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Useful Numbers

Police, Fire or Medical
Tel: 112 (Emergency Only)

Kouklia Police station
Tel: 26 801 335

To report forest fires
Tel: 1407

Paphos General Hospital
Tel: 26 803 100

Directory Enquiries
Tel: 11892

Timi Pharmacy
Tel: 26 422 333

Palepaphos taxis
Tel: 26 432 161
(4, 6, 10 or 20 seaters)

Larnaca & Paphos Airport Flight Info
Tel: 77 77 88 33

Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Tel: 26 932 841 (Paphos Office)

Cyprus Dive Adventures
Tel: 97 661 046

Mountain Bike Cyprus
Tel: 26 432 033

Eco Tour Adventures
Tel: 99 280 760

Kids Travellite
Tel: 99 116 659

aphroditerentals.com Client Services
Tel: 99 679 692

Fonterra Estates Estate Agents
Tel: 99 813 821

Aphrodite Hills Security
Tel: 26 828 060

Aphrodite Hills Resort Medical Centre
Tel: 26 956 062                                                                                                            Emergency Number (24 hours): 97 810 529

Resort Information
Tel: 26 828 000

The Retreat Spa
Tel: 26 828 100

Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy
Tel: 26 828 122

Aphrodite Hills Golf Reservations
Tel: 26 828 200

Aphrodite Hills Horse Riding Stables
Tel: 99 998 989

Dream Team Soccer School
Tel: 96 297 983

Aphrodite Hills Hotel
Tel: 26 829 000

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Don’t forget the +357 prefix if using your non-Cyprus phone

Local Information

Drinking water
The water in Cyprus is perfectly safe to drink. You will have a special drinking water tap on or near the kitchen sink tap, this water comes direct from the water mains.

Water conservation
Please conserve water. We don’t get cut off very frequently but it may happen. If you have no water try using the drinking water tap. If no water comes out, the main supply has been cut. We do not generally get a warning but if it goes off it will be for a few hours at a time.

Driving
You will already be aware that in Cyprus they drive on the left, so that part is easy for UK visitors. Trying to work out what drivers are doing is more difficult. You will notice a tendency to drive half on and half off the hard shoulder on motorways and for drivers to weave about all over the place. This is partly because most people seem to drive with a mobile phone permanently locked to their ear. There is a lot of corner cutting, no signalling, traffic light creeping and some red light jumping as well, so be very careful at junctions.

Pharmacy Openings
The nearest pharmacy is located in Timi village, first right just past the airport on the B6. Friendly and helpful service and very well stocked shop. Free beauty consultations throughout the week -c call for details. They are open Monday – Saturday from 8:30-14:00 & 15:30 – 19:00. Half day closing Weds & Sats. Tel: 26 422 333.

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Petrol Stations
Most filling stations still have attendant service during opening hours. The nearest is on the B6 towards the airport on the right. Others are at: Pissouri, on the B6, and in Geroskipou there are 3 petrol stations along the B6 on the way to Paphos. When the petrol stations are closed, a machine dispenses for either cash or credit cards. Be sure to read the instructions.

Bank Hours
Monday: 08:15-13:00 & 15:15-16:45. Tuesday – Friday: 08:15-13:00. In tourist areas some banks will operate an afternoon service and all will have 24hr ATM’s.  There is a 24hr JCC ATM located in the village square at Aphrodite Hills Resort too.

Taxis
There are lots of reliable taxis around but not all of them know their way around the resort. We recommend Palepaphos taxis as they know the resort well.

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Getting Around

Bus Route
A cheaper alternative to a taxi or hire car into Paphos is the local bus service. The route 631 bus to Paphos harbour collects from the resort in the Golf club car park slip road near the Aphrodite Hills roundabout.
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Route 631
Paphos Harbour (Bus station) – Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock) – travel time 45 mins.

Stops
Harbour (main station), Ledas, Alkiminis, Poseidonos Ave., Danaes Ave., Aphrodite’s avenue, Spyrou Kyprianou Ave., Gianni Kontou, Ippokratous, Makariou Ave., Paphos-Limassol old road (B6), Kouklia Village, Aphrodite Hills, Petra Tou Romiou.

