, is said to date from ancient times, when the Byzantine hero Digenis Akritas destroyed a fleet of enemy ships by hefting it into the ocean, smashing them before they could land.

 

Nature in Cyprus: Forests and Parks

The Troodos Mountains are one of the most noteworthy habitats for alpine plants in Europe. They are the perfect destination for hiking enthusiasts, or even just those looking for a closer peek at the beautiful black pine forests. The Geopark visitor centre hosts a botanic garden with information about the native species found in the area, as well as exhibits on the geology and rock types of the surrounding region.

 

Artemis Nature Trail

This 7km circular hike through black pine forests within the Troodos Forest national park orbits the peak of Mount Olympos, offering beautiful views in all directions. You might see foxes, hares and hedgehogs on your travels. Keep an eye out for some of Cyprus’s endemic plants, including Cyprus skullcap, Troodos sage, and Cyprus germander. You might even see an iconic Cypriot mouflon (wild sheep.) The circuit takes around 2.5-3.5 hours, perfect for a relaxed day trip.

For those after an inclusive nature experience, you can travel into the Troodos Mountains on a jeep safari which takes in vineyards, forests, mountain villages and the famous Kykkos Monastery.

 

Nature in Cyprus: Birdwatching

Cyprus is perfectly placed to sit and watch the world fly by. It’s situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, so it’s a stopover for many European migratory birds on their way across the sea. More than 365 species have been spotted here- both local species and those just passing through during migration season in spring and autumn each year.

Birdwatching hotspots in the Limassol area include the Zakaki marshlands, one of the only remaining breeding areas for the endangered Ferruginous Duck. Also unmissable is The Limassol Akrotiri salt lake, one of the major wetland regions in the eastern Mediterranean, populated in the rainy winter season with thousands of graceful pink flamingos. In 2015 they made the news- an ultra-rare black flamingo with a condition called melanism was spotted amongst all those pink feathers.

During migration season wading birds from across Europe pop in for a visit, including little egrets, demoiselle cranes and Kentish plovers. Local birdwatching tours and meetups can show you the best spots- or you can go it alone with a picnic basket and pair of binoculars!

 

Nature in Cyprus: The Perfect Getaway

For the perfect Cyprus trip, you need the perfect accommodation. Explore our handpicked selection of large Cyprus villas, and immerse yourself in gorgeous surroundings as you enjoy your retreat here on the island. For family get-togethers or a trip with friends, accommodation is available in our large villas with space for everyone in comfort and privacy.

With its beautiful natural surroundings, Cyprus is also a wonderful choice of location for your wedding. Our wedding expertise removes the stress from your shoulders- we offer comprehensive wedding and reception deals in one easy packageContact us by telephone or email to start on the journey to your perfect day.

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Getting Married In Cyprus – What You Need To Know https://www.villa-mosaica.com/getting-married-in-cyprus-need-know/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:24:23 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18835   Cyprus is a sun-drenched island, where blue ski [...]

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Cyprus is a sun-drenched island, where blue skies, turquoise seas and white sand make for the most beautiful of wedding destinations. Getting married in Cyprus is relatively inexpensive compared to other parts of the world, and it’s home to some of the best wedding venues overseas. Whether you want to get married on the beach, have a civil wedding at a traditional villa or walk down the aisle at a church, there are various things you’ll need to consider prior to your wedding. It’s always worth doing this further in advance so that you’re not left with any last-minute frantic planning.

 

Getting married in Cyprus – The admin

 

If you’ve got your heart set on getting married in Cyprus, you’ll want to make sure that you’re aware of the regulations and laws of getting married overseas, as well as the smaller details, so let’s make a start!

 

Getting to Cyprus

 

Flying out to your wedding destination is a huge factor in planning your special day, and should be one of the first things you consider. Cyprus is renowned for having around 326 days of sunshine a year, so if you’re someone who really wants the weather to be in your favour then it’s the ideal choice for a wedding.

 

Direct flights run regularly from London, Manchester and Birmingham. The flight time is just under 5 hours from the UK, so it feels as though you’re heading to a tropical destination but won’t feel too far if you’ve got family and friends of all ages joining you.

 

 

Visa Requirements

 

If you have an EU passport, you are entitled to visa-free entry to Cyprus.

 

For marriage purposes, you must apply for a Special Licence if you don’t plan to be in Cyprus for an extended period of time. This will mean that you can marry within a couple of days of arriving, rather than waiting for approximately 16 days with a Standard Wedding Licence.

 

 

Ceremony Venue

 

Civil weddings are the most popular choice for weddings in Cyprus with lots of beautiful venues on offer, but it is also possible to have a Catholic or Anglican religious ceremony.

 

Traditional villa locations, like those of Villa Mosaica, are increasingly popular locations for getting married in Cyprus due to their privacy and tranquillity, and because it’s possible to have both the ceremony and reception at the same location. The beach is also a beautiful option, with endless white sandy beaches in Cyprus and almost-guaranteed sunshine.

 

There are a variety of Catholic and Anglican churches throughout Cyprus that you may have your ceremony at, but please bear in mind that the process is different, more costly, and requires extra arrangements (as you’ll see below).

 

 

Licence Fees

 

The cost of your wedding licence and marriage certification fees will be dependent on where you choose to get married in Cyprus.

  • If a wedding takes place at a private location or at the beach, the cost is 732 euros.
  • If the wedding takes place at a local town hall, the cost is 282 euros.
  • If the wedding takes place at a Catholic or Anglican church, the cost is 282 euros – plus approximately 600 euros payable to the church where the ceremony is taking place.

