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Berengaria Hotel

From the series “The Most Mysterious Buildings (Houses, Palaces, Castles) in the World”
The main mystical attraction of Cyprus is the abandoned Berengaria Hotel. Its opening has taken place over 80 years ago. The luxury hotel has been focused on the wealthiest tourists and has brought considerable income to the owner. After the founder's death, his business was inherited by three sons, but they have failed to establish the work. They often quarreled and became hostages to their own greed, so once brothers turned into bitter enemies. Soon all three died under mysterious circumstances, and the once luxurious hotel was abandoned.
Staff out of there was taken by locals, which became the first witnesses of unexplained phenomena occurring at the hotel. Many of them believe that spirits of dead brothers live in the walls of the hotel even these days. By nightfall, you can see ghosts and hear the voices of men who fiercely argue about something. Visiting the hotel after dark is extremely dangerous, not only because of the high probability to meet the ghost of one of the former owners. Blighted buildings are very dilapidated and may collapse any time. Numerous snakes, which have chosen abandoned ruins as their home, add even more mystery to these places. ... Complete sights collection

Varosha

From the series “The Most Impressive Abandoned Cities on the Planet”
Among the abandoned cities of the world there are many large resorts. Cypriot town of Varosha is among them. Just a few decades ago it was one of the most popular and prosperous resorts on the island. Everything changed in 1974 when the city turned to be occupied by the Turkish army. Local residents were forced from their homes and the resort was strictly forbidden to the visitors. Varosha has been standing empty since then and is being gradually destroyed.
Brave tourists who manage to enter the territory of the closed city have an opportunity to observe old hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, which the resort was famous for. Many homes and offices have been looted, a terrible mess reigns in homes – all valuables have long been taken away. In 1974 the city's population consisted of more than 16 000 people. All of them have been leaving their homes hoping to be able to return.
Those hopes have not been realised. Until today Varosha remains a disputed territory, in addition, part of the town is still occupied by a Turkish military base. As mentioned above the town is a closed territory prohibited from entering. Military men are regularly patrolling the streets, but that does not seem to bother curious tourists. The empty coast of the resort looks especially interesting. There have survived umbrellas and lounges from more than forty years ago. One can see the remaining wooden terraces of restaurants and furnished rest areas. ... Complete sights collection

Κourion Ancient Amphitheater

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
One of the most beautiful and interesting for visiting amphitheatres is located in Kourion. It will amaze travellers with its majestic appearance, the beauty of the preserved antique mosaics and the magnificent panoramic view that opens from spectators’ seats. The antique landmark is very popular with travellers. For them, part of the amphitheater has been covered with galleries that prevent penetration of the rays of the hot sun.
The Amphitheater in Kourion was built by the ancient Greeks in the 2nd century BC and was later rebuilt several times by the ancient Romans. This is one of the oldest arenas in the world, preserved until our days. As the old town of Kourion was abandoned in the Middle Ages, researchers discovered the amphitheater relatively recently, only in mid-20th century. The arena was found in archaeological excavations. Archaeologists have discovered fragments of old villas and other ancient buildings in the immediate vicinity.
After the last reconstruction, the theater was completed with a beautiful lighting system. On its stage, interesting performances of the plays of Euripides, Sophocles and Aristophanes are staged. The theater is also used as a venue for music concerts. The Amphitheater of Kourion is not as big and can accommodate only 3500 spectators. Today, it is recommended to purchase tickets to the ancient theater in advance. ... Complete sights collection

Famagusta

From the series “Abandoned Places of the Earth with Distinct Marks of Civilization”
One of the world's most famous ghost town of Famagusta is located in Cyprus. Today, it’s difficult to imagine that a few years ago this place has been a popular holiday destination for thousands of tourists. The popular resort town once completely emptied because of the war between Greece and Turkey. By some quirk of fate, the city was on the border between the two rival states. Today, it is fenced with a barbed wire. For many years, the two countries can not come to an agreement about one that has to own a former resort town.
Over the years, the city was completely looted. Almost all the buildings on its territory can not be reversed. An access to the city is strictly prohibited and may be life-threatening, because military forces are constantly watching the disputed territory. Modern travelers have an opportunity to admire the town only from behind the barbed wire. Famagusta is quite a big city. The first mention of it dates back to 3 century BC. Once, there was a small village of fishermen. Its golden age occurred in the period from 1960 to 1970.
During this period, its area has grown substantially, and the population reached a record of 40 000 people. The city had a highly developed industrial sector. There were large factories producing tobacco, food, clothing, and transport equipment. The tourist industry raised significant funds too. In 1974, Turkish troops invaded the city. It was empty in a few days. Now it is slowly being destroyed under the influence of the moist sea climate. ... Complete sights collection

