A Mediterranean Tale: Cyprus

I am currently writing this from home, back in the UK, after two glorious weeks in sunny Cyprus. This was my second visit to the beautiful little Mediterranean island and as a Greek Cypriot myself, I was really looking forward to  learning a bit more about my culture and obviously a couple of weeks of sun, sea, sand and souvla (Greek BBQ). As soon as we stepped out of the plane at Larnaca International Airport the wave of humidity hit us, even at 10 pm. It was only that morning we were shivering in jackets, amidst a torrential downpour at Heathrow. Cyprus was already warm, inviting and full of adventures ahead.

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Cyprus has so much to see and do including the salt lakes of Larnaca (above), the Marinas, waterfalls, exotic palm trees and a stunning array of historical ruins, monasterys and monuments, some with myths and legends dating back to the Ancient Greek period.

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The Goddess of love and beauty herself, Aphrodite was said to have been born out of the sea in Cyprus; her baths are now a huge tourist attraction that have people from all over the world visiting and bottling the ‘magic water’. It’s not difficult to see why this country is so synonymous with love and beauty- You just can’t help but fall in love with the unpredictable landscapes and the incredible views.

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With so much history and culture there really is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for rustic villages off the tourist tracks or lively nights out, Cyprus has it all, oh and the sun never stops shining. win win!

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If you are looking for a beach holiday then look no further, turquoise waters are a dream (and actually only 5hrs) away from cloudy grey skies. The endless blue is the perfect excuse to escape the mundane while you cool off from the midday sun.

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My Tip Top Things To See And Do In Cyprus

  1. Visit the exquisite sandy beaches of Fig Tree bay (Protaras) and Nissi Beach (Ayia Napa)
  2. Visit one of the Water-parks for a cool & fun day.
  3. Escape to the mountains for cooler air and incredible views.
  4. Take a trip to one of the many picturesque villages and see Greek tradition at it’s finest.
  5. Sample some of the delicious cuisines on offer- you won’t be disappointed!
  6. Discover Ancient Greek myths through the wonderful ruins.
  7. Do some shopping in the capital City, Nicosia.

FINALLY- Eat, drink and fall in love with Cyprus.

I already miss the tranquil blue sea and the rugged landscape, I can’t wait to visit again. If you’re looking for a last minute deal or 2017 summer holiday destination, then what are you waiting for, Cyprus is offering you a warm (literally) Mediterranean welcome, arms wide open, with a bottle of ouzo on the table ready for a party in sun.

Sophie

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