 

Legal Requirements

 

Getting married in Cyprus is fairly easy and civil ceremony marriages consummated here are recognised internationally and are legally binding.

 

If you would like to have an Anglican church wedding, you will need to contact the Registered Minister of the Church and discuss additional arrangements with them. You will also need to provide a christening certificate from either the bride or groom before this can be confirmed.

 

If you would like a Catholic wedding, you will first need to have a civil ceremony before your marriage can become legally binding. You will also need to contact your local Catholic Priest for permission to get married in Cyprus, and they will be expected to forward this to the Priest of your chosen church in Cyprus. It’s recommended to start making arrangements for this six months in advance, as the process for Catholic weddings is slightly longer than others.

 

 

Marriage Application

 

In order to be legally married, your marriage application must be made in person to the Marriage Officer and the Municipality of your choice, once you’ve arrived in Cyprus. This must be completed at least three days prior to the day of your wedding ceremony.

 

Documents required for getting married in Cyprus:

 

If you haven’t previously been married

  • Passport with a minimum of six months validity
  • Photocopy of passport photo page
  • Photocopies of passport photo page of your two witnesses
  • Full birth certificate
  • Name Change Deed Poll certificate – if applicable

If you are a divorcee

Additional documentation required:

  • Previous marriage certificate
  • Decree Absolute

If you are a widow/widower

Additional documentation required

  • Previous marriage certificate
  • Death certificate of spouse

 

 

Certificate of Marriage

 

All ceremonies will be completed in English, and all documentation will subsequently be in English. The certificates will be handed to the newly-weds immediately after the ceremony, and these will be valid in the UK.

 

If you require additional copies, a fee of approximately 14 euros will be charged per copy.

 

How can Villa Mosaica help?

 

Although getting married in Cyprus is much easier than other countries, there is still a lot to consider when planning your wedding overseas and we offer a service that takes away all the hassle for you. We offer wedding villa venues, accommodation for your guests, reception location for your post-wedding celebration and can take care of much of the administration mentioned above for you. Why not use one of our dedicated wedding planners who can help you arrange your dream wedding in Cyprus? We know exactly what needs to be done and will ensure it’s all completed in advance, so you don’t have to lift a finger.

 

As experienced providers in Cyprus weddings, we will handle all paperwork and legal documentation on your behalf, with the local authorities. We will also secure your chosen wedding date at your marriage venue.

 

Take a look at our villas and the wedding packages available, and please get in touch today if you’d like to discuss anything further or make a booking.

 

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Cyprus Villas – Choosing The Right One For Your Holiday https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-villas-choosing-right-one-holiday/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:18:07 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18826   So, you’ve decided on Cyprus for your holiday d [...]

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So, you’ve decided on Cyprus for your holiday destination and you’ve contemplated the options of a hotel and a villa, with the outcome being a villa. Unlike a hotel, Cyprus villas become your home away from home when you’re on holiday and because you’ll spend much more time there than you would in a hotel, the factors you need to consider become more intricate. If you are going in a group, then taking into consideration everyone’s requests and needs are a must, while you’ll want to stay in a location that suits the type of holiday you’re all after.

 

Cyprus is a beautiful destination all year round due its warm climate. A villa is a great way to enjoy your holiday, as you can relax around the pool all day and cook a meal at night and eat al-fresco on your terrace. You could also head into the local area for an evening aperitif. If you’re looking to find the right Cyprus villa for you and your group, it’s important to think about what you need to consider before booking, such as location, design, comfort and space.

 

Location

 

The best way to start narrowing down your Cyprus villas search, is to decide whether you want peace and tranquillity away from the main areas, where you can completely relax and take time out, or whether you want to be close to the action and still be able to wander to the beach and head out for an evening drink or meal at the local restaurants and bars.

 

Choosing where you want to be situated will come down to the whole reason for your holiday, so get this out the way at the beginning so that you don’t spend all your hard work finding beautiful villas that tick all the boxes, but aren’t in the right place. The requirements of your villa will all be dependent on who you’re travelling with. If you’re a couple without kids, then you’ll probably be looking for something quiet and romantic; if you’re a family or a group with several children, you might want some peace but still be able to walk to the beach or into town when the kids get itchy feet.

 

Style v comfort

 

It’s very easy to look through photos of Cyprus villas and be blown away by the interior decor of a place, but the facilities and comfort of the villa will be much more important to your overall stay. Deciding on a budget that you are all happy to spend will help to keep your eyes on realistic properties, rather than getting drawn into those that are only going to make you feel disappointed once you’ve seen the price tag.

 

You’ll spend more time in your villa than you would in a hotel room, so the size of the kitchen, the number of bathrooms and size of the outdoor space are all things you’ll understandably want to consider. Luxury doesn’t just have to come in the form of decor, it can also come in the form of what’s available to you within the villa and what you truly want from your stay.

 

Your group

 

When travelling in a group, everyone’s requests have to be taken into consideration. If you’re a couple, choosing a Cyprus villa won’t cause you too much difficulty, but as soon as you increase the numbers, you need to start considering the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and whether there is enough space for everyone.

 

If you’re a family of 4, you might want to spend some quality time away from the tourist and resort areas, but you’ll want to ensure that there’s a pool for the kids to play in and space for them to run around and use up some energy. If you’re a mix of young and old and plan to have dinner together but spend the rest of the evening doing your own thing, you’ll want plenty of space in your villa to retreat to instead of all being confined to one area. If some of you want to head off in the day to do activities while others want to spend time by the pool, both factors need to be considered to avoid any problems when you’re there.

