Visiting Us

Cyprus Hospitality

From the first century CE, Barnabas, the Cypriot Levite, was given to hospitality, as a “Son of encouragement.” That ancient tradition of “Kopiaste,” Greek for “travelers’ welcome,” is a priority to all of us here at Gateways. For over a decade, we have received many ministry leaders and workers from the Middle East, as well as students, guests and visitors, worldwide. Our goal is that folks will leave rested, refreshed, energized, eager to return.

We are situated on the southern half of the island, known as the Greek side. The ministry base is nestled in the small mountain village of Moniatis, a peaceful haven just 30 kilometers north of the coastal city of Limassol. Ideally located in between the mountains and the sea, we enjoy both the serenity of village life and the beauty of the Mediterranean beaches within half an hour’s drive.

Kopiaste,

GBCY Hospitality Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the price to stay at the hospitality guesthouse?

We don’t charge visitors to stay at our guesthouse however we are happy to receive donations that help to cover our expenses.  The suggested donation for accommodation here is 25 Euros per adult or 40 Euros per couple per night.  Any donation is much appreciated and will help to cover our expenses. 

What are the options for meals during my visit?

While the GTS is in session you are welcome to take your meals with our staff and students at the base. You could join for lunch from Monday to Thursday and for dinner every evening!  
Also, there is a supermarket right next to our base and you are also welcome to purchase and prepare food on your own.  Our team would be happy to recommend some nearby Cypriot tavernas so that you can try wonderful local dishes of grilled meats, fresh salads and typical Greek Cypriot fare.

What are the transportation options during my visit?

  • The best option is definitely a rental car. We highly recommend this as it gives freedom for you to spend the day as you wish.  This will be helpful since not everything is within walking distance up in our area of the mountains.  This is certainly our preferred option for your personal transportation as we have limited ministry vehicles available.  You can book from a rental car company directly from the internet, but if you would like a to use the car rental company we are connected with please just let us know.
  • Another option is the airport shuttle bus. The bus goes directly outside from the airport to Limassol/Lemesos for 9 Euros one way. The service is very good and the buses are comfortable and clean. The bus ride takes approximately 50 minutes to Limassol (stop in front of the ‘Agios Georgios Havouzas church’) from which we can arrange someone to pick you up and bring you to our base in the mountains, which is another 30-minute drive. It costs 10 Euros in fuel for this pick up. For more information and to check out the current time table:  www.airportshuttlebus.eu
  • We can also arrange for you to be picked up by one of our staff members, if your arrival time does not coordinate with the bus schedule. We have an available vehicle provided, if you give us advance notice of your coming. We request the equivalent of the fuel cost, which is 30 Euros each way.
  • Here is a link to website with information about public busses in cyprus:  www.cyprusbybus.com/busesmap.aspx (bus route 60 goes from Saitas, right next to the base to Limassol)

Driving Directions

Driving Directions from Larnaca Airport

First of all, don’t forget that you need to drive on the left side of the road!

Exit the airport and follow signs towards Lemesos/Limassol.

At the roundabout take the highway to Lemesos/Limassol, exit to the left.

Follow the signs to Lemesos/Limassol.

Travel for about 45 min until you reach Lemesos/Limassol.

Travel straight through on the overpass, past 4 exits.

You will pass a stadium on the left and a big church on the right.

Take this exit after the stadium and church. The exit is to the New Port and Troodos.

You will come to a large roundabout.

Take the 4th exit in the roundabout to Troodos, which will take you up to the mountains.

From here it is approximately 27 km from the roundabout to our base.

When you drive through Trimiklini village, you know you are close.

After Trimiklini you will see a grocery store on the left called ‘Costas Supermarket’.

Across from the grocery store is a flower shop and a ‘Lukoil’ petrol station.

The base is on the right side of the road, immediately after the ‘Lukoil’ petrol station.

Turn right into the driveway and please park backward in the parking lots. (For the protection of our children!)

You have reached our ministry base. Our building is in a former restaurant known as ‘Fraktis’.

The trip from the airport to our base should take approx. one hour and a half.

Directions from the Paphos Airport: 

First of all, don’t forget that you need to drive on the left side of the road!

Exit the airport and follow signs towards Lemesos/Limassol.

Travel for about 45 min until you reach Lemesos/Limassol, take the Troodos Exit.

You will pass ‘McDonalds’ at your right and will come to a large roundabout.

Drive through this roundabout (take the 2nd exit) and follow the way towards the next roundabout.

Now take the 2nd exit towards ‘Troodos’, which will take you up to the mountains.

From here it is approximately 27 km from the roundabout to our base.

When you drive through ‘Trimiklini’ village, you know you are close.

After Trimiklini you will see a grocery store on the left called ‘Costas Supermarket’.

Across from the grocery store is a flower shop and a ‘Lukoil’ petrol station.

The base is on the right side of the road, immediately after the ‘Lukoil’ petrol station.

Turn right into the driveway and please park backward in the parking lots. (For the protection of our children!)

You have reached our ministry base. Our building is in an old restaurant known as ‘Fraktis’.

The trip from the airport to our base should take approx. one hour and a half.

What community events can i participate in while I am visiting the base?

We are happy to have you join us for our morning community worship times, as well as any other general meetings we are hosting while you are visiting.  Many people love to join our Friday evening shabbat celebrations as well.  If you are visiting while the GTS is in session and would like to sit in for any of the teaching sessions, we ask that you double check with the hospitality team in advance.  For most of the courses we are happen to have guests sit in and be blessed by the teaching.  If you are interested to volunteer practically during your time with us that is possible as well.

Can you suggest things to do in the area?

Our team would be happy to suggest places to visit and things to do in our region of Cyprus.  Please feel free to explore and enjoy the island while you are here. There are many beautiful beaches to visit, numerous hiking trails in the mountains, and several villages nearby which give a true flavor of traditional Cypriot culture. The mountain life is a perfect setting for solitude, reflection and contemplation.  

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