The Social Program includes gatherings at which conference participants and accompanying persons can attend. The events are booked at the time of registration. The social program includes:
Date: Tuesday, 12 June
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Venue: Celeste Terrace, Mediterranean Beach Hotel
The Mediterranean Beach Hotel is adjacent to the Amathus Beach Hotel (Conference Venue Hotel). The Hotel is built with commanding sea views and incorporates a spectacular split-level swimming pool and terraced gardens that lead to a sandy, blue flag-awarded beach. The Cocktail Reception will take place on Celeste Terrace, which overlooks the picturesque gardens, surrounded by imposing palm trees and a beautiful beach that lies ahead. Here, you will have the chance to enjoy a variety of canapés along with local traditional drinks, catch up with your friends and colleagues, while listening to music and enjoying a beautiful view.
Mediterranean Beach Hotel
71 Amathus Avenue,
4533 Agios Tychonas Limassol,
Student Social Event
Date: Wednesday, 13 June
Venue: La Isla Beach Bar
All ECC2018 student participants are invited to participate to the Students’ Social Event, which will be organized at 19:30 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the La Isla Beach Bar. Students will be able to socialize and relax at one of the best beach bars in Limassol.
A voucher for one free beverage will be given to each student. The bar is situated 2 Km from the Conference Hotel and it is easily accessible on foot or by bus.
La Isla Beach Bar
17 Amathoundos Avenue,
4532 Agios Tychonas Limassol,
Date: Thursday, 14 June
Venue: Hadjiantonas Winery, Parekklisia village
The Hadjiantonas Winery is located in Parekklisia village in east Limassol region (approximately 15’ drive from the conference venue). Bus transfers will be provided to all participants. Through a strong heritage of wine making skills and the help of the latest wine making technology, Theodoros Hadjiantonas provides the winery with an exquisite range of wines worthy of the islands deep historical and cultural bonds with wine. Hadjiantonas Winery is considered a premier location for hosting private dinners as it combines beautiful settings and wonderful wine. Traditional buffet dinner will be served while music and entertainment will keep you on the dance floor.
Please note that the banquet is included only for the full registrants. Student registrant and accompanying persons will have to purchase a ticket.
Optional Organized Excursions
1. Half Day walking tour of old Limassol
Date: Friday 15 June
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Price: €25 per person
(Price includes bus transfer, professional guide and entrance fees to Medieval Castle)
This is a stroll through the historic part of the Old Town of Lemesos. We will first visit the Medieval Castle and Museum. The castle was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle. It is here that according to tradition, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England. In the surrounding area there are interesting stone – built warehouses, many of which have become restaurants and exhibition halls. Some of the buildings of the 1930s were used a carob storage houses and mills. Traditional blacksmiths’ workshops add to the atmosphere of the area, which was the trading center of the city. The Great Mosque or Kepir Mosque is a sign of the coexistence of the two communities of Lemesos (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots). Built in Ottoman times, on the ruins of a previous Byzantine and a later Gothic church, it is an example of the different historic phases Cyprus went through. The Cathedral of Agia Napa stands proudly in the heart of the residential and shopping area of Lemesos. A building of the 19th century with traditional Byzantine architectural elements. The surrounding area is a blend of old and new, showing recent developments close to the buildings of the late Ottoman Period with balconies and arched entrances with decorated walls, featuring a post baroque influence.
2. Full Day Kourion – Paphos, Aphrodite’s Birthplace
Date: Saturday 16 June
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Price: €60 per person
(Price includes bus transfer, professional guide, entrance fees to Kourion and Paphos Mosaics and lunch with 1 drink)
Today you can discover the legends and history of one of the most beautiful areas in Cyprus. Driving through the vineyards and citrus plantations of Fasouri our first stop will be the ancient city of Kourion, an impressive Greco-Roman unspoiled site which includes mosaics and a superb amphitheater. From this beautiful, unspoiled spot perched high on a cliff, enjoy the dazzling view of the ruins and the sea below. The next stop will be at Aphrodite’s Rock, where according to legend the Goddess of Love and Beauty was born from the foam of the sea. Your journey continues to Paphos where you will discover one of the most beautiful places on the island. Paphos, with its pleasant harbour and Medieval Fort, combines a cosmopolitan holiday resort, spectacular countryside and historical sites. It was the capital of Cyprus for 600 years in ancient times and its archaeological legacy is such that UNESCO put the whole town on its World Cultural Heritage List. Our next visit will be at the Paphos Mosaics. House of Dionysos, House of Theseus, House of Aion and the House of Orpheas . The mosaic floors of these Houses date from the 3rd to the 5th century AD and are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They depict scenes from Greek Mythology and are considered masterpieces of mosaic art. Lunch will be offered at a Traditional Taverna.
3. Full Day Tour to the Wine Villages of Lemesos (Krasochoria Lemesou)
Date: Sunday 17 June
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Price: €65 per person
(Price includes bus transfer, professional guide, entrance fees to Kolossi Castle and wine museum, wine tasting and lunch with 1 drink)
Driving through the citrus groves of Phassouri we arrive at the Kolossi Castle. Built by the Crusaders in the 13th century, this well preserved building stands three stories tall and it is a good example of military architecture of that period. We continue our tour with a visit to the Wine Museum of Cyprus. Here in a nicely constructed building with stone and tiles you can learn about the history of winemaking in Cyprus, taste and buy a range of Cyprus wines. As we drive on upwards passing by pretty villages and beautiful countryside we will then stop at Ayios Ambrosios village for wine tasting at a local winery and an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating winemaking process. One of the most picturesque villages is Omodos surrounded by vineyards, famous for its true Cypriot architecture with beautifully restored buildings, its old wine press, known as “Linos”, and the monastery of the Holy Cross. Standing by the stone paved square, the monastery is known for its collection of interesting ecclesiastical objects. You will have time to stroll around the narrow streets of the village, visit the old wine press and taste some local wines. In the village there are small shops famous for their “vitraux”, handmade pieces of stained glass, icons, handmade jewels and embroidery all traditionally made. Lunch will be offered at a Traditional Tavern. On the return journey we will stop at Lania, the traditional artists’ village.