Timetable
From Harbour:
Monday – Saturday:
07:25, 09:10, 10:40, 14:10, 16:00, 17:30, 18:30, 22:30.
Sunday & Public Holidays
06:30, 09:10, 10:40, 14:10, 16:00, 18:40, 22:30.
From Petra Tou Romiou, daily:
08:15, 10:05, 11:35, 15:05, 15:25, 16:35, 16:55, 18:20, 19:30, 0:00.

Fares
One way: €1.50 (after 23:00 €2.50)
Daily pass: €5.00 Weekly pass: €20.00
Students and Kids up to five years FREE

 

Car Hire – Paforentals                                                                                                       26 947 058                                                                                                                       Website                                                                                                                              Our recommended car hire company is Paforentals, based in Paphos. They have a good fleet of cars, are very reliable and offer great service.  They also off our 8509 magazine readers a FREE extra collision damage waiver!

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Taxi Hire – Palepafos                                                                                                       26 432 161                                                                                                                       Website                                                                                                                              Our recommended taxi company is Palepafos Taxi, based in Kouklia Village. They have a variety of cars and mini buses and are very familiar with Aphrodite Hills Resort.  They also off our 8509 magazine readers a 10% discount:

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GoCycle Hire
There’s no better way to see the sights of Aphrodite Hills than on state of the art electric GoCycle bikes which are now on hire from Leos car rentals on the Resort.

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Cycle Hire
Another great way to get around the resort and local area is to hire bicycles. City bikes are available to hire outside Costa coffee (with child seat) or if you require a mountain bike or road bike you can hire them locally for delivery to your holiday property from Mountain bike Cyprus (Kouklia – 26 432 033 / 96 518 061).

Segways
Segway hire is available from Leos care hire just outside the Pantopoleio supermarket on resort. They are available for hire from one hour up to a week! Pick Up Times: 09:00, 10:00 , 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 , 15:00, 16:00
Price from: € 25.00 per Segway for the 1st Hour. Minimum age: 16. Safety first – please wear a helmet.

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Saving Money

Holidays can be expensive for families so here are just a few ideas to help you keep your costs down.

8509 Discount Scheme

Show your 8509 magazine at participating outlets. Discounts of up to 10% off rounds of Golf, discounted meals, money off taxi rides or scuba dives, to name but a few, will help save money during your stay with us.

Air-con and electricity surcharges
Avoid these by using air conditioners wisely. Set the temperature to a reasonable level (24C is about right). Don’t leave them on when you are away from, or outside, the property. Use the ‘sleep’ or ‘timer’ setting if you have one, this will run them for a fixed period whilst you get to sleep and then turn themselves off.

Shopping
The larger supermarkets often have deals and multibuys which will help you keep shopping bills down. If you don’t want to go to the major supermarkets in Pissouri, Paphos or Limassol, try ‘Andros’ in Pissouri Village Square or ‘Central’ next to the police station in Kouklia, they have a pretty good range.

Bottled water
Just buy a couple of bottles to start you off and then refill them from the tap and keep them in the fridge. The drinking water in Cyprus is perfectly safe.

Eating out
If you want to save money on eating out, be sure to present your 8509 magazine at participating eateries. Village tavernas and eateries offer the best value for money. You won’t have to go far; Pissouri, Pissouri Bay, Kouklia and Mandria all have good choices of value for money restaurants and tavernas, many of them offering the 8509 discount.

 

Golfing
Ask courses about their Twilight deals, and midweek competitions, they often work out great value – especially in peak periods. The 4-ball special and afternoon twilight rates are great value at Elea Estate.  The ‘tee for two’ on Fridays, and ‘9 hole Wednesday afternoon competitions’ at Aphrodite Hills are particularly good value too.

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View all our discounts here!

