If there’s one place to see before you die, it’s certainly the island of Cyprus. Not only does this spectacular holidaying destination offer so much more than your usual tourist getaway, but situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, the food is sublime and the climate is to die for. Millions of people holiday in Cyprus every year, and with an increase in British people looking to snap up property on the island, the country’s infrastructure has never been better.
From the vibrant town of Agia Napa to the sleepy villages of the south, there’s so much to see and do here that you won’t know where to start. Let’s take a look at some of the secret attractions of Cyprus on offer this summer.
Head For The Hills
One of the latest trends to spring up in Cyprus is agritourism, and this is where people choose to holiday in the mountains away from the big resorts on the beaches. If you’re looking for a quite break this summer, miles away from the nearest sound system or beach party, then there are plenty of things to do and places to stay in the Troodos Mountains.
As you lay back beneath the pine trees and cedars, the only sound you’ll hear is the chirping of the birds and the breeze in your hair. If you want to stretch your legs however, there are a variety of activities to try out, including cycling, sightseeing and even mountain climbing. Furthermore, don’t think you’ll have to pay more for this tranquillity – in some cases, it’s cheaper than staying in the all-inclusive resorts.
Experience A Beach Party
Cyprus, and more specifically Agia Napa, is known for its tourist party culture, and it’s completely understandable if you’ve been there, done it and got the t-shirt. Because the beaches in Cyprus are so stunning, many of the pre-parties to the night’s main event are held on the shoreline, and they’re rarely as crowded as the main event either. From fire breathers and circus acts to live music and traditional dancing, you don’t have to mix in with the big bars and nightclubs to have a great time at a beach party.
Cyprus is a country full of ancient history, and one of the most exciting ways to experience this history first hand is to take a sight-seeing tour of the island. Ancient Kourin is known all over the Mediterranean as a cultural and archaeological hotspot in Cyprus, home to one of Europe’s only Greco-Roman amphitheatre. Although it has had various renovations since being discovered in 1962, it still stands tall on the cliff tops, and lays bare the wonderful and intricate floor mosaics inside.
Some of the best wine in the Mediterranean originates from Cyprus, and the island has entire landscapes of vineries to experience. All across the Troodos Mountain are boutique wineries, where tourists can taste some of the island’s finest grapes, and even learn to bottle their own wine!
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