Does the yawning expanse of summer holidays fill you with dread? Evie Andreou finds some places that could cheer up your days
Cyherbia – Avgorou
Learn about indigenous herbs and plants. The park is designed so that visitors can explore, experience nature and have fun. The main garden is divided in nine different areas of herbs categorised by their different uses eg. aromatherapy herbs, drinking herbs, cooking herbs, medicinal herbs etc. The Cyprus Maze is designed both for adults and children while the Woodland Walk is a path shaped like Cyprus a walk along the coastline of which takes visitors past different plants, birds and animals.
There is also a tea room, a shop and a natural oil distillery.
In June a two week Lavender Festival will take place.
When: 9am to 1pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 10am to 3pm Saturday, Sunday
Price: Adults €5, Children €3, complimentary tea is offered with admission ticket.
Where: Ormidia-Avgorou Road
Contact: 99 915443, www.cyherbia.com
Melios Pet Centre – Ayioi Trimithias Nicosia
A pet park with a wide variety of birds and animals including large park animals (llama, alpaca, red deer, red kangaroo, angora goat), small park animals (mini goat, skunk, racoon, racoon dog etc), park birds (white pelican, great flamingo, Japanese crane, ostrich, emu), vultures and predators, waterfowl, large parrots, parakeets and small birds to name a few.
The park also has a pet shop and sells all of the animals in the Pet Park as well as pet accessories.
When: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 7pm
Price: Adults: €3, Children: €2
Where: Korinthou, Ayioi Trimithias, Nicosia
Contact: 22 835920, 99 418406, www.meliospetpark.eu
Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum
The permanent collection of the Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum embodies the Museum’s ideals: to represent and promote both Cypriot and foreign contemporary art and culture. The collection is mainly comprised of Cypriot artists of the 20th and 21st Century, including a small number of Greek artists from the 19th through to the 21st Century.
The museum is also has a continuing programme and activities to encourage as many people as possible through its doors.
When: Monday to Friday: 10am – 1pm, 4-7pm, Saturday: 10am-7pm
Price: Adults €6, children over 12 €4,
Where: 27 Arch. Makarios III Avenue in Kaimakli Nicosia
Contact: Tel: 22 456098, www.zampelasart.com
Eleouthkia Park – Anarita
Park showcashing the botany and history of Cyprus. Eleouthkia means small olive trees and is so named because the area of Anarita where it is found was always full of them. The 20,000m² park now features almost 50,000 flowers and plants and is wheel chair accessible. Guided tours are available which explain the history of each plant and its traditional, gastronomical, medical and therapeutic uses.
A traditional house and museum allows visitors to see Cyprus heritage including pottery, candle making, basket weaving and other handicrafts.
When: Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
Where: Anarita village, near the Limassol-Paphos highway at the exit for the airport.
Archimedes Museum /Science Centre – Limassol
An educational playground with games inspired by Archimedes’ inventions and ancient machines. There are 21 games/machines for children between the ages of 5 and 105 years old. Visitors can go through a laser maze, get lost in a mirror maze, pull a rope and lift themselves up, build a bridge and walk over it, solve the ‘osteomachion’ puzzle, fly a hot air balloon, play with 3D puzzles, and many more.
There is a canteen serving freshly prepared food.
When: until May 31 Tuesday to Friday: 3:30-8:30pm Weekends and Public Holidays: 10:30-9pm. Monday: Closed. Summer hours yet to be set
Price: Tuesday-Thursday €5, Friday to Sunday €7, Public Holidays €7
Where: Beginning of Pafos Avenue, at the Ypsonas Industrial Area traffic lights, between the Nissan show room and the new Paphos roundabout.
The Carlsberg Football Experience – Annex 3 The Mall of Cyprus, Nicosia
An educational exhibition presenting the evolution of the ‘King of Sports’ through the decades. Visitors can see more than 2,000 historic and modern football items like national teams’ uniforms, signed object of football stars, posters, mascots, authentic memorabilia etc. They can watch 20 educational and entertaining videos, learn untold stories about football, play games and quizzes and participate in competitions and prize giving polls. They can learn about the evolution of soccer shoes from 1930 until today, and see the special collection of footballs from all World Cups since 1930.