 

Time together

 

The beauty of a villa holiday is that you have the option to spend as little or as much time together as you like. When staying in a hotel, you’ll tend to congregate down by the pool with the rest of the residents or meet in the restaurant for dinner, but time together isn’t always as special as it could be. Villas offer the opportunity to create memories together, but because you can choose how much space you have there is also the chance to have some ‘you’ time – which is always important when holidaying as a group.

 

If you’re a family, you’ll want to have a pool and garden that you can leave the kids to play in and a terrace where you can catch some peace and quiet with a book. If you’re in a mixed group, you’ll want a large kitchen area to cook dinner and eat in, but large lounge areas or outdoor spaces to spread out in on an evening.

 

How can we help with your Cyprus villas decision?

 

Taking into consideration all the above, we think we have the perfect choice of villas to suit families and larger groups. Our smallest villa is a beautiful 4 bedroom property and our largest is a 9 bedroom property, but with plenty of space and an array of facilities they are suitable for groups of all ages. Our Cyprus villas are all located a short drive from the city of Limassol and the gorgeous Kourion beach, within walking distance of a few shops and restaurants, offers plenty of space and beautiful tranquillity in a residential area of Cyprus.

 

Villa Amorosa

  • 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
  • All bedrooms on upper levels – not ideal for elderly guests
  • En-suite bathrooms in 2 bedrooms
  • Private outdoor swimming pool
  • Panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and Troodos mountains

Villa Aretousa

  • 8 bedrooms (sleeps 16)
  • 2 bedrooms on ground floor, 3 on middle level, and 3 on upper floor
  • En-suite bathrooms in 6 bedrooms
  • 3 sitting areas and 2 dining rooms
  • Private outdoor swimming pool

Villa Mosaica

  • 9 Bedrooms (sleeps 18)
  • 4 bedrooms on ground floor, 5 on upper floor
  • En-suite bathrooms in 7 bedrooms
  • 2 sitting areas and 2 dining areas
  • Private outdoor swimming pool, plus jacuzzi and sauna

All of our Cyprus villas have disabled and wheelchair access available, and come with private entrances, air-conditioning, Cable TV, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and large gardens with BBQ areas.

 

Please feel free to browse our selection of Cyprus villas, to suit both small and large groups. We don’t compromise on space and can assure you that you’ll feel very much at home in one our traditional yet modern villas close to the city of Limassol. If you would like to get in touch with us to ask any questions or to make a booking, we’d love to hear from you.

 

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Cyprus Holidays 2018 – 12 Things That Make Limassol A Top Holiday Destination https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-holidays-2018/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:47:19 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18799 Are you already mourning the end of summer? Why not he [...]

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Are you already mourning the end of summer? Why not help ease those post-summer blues and look ahead to your next holiday? If you’re trying to think of the perfect destination – consider Limassol for your next dream holiday. What makes Limassol such a great destination? Find out in our great lists of reasons to visit Limassol for Cyprus holidays 2018.

 

Cyprus holidays 2018 – What’s on offer?

 

 

1. The Limassol Carnival (15-21 February 2018)

You’ve heard of the Notting Hill Carnival, the Rio Carnival and the New Orleans Mardi Gras – but what about the Limassol Carnival? Taking place in February, roughly eight weeks before Easter Sunday, Cyprus holidays 2018 don’t get any better than when Limassol comes alive with different exhibits, parades and parties. The weather will be much warmer than back at home and will offer an experience that you won’t forget.

 

2. The people

The atmosphere in Cyprus is infectious. The people are warm and ready to welcome visitors and you’ll be able to make Limassol your home from home easily by embracing the local culture. When big celebrations happen, everyone goes all out so join in the party spirit and come away with some fantastic memories of your time. While a Mosaica holiday will involve a luxury villa with complete privacy, you can make the most of Cyprus Holidays 2018 by mixing with some of the local people.

 

3. The Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival (April-May)

Usually taking place between April and May, the Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival has become well-known. Screenings take place at the Limassol Rialto Theatre and show a wide range of films from all over the world. Last year’s line-up included Jackie and Zoology as well as some other excellent entries. All screenings feature English subtitles, so if you fancy some evening entertainment during your visit – you’ll be well-catered for here. Keep an eye on the website for details of what’s on for the 2018 Festival to make your Cyprus holidays 2018 even more memorable.

 

4. The local cuisine

Cyprus does many things well, and food is certainly one of them. There are some fantastic traditional dishes to enjoy, including mezze. As an island nation, you can also expect to enjoy a lot of seafood in Cyprus, caught fresh from the Mediterranean. This year, Limassol played host to the second Cyprus International Food Festival in September – if it returns there next year you’ll be in for a treat for these two days of foody delights.

 

5. Shakespeare at the Kourion (June)

There’s always a big thrill enjoying Shakespeare in the open-air, and the Kourion theatre is the perfect place to enjoy some of Shakespeare’s classic plays. Next year’s production looks set to be A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so if you’re looking to book a holiday for next June – make sure you book tickets to see this much-loved Shakespeare play in this spectacular setting.

 

6. Sayious Adventure Park

The British weather doesn’t often make for desirable conditions to experience outdoor adventures, but you can certainly guarantee a better chance of it in Cyprus! The Sayious Adventure Park offers some amazing activities for you to take part in, including ATV tours, paintballing, go-karting, off-road buggying, 4x4s and more. You need to pre-book, but it’s an excellent experience to enjoy in a group during your stay – especially if you’re visiting for a wedding or other large family occasion.

