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... the Ptolemies, destroyed the walls of Kition and the temple in 312 B.C. ending the reign of the Phoenician kings on the island. During the Ptolemaic reign Kition still thrive and was a major cultural and philosophical center of the Mediterranean. The Stoic philosopher Zeno is noted as being from Kition.
When the Romans conquered the island in 58 B.C., Kition began to gradually decline and lose ...
... completely excavated. At the far southern part of the agora are the steps leading up to the temple to Zeus. The temple is largely destroyed but the steps remain and pieces of the massive columns scatter the area.
THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL MISSIONS...
Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen, along with Barnabas and Paul (then called Saul), received revelation directly from the Holy Spirit in Antioch of Syria commissioning Barnabas and Paul ...
... the Jews for his and they chased them to the northern coast of Cyprus where Barnabas' followers escaped to Egypt.
Thus, St. Barnabas's grave site remained unknown for 432 years until it was revealed to Archbishop Anthemios of Constantia (Salamis) in a dream. Anthemios went to the site and opened the cave and found the remains of St. Barnabas and St. Matthew's Bible. He took the remains and Bible to Emperor Zeno ...
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... on one level upstairs, beautiful decor, a cute wee balcony with floor to ceiling windows/doors and a fantastic view of a small square with a beautiful church in it. The Lazarus square. Very old! After settling in at the hotel we found a place for dinner and then walked along the waterfront to check out what was on offer. Wish we had more time to have a proper look around. I am sure we will get back there at some point ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grecian Sands Hotel Ayia Napa
We returned to this hotel to celebrate our second Wedding Anniversary. We were married at the Hotel on 19.10.04. Most of the staff are the same, and found them very pleasant, rooms are very comfortable, pool is great , they have just opened an indoor pool too with jacuzzi.
We requested the same room we had for our wedding via e-mail, although they said they couldn't guarantee it we were pleasantly surprised to find they not only allocated us the same room but left fresh fruit and a bottle of wine too, which was a nice touch.
Hope to return again in the future !
Another review and another "excellent" rating. Just got back having been married and it was perfect. Clean, great food, friendly staff and in a fantastic location.
Bec and roys wedding
myself and now husband stayed at this hotel for two weeks and enjoyed every minute of it . we stayed half board ,the food was fab, the staff were great .the rooms were clean and tidy everyday clean towels everyday, and most of all we got married there . everything went just perfect. the ceromony ,the reception. everything. the photo's are great. there are some great vievs.
we only got back yesterday and already we are looking to book again. i would recommend this hotel to anyone.
What can I say!!! Me and my new husband were married at this hotel on august 4th 2006. It was absolutely fantastic, everything was far better than I had hoped for!!! Angeline the hotel hairdresser was fantastic the hotel staff couldnt do enough for us and because we were getting married we had free champagne, free champagne breakfast, free candlelit dinner, fruit and flowers it was great!! the maids had our room spotless everyday and the housekeeper took my dress and my husbands suit away to be steam cleaned and it onl cost us around 6 cypriot pounds!!! The only thing I didnt like was the fact that there was more than one wedding the day we got married, but this was easily fixed. The beach restaurant next to Grecian Sands is absolutely gorgeous the food is to perfection, so we asked the owner Debbie could she do a reception for us. She was delighted and did everything for us, covered the chairs balloons, DJ and food. it was absolutely amazing, I would reccommend anyone planning to go to cyprus to get married to go to Grecian Sands then to Maistralii Beach Restaurant-ask for debbie or Wana-shes a great girl!!! We also got a horse and carriage it was an absolute dream!! Wish I was doing it all again!!! Any more questions regarding weddings please e-mail me!!
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Grecian Sands for a week in July. The location of the hotel is perfect for a quieter holiday, whilst central Ayia Napa is only a 10/15 minute stroll away. The hotel is located on the sea front and has its own 'beach' which is on a raised level with quite rocky sand. The real beach is down several wooden steps.
We stayed B&B and the breakfast was lovely. A buffet with traditional english food and cold continental breakfast also. The breakfast time is 7-10 am which we found a little early after a night out in Ayia Napa. One annoying point was that the maid, obviously keen to clean our room, on several occasions opened our bedroom door (!) only to slam it shut again. Given that this was before 12 midday we felt it totally unnecessary.
Rooms are fully air conditioned so really really cool!
The pool was lovely and clean and the hotel give you a beach towell each which you can swap as often as you like which was nice. Lovely sea view from pool.
The hotel itself is what you would expect of a 4 star hotel. Lovely decor. Staff not that helpful though. Mini bar in room which we used to store our own drinks as quite spacious.
The centre of Ayia Napa is filled with lively bars and restaurants. There are some quieter ones on way from hotel into town. I recommend Tofinis which is opposite hotel for a lovely sea view and also Abacus and Pettinos for a lovely meal in nice surroundings.
As far as bars are concerned there are plenty. Some great themed bars such as Bedrock, Titanic, Jurassic Bar. Tried 40 of the bars there and my favourite had to be Sky Bar and Coyote (dancing on bar just like the film).
