Cyprus is known as ‘the playground of the gods’, and for good reason too – Aphrodite is said to have risen out of the water near Paphos. We will be taking our ‘Nikken gods’ to Paphos, Cyprus for the Nikken Leadership Convention 2013 (15 to 19 January)!
Known as the year-round island, Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents – where East meets West and new experiences are always waiting to be discovered. There is so much to do on this beautiful island that it is difficult to know where to start.
Did you know?
- Archaeological evidence suggests that people first lived on the island of Cyprus 10,000 years ago.
- The English crusader, King Richard the Lionheart, wed Queen Joanna at Limassol Castle on 12 May, 1191. To this day it is the only foreign venue at which an English Royal Wedding has been hosted.
- 371 species of bird can be seen on the island of Cyprus.
- Cyprus is home to 20 rare species of orchid.
- 260 species of fish circle the warm Mediterranean waters around Cyprus.
- More than 45 beaches on Cyprus have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety.
Cyprus is known for its sandy beaches, but there is so much more to it than that! Get out and enjoy nature by going trekking or riding around the picturesque villages to take in the gorgeous scenery. If you’re interested in history and archaeology then this is the place for you! There are so many churches and ruins to explore like the House of Dionysius – a must see for every visitor to Paphos.
Lying between the harbour and the lighthouse, the House of Dionysius lies within a Roman villa filled with mosaics of various mythological compositions. Thus how it got its name of Dionysius, the god of wine! But it’s not just Dionysius you’ll find here, also be on the lookout for Narcissus, Poseidon, Apollo, and countless others.
The Cypriot night life is rich and varied ranging in everything from discos to traditional tavernas, where you can try local foods and drinks such as kolokasi, commandaria, and of course halloumi! Eating out to capture the local flavour is the high point of the holiday. The meze with its olives and dips is always the starting point. Quite often followed by fish of some sort, moussaka, and it only keeps going. Cyprus’ location allows its food to combine foreign and local flavours for something really special!
Cyprus has something for everyone making it the perfect destination for our contest trip! So get out there and start working – the qualification period is only from 1 June to 30 September 2012!
If you would like more information on how to qualify and contest rules please visit MyNikken.
– Digital Team