When: weekdays: 3-9pm, weekends: 10am-9pm. Until June 1
Prices: €10 Adults, €6 Children aged 4-12
Where: Annex 3 The Mall of Cyprus, Shacolas Emporium Park, 3 Verginas Street, Nicosia
Contact: 77776255, www.themallofcyprus.com, Tickets through [email protected]
A.G.Leventis Art Gallery – Nicosia
The newly opened Art Gallery was created in order to accommodate AG Leventis’ art collection. The Gallery hosts three collections (the Greek Collection, the Paris Collection and the Cyprus Collection), the first two acquired by Leventis himself, the latter acquired after his death by the foundation.
The three Collections include works by Canaletto, Boucher, Fragonard, Corot, Boudin, Renoir, Monet, Chagall, Vryzakis, Rallis, Tsarouchis, Ghika, Kissonergis, Diamantis and Kanthos.
Leventis’ Parisian apartment was transported and re-erected in the Gallery. Visitors can also see selections of Luis XVI furniture and Meissen and Sevres porcelains.
Families can use the Family Map which is an interactive, fun and easy way to enjoy a unique stroll through European Art, with Leo, the gallery’s mascot. It costs €2 and it is sold in the gallery’s shop. Audio Guides are available at the price of €3.
The gallery also houses a restaurant.
When: Tuesdays closed, Wednesday 10am-10pm, Thursday till Monday 10am-5pm
Price: Adults: €2, children under 18: Free
Where: 5 AG Leventis Street, Nicosia
Contact: 22 668838, www.leventisgallery.org
Camel Park – Mazotos
Plenty of activities for children. In addition to camel rides, there is also the option of pony and donkey rides plus a small petting zoo with goats, donkeys, ostriches, deers etc. There is also a play area with swings, a bouncy castle and sitting tea cups and a swimming pool with a pool bar and a restaurant. Or, dress up like a Bedouin and have your picture taken in the Bedouin Room. There is also a mirror-room.
Price: Adults: €3, Children aged 3-12: €2. Camel Ride for Adults: €9 (also inc. entrance & swimming pool), Camel Ride for Children €6 (also inc. entrance & swimming pool), Swimming Pool for Adults: €4 (also inc. park entrance), Swimming Pool for Children €3 (also inc. park entrance). If you want to bring food with you, with €5 extra charge you can reserve a table in the picnic area for the whole day.
Where: Mazotos, Larnaca
Contact: 24 991243, 99 416968, 24 432711, www.camel-park.com
Sayious Adventure Park – Asgata, Limassol
An adventure park that offers buggy rides, ATV rides, segway rides, paintball, drift go-carting, archery, team building and activities for children. There are also barbecue facilities free of charge.
Activities for children include drifts go carting (ages 8+), target shooting (10+), paintball (14+), and other activities.
Pre booking is needed for all activities.
When: daily 8:30am-6:30pm
Price: Kids Activities, Wall Climbing, Archery €20 for 20 minutes, Electric Chariot €25 for 20 minutes, Paintball €25 entrance fee (200 paintballs & protective gear inc.), €5 for 100 paintballs, Drift Go-karting €15 for 10 minutes, €25 for 20 minutes, Off road Buggy/ATV Tour prices start form €50 for 1 hour one person, €70 for 1 hour two persons. There are also special offers on different activity packages.
Where: 25th Martiou, Asgata, Limassol
Contact: 99 337585, 99 636183, http://www.sayious.com/
Pafos Zoo – Pafos
There are different kinds of mammals, birds and reptiles. Also a Parrot and Owl show, a children’s farm, an amphitheatre where wildlife documentaries are projected, a natural history museum, an art gallery, a traditional restaurant, a snack bar, a souvenir shop, a traditional house (museum) and a nursery and veterinary clinic.