The bus is only £1.80 (CYP) a trip and takes you through Protarus, Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach and the water park. Great value but quite a bumpy ride. Driver seems to cram as many passengers on as he can. Had about 30 standing at one point!
Unfortunatley due to evacuation of Lebanon checking in to get home took about 3 1/2 hours!! Stood in sun all that time with no drinks offered by Thomson at all. Terribly organised. Had to get rushed through onto flight so no time to eat or drink and I was sure our bags wouldnt make it as we had to leave them standing by check in with a lady assuring us she'd get them onto plane. Thomson did however offer us pringles and sandwhiches on board, a bargain at only £7...
Loved our time spent at Grecian Sands
We return from our wedding/honeymoon at Grecian Sands on 21st May 2006 and were sad to leave. We had a brilliant stay at the Grecian Sands. The hotel planned all our wedding requirements and everything run smoothly. They were superb.
We had a double room with a sea view/pool view. The rooms we think could have done with a little updating (new carpet may be and a lick of paint) but they were clean and the maids changed our towels everyday and sheets three times a week. We stayed bed and breakfast and there were choices from cooked breakfast, toast, yoghurt (try the natural yoghurt with honey it was delicious), cereal etc etc. The usual I suppose. We only ate twice in the main restaurant of the hotel and that was very nice too. The waiters were very attentive.
The colour on the sea is to die for - blue/green and crystal clear and the beach is some 5 mins walk away, if that. The pool area is very nice too. They have a pool snack bar (bit pricey) but convenient and very nice food. If you get served by the waiter Sakis say hello for us. He was a star! The other option is to use the restaurant that overlooks the beach called Maestrali which you may find more reasonable and that's just about 50 yards from the pool area.
The hotel we felt was situated in a prime location. Only took about 10 to 15 mins walk into the main square where most of the bars and restaurants are but well out of the hustle and bustle to have a relaxing time. Taxis are pretty reasonable and always about. There are also a few bars and restaurants on the main road of the hotel if you don't want to go into the main square. We never had a bad meal once in Ayia Napa.
We would recommend anyone staying here either for a holiday, honeymoon and getting married in the hotel. We thoroughrally enjoyed!
my husband and i got married at the grecian sands chaple sept 2004 and had a very memarable day and evening 16 guest come with us and we all had a fantastic time the hotel staff we realy helfull we returned for a 2wk holl sept 2005 and plan to return 2006
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Grecian Sands for 14 nights after doing extensive reading of reviews on hotels in Ayia Napa, and after reading this one was one of the best, it was indeed. It definitely deserves its 4 star rating. Ive stayed in 5 star hotels before and this was just as good.
We arrived at the hotel quite late at night. If you go with Olympic they send you in a private mini bus to this hotel as its 4 star, which was a nice surprise after I was expecting a coach where you always end up being the last hotel. Our bags were taken to our room and we were shown to the room after filling out a short form. We were on the 3rd or 4th floor I cant remember now, but there were 2 lifts so we never had to use the stairs.
I have stayed in many hotels around the world, including Greece and this room was great, considering it's in Cyprus you often expect the standards to be a little lower and the odd insect etc. However this was like staying in an American or London hotel. There was carpet on the floor which surprised me because other places in Greece or the med have always had slippery cold tiles, and there was not one insect apart from a few ants one day- when my boyfriend split juice all over the floor so hardly suprising!
The room had a large bed with plenty of bedding, tv with several channels, balcony with enough room for 2 chairs and our lilos! The bathroom was spotless. I have never seen such a clean bathroom in the med. Everything was marble and was cleaned everyday.
There was also a fridge which had enough room for a lot of our drinks once we'd shoved all the pre put in expensive drinks to the back. There were also a couple of dressers and a large wardrobe so plenty of room for clothes and storing suitcases.
The hotel reception was impressive looking, I really wasn't expecting it to look that nice. There was a games room with a pool table and internet. There was also a gym which my boyfriend used a few times. There was a small but expensive shop selling newspapers suncream etc. And there was a salon but we never used it.
The hotel had a lot of sunbeds round the pill but the Germans lived up to their sterotype so you had to either put a towel on the sunbed early, or just risk not having one which is what we did, and we got one every time even if it wasn't in a great position. There was also a waiter going round asking if you wanted any drinks. It said you weren't allowed to bring your own drinks to the pool but I always did and they didn't ever say anything.
Just before you went outside to the pool there were toilets and changing rooms. I can say these are the nicest toilets I've been in ever! They were very clean and always had fresh flowers in there. Much better than the normal dark smelly public ones you get, so you didn't have to run back to the room because these were fine.
The hotel also had sunbeds on a sandy area, which you can then walk down some steps to the beach. This was good if you wanted to lie on the sand, but not lie on the beach and have to pay for sunbeds!