Choirokoitia

From the series “Remains of the First Ancient Cities”
You can see the ruins of the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia in the vicinity of the city of Larnaca in Cyprus. It was formed in the 7th Millennium BC. The settlement lasted for more than 3,000 years. The unique archaeological area was discovered about a hundred years ago. It was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1998. It was found out in the course of numerous studies that a stone wall of impressive size surrounded the territory of the settlement. Its height was 3 meters, and its thickness was about 2.5 meters.
The main objects of the ancient settlement were small round buildings. Their internal diameter varied from 1.4 to 4.8 meters. Some of these buildings had a residential purpose. The area for the hearth was allocated in them. They also had windows. There were also many outbuildings for various purposes on the territory of the settlement. The ancient city of Choirokoitia completely fell into disrepair at the beginning of the 4th Millennium BC. The reasons why locals left the city remain unknown to modern researchers.
About 600 people lived in the ancient city during its heyday. Locals were engaged in farming and cattle breeding. Numerous studies have shown that the cult of the dead was widespread among locals. Burials were formed directly under the floor of residential buildings. Many items were found by researchers in the burial sites. These were jewelry, weapons, utensils, and other artifacts. The main attraction of the archaeological area is considered to be the foundation of ancient dwellings today. Researchers found human images on some stone fragments. They are the oldest found on the territory of Cyprus. ... Complete sights collection
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Hard Rock Hotel in Madrid Welcomes Its First Guests

Located in the Golden Triangle of Art, this hotel blends together beach recreation, music, art, history, and culinary. The vibrant spirit of Madrid is perfectly suitable for the Hard Rock brand. For the first time, this hotel brand was introduced to Europe in 2014, when Hard Rock opened a hotel in Ibiza. Later, another hotel in Tenerife joined the portfolio. The Madrid hotel has 161 rooms and suites sized from 194 square feet. There are rooms that face the capital for those who want to enjoy a vibrant city view and rooms that face the garden for a more tranquil atmosphere. A large event space and rooftop venues make this hotel suitable for meetings and celebrations. Read this

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Trip ideas for regions of Cyprus

Paphos
Apart from a high class golf course and an excellent rental center of golf equipment the complex offers an upscale restaurant and a bar treating the guests with the most satisfying choice of dishes and drinks. The same popular is the Minthis Hills golf club. It takes a vast territory and will be a perfect place for a family visit. The most buzzing and attractive beach of the resort is the Paphos Municipial offering the clearest water and stunning beach entertaining facilities. The beach is … Read more
Ayia Napa
Limassol
Those who long dreamed of scuba diving are recommended to visit the Dive In center. Experienced coaches teach classes for beginners; just in a couple of days you would learn the basics of scuba diving. Skilled divers will be able to rent all the necessary equipment, as well as book a trip to the most beautiful places to dive. Bowling fans would like the Center Space Bowling located in the heart of the resort in close proximity to popular beaches. This is a large-scale complex with modern … Read more
Larnaca
The Camel-park suits well for a family vacation. This is a large-scale entertainment center, which includes a real camel farm, a huge number of playgrounds and attractions for kids of all ages, a swimming pool, a cozy restaurant and a huge Bedouin tent, which can accommodate up to 50 people simultaneously. At the heart of the entertainment complex a beautiful model of Noah's Ark is located. There is an extensive yard around it. Here you can see a variety of animals: donkeys, a duck with young … Read more
Nicosia
Petrides Farm Park is extremely popular with families. Everyone is invited to get acquainted with the peculiarities of farm life. The park covers a vast territory, a large part of which is occupied by a real farm. Here they breed chickens, goats, and pigs. Ostriches and ponies are considered the most unusual inhabitants of the farm. Everyone can pet friendly animals and feed them, and young visitors to the park will have the opportunity to ride a pony or a donkey. Besides the farm, the park … Read more
Famagusta
A wide variety of shopping pavilions are situated outside of Salamis Road, where you can buy great clothes, household utensils and interesting gifts. In addition to interesting shops, there are popular nightlife places on Salamis Road. During the day, they work as usual cafes and bars, and in the evening they are ready to offer visitors an interesting entertainment program. For souvenirs travelers prefer to go to the area of ​​the Old Town, as cute souvenir shops can be found there at … Read more
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