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Cyprus the Copper Island

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Experience hosted by Ifigenia

4.5 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in Greek, English

What you'll do

The mining history tour will take place in the countryside of the southern Nicosia district. The mining sites we are visiting are hosted within the volcanic rocks of the Troodos ophiolite. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a scientifically simplified explanation of the geology, minearology and formation processes of the Cyprus type sulphide deposits. At the same time they will witness a historical overview of the "Copper" island's mining history, with special focus on the visiting sites. The sites we will visit are listed below:
North Mathiatis mine
South Mathiatis mine
Almyras archaeological site - An Iron Age copper smelting site
Early Industrial Workshop of Agia Varvara
The mining history tour will take place in the countryside of the southern Nicosia district. The mining sites we are visiting are hosted within the volcanic rocks of the Troodos ophiolite. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a scientifically simplified explanation of the geology, minearology and formation processes of the Cyprus type sulphide deposits. At the same time they will witness a historical overview of the "Copper" island's…

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From $67
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Meet your host, Ifigenia

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hello, my name is Ifigenia. I am a geologist and a licensed tour guide (License number 513). Guiding for me is not just a job; it’s about meeting new people, hosting them in my country and uncover its hidden jewels to them. Regarding my studies, I hold a BSc degree in Geology and Geoenvironment and a MSc in Environmental Engineering. Continuing my studies I graduated from the Tourist Guide School of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism in March 2020. My professional journey started as an exploration geologist working for mineral exploration projects within Cyprus. Following that, I worked as an Environmental Educator and Field Instructor. I am offering mining history tours, geological tours within the Troodos Geopark area and other natural sites of the island.
Hello, my name is Ifigenia. I am a geologist and a licensed tour guide (License number 513). Guiding for me is not just a job; it’s about meeting new people, hosting them in my country and uncover its hidden jewels to them. Regarding my studies, I hold a BSc degree in Geology and Geoenvironment and a MSc in Environmental Engineering. Continuing my studies I graduated from the Tourist Guide School of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism in March 2020. My professional journey started as an exp…
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Where you'll be

At first we will be visiting the North and South Mathiatis mines which were operated during the 1930s for gold and silver. North Mathiatis mine was also mined for pyrite and was abandoned in mid-1980s. Following this we will be visiting the ” Almyras” archaeological site, a unique ancient unit of complete treatment for production of copper. At last a visit at the Early Industrial Workshop in Agia Varvara

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Government ID

    You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    What to bring

    Hat, sunscreen (optional), appropriate walking or hiking shoes.

    Water