 

7. The Limassol Wine Festival (August-September)

Cyprus is very well known for its wine, and is known for being one of the oldest wine producers in the world. The annual Limassol Wine Festival takes place at the end of the summer and happens in the municipal gardens each evening, offering excellent prices on bottles of wine and the chance to sample some excellent wines from Cyprus’ best producers.

 

8. Cyprus Rally (TBC)

The annual Cyprus Rally takes place in Limassol during the summer, a fantastic location to enjoy motorsports in the sunshine. There are a number of different parts to the competition, which features as part of the Middle East Rally Champion. It’s a fun day out in the Troodos mountains and a great event to enjoy during your stay.

 

9. The Lemesia (October)

If you visit Limassol in October, you can enjoy the Lemesia – the annual international sporting event. It takes place over the course of 10 days, where Lemesia athletes from all over the world take part in different competitions ranging from gymnastics and shooting to triathlon and boxing. It has been going since 1998, and attracts more and more top athletes each year. If you love the Olympics and similar sporting events, you’ll enjoy the amazing setting that Limassol hosts for these wonderful events.

 

10. The Russian Cypriot-Festival (June)

In June, the Russian Embassy in Cyprus, alongside the Limassol Municipality and Cyprus Advertiser (a Russian newspaper), host an annual event to promote better relationships between the two nations. It’s a two-day festival that incorporates exhibitions, performances and a special day for children which helps them to express their creativity through art, dance and music. It’s a wonderful time to be in Limassol, with some exciting and entertaining events taking place across the city.

 

11. The Limassol Beer Festival (July)

In addition to the Limassol Wine Festival, the Beer Festival is another great highlight in the Limassol social calendar. You’ll find the festival along the Molos Waterfront where you’ll see a variety of local and international vendors offering some of the best Cypriot and imported beers. There’s a lot of music and entertainment to accompany the crowds that flock to the area during this time for a great atmosphere that will be one of the highlights of your visit.

 

12. The European Dance Festival (May)

If you enjoy dance, you’ll love the much-celebrated European Dance festival, that comes to Limassol in May. Attracting troupes from all over Europe, there are competitions that see them competing with Cypriot dance groups. There are many styles of dance involved that make it an exciting and thrilling competition at the Rialto theatre, and is a lovely way to experience some of Cyprus’ culture.

 

Cyprus holidays 2018 are shaping up to be amongst some of the best we’ve ever seen with this great line up of events. Limassol has so much to offer at any time of year, but if you can tie your Cyprus holiday in 2018 to one of the events mentioned above, you’ll make your visit even more special. From sporting events to festivals and performances, Limassol’s annual events calendar is impressive and is worth taking part in to get a feel of the local flavour during your stay. If Limassol sounds like the ideal destination for you, find out more about booking our large Cyprus villas and book your 2018 visit today.

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Cyprus Language, History & Heritage – The Mosaica Guide https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-language-history-heritage/ Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:37:50 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18797 Thinking about Cyprus for your next holiday? What a fa [...]

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Thinking about Cyprus for your next holiday? What a fantastic choice of destination. Cyprus is a beautiful, interesting and diverse place that offers plenty in terms of Cyprus language, history and heritage. If you’re planning a Mosaica stay then you’ll love our guide to the riches it has to offer, all within easy reach of our large villas in lovely Limassol.

 

Cyprus language – the basics

 

In Cyprus, there are two main languages: Greek and Turkish. Cypriot Turkish is the official language of the Northern Cyprus territory, while both Cypriot Greek and Cypriot Turkish are regarded as the official languages of Cyprus. Cypriot Greek is the most popular language, while there are some minority languages also spoken. Many Cypriots are highly proficient in English so conversing should not be an issue, but if you want to absorb some of the local culture and demonstrate politeness while visiting, it won’t hurt to learn a few phrases before you set off, including:

  • Yes – Nei
  • No – Ohi
  • Hello – Ya Sou
  • Good morning! – Kaleemeerah!
  • Good afternoon! – Kaleespeerah!
  • Good night! – Kaleenihkta!
  • How are you? – Ti Kanis;
  • I’m well – Poli Gala
  • Thank you – Efharisto
  • Please – Parakalo
  • Sorry! – Signomi

You can find some other useful Cypriot Greek phrases online or you could pick up a phrase book/app that will help you out once you’re there. Being able to say some basic words like hello and goodbye, please and thank you will all be much appreciated by the locals you encounter.

 

Cyprus History

 

Cyprus has a lot of history, and it is fascinating to explore some of its rich and varied past. There are some facts that you may already know, and others you can discover at popular tourist sites. There are several archaeological sites being explored that continue to reveal details of early Cypriot civilizations, including the discovery of a buried pet cat in 2004! This interesting relic shows that cats were actually kept as pets much earlier than in the days of Ancient Egypt. While on your holiday, you might want to explore some of the local historical sites, such as:

 

Choirokoitia

Choirokoitia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site around 25 minutes away from Limassol that was home to a Neolithic settlement from the 7th to the 4th millennium BC. It was discovered in the 1930s and has been an important archaeological site for investigating how Eastern Mediterraneans evolved. It’s a very well-preserved site and is easy to get to for a fascinating day out during your stay.

