Lazy summer days – is a phrase that once had a lot of relevance with the mention of Summer. Not so much anymore in today’s urban life. Fortunately, there are still some places in the world that enjoy a siesta every single day. Like the birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus.
Tucked away in the Eastern Mediterranean, is the Republic of Cyprus, a small, independent island-country. How small? It takes just 2 hours to drive from its east coast to the west coast.
Though small, it’s a treasure trove for a holiday traveler. With ruins from ancient Greece to exotic nightlife, beautiful beaches to its rich culture and cuisine – it’s an unparalleled experience.
Art, music, and literature is all around you as you walk through the streets of Kyrenia and Nicosia. Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus.
You can find beautiful mosaic arts from the Byzantine era in abundance, especially in the Greek Orthodox Churches.
The only white sand beach in Cyprus, Agia Napa is the place to get some relaxation. Just laze on the beach, enjoy the view or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. You can even go scuba diving, sailing or jet skiing if you’re looking for some adrenaline rush.
You can plan a winter trip here between November and February. Covered in the snow the slopes of Mount Troodos are ideal for skiing and other snow sports.
Be sure to visit Petra Tou Romiou at Paphos. According to legend, the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, emerged from the waters of the Mediterranean. Not too far from there is the Baths of Aphrodite – where the goddess bathed in the waters of a mineral-rich pool of water.
If you have to appease the party animal in you, Cyprus offers great nightlife options. A favorite among international partygoers, with numerous pubs and clubs, the nightlife of Cyprus is one among the top. Club Emporium and Black & White at Agia Napa and Basement at Limassol are a few of the numerous happening clubs in Cyprus.
Restaurants serve mouth-watering local dishes such as Kleftiko (oven-baked lamb), Yalanci Dolma – a vegetarian dish made of vine leaves stuffed with rice, onions, and tomatoes, and the ever-favorite Sish Kebab.
While in Cyprus, you must try grilled Halloumi, a kind of cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk.
Loukoumi is a traditional sweet made from chopped dates, hazelnuts, and other dry fruits and is a delicacy that is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Cypriot wines are vastly popular around the world, with Commandaria wine being the most famous. Local wines have a distinctive sweet taste and are preferred over imported wines.
You’ll love them so much that you are sure to miss them when you leave Cyprus. So make sure to pack a few to take home.
Shopping is not something that would be a prime tourist activity in Cyprus. However, the presence of various small markets in places like Larnaca and Nicosia, offers its visitors artistic works like pottery, woven bamboo (called Sestas) and other such handicrafts, to take back home as souvenirs.
So whether it’s a fun-filled blast or a calm and peaceful holiday you’re looking for, Cyprus is the place to visit, for memories that will stay fresh on your mind for years to come.