Cyprus continues to be a popular destination for travellers of all ages wanting to enjoy sunshine-filled days, mouth-watering cuisine, charming scenery and some of the Mediterranean’s cleanest waters. Its perfect climate with hot summers and mild winters makes it an ideal year-round destination.
During the shoulder season and winter months there is a wide choice of activities that can be enjoyed in a friendly, tranquil environment.
Cyprus’ countryside has a diverse wealth of traditional villages, vineyards and wineries, pine-forested mountains dotted with picturesque villages and fascinating historical sites. The island is also home to a thriving agrotourism movement with a wide range of high-quality retreats. In recent years, no less than 155 traditional houses with a significant historical legacy have been restored in more than fifty villages across the island. Most retreats are family-run with staff drawn from nearby towns and villages, while fresh and local produce provides unique gastronomic experiences.
Holidaymakers can immerse themselves in the authentic culture and sample a slice of village life participating in the activities, traditions and lifestyle of the locals – from bread and halloumi making, through to the production of olive oil and wine. Cyprus’ countryside also offers a varied cultural landscape with archaeological sites, monasteries, museums, as well as 10 fascinating UNESCO-listed churches dating back to the Byzantine and Roman eras.
Food & Wine
Food and wine is an important part of any visit to Cyprus. Cypriot cuisine consists of delicious, seasonal, locally-sourced produce and can be enjoyed in traditional local tavernas as well as more sophisticated restaurants offering a more modern ‘fusion’ cuisine.
The island boasts 7 designated wine routes, with over 40 boutique wineries producing award-winning wines from a combination of local grapes, such as Mavro and Xinisteri, to local brands infused with European varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The island is home to probably the oldest viniculture in the world, with jars containing wine traces dating back 5,000 years.
Cycling & Hiking
There are numerous cycling and hiking trails that allow visitors an alternative and healthier way to explore the island. The opening of a new cycling route last year, starting from the centre of Limassol leading through picturesque villages into the Troodos mountains, covering approximately 69km, offers a new set of challenges on two wheels.
Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the island’s 97 well-designed walking paths covering almost 1,000kms, which together take in the beautiful unspoilt Akamas region (far west), the Alpine-esque Troodos Mountains and the coastal area in the east. Highlights include the flora and fauna of the areas (Cyprus is home to several indigenous species including the Moufflon, a mountain sheep), interesting cultural sites and the chance to sample the best in local Cypriot food and wine.
Diving can be enjoyed year-round in Cyprus. The island is home to five new marine parks – bringing the total number of dive sites to over 200. The Zenobia site in Larnaca is one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
For golf enthusiasts, there are four 18-hole professional golf courses all within the Pafos region, all with modern clubhouses and in beautiful settings.
Marina & Beaches
The newly-opened Limassol Marina welcomed its first berths last year. This exclusive new waterfront development in the Mediterranean, firmly placed the city back on the world’s nautical map; and Cyprus’ bathing waters were declared some of the cleanest in the Mediterranean – bringing the total of Blue Flag beaches up to a grand total of 57.