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Buying Euros at good rates

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There are various ways to pre buy your Euros and take advantage of a good rate. Generally speaking your bank will not offer the best rate, and Airport kiosks often offer low rates. I find Money Saving Expert are excellent on all things relating to travel including their Travel cash link   You can have your money delivered to your home or collect at airport kiosk, at a pre agreed rate, which includes the final price including any charges!

Fresh fish and meat shops in Polis

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Polis area, recommended Butchers, souvlaki kebab and fresh fishmongers  from Tanja, our local Polis correspondent

Sometimes the best shops are just tucked away out of sight so you may find this helpful.

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In case anyone needs to know about a good butcher in Polis, you may like to try Pambos Lambides.

Driving instructions:

From Argaka: Take the left turning just after Giannakis Demetriou Supermarket.  Pambos Butchery is there immediately on your right. From other direction: Take the first right turning just before Giannakis Demetriou Supermarket. Pambos Butchery is there immediately on your right.

 

SOUVLAKI   (kebab cooked over charcoal)

If you fancy a good souvlaki kebab, you could try the Argakiko Cafe & Grill in Argaka,  just before Fly Again Irish pub, or coming from Polis, it is the other side of Fly Again.

 

For our Polis clients who enjoy fish on the BBQ, we would like to bring your attention to Fishmarket Psaragora Karamanos, which is frequented by the locals

Sells all sort of fresh fish (sea bass, sea bream, snapper etc) and seafood (mussels, prawns etc).   

 

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We would recommend you go there early in the morning, definitely before 1pm, but the earlier the better. This fishmarket is next door  to Christian Optical House, which is at the crossroad  where the  2 x Polis pharmacies are.

From Argaka to Polis: 

Take the coast road back out of Argaka into Polis. Once in Polis, pass the large supermarket PAPANTONIOU on the left, then turn right when both Petrolina petrol station and a big church are on your right. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (the road where you see a petrol station called Lukoil), then drive straight to the end, where you will see a pharmacy on your left.  Now turn right, and Christian Optical House is there in the corner with  Karamanos fishmarket  next door to it.

 

Coming from Latchi, take the main road to Polis, drive to the end of the road T junction, turn left. Continue until you have one pharmacy on your right and Christian Optical House on your left. Karamanos fishmarket is next door to the Christian Optical House, on your left. 

 

There is also another Fresh Fish outlet on the main road from Latchi to Polis called Psaragora Vasilis.  Coming from Latchi, you will see Prodromi Restaurant on your right., when you start approaching Polis beach.  This fishmarket is opposite,  on your left,  in the same building as a restaurant / taverna.

 

If you come from Polis, follow the main road between Polis and Latchi, start slowing down when you see Pizza Delicioza on your left and Imported Foods on your right.  Fishmarket is on your right opposite  Prodromi Restaurant on left.  Prodromi Restaurant name is written in English also, but I am not sure if Psaragora Vasilis is, maybe it was only in Greek…

 

We would welcome your feedback!  Many thanks to our Polis correspondent Tanja for finding this information for us.      Updated April 2015

 

 

Sundance Villas represents Cyprus on Disabled Access Day

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 Sundance Villas supports Disabled Access Day

Now bi-annual, next one March 2019

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Sundance Villas has supported Disabled Access Day since its launch in 2015.  It aims to encourage disabled people and their friends and families to visit somewhere new and discover places with great accessibility.

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Sundance Villas joins over 200 companies and venues including disabled access review website Euan’s Guide in supporting the day. A wide range of events are taking place including touch tours and captioned film screenings. Previous attractions included Buckingham Palace, Royal Yacht Britannia and the National Theatre, among others.

Sundance Villas has 2 accessible villas in Cyprus, Villa  AMPELITIS with private heated pool, profiling bed and hoists, and Villa TIMILY, beachside villa with private pool and hoists.

