10 Reasons to Visit Cyprus
The Mediterranean Sea is known for its islands with sunny, warm, and temperate climate. And while some islands such as Ibiza, Mallorca, or Santorini might have held the spotlight for a very long time, other islands that have just as much (or even more) to offer are often pushed to the background.
Enter Cyprus. Despite being nicknamed the Island of Aphrodite, this island in the eastern Mediterranean hasn’t received much of the love that she really deserves. Which could be good news for you, as it’s not as crowded (especially in the north) and still relatively intact.
If you’re asking: why should I visit this place then? Well, here are 10 reasons why Cyprus should make the top on your list of destinations.
10. Charming Villages
Exploring the traditional villages of Cyprus is a delightful experience. Places like Omodos, Lefkara, and Kakopetria offer a glimpse into the island’s rural life, with cobblestone streets, traditional architecture, and friendly locals.
9. Wine and Vineyards
Cyprus has a long history of winemaking, and its vineyards produce a range of excellent wines. Take a wine tour, visit local wineries, and indulge in tastings of the island’s unique grape varieties. Make sure you don’t miss out on the two Cypriot specialty drinks: Zivania (a brandy made from grape pomace) and the sweeter Commandaria wine.
8. Rich History and Archaeological Sites
Cyprus boasts a fascinating history dating back thousands of years, including an array of major civilizations (Romans, Ottomans, British, etc.), and with numerous archaeological sites to explore. From the ancient city of Kourion or the castle of St. Hilarion to the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos, history enthusiasts will find plenty to delve into.
7. Ancient Ruins
Cyprus is home to numerous ancient ruins that are worth exploring. The UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Paphos, with its Roman villas and mosaics, and the ancient city of Salamis with its impressive amphitheater are just a couple of examples.
6. Cultural Festivals and Events
Cyprus hosts a variety of cultural festivals and events, offering a glimpse into its vibrant traditions and celebrations. From the Limassol Carnival to the Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood) and the Wine Festival in Limassol, there’s always something happening to enjoy. Ayia Napa is also famous for its massive parties and vibrant nightlife, and is known to attract serious partygoers from all over Europe.
5. Delicious Cuisine
One of the top reasons for many visitors is the abundance of fresh and delicious ingredients in Cypriot cuisine. The markets offer an incredible variety of fruit and vegetables. There are citrus fruits and bananas in the winter, strawberries in the spring, and pomegranates, grapes and peaches in the summer. Don’t miss out on trying local specialties like sheftalia (Cypriot lamb and pork sausages), souvlaki (grilled meat skewers), moussaka, and fresh seafood. Other specialties of the island include the “grilled cheese” Haloumi, the wild asparagus and the excellent olive oil. And for meat lovers, there is of course the famous kleftiko, butter-soft lamb from the clay oven, which is best paired with Cypriot wine from the Troodos Mountains. Cypriot cuisine combines Mediterranean flavors with Middle Eastern influences, resulting in a delectable culinary experience.
4. Natural Beauty
Cyprus is blessed with diverse landscapes, including stunning mountains, picturesque valleys, and scenic nature trails. Visit the Troodos Mountains for hiking, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Akamas Peninsula, or wander through the Akamas Gorge for an immersive nature experience.
3. Mediterranean Climate
This is definitely one of the main reasons to visit Cyprus. And it makes perfect sense. The island enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate, characterized by long summers and mild winters, with ca. 330 days of sun per year. This makes Cyprus an appealing destination for those seeking warm weather and outdoor activities throughout the year.
2. Stunning Beaches
The island is home to beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters. Whether you prefer vibrant and bustling beaches like Nissi Beach or quieter and secluded ones like Golden Beach in the northeastern Karpas peninsula or , Cyprus offers a variety of coastal experiences for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Additionally, some beaches are known spots for sea turtles (Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles) to lay their eggs, during the hatching season (August and September) the babies can be seen crawling to the water.
1. Hospitality and Friendliness
Cypriots are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. You’ll find locals who are happy to share their culture, traditions, and recommendations, ensuring that you feel welcome throughout your visit. There’s also a very comforting sense of safety on the island, a frequent observation shared by anyone who visits here.
So, as you can see, Cyprus has something to offer for each and every taste. Whether you’re into festivities, party and nightlife, outdoor activities and natural landscapes, history and culture, or food and enjoying an authentic experience in the land, you are sure to find something to your taste in Cyprus.