Why is sailing in Cyprus ideal?

By Pavlos Kontides, Official Ayia Napa Marina Brand Ambassador

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29 October, 2018

Why is sailing in Cyprus ideal?

As a son of a devoted sailing enthusiast like my father, I have been introduced to the magic of enjoying the sea, the sun and the wind since I was little. And of course, that couldn’t be anywhere else than my homeland, Cyprus.

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus offers superb sailing conditions all year round. With sunshine days counting up to 350 per year, day time temperatures at 30+ degrees in the summer period and 15-17 degrees in the winter period, this piece of land at the crossroads of three continents, makes an ideal place for outdoor sports and of course, sailing.

The most important factor for this amazing and unique sport, is the wind and sea state. Cyprus is famous for its south westerly sea breeze which can blow all year around. May, June and July usually offer winds more than 15 knots. During the winter period (December-March), easterly gradient winds are also common, ranging from 10-25 knots.

The general sea state are waves up to 1 meter, which every boat can sail and enjoy. With the easterly breeze waves can get bit bigger, up to 2 meters, depending on the location of sailing. Southerly gradient occurs very rarely and creates bigger waves coming directly to the island’s south coasts.

Another important factor is that the wind blows for several hours during the day, allowing for longer sailing sessions; it often blows from 12:00-18:30 in the summer and from the morning till the sunset in the winter.

Tide is minimal, thus currents as well, so no need to schedule your sailing due to water level fluctuations.

All these factors combined with the fact that Cyprus is easily accessible from air, has great food, and great day and night life, make it the great spot for sailing and other activities.

Ayia Napa Marina, makes the “ideal” excuse to consider boating and sailing in Cyprus, either as a visitor or as a permanent resident.

Feel free to contact me for any sailing information or questions via my Facebook Page.

Let’s catch a breeze,

Pavlos

Pavlos Kontides: Official Ayia Napa Marina Ambassador

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27 September, 2018

Pavlos Kontides: Official Ayia Napa Marina Ambassador

Olympic medallist and two-time world sailing champion, Pavlos Kontides, now stands as Ayia Napa Marina’s official ambassador, set to represent the marina both in Cyprus and abroad, according to an announcement made during a recent press conference.

Having already secured his spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Pavlos Kontides is an ideal ambassador of the Ayia Napa Marina; a project celebrated as the ultimate coastal international tourism destination. As stated by Kontides, his new duties are fully in line with his love for the sea and conviction that Cyprus deserves to be a top high-end nautical tourism destination, as exemplified by the Ayia Napa Marina project.

Thanking Kontides, M.M. Makronisos Marina Ltd CEO, Stavros Caramondanis, noted that Kontides’ new role reflects the company’s dynamic approach to an upgraded model of Cyprus tourism which aims for and can achieve global renown.

“We are very proud”, added Caramondanis, “that Pavlos Kontides accepted our invitation and is taking on the role of ambassador for the Ayia Napa Marina. He has vision, he works hard, he aims for success beyond the narrow boundaries of our small country and has the courage to make his dream a reality on an international level. We, in turn, are working hard, with enthusiasm and courage, to implement a project of international scope, placing Cyprus on the world nautical tourism map and beyond. We strongly believe that the Ayia Napa Marina is a jewel for the area and Cyprus as a whole. We stand firm in our belief that alongside Pavlos, – united by our love for the sea and Cyprus – we will continue the journey to make the Ayia Napa Marina world famous”.

As stated in the latest Ayia Napa Marina progress report, construction work is progressing at a fast pace, estimated that it will be ready to accommodate its first yachts by the second half of 2019.

At the same time, cafes, restaurants and shops will open their doors to the public, in accordance with the first phase of the project’s operation.

Construction of the two impressive towers and villas continues at a steady pace and will be delivered in stages, in accordance with the set timeframe. The East Tower will be delivered by the end of 2020, and West Tower will be delivered by the end of 2021. Completion of the whole project is expected in 2021.

It is a well-known fact that the Ayia Napa Marina is the most important development currently under construction in the Famagusta district, and is widely regarded one of the most ambitious development projects in Cyprus.

The completion of the respective project will upgrade the region and the national tourist product of Cyprus, facilitating the development of the local economy while promoting the image of Ayia Napa as a quality tourism destination, attracting important investments.

 

Construction Progress Update September 2018

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13 September, 2018

Construction Progress Update September 2018

Construction has progressed steadily in August. Piling works for various buildings have been completed or are nearing completion, with the East Tower and essential buildings leading the way.

Reclamation is almost complete around the project, and the island reclamation is proceeding quickly, with 50% already complete.

Pre-cast concrete works are also nearing completion, with most units already being prepared for installation in the designated areas.

The South Breakwater’s construction is also proceeding steadily, with the outer section being at 75%. Tetrapods are still being placed, as well as inverted tables that will support the roadway.

The perimeter blockwall is at 66% completion, and the island’s blockwall is at 51%.

 

 

Residential Properties in Cyprus Continue Upward Trend

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13 September, 2018

Residential Properties in Cyprus Continue Upward Trend

According to the Central Bank of Cyprus, Residential Properties Index in Cyprus rose by a quarterly 0.6% in the first quarter of 2018, continuing its upward trend for seven consecutive quarters.

The Famagusta area tops the list with 1.6% increase in residential properties registration. According to the CBC the volume of sale contracts and building permits in the Famagusta area are expected to  increase further in 2018.

The expectation is that the recovery and growth of the Cyprus real estate sector is going to continue for the remaining of 2018.

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