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Commenting on their involvement in Disabled Access Day, Irene Hare Managing Director at Sundance Villas, said: “I appreciate what a nightmare and minefield it can be for disabled holidaymakers to find Truly accessible villa rentals. This is why I helped design Villa Ampelitis from scratch. It has level access, wet rooms, profiling bed, pool hoist and moveable hoist, and a beautiful private heated indoor pool which can be used 24 hours. Pool heating and central heating is available. This property also has 2 wheelchair accessible studios, bookable only to you the renter. Our rates are reasonable and I can offer a discount on 14 night + bookings at villas Ampelitis and Timily.” Just quote “Disabled Access Day”.

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Kiki MacDonald, Co-Founder of lead sponsor Euan’s Guide, said: “Promoting good disabled access is at the core of what we do, so this campaign is close to our hearts. By hosting events and offering promotions to visitors on January 17th, all of the partners involved can demonstrate just how important disabled access is to them.”

For further information on Disabled Access Day, please contact info@disabledaccessday.com or 0131 510 5106.

 

 

About Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day is all about getting out and visiting a venue that you’ve never been to before – whether a cinema, coffee shop, sports centre or anywhere else. Disabled Access Day is asking disabled people and their friends and families to visit or book somewhere that they’ve never been before.

For more information and for a full list of partners, locations and events, visit www.disabledaccessday.com or follow the action @access_day / facebook.com/DisabledAccessDay.

 

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:-)

 

Horseriding in Paphos, Cyprus

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Horse Riding in Paphos, Cyprus

Why not include some horseriding in your holiday? The feedback is good at these ranches.  

The LOVE of horses from owner Mrs.Marlene (Mob.:00357-99788287)  is obvious at rural Amargeti Equestrian Club. Anarita/Paphos  www.amargetihorseriding.com    info@amargetihorseriding.com They now offer long day hacks including lunch with wine for example:   5-6 hour hack (with a half way 1 hour or so Cypriot food taverna lunch break) to nearby a village called Choulou through the various country side trails. The hack is easy without galloping and is offered on a first come first serve basis October to June on any day of the week except Monday. It would start around 9.30 AM. Minimum amount of riders:2 persons. Cost: around euro 100 each rider (tentative, we still need to agree the lunch rates with the taverna).

Closed Monday. 25000 sq m of tracks. Beautiful rural location, worth a visit if only to take a peek. Recommended. Villa Ampelitis is nearby (2 person/2 adult + up to 2 children rates available).

 

Good feedback for Georges Ranch at Peyia. http://www.georgesranchcyprus.com/ Mobile 00357 99647790 mailto:info@georgesranchcyprus.com

Coastal rides offered. Villas Filip and Bougainvillea are nearby.

Eating where the Cypriots eat

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You will find more information on the General Information that we send to you prior to holiday.

Polis Town

Fish meze: Arsinoe Tavern 

Arsinoe Fish Tavern.  3 Griva Digeni Street, Polis 8820. They catch their own fish, personal service. Located next to small church in Polis Square in Griva Digeni in the pedestrian area of the old town, looks plain from outside but it’s a hidden gem. Tel nos:  26321590, 99512037 , 26 321085  Evenings only. Many of our clients  are recommending this tavern

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Review by Louis and Sarah,  August 2014:  

This evening we went for a Fish Meze at Arsinoe Fish Tavern in the old town of Polis, which had been recommended to us. We arrived at 6:30 and were told that they did not open until 7.  At 7:30 we returned and just got a table due to the Cypriots having pre booked. Luckily the owner made an effort and got a spare table from somewhere and set it out especially for us. The owner told us that the fish of the day had been caught by his father-in-law hours ago and that all the fish they served were freshly caught that day. He also invited us to have a look at them before ordering.

Every dish was delicious and the one that stood out was the sword fish which was by far the best we have ever tasted.

For such a reasonable price (36 Euros all in, 2 persons) the food was amazing. For this price we had; a glass of house white wine, a large Keo beer and the meze which consisted of; a fish soup, a large salad, dips and pitta bread, cous cous, octopus, sardines, prawns, mussels, crab, sword fish, chips, calamari and a large plate of fried whole fish.20140822_20195120140822_205208

 

We would recommend booking as by 7:45 people were being turned away. Some of the staff speak limited English so booking in person at the restaurant is advised. This is where your Sundance Villas Representative will come in handy, they will be pleased to pre book a table for you.