 

Kolossi Castle

Located just outside of Limassol, Kolosi Castle is a 13th century castle that was developed further in the 15th century. Initially, the castle was the Knights Templar’s Grand Commandery, before becoming the main base for the Order of St. John of Jerusalem before the end of the 13th century. The castle is very well preserved, giving an idea of the defences that would have been used back then.

 

Kourion

The Kourion archaeological site is a truly impressive place to visit during your holiday. You can explore the various finds that have been uncovered at the site, as well as the Greco-Roman theatre which is at its heart. Sadly, the area was destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th century, but you can still enjoy discovering the beautiful mosaics, marble columns and the other details that show what a magnificent history Cyprus has.

 

Amathus

Amathus is another important archaeological site, and ancient ruin that is rich in history. It’s said that Amathus was once the home of Heracles and various other figures in Greek royalty. As the home of different settlements over the years, it then went into decline around the Byzantine period. Within easy reach of Limassol, it’s a must-see during your stay.

 

 

Heritage

 

Heritage, like Cyprus language, is important to residents. Many customs have been derived from Greek influences, adapted over the years to form an important part of the local culture. The nature for being welcoming and hospitable is something you’ll notice immediately about Cyprus residents, and your experience will be greatly enriched by embracing the kindnesses that you are shown there.

 

Plate Smashing

There are some great traditions in Cyprus that you might be aware of but not know where they come from or what they mean. Smashing plates for example, is typically done at many celebrations such as weddings and parties, replacing the throwing of knives for obvious reasons! In place of smashing plates, people now throw flowers – a much safer option!

 

Kompoloi

In Cyprus, you might notice many men carrying a string of beads. These are called kompoloi, and they are woven between the fingers as a form of relaxation – helping them to think clearer. You may find these for sale in shops during your stay.

 

Tuesday 13th

Unlike in Western cultures, Friday the 13th isn’t considered to be the ‘unlucky’ day, it’s Tuesday 13th. This is the same in Greece. There are several reasons why the 13th is considered unlucky, with many of the reasons given associated with things that have happened in history on this day.

 

Evil Eye

Another thing you might notice in Cyprus is people wearing a blue marble glass charm, usually containing an eye, or a blue-coloured bracelet. This is said to ward off the ‘evil eye’ which some believe can be caught from jealousy or envy. Some even believe that those with blue eyes can give the evil eye!

 

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Although some of these are superstitions, there are other customs that you should observe and respect while you are visiting. Being respectful around religious buildings and avoiding photos in sensitive establishments like political buildings should be observed.

 

Greetings

Greetings extend beyond much more than the Cyprus language. The culture in Cyprus tends to be quite relaxed, like in many places. Time-keeping, for example, is more laid-back than in other cultures. People will mainly greet each other for the first time with a handshake, and will then greet with hugs or kisses on the cheek if they are more familiar. You can read more about traditional Cypriot customs here.

 

Cafes

When visiting Cyprus, you’ll notice that the café culture is very evident. Cafés are a key meeting place for people, whether for business or socialising, and you’ll find many of them around the main part of Limassol. There are some traditional Greek-style cafes, while you’ll also find international influences around if you want to enjoy something more familiar. One of the best things about cafes, is that they provide you with the perfect opportunity to practice the Cyprus language – don’t be afraid – give it a go!

 

If you’re looking for more than your average holiday, then Cyprus will certainly deliver. A break from lounging by the pool at your large Cyprus villa to learn some more about the country and its people is well worth your time. The Cyprus language, history and heritage is a special one, and you should soak up as much of it as possible during your stay.

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Villas In Cyprus – The Perfect Choice For Your Holiday https://www.villa-mosaica.com/villas-in-cyprus/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:12:50 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18771 With adults looking for relaxation and kids looking fo [...]

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With adults looking for relaxation and kids looking for entertainment, it’s difficult to find a family holiday that suits everyone. At our villas in Cyprus, you’ll find all the freedom, space and amenities you need to truly unwind and make the most of your holiday with your loved ones. Soak up the sun on the veranda while the kids splash about in their own pool, and the frantic hotel stays of the past will seem a distant memory!

 

With our villas in Cyprus you can forget about cramped hotel rooms, overpriced dinners and crowded swimming pools. Instead, you can spend time with your loved ones in the peace and quiet of your own holiday home.

 

Why choose Cyprus?

 

Cyprus is the perfect location if you’re looking for a family holiday that has it all. A short five-hour flight from the UK’s notoriously unpredictable weather, Cyprus has long dry summers from May to October. This means you’re almost guaranteed gorgeous sunshine on your holiday – better pack that sun cream!

 

If you’re travelling with little ones, you can find white sand beaches with shallow waters that are perfect for paddling. For older kids, they’ll be spoilt for choice with child-friendly water sports on the shoreline, parlours of fresh ice cream and mysterious ancient ruins. It’s a country with plenty to explore, and there’s no better way to experience it than to live like a local in our beautiful villas.

 

Why choose a villa?

 

With Villa Mosaica, you can finally experience the relaxing family holiday you’ve always wanted. In our three spacious family villas, you’ll find spacious bedrooms and your own private swimming pool. Our villas are located between the crystal clear waters of nearby Kourion beach and the vibrant town of Limassol, so you’ll never be short of things to do.

 

Our villas in Cyprus give you the freedom and flexibility that many families are looking for when they go on holiday. With a fully equipped kitchen and a barbecue outside, you can enjoy an extra few hours at the beach without worrying about rushing back for a set time. Self-catering also frees you from the stress of trying to coax any fussy eaters into trying local foods. At your villa, you can embrace the slow Cypriot pace of life and cook your meals – whether that’s grilled local calamari or kid-friendly pizza – whenever it suits you.

