Camel Park, located in Mazotos

Camel Park in Mazotos
The Camel Park is located on the outskirts of Larnaca in Mazotos some 15 mins from Larnaca Airport and strategically situated between the triangular cities of Larnaca, Limassol & Nicosia respectfully. The Park was originally established in 1998 and operated by a family that share a passion for the countryside and animals.

Traditionally, camels were utilized as a means of transportation in Cyprus, however today in the 21st Century the only Camels remaining on the Island can be found at the Camel Park and Paphos Zoo. 

Camel park features areas where adults can relax, as children enjoy the play area, which features...
  • Bouncy castle
  • Swings
  • Go-carts
  • Flight simulator. 
Children are encouraged to learn about animals by seeing them at close quarters. Animals at the Camel Park include...
  • Deer
  • Ostriches
  • Goats
  • Ponies
  • Horses
  • Donkeys
  • Kangaroos and many other animals.
Facilities include:
  • Rides and a Games area 
  • Large Swimming pool 
  • Camel riding and photos
  • Cafe/Bar Restaurant 
  • BBQ area (can be used for special occasions)
  • Souvenir shop
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Free entrance for members of 

All About Diving in Larnaca

Diving is one of the best things to do in Cyprus and one of the best places to dive is the Zenobia wreck, in Larnaca, which is one of the best recreational wrecks in the world. 

Larnaca is an ideal diving destination for both beginners and experienced scuba divers. The sea is calm and safe with no strong currents, the weather is mild with sunshine throughout the year, the water temperature is high and the waters are clean and clear.

Larnaca is the hometown to many other unusual and surprising treasures for undersea seekers, such as
  • The wrecks of HMS Cricket 
  • A British helicopter
  • The enigmatic ‘Octopus Reef’  
  • ‘Sheep Dip’. But it is the magnificent 
  • Zenobia wreck
The Swedish ferry, Zenobia, sank on her maiden voyage to Cyprus in June 1980, fully loaded with 104 trailers and trucks, just 1.5 km from the coast. It sunk due to a malfunctioning of the high tech computerised pump system, fortunately with no casualties. It is nearly 200 metres long and remains completely intact. The top of Zenobia is just 16 meters under the water surface and all the trucks can be seen either in the wreck or lying on the seabed close by. The silhouette of the wreck can be seen even from the surface. The water visibility is up to 50m, with the temperature ranging from 16° C in the winter to 27° C during the summer.

The wreck, which was initially thought to be a threat for pollution, has in fact converted itself into an astonishing artificial reef where local biodiversity grows as a spectacle of nature’s adaptation for years to come.

Why do Flamingo's stand on one leg?

Flamingo's are regular visitors to the Larnaca  Salt Lake and the Oroklini Wetlands. Due to the Oroklini Life Project, we expect to see Famingo's more or less all year round. As a consequence, we need to know about our feathered friends that attract so many Bird Watchers and Tourists to our neck of the woods.

Many observers have noted that flamingos and other wading birds often stand on only one leg while tucking the other leg up under the body. Flamingos exhibit this behavior both in the wild and in captivity, suggesting that it is entirely natural rather than the result of stress caused by confinement. Many theories have been put forward to explain this phenomenon, such as a theory that it conserves body heat or promotes circulation. Ultimately, however, nobody is really sure why flamingos stand on one leg.

The Conservation Theory
One of the more widely accepted theories is that flamingos stand on one leg to conserve body heat and energy. Some ornithologists have suggested that flamingos might essentially turn off half of the brain to rest and balance on the leg that is connected to the part of the brain that is awake. Tucking one leg under the body would help conserve body heat because it would minimize the surface area that is exposed to the air.

The Circulation Theory
Alternating legs might also allow the flamingo to rest and promote circulation through both legs. The long legs of these birds require extra work from the heart to circulate blood fully throughout the body. Especially when flamingos are standing in cool water, the heart is forced to circulate more blood to keep both legs warm. By tucking one leg closer to the body, a flamingo might reduce the load on its heart.

The Camouflage Theory
Another theory is that standing on one leg might help to camouflage the bird, because the single leg resembles the reeds and grasses in which flamingos often stand. Given that flamingos eat plant matter, crustaceans and mollusks, it seems unlikely that they need to develop camouflage to conceal themselves from their prey. When one considers that the bodies of flamingos also are a distinctive pink color, it also seems unlikely that they would be entirely successful at masquerading as reeds.

The Collision Avoidance Theory
It has even been suggested by some ornithologists that flamingos stand on one leg so that ducks run into them only half as often. Although this mostly humorous theory might have some merit, it dismisses other bird species that are at risk of duck collisions while sharing a habitat with flamingos, such as spoonbills, skimmers and geese. Flamingos tend to congregate in large flocks, so it is probable that ducks have learned to avoid these birds on their own.