Cyprus bank Holidays

Most stores will not open on the following dates:

2016

Greek Independence Day 25 Mar
Greek Cypriot National Day 1 Apr
Good Friday 29 Apr
Easter Sunday 30 Apr
Easter Monday 1 May
Labour Day 1 May
Whit Monday 20 Jun
Pentecost (Kataklysmos) 19 Jun
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug
Cyprus Independence Day 1 Oct
Greek National Day 28 Oct
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec

Aphrodite Rentals

Rentals on the resort depend on the size, location and specification of the property. Holiday rentals can be achieved throughout the year, with the busiest time being during European school holidays and from July – August in high summer.

Contact us if you wish to discuss any of your property needs. We are happy to put you in touch with a property promoter who can point you towards the best buys and give you the low down of
the property market on the resort.

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Transfer Tax

Transfer tax is similar to the British stamp duty and is a one-off tax payable when you receive your title deeds. Unlike some other locations in Cyprus, the Resort has issued title deeds to owners on an organised

and sustained basis and by early 2014 most villas and three of the villages are receiving or have already received them.

Resort Costs

Property - RatesAll property owners on the Resort pay a small annual ‘resort charge’ which includes the security cover and maintenance of the sewage system. The ‘village charge’ is only for properties set within the villages of the resort, and covers things like pool maintenance, external decoration and gardening of common areas etc. The ‘Kouklia council charge’ is for refuse collection, lighting, resort cleaning and other municipal costs. Finally, there is an Immovable Property Tax which is paid annually to central Government. All these charges are surprisingly inexpensive.

Mortgages

Following the difficulties for Cyprus in 2013, approval rates for mortgages are currently very low.

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2016 is a great year to buy a property in Cyprus. The Government has just slashed Transfer Tax (similar to stamp duty in the UK) by 50% and this discount will remain until 31st December 2016. Also, if you buy before 31st December 2016, you will not hae to pay Capital Gains Tax in Cyprus (currently 20%) whenever you sell in the future. These two mesures are designed to stimulate the property market and current statistics are proving that they are doing just that. Add the fact that house prices have dropped significantly since the 2008 crash and that makes this one of the best times to buy in Cyprus.

Advice                                                                                                                               Buying your dream property in Cyprus can be a simple process but it is important to work with a reputable property company. Look for a registered estate agent and one with the AIPP logo (Association of International Property Professionals). This means that the agent abides by a code of conduct set by this professional body and it will help to ensure that you receive an honest, fair and professional service. We can advise here, and if you wish can arrange an informal chat over coffee to talk through your options. Always appoint a lawyer to act on your behalf. The Cyprus land registry system, which was set up by the British, includes safeguards to protect you and your purchase.

The property contract will be in English and if you have any queries, ask your lawyer for clarification, lawyers tend not to work on an hourly rate here so feel free to ask questions if you need to!

When it comes to location, there is nowhere in Cyprus like Aphrodite Hills 8509, which is attracting purchasers from countries as far afield as Russia, Australia, China, America and Scandinavia. The properties available range from cosy one bedroom apartments to grandiose six bedroom villas.

DSC_0943Resort Costs                                                                                                                       All property owners on the Resort pay a small annual ‘resort charge’ which includes the security cover and maintenance of the sewerage system. The ‘village charge’ is only for properties set within the villages of the resort, and covers things like pool maintenance, external decoration and gardening of common areas etc. The ‘Kouklia council charge’ is for refuse collection, lighting, resort cleaning and other municipal costs. Finally, there is an Immovable Property Tax which is paid annually to central government. All these charges are surprisingly inexpensive.

Mortgages                                                                                                                     Cyprus banks are now beginning to recover after the financial crisis. However it is still difficult to achieve a Loan to Value of more than 70%. Your lawyer or agent may be able to advise.

Title Deeds                                                                                                                       Title Deeds are available for nearly all resale properties on the resort. Check with your agent before proceeding to purchase.

aphroditerentals.com                                                                                       Rentals on the Resort depend on the size, location and specification of the property. Holiday rentals can be achieved throughout the year, with the busiest time being during European school holidays and from July – August in high summer. These are exciting times for Cyprus, and if you enjoy your stay here on the resort, why not buy a property and become a part of the adventure!

Contact us if you wish to discuss any of your property needs. We are happy to put you in touch with a property promoter who can point you towards the best buys and give you the low down of the property market on the resort.