 

 To be continued

 

 

Last minute Paphos villa rentals

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Sundance Villas offer low cost last minute Paphos villa rental holidays.
It is impossible for me to keep this information and prices up to date. Just contact me with your requirements and always let me know if dates are fixed, ie you have booked your flights.

If your dates are flexible, I can offer you more options.

OFFER: April 2018,  secluded, not overlooked, wonderful sea and mountain views, Villa Quardia  last minute £79 per night

10 Villa Quardia, Paphos, Cyprus. 3 bedrooms, mountain sea views, own pool (2)

Search like this for April 2018: http://www.sundancevillas.co.uk/filter.php?bd=&dt_type=flexible&fdp=14%2F04%2F2018&tdp=30%2F04%2F2018&non=7&bs=

As I have done above, use our dates search (flexible or fixed dates)  to “get an idea” of what is vacant. Here is an example how to search   Edit this to suit your personal requirements.

Then check flights via our Cheap Flight blog link.  Don’t forget to check the Olympic Holidays Flight Only too, for departures, as their low prices may not be on other sites.

Contact me with dates and requirements, and number in party, adults and children.

If your dates are flexible this will help as I will be able to offer you more options, and advise on the Changeover Days.

I will then respond with possible villas and I will also ensure you get the lowest  last minute low rate. I would love to discuss your options, please call me on 02084406219 Irene (London)

Children go free, no charge

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We welcome children and can supply a handful of toys!

These villas are offered at 1 – 2 adult or 2 – 4 adult discounted rates.  1 – 2 adults  can book the villa and add their children up to 16 years  at no charge.

When more adults join the party there is a small daily supplement, which is fair.

Sundance Villas is the only villa rental company that offers this.

2 bedroom Villa Ampelitis  (above photo) with heatable indoor pool up to 32 degrees C, lots of toys on request. From £99 per night

2  bedroom Villa Hera with private pool. From £69 per night

3 bedroom Villa Nikolas with heatable private pool. From £85 per night

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2 bedroom Villa Aphrodite with private pool. From £55 per night

4 bedroom Villa Amorosa with private pool. Discounts for smaller parties.

2 person rates: We offer lower rates on most villas for 2 persons

Find more info on the villa page.

Our rates include a generous hamper including bacon, eggs, bread, wine, coffee, tea milk etc., as per villa page. Our clients tell us that our hamper is superior to other villa rentals, and many charge extra.

We think first impressions are so important after a tiring travelling day!

Weddings in Cyprus

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Save lots of money by booking direct. It’s easy. The privacy of a villa rental makes it the ideal location for a Honeymoon, and if it is just for the 2 of you, we have some totally secluded villas which we think are perfect.

Nicole from Sundance Villas can offer lots of advice to our clients who have booked our villas, ie our favourite restaurants,  tavernas and bars for your reception. She got married in Cyprus too, so can offer practical tips too.

Geroskipou Town Hall: Website all in Greek May 2015 so e.mail below

Email: info@geroskipou-municipality.com
Tel: (+357) 26 962 324

Paphos Town Hall

Pegeia Town Hall

Some of our clients recently held their  wedding at Pegeia Town Hall, which has attractive outside space for photos. They said it was fantastic, they couldn’t have asked for more, nice and simple, could take their own music cd and was quick! As they had children they held their  reception at nearby Pafos Zoo.  There are many videos on youtube of these locations, or why not come out using a cheap flight and low cost villa, and take a look!

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Simon Holley organises weddings and birthday parties etc. He decorated the tables beautifully and the food was excellent.  He organised a cake for them last minute,  that was both delicious and in keeping with their themes/colours. They could have their photos taken wherever they wanted and with whatever animals they liked.

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So they now have some impressive photos which most people think are photographers backgrounds and screens and tricks!

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 This scenery is real! Agios Georgios beach at sunset. Beautiful!

Thanks to Jodie and Chris for sharing your beautiful photos with us.