Elusive Answer
As is evident, many theories have been posited for this peculiar, trademark flamingo behavior, although a concrete explanation might never be reached. Like most mysteries in nature, the truth probably is a combination of several theories, although it is most likely related to energy conservation and resting behavior. Long-term study of flamingos and other wading birds both in the wild and in captivity has not resulted in a concrete answer to the question, but perhaps it might someday.

Source: Wise Geeks

Larnaca District to Launch Two New Organised Beaches

We received news that the communities of Ormidia and Pyla will now operate 2 newly organized beaches this July 2014.

The 2 areas in question were previously closed off following a long existing agreement with the Sovereign Base Areas, allowing for the development of land.

The Ormidia community will operate its first organized beach, named Armenou, on the 10th of July 2014, while Pyla will operate the Savvopoulos’ beach earlier in July.

Armenou’s beach facilities will include an outdoor Cafe, 63 umbrellas, 126 sun beds, a lifeguard, ramp, shower, toilets, beach volley courts and other sports fields, green spaces, night lighting and other facilities.

Savvopoulos’ beach facilities will include a kiosk, toilets, changing rooms, parking, 40 umbrellas and 80 sun beds.

By 2015 there are plans for Pyla to operate yet another beach.

5 new exciting Larnaca projects to look forward to!

Piale Pasha - Artist Impression

2013 by all accounts in Cyprus was a pretty miserable year when it came to the economy and progressive construction or developments. Larnaca was by no means an exception, especially so as the funding for the Municipality was dramatically cut. As a consequence a number of projects were cancelled and the sentiment in the city is at best sober.

From every disaster comes a blessing however and rising from the ashes of depression are a number of new project ideas on the horizon that could well see the light of day. About Larnaca will make a point to follow each of these projects in 2014. For now here is a quick teaser...

1. Piale Pasha Boulevard
No doubt all residents of Larnaca has seen the progress and construction work of this project. Essentially the project is to create a split level (one level for Cyclists and one level for Pedestrians) Boulevard and Cycleway from the Larnaca Fort to the Fishing Port of Mackenzie where the fish taverns are. 

In reality this will means it will be both pleasant and possible to walk or Cycle from the Larnaca Marina to the limits of the Airport. Wow! The project is due to be completed by May 2014, however it would  not surprise us to see some delay, but completion is dead certain, as the investment money is coming from the EU. The Blue Print of the project was realized by the former Town Planner Eleftherios Embedoklis (now CEO of the Larnaca Municipality) some 7 years ago.

2. Majestic Arched Bridge
In synergy with the above project, Eleftherios Embedoklis and his Town Planning team are now visioning an 800M arched bridge which will connect an area close to the Fishing Port of Mackenzie and the main Salt Lake. The bridge will be at an approximate 4M in height. 

At present, the project is only at the Blue Print stage and the goal is to secure funds from the EU like the Piale Pasha project. In many rspects this project will bridge the gap to the Salt Lake for Pedestrians and add an additional interesting nature orientated element to the pleasant connected walk in Larnaca. Consider that the Piale Pasha project took 7 years to realize, we will need to be patient for this one. 

Zinonos Pierides Street ExpansionThe Larnaca  Municipality are accepting bidders for an expansion of the Zinonos Pierides Street area (same street as the main Cyta Shop / Office). The goal is to dramatically widen the Pedestrian area, reduce traffic to a one-way system and reclaim public space for the people while lessening the impact of cars.

4. Larnaca Cruise Ship Port and Marina
I hear you say "Not that project again, I thought it was finished!". Well not so, the Zenon Consortium (winning bidder of the project) were recently given another 6 months to find the funding by the central Government. While a number of Consortium members have pulled out like Costa Crociere, Louis Group and Bouygues Construction, the Ports of Amsterdam, Petrolina, J & P and Iacovou Brothers are still involved and sourcing funding at the time of writing.

In order to make the project a reality, it had to be scaled down somewhat in terms of the turning circle (originally 500M within the port), the size and cost of some developments, however with a lower cost less funding is needed making the project more feasible. The first few months of 2014 will be telling for the Larnaca Cruise Ship Port and Marina, so fingers crossed that the funding can now be found.

5. Simply Cyprus
Creator of the Larnaca Parents Network and aspiring entrepreneur Sharon Mckinley, is now planning a new concept to showcase the very best that Cyprus has to offer. The long term goal of the project is to expand Island-wide, however initially Larnaca will be the first city and main base of Simply Cyprus.

The concept of Simply Cyprus is fundamentally collaborative with the objective of bringing many local Artisans, Potters, Artists, Poets, Writers, Bakers, Food providers and more besides together in one place. The criteria is beautifully simple, the products and services must originate from or be made in Cyprus. About Larnaca will be tracking this project and shall be the first to report when there is more to speak of.

There is always a bright side and life is what you make it, so as residents of Larnaca let's collectively be more positive and make our city a great place to live!

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