From the stunning coastlines boasting turquoise water and golden sands to picturesque green landscapes featuring sleepy villages full of terracotta houses, every inch of Cyprus has something beautiful in store.
When you add into the bargain its remarkable history, a pleasant yearlong climate and typically delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Cyprus holidays become an even more attractive proposition this summer.
So, if you’re thinking of visiting this captivating and charming island, here are the top five things to do.
Trek through the Troodos Mountains
You might not believe it, but in the winter Cyprus’ Toodos Mountains can be used to ski down. But when the sun is shining and the weather is fine, it is possible to trek through these imposing and impressive peaks. Amid the pine-clad hills you’ll come across traditional villages, UNESCO-listed churches and some of the country’s native mouflon sheep.
Search for a sea monster at Cape Greco
Even though the Cape Greco national park features the remains of a Venetian lighthouse, nine hiking trails and various sea caves to explore, one of the main reasons to come here is to catch a sight of the mysterious and legendary Ayia Napa Sea Monster. The locals believe this beast has six heads, 12 limbs and the body of a giant maiden.
Take a wine tour at the Cyprus Wine Museum
Cyprus has been producing wine since ancient times and was one of the first countries in Europe to do so. And at the 150 year-old Cyprus Wine Museum, which is housed in a converted inn near Limassol, you can gain an in-depth insight into the island’s fascinating history of wine.
Visit Petra Tou Romiou (the Rock of Aphrodite)
Near Pissouri village you’ll find a pretty but somewhat unremarkable rocky outcrop known as Petra Tou Romiou. But when you hear that this is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, it becomes a lot more interesting. However, don’t be baffled by people swimming around the rock, as legend has it that if you do this three times, you’ll find true love.
Discover the Tombs of the Kings
Not to be confused with Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, this is the burial place of about 100 aristocrats from the 3rd century BC. Although some tombs were used as workshops during the Middle Ages, this attraction’s most remarkable trait is that St Paul was tied to one of the pillars for preaching the news of Christianity.
So, regardless of whether you’re the type of holidaymaker that enjoys hearing about your destination’s history or simply like taking advantage of its natural surroundings, Cyprus is the one for you.