In a country as scenic, serene and sunny as Cyprus, the great outdoors is the best place to be. Soak up the sun on a stretch of sand or revel in the wildflower blossoms of the mountain meadows; the choice is yours and the opportunities are endless. Although the most popular season, it can’t be said that summer has the final say in the Cypriot calendar as winter brings with it the opportunity to ski.
With influences from all over the Mediterranean world, both ancient and modern, visitors shouldn’t be surprised to see elements of Greek, Turkish and Italian cultures among many others at play on a holiday to Cyprus. These connections have instilled Cyprus with a litany of legends, myths and folklore which make cultural explorations a delight for everyone in a myriad of ways.
Surprisingly healthy, absolutely mouthwatering and always served with a smile, the local cuisine of Cyprus is a feast for all the senses. The ideal way to get in touch with this most essential of Cypriot customs, is to get onboard with Meze. Much like Tapas, Meze is a fine-tuned art which allows you to sample a myriad of different flavours and tastes. Newcomers to the local flavours have the opportunity to sample a little bit of everything in the style of a miniature banquet.
One for the history enthusiasts, the world famous Tomb of Kings is a simply jaw-dropping archaeological site that is well worth its UNESCO World Heritage listing. Found in Paphos and part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos, the tombs are thought to date back to the Roman and Hellenistic periods and are closely related to those found in Alexandria. Many of the imposing stone structures were carved to imitate Cypriot homes so as to literally become ‘houses of the dead’. Rather than literally being the resting place for kings, the tombs are where high-ranking officials and aristocracy are buries but the name refers to the grand splendour of the structure, most notably the majestic Doric pillars.
Soaring above the paradisiacal plains of Limassol, Mount Olympus looks just as mythical and majestic now as it must have done to the ancient Greeks who claimed it to be the home of Zeus. With more than 50 peaks which are shrouded in a gauzy veil of cloud for six months of the year, this is one magnificent challenge for any mountaineer to get under their belts and reaches an elevation height of 2,918 metres.
Snow-white beds of sand, iridescently turquoise waves and a veritable rainbow of corals in the reef, the Blue Lagoon has to be one of the most beautiful spots in all of Cyprus. The largest natural bay in Akamas Peninsula National Park, the colour of the sea in this inlet has to be seen to be believed – it’s called Blue for a reason. The easiest way to visit the Lagoon is by boat along the Akamas coast, with the closest stretch of mainland being the fishing village of Latchi on the northern tip of Paphos. Many tour companies will guide you around the sparkling bay and point out significant points of interests along the way, such as the famous Baths of Aphrodite.
If you were looking for fresh seafood grilled with herb-crusted vegetables and smothered with a generous glug of golden olive oil, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here, the souvla (spit) reigns supreme and anything you can think of is promptly skewered, grilled and served up in a sumptuous sizzle of flavour. We particularly recommend trying a lamb souvlaki (grilled meat kebab), with sides of fried halloumi cheese, olives and pitta bread. A Cypriot feast fit for royalty.
May through to October will give sun seekers an unrivaled opportunity to top up their tan and swim with the sea turtles. Whilst it may be appealing to head to Cyprus during the gloriously warm summer months, however, beat the crowds and visit in the spring from early March to late May, when all the wildflowers are in bloom. Autumn and winter are picturesque if chilly months and visitors can scoop a bargain break from October to January.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Cyprus and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on travel regulations and entry requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements.
In Cyprus, the currency used is the Euro (EUR).
The language spoken in Cyprus is Greek.