Cyprus is well known as the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’. Being the birthplace in legend of the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite, seems fitting for this dreamy, enticing and picturesque place. A Mediterranean island, full of history and myth, Cyprus enjoys sunshine for most of the year, which is why so many people plan holidays to Cyprus. Golden beaches, hidden bays and romantic coves are but a few of the reasons tourists flock here. The culture and history of Cyprus are equally appealing. With picture-perfect mountains and an idyllic surrounding countryside, Cyprus offers more than just a beach holiday for those wishing to explore.
There truly is something to appeal to every taste on the island of Cyprus. Swimming in the azure sea, walking through pine-scented glades, skiing on the mountain tops, discovering Byzantine churches and Ancient Greek temples are but a few of the many activities on offer. Described as the year-round island, no matter what season you visit in, you will not be bored for an instant.
A warm welcome awaits you on your arrival. The Cypriot people are famous for their kind ways and hospitality. Throughout the year many different festivals take place, in which visitors are more than welcome to participate. One of the biggest of these is the Limassol Beer Festival, which takes place in July.
Exotic beaches, clear water and golden sands can be found on Cyprus. Resorts such as Limassol, Ayia Napa, Protaras and Paphos are all examples of delightful resorts which visitors simply must visit. Tourist attractions include Aphrodite’s Rock on the south-western coast, Paphos Harbour and Castle, the city of Nicosia with its ancient city walls, and Curium and Kolossi Castle near Limmassol. Then there’s the amazing Troodos Mountains to consider.
Cypriot cuisine will not disappoint visitors to Cyprus. With Turkish, Middle Eastern, Greek, and African influences, the Cypriot diet is varied and delicious. Typical dishes include Mezze, a mixture of dishes which make up a meal – up to 30 small courses on occasion. Seafood is another avenue of delight for gastronomists, with red mullet, squid, and octopus on the ‘Catch of the Day’ menu wherever you go. In terms of wine, the climate in Cyprus is favourable to growing grapes, meaning that there are many delicious local wines to try.TheLimassol Wine Festival is a must-visit for wine lovers and takes place in August each year.
Stunning scenery and adventure awaits you in Cyprus. Walkers and trekkers will love the hillside paths of the Troodos Mountains. Beautiful views await you in the Platres and the Akamas Peninsula in this region, also home to picturesque world heritage churches.
With easy access to the country served by all major airlines, and an abundance of superb hotels on offer, there has never been a better time to visit this charming and intriguing country.
Sammie Jenson is a working Mum considering holidays to Cyprus for the summer holidays this year.