 

Self-catered villas in Cyprus are an increasingly popular choice for families looking for a quality, cost-effective trip away. By renting a private villa, you can experience a beautiful new country without breaking the bank. For a family of four, you could make a saving of around €350 a week by choosing a self-catered private villa rather than a hotel with an in-house restaurant.

 

Privacy is also a huge perk of villas in Cyprus. Tired of scrambling for a sunbed early in the morning or listening to people bustle past your room late at night? Our villas in Cyprus allow you to have a holiday on your terms. Enjoy breakfast on the patio or a late night swim in the pool, overlooking the Mediterranean sea and mountains – without the company of hundreds of other holidaymakers.

 

If you’re looking to see the local area, our villas in Cyprus are perfectly placed to explore the neighbouring town of Limassol. Located just a 9-minute drive away, you can wander around medieval castles and ruins, alongside making a trip to Fasouri Watermania, Cyprus’s biggest waterpark. When you’ve worked up an appetite, Limassol offers a great selection of cafes, family-friendly tavernas and beachfront bars serving fresh juices and cocktails. There’s a lot of exciting things to do, and at the end of the day, you can look forward to coming back to the peace and quiet of your own serene villa.

 

 

What do our villas in Cyprus include?

 

At our villas in Cyprus, there’s everything you need for the perfect family holiday. Fully equipped, decorated and furnished in a traditional style, you’ll find yourself settled into your holiday home in no time.

 

 

Villa Mosaica – our largest villa

Villa Mosaica is the largest of our villas. It has 9 bedrooms and can sleep up to 18 guests.

  • 9 luxurious bedrooms, including double, twin and en suite
  • Two sitting and dining areas
  • Two independent entrances for privacy
  • Jacuzzi and sauna
  • Large garden with a BBQ area

Villa Aretousa – our second largest villa

Villa Aretousa is our second largest villa. It has 8 bedrooms and can sleep up to 16 guests – a perfect retreat for a big family getaway!

  • 8 large bedrooms, including double, twin and en suite
  • Three sitting and two dining areas
  • Two independent entrances for privacy
  • Two lovely verandas
  • Large garden with a BBQ area

Villa Amorosa – our smallest villa

Villa Amorosa is our smallest villa and a great option for a family holiday. This Cyprus villa has 4 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 guests.

  • 4 large bedrooms, including double, twin and en suite
  • Two independent entrances for privacy
  • Comfortable sitting and dining areas
  • Beautiful garden with a BBQ area
  • Quiet location

All our villas come with a private swimming pool in your own secluded garden. You’ll also find cable TV, WiFi access and air conditioning to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Children’s beds and cots can be added at no extra charge, and your Cyprus villa will include laundry facilities to freshen up those sandy beach clothes!

 

If you’re looking forward to making the most of your self-catering, you can find local shops and supermarkets just down the road, selling everything you need for the perfect family barbecue.

 

 

Your next holiday at our villas in Cyprus

 

Your own personal villa in Cyprus will help you make fantastic memories with the people you love most. Look forward to the space, relaxation and freedom you’ll get with your private sun-soaked veranda and deluxe bedrooms. With everything you need right on your doorstep, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

 

As a small company, we want to make sure you have the perfect holiday with us. Take a look at our beautiful villas in Cyprus and get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

 

 

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Cyprus Food and Drink – Delicious Mediterranean Cuisine https://www.villa-mosaica.com/cyprus-food-and-drink/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:11:50 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18763 Cyprus food and drink is well known across the world f [...]

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Cyprus food and drink is well known across the world for being fresh and flavourful. From roast lamb and crispy squid to grilled halloumi and sweet watermelon, there’s something for everyone on this charming island. To make the most of Cyprus’s Mediterranean food and drink, heading south to the vibrant coastal city of Limassol is a must!

 

Cyprus Food and Drink – Must try dishes

 

A typical dinner in Cyprus begins with appetizers, salads and freshly baked bread, followed by a meat-based main dish, dessert and strong local coffee.

 

If you can’t decide where to start, meze offers the opportunity to sample some of the best food of Cyprus all at once. A large mix of small dishes, meze traditionally includes meat, grilled halloumi and dips like hummus or tahini. Forsos Tavern, found 10 minutes outside of Limassol in neighbouring village Mouttagiaka, is a popular meze choice with both locals and tourists, serving up a number of high quality dishes – including snails, if you’re brave enough.

 

For meat-lovers, Ofto Kleftiko is a must-try traditional food of Cyprus. It’s a mouth-watering feast of roast lamb, potatoes and herbs, where the meat is cooked until it falls off the bone. If you prefer a smokier taste, souvla is made up of barbecued chunks of lamb, pork or chicken, served with a pickled salad and drizzled with tzatziki. Souvla is a well-known dish and can be found in most restaurants, but To Souvlaki Tis Nikis is a clear favourite in Limassol for the perfect barbecue.

 

If the Cyprus sunshine has you craving seafood, calamari is a popular option. Full of flavour, it’s usually served either fried with a side of tzatziki or stuffed with cumin, cloves and rice and grilled. Limassol’s gorgeous sea-side location means there’s an abundance of options when it comes to seafood, and you can enjoy local catches of cuttlefish, sea bass and salt cod.

 

You can’t visit Cyprus without coming across feta cheese or halloumi, which you’ll find in hundreds of dishes. As well as featuring in salads and meze, halloumi is often served cold alongside freshly sliced watermelon, as a popular appetizer or dessert.

