Cyprus

CYPRUS – THE ISLAND OF APHRODITE

Welcome to Cyprus! The island of sunshine, hospitality, myths and legends. This island is warmed by the Mediterranean sun all year round and has 320 days with sunshine.
Its history stretches back ten thousand years, with many civilizations and great characters. Both Alexander the Great and Cleopatra have laid claim to this island. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is also known as ’the island of the gods’. The island was the mythological birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of Love. It is a varied island with the cleanest beaches in Europe and is rich in nature and culture. There is an air of carelessness and time seems to stand still, a feeling that is enhanced by the friendly hospitality of the people. Since the Turkish invasion in 1974, the Republic of Cyprus has been divided into a Greek Cypriot part in the south and a Turkish-occupied part in the north.
Cyprus has many faces: the hinterland with endless fruit tree plantations with juicy oranges, terraces with olive trees and vineyards, dreamy villages and leafy forests in the Troodos Mountains, wonderful beaches and archaeological excavations.
In short, a versatile holiday destination and the perfect location for our festival under the warming Autumn Sun.

TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

TRAVEL
You can reach Cyprus by airplane directly from most European cities, or you can fly through Athens. Cyprus has 2 airports :
Paphos International Airport : 1 hour drive / 62 km drive to our venue Val’s Place in Gialia  
Larnaca International Airport : 2 hour drive / 174 km drive to our venue Val’s Place in Gialia 
Tip! Don’t forget to check the low cost airlines like RyanAir and EasyJet for some good options.

AIRPORT TRANSFER
You can reach our venue by taxi, sharing transfers, local buses or renting a car. More specific details will be send to you in our information booklet after we received your booking and our team will support you in arranging your transport of preference if needed. You can connect to other participants to share your ride in our Facebook group.

GETTING AROUND
At our venue you will have everything you need in one place! You can enjoy a beautiful nature trail in the area or enjoy a beach walk down the coast line. You can find a bakery and mini-market 2.3km from our venue. The best way to explore the island further is by car. There is a great bus connection between the cities (Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia) as well and the local busses offer possibilities all over the island, a good alternative for a friendly budget. Please note : in Cyprus you drive on the left side of the road!

ACCOMMODATION
Camping : Our festival venue offers cozy camping options. You can pre-reserve your camping spot with us for €5 p.p.p.d which can be paid upon arrival. The venue offers camping facilities and you can bring your own tent and sleeping gear or purchase this at a local sports shop in Paphos.
If you need help with arranging your camping equipment, please contact us as we will have some tents available on the spot as well : info@ecstaticdancefestival.org
Apartments & Villa’s : Gialia is not your typical tourist village, but there are definitely several accommodation options to choose from in the area of our venue. We recommend checking out Airbnb as it gives a good overview of the area and offers different price ranges. To explore the exact walking / driving distance to our venue check out Val’s Place through Google maps. Alternatively you can check Booking.com as well. Make sure to make your reservations in time. You can check out our Facebook Group, for possible room sharing or contact us if you need any help or support. You can find extended information in the information booklet which is send our to our participants, including transport possibilities between your chosen accommodation and the venue.