Saturday, 4 October 2014

Diving Experiences in Cyprus


Explore the underwater adventures of our Island



Mediterranean has always been one of the most attractive places for divers from around the world. Among the many resorts offering scuba diving to some interesting sites on the island of Cyprus is considered the pearl. Cyprus is well known for its underwater caves, and for the famous wrecks that divers have the opportunity to explore. 




There is no doubt that the Zenobia wreck is the most famous diving attraction of our Island. MS Zenobia was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979 that capsized and sank close to Larnaca,  Cyprus in June 1980 on her maiden voyage. She now rests on her port side in approximately 42 metres (138 ft) of water and was named as one of The Times top ten wreck diving sites in the world in 2003.As a dive site, the a wide range of challenges to scuba divers, from a fairly simple dive to 16 metres (52 ft) depth along the starboard side of the ship (suitable for newly qualified divers); moving up to a more advanced dive inside the upper car deck and accommodation block, right up to extremely adventurous dives within the lower car deck or the engine room (which are only suitable for very experienced divers).



Cyprus is famous for its underwater caves, but Paphos with its stony seabed is the underwater jewel of the island. The "Amphitheatre"  with its terraces is only accessible to divers, It's not an optical illusion, underwater currents over thousands of years eroded the cave roof, finally bringing it down uncovering three ring shaped walls, 10-12 meters high. It was named like this because it looks like an ancient Greek amphitheater.Dive only 12 meters below the surface and the feature and its dwellers, such as shells and shoals of quick moving fish in all the colours of rainbow, will appear in front of you. 


Furthermore the Akamas peninsula is considered an amazing experience.Divers they will have the opportunity to swim among the sea turtles and also to explore the unique flora and fauna, scenic terrain.

Below you can find the most important Dive Sites around Paphos so you can choose which diving experience is the best for you...


Dive Sites in Paphos, Polis and Latchi


  • Achilleas - Greek ship wreck as a result of a mysterious explosion in 1975 year. Depth 12 meters.
  • Amphitheatre - This unique natural monument located at a depth 12 meters and is actually very similar to the ancient Greek amphitheater.
  • Amphorae Reef - Here at a depth of 5-10 meters you'll find plenty of pottery, who drowned in ancient times with the Greek galleys and triremes.
  • Devil's Head - These bizarre rocks and craters are located at depths of up to 8 20 meters and the residence of unique soft corals.
  • Manajin Island - A small dive site that offers beautiful arches and other natural attractions. Glubira object - from 6 22 to meters.
  • St. George Island - This beautiful island is interesting not only because it is a flat above the sea surface, but that is a beautiful underwater cave. Depth to 32 meters.
  • SlipWay - Interesting underwater caves along the leading cleft. Depth from 5 30 to meters.
  • The Channel - You can get here via a secure passage. There you can see not only the scenic rock formations but also a rich wildlife. Object depth 14 meters.
  • Vera K ship - The ship is at a depth 10 meters. Ship ran aground in 70-ies and was used as a target for artillery training. This place is ideal for underwater photographer.



  • White River - This property is located on the Akamas Peninsula and is very interesting for divers. Unique flora and fauna, scenic terrain. Depth 14 meters.


Don't miss the opportunity to meet the underwater Cyprus....It's another beautiful world that is waiting for you to explore it.....

#KOPIASTE


Monday, 8 September 2014

Weddings is what we do best....

Your Special day at the Aliathon




With a perfect set-up in romantic surroundings of a beautiful Greek Island setting, the Aliathon Holliday Village is the ideal location for your special day...


The Aliathon Holliday Village offers a variety of venues either elegant indoor settings or picturesque outdoor locations for your wedding day.The selection of our wedding venues can full fill  every dream or wish you may have...

 Take a sneak pick of our wedding facilities and tell us what you think....

Our Wedding Ceremony Venues

1. The village Square.






The Village Square, set under the grape vines with the magnificent backdrop of St. Demetrios Chapel and is an ideal venue to have your ceremony in a mediterranean setting that feels like you are in a Greek Island.


2.The Aphrodites Gardens























                                                     













If you wish for a totally romantic scene for your wedding day set up in the beautiful gardens under the name of the Goddess of Love then Aphrodite's Gardens is the right place for you to get married... 