 

Traditional sweets and desserts

 

If you haven’t yet bought a plane ticket, Cyprus’s honey doughnuts will make you want to hop in a taxi to the nearest airport. Locally known as Lokmades, the deep fried doughnuts are soaked with honey and covered in crushed nuts, cinnamon or sesame seeds. Usually found in coffee shops, they’re a popular part of Cyprus’s food scene and are best eaten warm to enjoy the light and spongy texture.

 

Honey is also the main ingredient in melomakarona, a cookie with festive origins that’s come to be enjoyed all year round in Cyprus. Melomakarona are made with olive oil and flour, and have warming flavours of orange, cinnamon and cloves. You can try homemade style melomakarona at Limassol’s Galette Artisan Bakery, or opt for their much-lauded almond and pistachio sugar cookies (kourabiedes). It’s rumoured to be the best bakery in Cyprus, so make sure you go hungry.

 

If you’re looking for something refreshing to follow your mezze or barbecued souvla, fruit is frequently served as a dessert in Cyprus. A number of traditional sweets are made with figs, fleshy walnuts and pumpkins, where the fruit is soaked for up to two weeks and boiled with sugar until the right texture is obtained. You’ll also find deliciously juicy, freshly picked fruits like strawberries, tangerines, cherries and grapes, depending on the season.

 

Historic drinks

 

Whether you’re relaxing next to your own private pool or looking to take in the country’s thriving nightlife, there’s something to suit everyone when it comes to drinks in Cyprus.

 

A Cyprus holiday wouldn’t be complete without first trying the country’s famous coffee. Cafes are a huge part of Cyprus food and drink culture, as they fit in perfectly with the country’s easygoing and relaxed pace of life. Locals drink coffee at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the time is used to catch up with friends.

 

Cyprus coffee is very strong, so it’s served with a glass of cold water. The coffee is brewed in small pots with long handles, called mbrikia, which are traditionally made of copper. It’s heated on a stove or using trays of hot sand to create a deliciously smooth flavour. Mallon Glikis is a popular cafe to drink coffee and try local sweets, and can be found minutes away from Limassol’s promenade.

 

If you’re looking for something stronger, the island’s winemaking tradition dates back over 4,000 years. Commandaria is an amber-coloured sweet wine and is best enjoyed after dinner with strong cheese or fresh fruit. It dates back to the 12th century, when Richard the Lionheart proclaimed it “the wine of kings and the king of wines”, making Commandaria the oldest wine still in production.

 

The residue of the grapes pressed in the winemaking process is used to make another of the country’s most popular tipples – Zivania. Zivania is a colourless alcohol that’s one of Cyprus’s most well-known drinks. It carries a light aroma of raisins, and is best enjoyed as an ice cold shot with a meze of almonds, soutzoukos (a traditional chewy sweet made of grape juice) and slices of cured meat. At 45% it isn’t for the faint hearted, but it remains popular amongst locals and is often served as a welcome drink to visitors.

 

Pick up some Cyprus food and drink in local markets

 

When visiting a new country, it can be fun to experiment with cooking the local cuisine yourself. Thanks to Limassol’s wealth of local food markets, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy incredible Cyprus food and drink from the comfort of your own luxury villa.

 

Limassol’s restored Municipal market is an ideal spot for self-caterers who are looking to pick up some Cyprus food and drink to take back to their large Cyprus villa. Located in the old town, the large stone structure was built in 1917 and has since become a listed building. Inside you’ll find a maze of shops and food stands, selling local honey, nuts and sweets, alongside everyday items like bread and meat.

 

To sample some of the city’s freshest food, Froutopia Fruit and Vegetable Market is also a great option. The store specialises in exotic fruit and health food, and you can expect to find fibre-rich dragon fruit, immune-boosting prickly pears and sweet pomegranates, famous for their anti-oxidant properties. You can also pick up all your other Mediterranean cooking essentials here, including olive oil, feta and sauces.

 

To experience delicious Cyprus food and drink, it’s also worth getting part of the hustle and bustle that takes place in a traditional Cypriot market. The Limassol Farmer’s Market takes place on the seafront every Sunday. Overlooking the city’s incredible sea views, you can buy cheap local farm produce, as well as other goods and services. There are also a number of coffee stalls, so you can sit back in the sun and watch the locals barter for their goods with a cup of traditional coffee.

 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing European break or a picturesque wedding destination, a private villa is the perfect way to enjoy the charm of the island and the best of Cyprus’s food and drink. Self-catering gives you the flexibility to enjoy Limassol’s rich restaurant scene or try your hand at making your own Mediterranean meze. Have a browse of our available properties and please get in touch if you have any questions.

 

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Island of Cyprus – 5 Must See Landmarks https://www.villa-mosaica.com/island-of-cyprus-5-must-see-landmarks/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:06:00 +0000 https://www.villa-mosaica.com/?p=18724 So you’ve landed on the island of Cyprus – hopefully, y [...]

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So you’ve landed on the island of Cyprus – hopefully, you’ve found a beautiful (as well as nice and spacious) villa to stay in – you’re got off the plane and you’re hit by that warm, sub-tropical blast of wind. If you’ve started to head towards Limassol already, great! If you haven’t, we’re getting ready to welcome you.If you’re here for a week, and haven’t thought beyond booking a dinner reservation, your friend’s wedding or lying on the beach, chances are you’ll be ready to explore by day three. But fear not, we’ve got you covered – whether you want to explore the island’s history, or you’re looking for something a bit more active, we’re sure that Cyprus will have something for you.

