Cyprus a Country for All Seasons

Hello friends! I hope that you have clear skies and mild temperatures where you are.

If you are looking for a place to revisit many times that always offers something special, regardless of your place in life, then you can do no better than to visit the beautiful Republic of Cyprus. Located in the far eastern portion of the Mediterranean Sea, it is an exotic island with all of the convenience of Europe.

Cyprus has been a crossroads for the world since time immemorial. This means that it has been a frequent target of conquest.

Churches at Cyprus

Beautiful Churches. Blissful!

It has been variously ruled by the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Hittites, the Ancient Greeks, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantine Empire, the Knights Templar, the Franks, the Venetians, the Ottomans and the British before its independence in 1960. I can’t blame all of those empires for coveting Cyprus – it is a beautiful place. That incredible mix of cultures has produced a uniquely friendly and welcoming population.

Cyprus is a place you can enjoy regardless of your age and stage of life. When you are a child, the beaches of Larnaca are a wonderland of sand castles, swimming, ice cream and playing in the sun. As an adolescent and young adult, you can enjoy Ayia Napa, party capital of Europe. When you are looking for romance, you can do no better than visit chic and trendy Limassol. When you have a young family, Paphos is a good destination for family fun. When you and your partner want a more sophisticated break, you can enjoy adults only properties in Protoras with its beautiful clear water. When you’ve become successful, you can visit high-end resorts like the Four Seasons in Limassol, the Anassa Hotel in Polis Chrysochous or the Colombia Beach Resort in Pissouri. Finally, when you are retired and want a quiet and restful place, the Troodos Mountains with their fruit orchards are the perfect getaway. Cyprus has something to offer everyone!

There is so much to do in Cyprus! Of course, being an island, water-sports and sunbathing are always fun, but that’s just the beginning. There is so much history in Cyprus that the culture-vulture will love it! There are fantastic Roman ruins at Kourion – with its spectacular amphitheatre which often hosts concerts, plays and opera. The Tomb of the Kings in Paphos is a fascinating site of the Bronze Age. The Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaca is a beautiful early Christian church. Nicosia, the Capital, has a medieval walled old town which is perfect for exploring with its cool shops, restaurants and bars. Speaking of bars, Ayia Napa has a music venue to fit any taste from chillout to rave!

Troodos offers outdoor adventure with climbing, hiking and mountain biking. Troodos is even a stop on the European Road Rally Tour. Finally, relaxing in Cyprus is easy with its coffee-café culture.

Kourion – spectacular amphitheatre

The host place of the International festival of Ancient Greek Drama

Here’s a pro-tip: You can ski or snowboard in Troodos in the morning during March and then swim in the sea just thirty minutes later on the coast. In fact, you can probably see your hotel on the coast from the ski slopes!

Caves of Greko- Cyprus

I Spy the Caves of Greko

Reaching Cyprus is fairly easy from any major city in Europe and there are daily services from Dubai and Doha if you are further east. If you are flying in from the USA, perhaps consider Tel Aviv, Athens or Beirut as a transit point. The airports in Larnaca and Paphos are fairly new and very convenient. They are well laid out and lines are short – even for security. Taxis are everywhere but the distances to places like Ayia Napa, Limassol and Nicosia are significant so the price isn’t low. Uber isn’t in Cyprus but Bolt is, if you want a ride-sharing service. Rental cars are inexpensive and the roads are well maintained and sign-posted.

Hotels vary in price from the budget to the ultra-plush. The budget properties are often family owned and operated and are always clean and friendly. Large chains are present in Nicosia, Limassol and a few in Paphos.

grilled pork souvlaki, cyprus food

Grilled or BBQ’d meats and veggies …. I say Yummy!

Cyprus has its own fantastic food specialities that satisfy any dietary requirements. The recipes are a tasty mix of middle eastern and Mediterranean flavours. Agriculture is a major industry in Cyprus, so expect the food to be fresh. Of course, the fish and seafood are excellent. My favourite is the local fast food variant. It’s a pita stuffed to over-flowing with a mix of grilled pork souvlaki, meatballs call sheftalia, grated cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes and finally chopped parsley. A ‘Kebab Mix’ is the first meal I have when I visit Cyprus. Kleftiko is a fabulous lamb and potato dish that literally means ‘stolen meat’, which I guess sheds some light to good-natured pilfering amongst farmers in previous times. The local ‘wonder cheese’ halloumi can be served cold, grilled or fried – it doesn’t melt! There are a great many vegetarian dishes. No one will go hungry for a want of options in Cyprus.