Our  Wedding Dinner Venues

1. The Karnayio Square




Overlooking the 3000m2 freestyle pool and having the magnificent lighthouse as a backdrop, the Karnayio Square with this picturesque location creates the illusion of getting married on the seafront of a traditional fishing village harbour. 

                                                                 2. The Village Squre





After your wedding Ceremony the Village Square lends itself beautifully to a cocktail reception, which can be  followed by a sit down meal.


      3.The Mare Monti Italian Restaurant





Celebrate with a more international flair at the Mare e Monti Restaurant which offers gastronomic finesse and charm. Mare e Monti combines the best classic Italian and international gastronomy with a fusion of impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Mare e Monti Restaurant offers a wonderful elegant environment for your special day as well as sea views and magic sunset setting.


        4.The Mezedogonia Cypriot Taverna





Enjoy your wedding with a reception at the Cypriot Mezedogonia Taverna adding local colour/spirit to your special day. Cyprus will always be in your heart as the location of your wedding and having the reception and dinner at Mezedogonia will add to the experience! Celebrate your special day with traditional Cyprus cuisine in a locally decorated environment. 


With many years of experience our staff will be at your disposal whenever you need them and be assured that all of our team will do their best for you to have a memorable wedding day.....


#Kopiaste





Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Event of the Year-Cosi Fan Tutte Opera in Paphos

                                                  Paphos Aphrodite Festival 2014


Paphos is well known about it's history and culture.Is listed in the Unesco's World heritage list and it's famous about the monuments and site around the city. One of the most important monuments is the Medival Castle of Paphos that nowadays is the landmark of the region and the heart of the culture of Paphos.



On the square just in front of the castle a lot of cultural events take place, the most distinguished of which is the “Pafos Aphrodite Festival” which is held every year in the beginning of September and hosts opera productions by acknowledged opera theatres from abroad. The building of the castle acts as part of the sets as the whole square is transformed into a big open-air stage attracting thousands of opera lovers to attend this enchanting Festival.





Paphos Aphrodite Festival 2014 opens its curtain and presents the popular, witty opera Cosi Fan Tutte (So do all Women) by the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on 5, 6 and 7 September at the Medieval Castle in Pafos in co-production with the lyric organization Opera Futura from Verona and the participation of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

W.A. Mozart’s masterpiece So do all Women or The school for Lovers (Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti) represents the genre of the Italian opera buffa and consists of two acts. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte and it premiered at the Burg theater in Vienna on 26 January 1790. The subject matter of this comic opera was considered rather bold for its time since it told a story of exchanging lovers. Even though the premiere was a great success and the audiences’ response was enthusiastic, for the next half of the century it was rarely performed, and when it did appear it was presented in one of several bowdlerised versions.

The plot continues to enchant audiences even today since it grapples with the timeless issues of love and unfaithfulness, reason and emotion, which co-exist in a comic story where deception entwines with the truth and the facade co-exists with the face.The pure beauty, the perfection and depth of the music, characteristics of Mozart’s genius, will charm and pleasantly surprise the music loving audience. 



If you love Opera don't miss the opportunity to enjoy an amazing play in the scenery
 of one of the Unesco's World Heritage monument...

#Kopiaste



Sunday, 3 August 2014

Aliathon's recipe for Dolmadakia




Some people say that the dolmadakia or dolma is a recipe that comes from Greece, others claim that is from Turkey or Jordan.  The truth is that  dolma is a very popular dish around the Middle East and many countries are fighting for it's origin. No matter though where they come from the taste of this small vines leaves staffed with rice  and herbs is amazing that is why we want to share the recipe with you.
   
   Ingredients

  • Around 500gr of Vine Leaves
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1-2 lemon juice
  • Salt, pepper, oilve oil
  • Chopped fresh onions

Method

Step 1 Boil the Vine Leaves

Use a pot of boiling water(preferably 8 cups of water) and place the Vine Leaves inside unrolled.Let them boil for 2-3 minutes and then place them in a bowl and cover with cold water. 



