When the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite rose from the sea and set her sights on Cyprus, such was the beauty of the country she decided to call it home.
Well…that’s how the story goes anyway. Whether you believe the legend or not, you can’t help but be blown away by the scenery, food and landmarks of Cyprus. The Mediterranean island has always been somewhat of an underrated holiday destination but whether you’re looking for a family getaway in Larnaca or a city break in the capital Nicosia – it is with limitless potential.
Here is why Cyprus needs to be your next holiday destination.
World’s best diving sites
The vivid blue lagoons and warm waters ensure that Cyprus regularly features in the world’s best scuba diving spots. It has some of the most unique sites on the planet including the wreck of the Zenobia, a sunken ferry which experienced divers can explore.
You can swim with the abundance of marine life off George’s Island or discover and the remains of an underwater ancient civilisation on Manajin Island. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to scuba, Cyprus is the place to do it.
It has one of the world’s best beaches
If the world class diving spots weren’t enough, Cyprus also has some of the best beaches. Fig Tree Bay regularly features in the ‘best-of’ lists thanks to the miles of golden sand and shallow turquoise waters.
Cyprus has a beach to match your mood. If you like a city beach where you can strolling along a promenade then Akti Olympion is for you, if you like secluded coves then it’s Lara Bay and if you want to find that picture-perfect setting then Nissi beach is calling your name.
It’s a history buff’s paradise
Cyprus has a fascinating past. Inhabited by the ancient Greeks, Persians, Romans, Ottomans, and pretty much anyone else you can think of, the landscape is littered with historic sites.
The most instantly recognisable is the Tomb of the Kings in Paphos, a former cemetery built for the higher powers in Hellenistic society. Among the many must-see sites is the Church of Agios Lazaros, Paphos and Choirokoitia but you won’t have to go far to see ruins on your travels through Cyprus.
And then there’s the myths and legends
Who doesn’t love a good tale about gods and goddesses roaming the beaches and the countryside of an island? Where else in the world could swimming around a rock three times bring you youth and good luck? The rock of Aphrodite just does this…although it is not advised due to the rough sea waters.
Cyprus embraces the myths and legends passed down from generation to generation and celebrates each in their own unique way. Make sure to visit the ancient Greco-Roman Kourion, supposedly the birthplace of Aphrodite.
The food is on a different level
Okay, let’s get serious for a moment – Cypriot food is off the charts. We’re talking succulent souvlakia, hearty makaronia tou fournou, devilishly decadent loukoumades and that’s before we’ve come on to how good halloumi is.
Cyprus is a foodie’s dream as the country’s delicacies brings together flavours from the Mediterranean and Middle East to create some truly unique dishes. If we could give just one reason to visit Cyprus, the food conquers all.
Read more about the best Cypriot cuisine here.
It has spectacular natural beauty
It is not just the beaches that gives Cyprus that the ‘wow’ factor. The country is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty which is a dream for hikers, cyclists and anyone that enjoys escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
See the amazing spectacle of Avaka Gorge with its beautiful ridged walls reflecting light and illuminating the underground site. You must also visit Cape Greco, one of Cyprus’ national parks known for its crystal clear ocean and awe-inspiring rock bridges.
It’s an underrated city break destination
While it may not seem the most conventional of choices, Cyprus’ main cities provide everything you need for a long weekend. The capital of Nicosia is a treasure trove of cultural sites as well as having an abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars to provide a vibrant nightlife.
Naturally, if you want to properly party then Ayia Napa is the place to be, the scene here rivals anything you’d find in Magaluf or Ibiza. Meanwhile, Limassol is quietly building a reputation as one of Europe’s must-see cities thanks to its wealth of museums and boutiques.
You’ll find some pretty unusual landmarks
Away from the traditional tourist sites, Cyprus has a number of unusual landmarks you need to see to believe. Among them is Famagusta, a once thriving holiday destination, which is now a real-life ghost town following an attack by Turkish forces in 1974.
Another result of the action during the 1970s is Nicosia International Airport which used to be Cyprus’ main airport but now lies abandoned and derelict inside. Curious explorers will no doubt find the pair fascinating.
There are some pretty special hotels
If you want to make your next holiday to Cyprus even more special, we have a huge range of hotels to make that dream a reality. Stay in luxury properties like the Palm Beach Hotel & Bungalows where you can stay in a room with its own private pool.
Be within easy reach of the beach and the vibrant centre of Paphos at the Avlida Hotel which offers amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea and a superior service to match. You are simply spoiled for choice with our Cyprus package breaks.
Find out more about these hotels here.
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