You can buy anything in Cyprus but the local specialities are the best prices. Lefkara lace is incredibly delicate and artful. You can buy it right from the picturesque village of Lefkara with its local cottage industry.

The local artisans also work silver and copper vessels in the village. The local sweet wine called Comandaria is a good gift for your wine lover as are a wide selection of excellent Cypriot wines. If you want a gift with more kick, the local Zivania spirit is a grape-based treat that is versatile because you can drink it, sterilise your hands with it and even cook your food with it as fuel!
Evil Eye Amulet, cyprus

Evil Eye Amulets offering protection to the wearer

I hope you take time to visit Cyprus throughout your life and enjoy this magical place!

 

Love,

 

Isabella

0
Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: Beaches, Roman Ruins, Tomb of the Kings (https://mycyprusinsider.com/cyprus-uncovered/ten-of-the-best-the-seaside-hotlist/ , https://www.cyprus-archaeology.org.uk/sites.htm , https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en )

Where to stay: Four Season Limassol, Colombia Beach Hotel (https://www.fourseasons.com.cy/, https://www.columbiaresort.com/ )

Where to party: Aiya Napa is Cyprus’ party capital with bars and clubs from   start to finish.  There are lots of bars and restaurants also, try the Lost + Found Drinkery in Nicosia

Where to eat::  Ariadni in Limassol, The Skinny Fox in Nicosia (https://www.facebook.com/skinnyfoxcy/, https://www.foodiva.net/2014/08/a-culinary-guide-to-cyprus-the-island-with-a-love-for-food/ )

What to buy: Cypriot Wine, Halloumi Cheese, Olive Oils, Lace Embroidery and Jewellery with the Evil eye

Cyprus is always a GREAT idea!
Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: Beaches, Roman Ruins, Tomb of the Kings (https://mycyprusinsider.com/cyprus-uncovered/ten-of-the-best-the-seaside-hotlist/ , https://www.cyprus-archaeology.org.uk/sites.htm , https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en )

Where to stay: Four Season Limassol, Colombia Beach Hotel (https://www.fourseasons.com.cy/, https://www.columbiaresort.com/ )

Where to party: Aiya Napa is Cyprus’ party capital with bars and clubs from   start to finish.  There are lots of bars and restaurants also, try the Lost + Found Drinkery in Nicosia

Where to eat::  Ariadni in Limassol, The Skinny Fox in Nicosia (https://www.facebook.com/skinnyfoxcy/, https://www.foodiva.net/2014/08/a-culinary-guide-to-cyprus-the-island-with-a-love-for-food/ )

What to buy: Cypriot Wine, Halloumi Cheese, Olive Oils, Lace Embroidery and Jewellery with the Evil eye

Cyprus is always a GREAT idea!

7 Comments to “Cyprus a Country for All Seasons”

  1. I hope that you won’t stop writing such interesting articles. I’m waiting for more of your content. I’m going to follow you!

    https://pissouribaydivers.com/

    0
    Diving in Cyprus at 4:00 pm
    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! We want to create a blog that will be interesting and also useful to our readers. Thus, comments like yours are very important to us. Let us know if you have any additional questions we might answer.
      Warm regards,
      Isabella and Bart

      0
      Bart Bybee at 8:40 pm
  2. I come from and live (for most of the time) in this country. And I could not have said it better Isabella! Great stuff.

    0
    Stavros at 11:18 am
    1. Thanks Stavros,
      I hope all is well well with you and I hope to see you soon in Cyprus!
      Bart

      0
      Bart Bybee at 11:56 am
  3. This is post May I ask you to contact us so that we can talk. It’s so good that i’m going follow you!

    https://pissouribaydivers.com/

    0
    Diving in Cyprus at 5:36 pm
    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! We want to create a blog that will be interesting and also useful to our readers. Comments like yours are very important to us. Let us know if you have any additional questions we might answer.
      Warm regards,
      Isabella and Bart

      0
      Bart Bybee at 4:36 pm

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.