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Christmas in Cyprus

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Even though Cyprus is often enjoying lovely sunny weather approaching mid December, often with temperatures around 22 degrees,  there is still Christmas Spirit in the air in Paphos! And yes the cheeky pelican is still at Paphos harbour!Paphos Harbour

Streets, shops and houses have been decorated and various Christmas fairs and Markets are held over the next weeks. Many tavernas and bars light their fireplaces for the evenings, making it really cosy.

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In general Christmas is celebrated for around 12 days in Cyprus starting from the 24th of December until the feast of Epiphany on 6th of January.

After the long 40 days of fasting, Cypriots celebrate the birth of Christ in style with lovely food such as stuffed turkey, roast lamb, chicken and pork, not forgetting the nice sweets such as kourabiedes (small almond cakes coated in icing sugar) or Melomakarona (honey cookies with walnuts).

Children in Cyprus have to wait until News Year´s Day to receive their presents,  as this is the day of Agios Vasilis (St. Basil), the Greek Santa Claus. On New Year’s Eve the families get together, enjoy a lovely dinner and at midnight the VASILOPITA (cake with a coin inside) is cut and shared with all family members. The one who finds the coin will be lucky all year.

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Over the Christmas period pomegranates are eaten and also used for decoration. This fruit symbolizes joyous times, good fortune, fertility and prosperity.

In December there is often a  Christmas Farmers & Crafters Market Pano Akourdalia (near our Villa Quardia)  or the Christmas Street Fair on Makarios Avenue in Pafos, just to mention two of various Christmas events in the Pafos area.

If you are now interested in spending Christmas or New Year in Cyprus have a look at our Winter Villas . These selected villas are suitable for a comfortable stay during cooler winter months. Our 5 x Argaka Beach villas, Coral Bay beach villa Kingfisher, and Lysos village stone house villa Nicolas ALL have underfloor heating which is well worth the outlay. Villa Ampelitis has central heating available and pool heating, and some logs will be supplied too!  Read a Christmas Review here “Memorable Christmas at Villa Ampelitis with a heated pool and snow at Troodos mountains“. Ask Irene for more info.

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For more information of What’s On and bars and tavernas with fireplaces, please ask Nicole or Neoptolemos, your Representatives

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Paphos Hotels for late flights and extra nights

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A lot of clients book a B&B or hotel for one night or two nights, and then they occupy the villa at the earliest time of 16.00 as they are there in Cyprus.

Information regarding possibilities of where to stay when you have late return flights is below too.

Paphos area: Recently renovated Pafiana Heights on hilltop at Geroskipou, lovely views, fresh air, spacious and has a lovely huge pool. www.pafianahotel.com.

Also worth trying Kefalos Hotel-Apartments http://www.kefalos.com.cy/ or the Corallia Hotel Apartments. Or Kissos Hotel http://www.kissoshotel.com/

A very basic but clean hotel in central location is the Axiothea Hotel in the old town in Paphos. No pool. http://www.axiotheahotel.com/  2, Ivis Malioti Str., Tel 26932866 or  96395992.

If you contact them please mention you are a Sundance Villas client.

Polis area: There are some lovely small rural hotels nearby in the Polis area, http://www.lasaheights.com/  see reviews: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g190384-d2085642-Reviews-Lasa_Heights_Hotel-Paphos_Paphos_District.html

and http://www.paradisoshills.com/   see reviews:  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g190384-d2164021-Reviews-Paradisos_Hills_Hotel-Paphos_Paphos_District.html

Just before Paphos  http://www.vasilias.nikoklis.com/

Late return flights/checking out from the villa.

Checking out often needs to be by 10am prompt. All late checkout requests need to be made with owner when you are at villa.

You  can book a Hotel room (subject to availability)  in Paphos, at reasonable rates subject to availability at Axiothea Hotel above

Coral Bay: Beachside, (great for children) use the facilities at Corallia Beach Hotel for the day, inclusive of shower, at a rate of Euro 10 per person. Take your own towels. They may have a room if you prefer this, and should supply towels, so please check.  http://coralliabeachhotel.com/ Tel. 00357 26622121.

Geroskipou, (between Paphos airport and Paphos Town). Price match for our clients Euro 10.00 per person for using pool, shower and changing afterwards in changing rooms. If you prefer a room for some hours Fitos will charge the daily tour operator rate of Euro 50.00 for a double room. Normal rate to clients is Euro 60.00. www.fitosinn.com  +357 26 965666 Email: mailto:s.kiki@cytanet.com.cy or Email:mailto:sunbow@cytanet.com.cy   Please quote Sundance Villas “Neoptolemos Michael” when booking to get these special rates

Or Tramps Café Bar  can look after cases if you have a late flight.  Please buy a drink there if they do this. They are in Tombs of Kings Road, Paphos. 26 946814  Ulysses, Michael and Nick will make you very welcome.  (Mention you are a client of Neoptolemos, Mr. Michael our Sundance Villas Manager in Paphos.)

Did you know there is a secret beach about 200m before Paphos Airport? And there are beach 2 bar/tavernas there with WC right on the beach, and you can park right next to them so you can see your luggage filled car. This beach is known as “Timi” but as there is another Timi beach nearby, turn right off the B6 into the airport approach road, drive for 2 or 3 km and you will see the sea close on your left with these 2 places visible, BEFORE a wood on the left. There was a Macdonalds sign here near where you turn.

If your late flight is Monday through to Saturday, then we recommend Costa’s Tavern, en route to Paphos airport, on the right of the B6 at KOLONI. You need to book and the meze is excellent, and if you have hours to kill, ask them to bring the food very slowly. www.costastavern.eu Tel 26 961774 or mobile 99 175807. Currently open evenings only.

Of course we recommend Tramps and Costa’s anyway, not just for late flight:-)