 

The Island Of Cyprus – A Few Highlights

Kourion

An ancient city with some impressive ruins in very good condition.

Perfect for: History buffs

Local tradition states that Kourion was created by the Argive civilisation in the 12th century BC, although the earliest remains found on the site date from the 6th century BC.

 

As the centuries passed by, Kourion became an important city-kingdom on the coast of Cyprus, boasting significant influence across the Mediterranean. During the Roman conquest of the island of Cyprus in 58BC, the city fell and was taken under Roman command, but it continued to grow in influence, and is even mentioned by classical authors like Ptolemy and Pliny the Elder. However, it was hit by a series of earthquakes in the late 4th Century, and although it was reconstructed in the 5th Century, a series of Arab raids led to its eventual abandonment in 649.
 
Most of the remains that you can see today are Roman – roman mosaics, a bath complex, and even a huge 3,500 Roman amphitheatre. Entry to the historical park is only €4.50, and you could easily spend an entire day there – bring walking sandals or closed shoes, because there will be a lot of walking, but it’s definitely worth it. Getting there is easy – it’s a short drive out of Limmasol, which has been ranked as Tripadvisor’s 3rd most up-and-coming destination in the world – so it’s a great town in which to set up base!
 

Kourion Beach

A sand-and-shingle beach located a few minutes from the ancient town of Kourion.

Perfect for: Beach bums; Water-sport enthusiasts

As well as being home to an impressive set of classical ruins, Kourion is also home to one of the most impressive beaches on the island of Cyprus. So if some of the group aren’t particularly keen on exploring the ancient city, they can enjoy the beach instead. And for those who do want to explore, there’s plenty of space for you to relax after a long, hard day of sight-seeing.

The beach is also located on a stretch of open sea, so it’s also very popular with Windsurfers and Kite-surfers (as it’s very windy). It’s best to go in the morning, as that’s when the wind is the strongest, but you will be able to find plenty of water-sport enthusiasts for most of the day during the weekend.

Fasouri Watermania Water Park

The largest water-park in Cyprus, with a wide range of different attractions and facilities.

Perfect for: Families; Young adults.

This is a great water park, and you simply have to give it a go if you’re in Cyprus. It’s been voted in the top 1% of all water-parks in the world on Trip Advisor, as well as winning a certificate of excellence in 2017, and it’s easy to see why. As well as being very, very big (set over a space of 25 acres), it has 30 different slides, 3 restaurants and 6 snack bars, all paid for on a handy, pre-loaded cash-card.

Our favourite slides include the ‘Free Fall Kamikaze’, and the ‘Extreme Black Hole’ – a crazy twist on the standard black-hole slide. Apart from all that, it has a great selection of ‘mini-parks’ where younger children can play in the water under adult supervision. Perfect for all the family!

Valssides Winery

A small, independent winery that has won multiple awards for its top quality produce.

Perfect for: Newly Weds; Young Couples.

Not a lot of people know this, but the Island of Cyprus produces a lot of award winning wine. In fact, per capita, it produces more wine that South Africa and the USA combined! And of course, that means that there are plenty of top-quality wineries dotted all around, so really you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking to sample some of the island’s best produce.

Our personal favourite is Valssides – founded in 1998, it has been making amazing wine for nearly twenty years now. The owner Sophocles Vlassides studied Oneology (wine-making) at the university of California, and he really knows his stuff. He is absolutely dedicated to great wine, and it shows too – they recently won Gold in the 2015 Cyprus Wine Competition for its 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

But the only thing better than its wine is its location. Set in 50 acres of lush vineyards that fluctuate between an elevation of 700m and 1100m, it is one of the best spots to watch the sun go down in Cyprus. They’re usually open 9am to 6pm, but they’re also more than happy to make appointments for later in the evening and can be very accommodating for newly weds – a perfect spot for some ‘just-married’ sundowners. In fact, it’s places like this that demonstrate just how romantic this island can be.
 

The Archimedes Museum

A museum that showcases some games and experiments based on the discoveries of Archemides.

Perfect for: Adult-Sized Kids; Families; Science lovers.

This is one of our favourite museums on the Island of Cyprus, and it’s great for a more active day out. Styled as an ‘educational playground,’ it was set up to ‘entertain, educate, and fuel a passion for science and technology’ amongst people aged ‘5 to 105.’ So that means whether you’re an engineer or you’re just interested in how things are made, you’ll be perfectly at home here.

They have 21 state-of-the-art games to keep you entertained for hours – our favourites include flying in a hot air balloon, tackling a laser maze, and solving 3D puzzles, but there are plenty more exhibits and challenges to work your way through if those don’t sound like they’re for you. Of course, the museum is mainly aimed at families with children, but that doesn’t stop people of all ages from going and having fun!

The museum is closed on Mondays, but it’s open until 9pm on the weekends, so go on a Saturday or Sunday to really make the most of your €7 entrance fee.

Any other ideas?

Whether you’re a family, a group of students, or a newly-married couple, there’s going to be something for you in Cyprus. Other notable sites include the Blue Lagoon (a stunning bay with bright azure waters), Omodos Village (a picturesque medieval village a short drive from the Villa Mosaica and Limassol) and the Cyprus Museum (which gives an overview of the island’s culture and history).

The Island of Cyprus is an exciting and beautiful location, and one that you will likely never forget – so why not join us here soon, to explore everything it has to offer!

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