The first thing that comes to someone’s mind when they think about Cyprus is that it’s a sunbather’s paradise. However, venture a bit beneath the surface and you’ll find a land filled with an intriguing past, culture, wonderful cuisine and landscapes. Here’s a little peek into all that.
First stop – Larnaca
Larnaca lays claim to being one of the oldest cities in the world and you can see for yourself how uniquely it straddles the line between the old and the new. One minute you’ll be walking next to all these modern shops and the next you could find yourself walking along the ruins of an ancient monument. It can also serve as the perfect base for your travels around Cyprus.
Byzantine Church of St Lazarus – Built around the 9th century, the church is built over the tomb of Saint Lazarus who was resurrected by Jesus.
Kebir/Buyuk Cami Mosque – A Catholic church that was converted into a mosque by the Ottomans and is still in use to this day.
Larnaca Salt Lake – Flamingos flock here in the winter months.
Finikoudes Beach – A family friendly beach, a walk around the promenade will take you to the best sights around town.
A picturesque town with palm trees lined promenades, bustling with cafes and bars and a lively tourist scene that lends Limassol (Lemesos) a cosmopolitan vibe. Don’t miss its main attraction – the Lemesos Medieval Castle.
Located on the eastern end of the island, this town is known for its beaches and its parties. There are lots of clubs and pubs to hit at this popular destination. Nissi beach is located here and it’s one of the best beaches on the island.
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This stunning beach with crystal clear waters is where the goddess is supposed to have been born.
There are some top wine producers on the island, visit the Zambartas winery for some of the best the island has to offer.
Fancy a bit of skiing? Just an hour away from the beach is Mt. Olympus, the island’s highest peak.
With a focus on fresh seasonal produce and influences from Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines, the culinary experience is top-notch in Cyprus. If you want to sample all that’s on offer, try the mezze. You’d get a choice between seafood or meat mezze and would include:
Tzatziki – Strained yoghurt with a mix of various ingredients like cucumbers, dill/mint, garlic etc.
Halloumi – A semi-soft cheese that can be grilled or fried
Koupepia – Grape leaves stuffed with meat
Ttavas – A traditional lamb dish
Souvla – Marinated meat cooked on charcoals
A variety of seafood either grilled or fried
When you’re in Cyprus, the dream of an endless summer feels real with gorgeous beaches, balmy evenings, lovely fresh food in charming tavernas and you know the best dreams are like that.