Hidden away in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, 47 miles from the shores of Turkey is the small island country of Cyprus. The island of roughly 1 million Greek and Turkish inhabitants covers 3,600 sq. miles and rises up from the crystal clear blue waters with dramatic cliffs and dreamy beaches.
By JP Chartier
The enchanting little island is probably most famous for being the birthplace of the Goddess of Love and Beauty – Aphrodite. A visit here is an absolute must!
Listed below are 8 reasons why you should holiday in Cyprus:
The Beauty – From the spectacular coastline of the Akamas Peninsula to the sleepy villages and painted churches of the Troodos Mountains, the beauty of Cyprus is in every corner waiting to be discovered.
The History – The island of Cyprus is rich in history, throughout the centuries many powerful civilizations have laid claim to the island, including: the Assyrians, Phoenicians, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, the Crusaders, Lusignans, the Genoese, the Venetians, the Ottomans and the British. Each has left its impression on the island, culminating in a kaleidoscope of architecture and different ways of life.
The Villages– No visit to Cyprus is complete without exploring the charming villages in the mountains and on the plains. Their ancient architecture of stone and block construction and cobbled streets evoke a time long past, it seems as if time has stood still. See the small villages of the Akamas Peninsula and the picturesque villages of the Troodos Mountains such as Platres, Kakopetria, Pera Pedi and Phini (the highest village in all of Cyprus). Other must see villages include: Potamos Liopetriou, Prodromos, Omodos, Lania, Vouni Village, and Tochni.
The Ruins – The island of Cyprus is dotted with historic ruins from a plethora of conquerers. Here are a few worth the visit: The Tombs of Kings on Paphos, Agios Sozomenos, Paphos, Salamis, Kalavasos-Tenta, Amathus and one of the most revered sites on Cyprus Palaepaphos, the ancient home of Aphrodite.
Castles – Castles are an important part of the history of Cyprus and need to be included on your list of activities. Many of the different conquerors throughout the years have left behind various castles all over Cyprus. Some of the better castles are: Kolossi Castle, Paphos Castle, Limassol Castle, Kyrenia Castle, Larnaca Castle and the St. Hilarion Castle.
Fun Activities – Cyprus is loaded with things to do, everything from Hiking, chilling out on a beach, Diving, to the nightlife of Agia Napa. Here are a few more of the fun activities you can find on Cyprus: Sightseeing, Horse Riding, Shopping, Eating, Boating, Skiing in the winter and Mountain Biking.
Beaches – Cyprus is loaded with sandy beaches, there are popular beaches and there are secluded ones too. Whatever your taste is you’re sure to find one to your liking. A few of the beaches you can choose from are: Nissi Beach, Fig Tree Bay Beach, Aphrodite’s Rock Beach, Curium Beach, and the Pissouri Beach.
The People – Sit back in a comfortable chair with a cold frappe and watch the interesting people of Cyprus as they go about their business. The Cypriots as they are known, are mainly Greek and Turkish in ancestry and are very friendly. Here are some prime locations for people watching: Lefkosa’s renovated Buyuk Han, Lemesos’s remodeled town center, the cafés around the stunning Bellapais Abbey and the Gazimağusa’s central square.
Cyprus is famous for its sandy beaches, lively nightlife, beautiful landscapes and history but there is so much more than that. It’s the perfect getaway for a luxury vacation and tour operators like First Choice are well established in Cyprus and can offer everything from 5-star resorts to sleek, self-catered apartments.
Isn’t it time for a Cyprus holiday? I think it is.
Hi my name is JP Chartier and I write for Gutter Pup Adventures.com where you can expect to read well-written and entertaining articles about the people and places that often get overlooked at many popular vacation destinations around the world. You will also find articles on camping, hiking, kayaking and several other popular vacation activities here too.
My goal is to seek out the hidden ‘gems’ for you and bring them alive through my writing and photographs, so your next trip or vacation will be a much more rewarding and fulfilling experience.