Everybody wants a piece of Cyprus right now. This beautiful country is enjoying a tourist boom as more and more holidaymakers are choosing this jewel of the Mediterranean.
According to figures from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, the country saw a 8.6% rise in the amount of UK arrivals with over 800,000 Brits holidaying in Cyprus during the past year. It also welcomed an increase in visitors from key markets such as Russia, Germany and Greece amounting to 10.1% and 14.2% rise in global visitors for July and August respectively.
Orestis Rossides, UK director of the organisation, told TTG Media: “Tourism is an important sector for Cyprus and we’re proud to announce that 2017 is on track to be another record-breaking year.
“Our longer-term goal is to reach six million global tourist arrivals by 2030 and we are committed to supporting this strong growth with the necessary infrastructure.”
But why are people flocking to Cyprus in their droves? We have a few ideas.
World class diving sites
If you didn’t know already – Cyprus is the king when it comes to scuba diving in Europe. Those inviting azure waters of the Mediterranean are just begging to be explored and the marine life is waiting to say hello.
There are some truly unique sights lurking beneath the surface such as the famous Wreck of the Zenobia – a former ro-ro ferry which sunk to the depths in the 1980s. Weave through lagoons and caves, bump into shoals of fish and tip your cap to an octopus while venturing through these warm waters.
It has an incredible history
Like neighbour Greece, Cyprus is a country shrouded in myth and mystery. It is full of historical monuments each with their own fascinating story to tell. Travel to Paphos and see the Rock of Aphrodite which is believed to be the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love. Some say that if you swim round the rock three times you will find your true love.
Then there is the Tombs of the Kings which can trace its origins back over 2,000 years while if you want a slice of modern history then visit the eerie ghost town of Varosha. The town was abandoned in 1974 due to a Turkish invasion and feels like a moment frozen in time.
Have you tried the food?
Cyprus is the ultimate foodie paradise. Embracing its Mediterranean surroundings and blending flavours from Turkey and Greece, the country is a culinary adventure worth discovering. The best way to sample the very best in Cypriot cooking is a meze – small feast that will enlighten your tastebuds.
Treat yourself to an authentic kebab known as a sheftalia filled with grilled sausages and haloumi and then indulge your sweet tooth with devilishly sticky baklava.
It sure knows how to party
Okay, we’ve seen the historical sites, we’ve sampled the delicious food – it’s time to let our hair down. Cyprus certainly knows how to party. Experience the energy of some of Europe’s biggest superclubs in Ayia Napa or try something a little more refined in the trendy marina bars of Limassol.
Each city has its own individual style with the likes of Protaras and Larnaca offering chilled out vibes while Ayia Napa will provide the Ibiza-esque craziness many visitors crave. In short, you don’t have to travel far to find a good party in Cyprus.
The weather is fantastic
Surely this is the cherry on top of a delectable cake (or baklava, if you will). No matter what time of year you visit Cyprus you are bound to enjoy days of endless sunshine and, in the end, that’s all we’re after really, isn’t it?
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