When: 9am-6pm until September 30, 9am-5pm after that
Price: Adults €15.50, Children €8.50 (ages between 2-13)
Where: follow the coastal road to Coral Bay Hotel, from there it is about 1 km. Follow the signs
Conact: 26 813852, pafoszoo.com
The aquarium is home to more than 1,000 species including birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. Except from the aquarium, there is a Penguin House, 12,5000m2 of tropical gardens and an open air kiosk selling refreshments and snacks.
Price: Adults €13, Children €7 (ages 2-12)
Where: Cavo Greco Avenue 19, Protaras – just before the Ayia Triada roundabout
Contact: 23 741111, www.protarasaquarium.com
Fikardou Rural Museum – Fikardou, Troodos
Deserted at the beginning of the 19th century, the village of Fikardou has been declared an ancient monument and carefully restored to preserve the 18th century houses with their remarkable woodwork and folk architecture. Two of these houses have been turned into museums containing rural items and other items associated with rural life.
When: daily, 09:30am-5pm
Where: Fikardou, 40 kilometres southwest of Nicosia, on the eastern slopes of the Troodos mountain range.
Contact: 22 634731
Santa Marina Retreat – Parekklisia, Limassol
Different activities for all the family. Horse riding, wall climbing, archery, golf, football, paintball and mountain bikking.
There are also an adventure course and a buggy natural trail. For the children there is also a treasure hunt, a farm with a petting zoo as well as a horse museum.
At the retreat there is also a restaurant that can host corporate and private events.
It is best to make appointments especially on weekends.
When: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm, weekdays by appointment
Price: Over 16 €3, children free. Target Archery prices start from €8 for 15 minutes, Horse riding €8 for 10 minutes, €12 for 15 minutes, Football pitches €70 per hour, Treasure Hunt €5, Wall Climbing prices start form €5. Group packages are available.
Where: Spyrou Athanasiou Avenue, Parekklisia, Limassol
Contact: 99 535000, 99 545454, www.santamarinaretreat.com
Waterworld Waterpark – Ayia Napa
Choose from 18 rides and attractions based around an ancient Greek mythology theme. Self service restaurant, fast-food restaurant, pizza outlet, fish and chips place, a creperie and ice cream stands are also on site.
You can also get garra rufa fish massage as well as foot and back massage at the Iygeia Fish Spa located inside the waterpark. Prices for fish massage start from €5 for 5 minutes.
When: 10am – 6pm until the end of October
Price: €35 for 13 years and over, €20 for children aged 3 to 12 years. Season Ticket (for Cypriot residents only): €50 per person for the whole season (you need to present an ID and a document showing residency).
Where: Ayia Thekla Road, Ayia Napa 5345
Contact: 23 724444, http://wwcyprus.com
Fasouri Watermania Waterpark – Limassol
The biggest waterpark in Cyprus, both in size and number of attractions, with a Polynesian theme. It offers 21 attractions, a restaurant that serves fast food, sandwiches, hot dogs and salads, a grill and pasta house, a pizza and crepes and waffles restaurant, a doughnut kiosk, a Costa coffee outlet, an ice-cream and cocktail bar and a bar that serves cocktails and alcoholic beverages. Birthday Party and Summer School packages are offered.
There are also a garra fish spa and a massage parlour, at an extra charge. Waterpark arranges shuttle bus services from Limassol and Paphos
When: 10am to 6pm (5pm on May, September and October) until end of October
Price: €29 for adults, €26 for children up to 11 years old. Free admission for children up to 3. Seasonal Membership: Adults: €325, children: €165, children up to 3 years old and second child: Free
Contact: 25 714235, www.fasouri-watermania.com
Aphrodite Waterpark – Paphos
Waterpark offers 8 slides, 5 attractions and 4 attractions and slides for small children. There are also two food and snack bars, a fast food restaurant and a grotto kiosk.
When: 10am to 6pm until the end of October
Price: Adults: €30 (2 day ticket: €47), Adult Season Ticket: €100; Children: €17 (2day ticket: €28), Children Season Ticket: €60. VIP Family Card: €259 (valid for parents and children under 18).
Where: Tourist Area – off Poseidonos Avenue, Kato Paphos
Contact: 26 913638, www.aphroditewaterpark.com