Step 2 Prepare the Stuffing


Sauté the mint, the onions and the parsley in a pot with a little bit of olive oil in a medium to low heat.Add a cup of rice and wait about 5 minutes until the ingredients are mixed and the rice gets oiled. Add the juice from 1 lemon and let it cool down and season with the salt and freshly-ground pepper . The stuffing is now ready!



Step 3 Rolling the Dolamdakia

Take each vine leaf sepperately and place it with the shiny part (the one that is looking at the sun as the tradition indicates ) looking down. Then cut the stem and place a spoonful of the filling on the leaf, right above the point where you cut off the stem. Vine Leaves are varied in size so your quantity of stuffing may vary from leave to leave.Now you have to roll them carefully as they are very fragile. The picture below can show you how you should roll the dolmadakia.





Step 4 Cooking the Dolmadakia

First use some  vine leaves  in the bottom of the pot down in order to protect the dolmadakia to burn. Then carefully place each  dolma one round and one in top of the other like the photo. When you finish fill the casrol with water until it covers them.Then place a plate above the dolmadakia in order for them not to open and remain to their place while boiling.Cook over medium heat for 40–45 minutes. Check at times and add a little more water, if necessary. 






You can serve the DolmadakiA hot or cold , with tzatziki or with lemon.
 In any case you will have at your table one of the best appetisers!





#KOPIASTE






Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wedding Testimonials of Tracy & Daniel Jones


  The Love Story


- How they met

Dan was working at the Chorley Tesco store for a number of years, when I moved to the store on management placement. He was chatting and flirting from the off, so passed him my number and arranged a date at the cinema which was a great night J!!


- How he proposed

Although, I would like to sa
y
he whisked me off to Paris and took me to the top of the Eiffel Tower, he didn’t. It was out of the blue that he got down on one knee and proposed. I never suspected a thing, and the engagement ring he got me was perfect.

- Why they chose Cyprus to get married

Dan is a catholic, and had a religious upbringing, and wanted to get married in a church, which I can understand, but I always wanted to get married somewhere beautiful, with sunshine guaranteed. We decided to go to Cyprus as they offer catholic weddings, and it is a beautiful country, and really liked the look of Paphos. Our original choice was to go to Alexandra the Great, but we are so glad we changed our minds!








 

                                                                         The Aliathon wedding experience

Incredible and perfect!!

Before we got top Paphos, Dan told me not to cry on the wedding day, then he bloody did!!
Georgie and Christine (Aeolos Rep) where absolutely brilliant. We were concerned that, as there was not a lot of the regular wedding planning stress that seems to go on at home, that our first few days in Cyprus would be very stressful, that we would be spending a lot of our time in offices arranging the wedding and reception, and not be able to relax on holiday. This was further from the truth. We had a couple of meetings, maximum of an hour each time, and all the stress was taken away.


On the day, everything went to plan (apart from Dan losing his trousers before the ceremony!!). The hotel waiters and bar staff (especially Alexandrou) were fabulous on the day and night, and we couldn’t have dreamed a better day. Also a big thank you to Nicky Kirby who took our photos for the day, leaving us with plenty of great memories.
The only problem is, we will never experience a day as perfect at that again L !!



                                                                             Their holiday at the Aliathon

 
Amazing!!
Clean, tidy, beautiful, magnificent etc. Both us, the boys and our family members who stayed in the hotel all agree it was one of the best hotels and holidays they have had.
The rooms were clean, cool, spacious and cleaned regularly, the pool was great for the kids (both young and old!) and was good to see them closed when required (nappy faults) – putting the guests safety first.

Restaurants, again spotless, beautiful food and so many different options every day.
Staff – all the staff from reception to waiters to bar staff to the reps to the cleaners and grounds keepers – all of them looked happy to be working there and were always happy to help.


I would recommend that you issue do not disturb door hooks to the rooms, as the cleaners got a couple of, should I say ‘nice’ surprises on a couple of occasions! But they were always happy to come back when we were a bit more decent!
We are already looking at booking here again in a few years (and persuading some of the family to have their wedding in Cyprus at the Alitathon!!)



                                       We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you all
                                      for your special day  at the Aliathon Holidqay Village!
 
        #kopiaste