The location of the hotel beachwise is great because it's right at the end of Ayia Napa, its much less crowded and suitable for families, there's no blaring music etc. You wouldn't know you are in a clubbing resort at all. The water was warm and the beach was clean.
The pool itself was a good enough size and was cool and refreshing but not cold. There was also a bar where you could get lunch or icecreams.
However next to the hotel there is a restaurant which you can reach by just walking down the steps to the beach and up again, where we had lunch almost every day, much cheaper than the hotel and 1 min walk away! We also had dinner there a few nights.
We ate at the hotel one night when they had a bbq evening and Cypriot dancing, the food was great. We didn't eat there any other times simply because we like to get out of the hotel and also it was quite pricey for two 20 years olds.
Breakfast was fine and there was plenty to choose from, all types of food catering for all the different cultures.
We normally walked into the town for dinner and ate in the centre of Ayia Napa which took about 15mins, or walked about 5 mins down the road where there were plenty of restaurants. We only had a bad meal once the whole holiday and we got free drinks so cant complain.
We went to some bars in Ayia Napa, we didn't go to any clubs but if you do make sure you make the most of the free tickets/shots/drinks etc the people working for the clubs give out. They are annoying though and tend to follow you down the road even when you say no, so it was nice to be staying somewhere quieter and not have to have that every night if you didn't want to.
One day we went to Nissi beach which was great, but much more crowded meaning running and jumping over people on the hot hot sand, and the sea was so warm and shallow it wasn't refreshing enough, so we only went there the once.
If you want to walk into Ayia Napa town in the day you can walk along the beach if you don't want to get blasted by the sun which was handy.
We went on a snorkelling trip where we saw the ghost town of Famugusta, some sad stories about that seeing all the buildings being unused and people missing still since the Turks invaded, a trip to Nicosia- some nice historic buildings but so hot most people on the trip spent the shopping time going in any shop with air con and wishing the coach would come back! I wouldn't really recommend this as the shops were pretty rubbish anyway. We sat in Mc Donalds for an hour because it was so much cooler!
We also did a 2 day cruise to Egypt. The Egyptian part was great, but I was horrendously travel sick and would never do it again on a boat, I'd recommend doing the one day trip where you fly there because that also includes a Nile Cruise. The boat was ok but many people felt sick because it wasn't big enough to stabilise, and I spent all night being sick, and then was sick again in Egypt for nearly the whole time which wasn't nice. It was slightly scary having an armed guard on the coach, and an armed vehicle infront of the coaches, and going through a metal detector in the museum, but we were ok. One man did practically steal money out of my boyfriends wallet when he got it out but I tried to grab it back which I don't think he was expecting and he ended up giving it back. They pester you everywhere- one pervy guy even asked to take a picture of me on his camera phone when my boyfriend had gone inside a pyramid and I was waiting, considering I had just thrown up I didn't really see why, I was hardly attractive looking at that point! And do not get on the camels near the pyramids because its just a con to make you pay them or they wont let the camel down.
However seeing the pyramids was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would like to go there again for a longer time. We booked this online with a Cypriot website, which was much cheaper than booking with our travel company we went with.
Another good trip is the water park, the rides were good.
Overall I would definitely go back to this hotel if I went to Ayia Napa again, which I must stress is not just for clubbers. And Ayia Napa is a really nice place and is not just full of loud English yobs at all.
There were a lot of weddings going on at the Grecian Sands and one couple we spoke to said they had a great day.
The front desk was always happy to help, one day the electricity sockets on our floor stopped working and within a couple of hours after informing them it was fixed. They were happy to order taxis etc.
If you go the Ayia Napa stay at the Grecian Sands!
A lovely hotel!
Me and my boyfriend stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks last July. I found the grecian sands to be a lovely hotel. It is situated right beside it's own private beach. The rooms were perfect, air conditioned and very clean. Maid service every day, clean towels every day. The swimming pool is huge so even when it's busy you don't realise it. The hotel provide free towels to use by the pool too. You have to grab one of these quite quickly as they tend to disappear quickly! Most of the sunbeds come with a parasol which is a must in the very hot summer months. We did not eat in the hotel as we preferred to go out in the evening however the restaurant looked very nice. We did eat in the pool bar and found it was perfect for snacks and lunches. The grecian sands also caters for weddings and has a small chapel within the grounds. For anyone getting married there it looked lovely.
If i was returning to Cyprus for another holiday i would definately return to the grecian sands hotel.
Nice hotel in a great location
My husband and I have stayed at the Grecian Sands twice and have booked again for Sept 2005. This is a good hotel but what makes us return is its location. It is right on a lovely beach where you can walk all the way to Ayia Napa harbour. Right next to the hotel is a decent restaurant which serves a good selection of lunches and relatively cheap drinks.
The hotel is about 1.5km from the centre of Ayia Napa (approx 20 min walk) but there are some good bars and restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk.
The hotel itself has clean comfortable rooms and a nice bar. The poolside bar has poor service but the food is quite good if you can put up with the wait to get served. The buffet continental breakfast has a good variety of food.