10 Reasons to Add Cyprus on your 2015 to visit list
10 Reasons to Add Cyprus on your 2015 to visit list
Have you ever imagined of a place where the bright blue skies meet the emerald blue waters of the sea, perfectly complementing each other as if united? Have you ever dreamt of a place where tradition meets modern times, or where natural beauty co-exists with sun-bleached ruins and tradition? There is a place in the midst of the Mediterranean, which many call home or utopia, named Cyprus. The scorching summer heat and warm glistening blue waters are just two features that attract travellers to Cyprus, especially during the summer months. Besides the great weather and waters, Cyprus offers travellers a whole new world packed with adventure, sun-bleached ruins, rich culture and so much more than meets the eye. Cyprus is a land that captivates, spellbinds and intoxicates its visitors, leaving them wanting for more and more, which is probably the reason visitors revisit time and time again. The question that remains to be answered is why you should cross of Cyprus from your travel-to-do-list! We have come up with 10 reasons why Cyprus should be your next holiday destination! Enjoy the read!
#1 Reason: Exotic Beaches
Cyprus is surrounded with some of the most stunning bays in the world. The island is home to about 50 Blue Flag Beaches, all equally breathtaking in their own way. All the stretches are blessed with soft-golden sands or sandy-pebbles that meet glistening blue waters that sparkle for miles on end. The most attractive of all are bays decorating the coast of Protaras, Paphos and Limassol, where all visitors are bound to find the one beach that was made for them! Looking for party beaches? Natural? Crowded? Remote and private? Whatever you ask for, Cyprus delivers! Don’t forget to visit Fig Tree Bay for its blue-green waters, Lara Beach, home to sea turtles and Blue Lagoon in Akamas.
#2 Reason: Hospitable Locals
Cypriots are famed for their hospitable nature and friendly nature, which is extended to all travellers that visit the island. Kalosorisate (Welcome) is a word you will probably hear more than a thousand times while vacationing on the island! food is the way Cypriots show their hospitality, so be prepared to be stuffed with awesome delights throughout your holiday. Cypriots are always willing to extend their services and help. Most speak English, so communication is made easily. A few usueful words you may need to learn are: Geia Sou (Hi), Kalimera (Good Morning), Kalinixta (Goodnight), and Efxaristo (You are welcome).
#3 Reason: Food
Cyprus is certainly the place to be if you are a food lover! No matter what traditional speciality you taste, you will feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Your taste buds will have a party without a doubt! Traditional food is typically served in tavernas, where tourists usually opt for the meze. Beware! In seconds, your table will overflow with small dishes filled with Cyprus delights. This is a great way to get a small taste of multiple Cypriot specialities. Those who do not feel like going local can choose to wine and dine at the many restaurants standing on the island. Kalin orexi (bon Appetite)!
#4 Reason: Vibrant Nightlife
Cyprus surely knows how to boogie the night away! No matter where you choose to spend a night on the town, one thing is for sure; your night will be memorable! Ayia Napa and Protaras are famed for their night scene, which pretty much never stops! Beach parties kick off early on in the day and as night falls, the centres of towns overflow with enthusiastic party animals! Another great place to hit the town is Limassol, known for its upbeat and cosmopolitan-like nightlife.
#5 Reason: Sightseeing
The island is literally packed with interesting and attractive landmarks to be visited and explored! Each cultural landmark unveils a tale of past heroes, gods and battles as well as showcasing the island’s deep and rich cultural heritage and turbulent past. Some places seem timeless and transport you to other eras whereas others simply fascinate you. Some of the top attractions you should not miss are Aphrodite’s Rock, Amathus and Kourion city-kingdoms, the Paphos Harbour, the Venetian Walls of Nicosia and the Medieval Castles in Limassol and Paphos. All these locations will remain engraved in your mind and soul for decades to come.
#6 Reason: Golfing
Cyprus is a paradise destination for golf buffs! All four golf courses covering the island suit international standards, allowing golf lovers to take up their favourite sports amidst lush landscapes. The experience is magical and surreal!
#7 Reason: Spa-ing
While men are busy golfing, women can enjoy a day of Spa-ing! Most tourist resorts on the island have in-house Spas, where guests may enjoy being pampered for a day by experienced staff. Enjoy a massage, sauna or steam bath or any other beauty or relaxing treatment you can think of while unwinding.
# 8 Reason: Yummy Local Wines
The island is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world, with an experience of more than 4000 years. All you wine lovers out there are certainly in for a one-of-a-kind treat! There are many available wine tours you can take, which will guide you through the island’s amazing countryside in quest of vineyards. You get to get a taste of many local wines while touring through the islands rich landscapes and picturesque mountain villages. The oldest wine made in Cyprus is Koumandaria-a sweet red wine, which is said, is fit for kings! A great way to get a taste of Cypriot culture is by visiting the annual Wine Festival held in Limassol, where you get the chance to participate in local festivities but also witness how wine was made in the past!
#9 Reason: High Troodos Mountains
Who said that Cyprus was only made for beach lovers? The island’s Troodos Mountains beg to differ! The mountainous region is perfect for all those seeking to escape the crowded city centres and enjoy a day in nature. During the winter, the hill slopes are blanketed with snow-great for playing and skiing! During summer, the air is cool and fresh-perfect for hiking, exploring and picnics. What’s more the mountainous villages are worth your time and visit. Cobblestoned alleys, traditional stoned homes, little chapels, tavernas (tavern) and kafenia (coffee shop) is just a taste of what you will encounter.
#10 Reason: Ancient Sites and Cultural Heritage
The island’s turbulent past and rich cultural ties is showcased throughout the land. Many past civilisations reigned and thrived on the island, from Venetians, to Franks and Ottomans as well as the British. All these past civilisations left behind traces of their existence represented by dominating Forts, Old Towns, monuments and temples as well as archaeological sites decorating the island from head to toe. Cyprus also showcases many significant artefacts, ruins and findings found in excavations at its museums, with are well-worth a visit.
So where are you planning to jet off to on your next holiday? Cyprus!
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