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Discover Ayios Ioannis in Cyprus
Ayios Ioannis is a small village near to the larger tourist area of Limassol. If you are staying in Ayios Ioannis it would be advisable to hire a car to explore the surrounding villages and places of interest.
If you are using Ayios Ioannis as a base for your holiday, it is well worth travelling the short distance to nearby Limassol. There is plenty to do here. The massive Waterpark is suitable for children of all ages, with huge rides, slides and a quiet sunbathing area for mums and dads to chill out in.
Limassol has a historic past. King Richard the Lionheart landed here in 1192AD and for three centuries after this Limassol prospered and grew, it still has a bustling port to this day. There is plenty to see and do here for everyone. Try visiting Kourion, this has the Greco-Roman Theatre dating back to the 2nd Century BC and has been completely restored. There are also some beautiful mosaics and baths, as well as a stadium.
There is also a Folk Art Museum containing a stunning array of Cypriot Folk Art dating back over the last 200 years or so, along with some national costume displays as well as embroidery designs and tapestries.
Whilst staying in Ayios Ioannis you may wish to go on a shopping trip - Limassol is highly recommended for retail outlets and offers a varied selection of shops, some are well known shops and others sell more traditional Cypriot fare and souvenirs. Be aware though that shopkeepers do sometimes attempt to overcharge tourists.
There are plenty of eateries in Limassol to try. The most popular food in Cyprus is the traditional Cypriot Meze. This is available in most of the restaurants. It consists of a bowl shaped pancake served with almost anything. Hellim cheese is a good example and can be served either grilled or fried; or Chakistes which consists of crushed green olives, this is another popular filling. Very tasty and deceptively filling.
When out and abou,t search for restaurants to sample, 'Danae Tavern and Restaurant' in Amathus Avenue is popular. This restaurant has the ambiance of a real Cyprus eatery and has a very wide selection of both international and Cypriot dishes at reasonable prices. When you have finished your meal you will be served with either a complementary brandy or liqueur. Another excellent choice of restaurant would be 'Mama's', Kanika Panorama Court, alongside 'Danae Tavern' also on Amathus Avenue.
This restaurant is not particularly cheap but the food is of outstanding quality. Please do remember that it gets extremely busy, so timing is of the essence here. If you want something a little less expensive, but still good quality, try 'Tryffs Place' which is next to the Estella Aparthotel. 'Tryffs' is a family owned and managed restaurant, with great food and a fantastic atmosphere - here they have entertainers who are known to dance around your table and out onto the street!
There is also some fantastic nigh-tlife in Limassol. One of these is the highly recommended bar 'The Auld Triangle', which can be found at 89 George Street. They do charge an entrance fee but it does include a free drink. A wonderful party atmosphere goes on here with partygoers tending to be in their late twenties and upwards. It plays commercial music with the latest hits and revisits the 60s every now and then. This bar doesn't open until midnight but stays open until well after 4.30am. 'Rumours' is a great place to start your evening and has very reasonably price drinks and great commercial hits. 'Whispers' is a huge venue, hosting some amazing parties. This plays both international and Greek hits and is very popular with partygoers of all ages.
If you happen to be staying in Ayios Ioannis around February time, the Limassol Carnival takes place annually around this time. This is usually just at the start of Lent. It is held over 10 days and consists of parties, parades and of course, music. The streets are magnificently decorated and truly stunning. There is also a children's parade where all participating groups are awarded a diploma.
However if you are visiting Ayios Ioannis in September, then you might be lucky enough to catch the wine festival that is held there annually. The festival is held to celebrate the history of wine production in Cyprus and has traditional Cypriot music and lots of wine to sample free of charge.