If you are the kind of traveler who has a fascination to visit places that are normally considered off the beaten track and where fewer tourists go, then this article is for you. Cyprus (officially the Republic of Cyprus) is the third biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, fortunate enough with a mild climate and a rich natural heritage that we can enjoy all year round. Taking into account the plenty of rustic villages to explore and delicious food to savor, this is my Cyprus travel guide with a list of the 5 things you shouldn’t miss in order to make the most of your holiday.
The Akamas Peninsula – For Nature Enthusiasts
This is a lovely area close to Paphos and excellent for cycling, walking or even mountain biking! This is the best time to explore this amazing coastal area in southern Cyprus and its beautiful wilderness until it still remains untouched by urbanized development. Hop onto many trails and self-explore the very popular Aphrodite and Adonis Trails.
Tochni and Kalavasos – Classic Villages
Experience the aura of rural Cyprus villages complete with narrow cobbled streets, old houses in traditional stone and hospitable locals. Active visitors can spend their days horse riding, cycling along the authentic disused rail tracks or visiting the ancient settlement sites. You can also take up sailing, snorkeling and strolling around the less crowded beaches of Cyprus villages.
Gourmet Food & Wine – “Taste” the Pride of the Mediterranean
Food & Wine lovers will be in their element in Cyprus; the country is believed to be the one where the world’;s oldest named wine – a dessert wine called Commandaria – was made. The Tsiakkas winery is a must visit for a taste of the most authentic wine you have ever tasted. The more adventurous may want to sample Zivania! If you believe trying new cuisines is the best things about holidaying abroad, then you are in paradise. Cypriot cuisine is famed around the Mediterranean for its succulent flavors and colorful combinations. The local taverns in most towns and villages are a great choice to try local food. If you are in the capital, then make sure you dine at Pyxida.
Capital City Nicosia – The Beating Heart of the Island
Nicosia is home to the Cyprus Museum, the island’s best historical collection, and among the best in the Middle East, which hosts Bronze & Stone Age artifacts. Narrow streets and old houses with ornate balconies, and craftsmen in small workshops remain unchanged for centuries; blend with all the modern facilities – excellent resorts, restaurants and pubs.
Beaches – Invaluable Tourist Assets of Cyprus
Visit the lovely beaches and enjoy swimming and diving in the crystal clear blue waters of the island – more than 50 have been awarded the Blue Flag eco-label. Nissi beach is one of the most popular for rowdy parties, while Lara beach is generally less crowded but wonderful. This beach is only accessible by 4×4, for which you can rent a cheap car in Cyprus from car provider companies.
To have a most memorable trip in Cyprus, just don’t forget to include good hiking shoes, a swimsuit and a sunscreen lotion! And you are all set to go!