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All About Cyprus
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has a wealth of coastline and plenty to explore away from the shore. Wildlife-spotting, archaeological wonders, secluded forests, and dramatic mountain backdrops draw visitors in the know. Right in the heart of the southern part of the island, Troodos National Forest Park combines winter ski runs with picnic spots for sunny days across its four nature reserves. Look out for hundreds of native plants and rare eagles on your adventures here. Back on the coast, sweeping Pissouri Beach has Blue Flag status — as do many on Cyprus — while Ayia Napa is home to stunning sea caves as well as the lively nightlife for which it’s known.
Diving enthusiasts will struggle to tear themselves away from the corals of Paphos’ Amphorae Reef and the underwater tunnels and shipwrecks around the shoreline. Don’t worry, foodies aren’t forgotten — salty halloumi is a Cypriot staple, and subtle rosewater and pistachio-flavoured sweets are sure to enchant.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Cyprus
With lesser-known ski resorts in winter and plenty to see and do in the less traditionally sought-after months, Cyprus is a year-round destination. However, bear in mind that coastal eateries and attractions may not be as active once the summer visitors have headed home. The island occupies a southerly position in the Mediterranean Sea — it sits between Turkey and Egypt — and the mercury hit its maximum between July and September, so prepare for high temperatures. Greek Orthodox Easter is a major event for Greek Cypriots, marked with a carnival filled with feasts and processions lasting ten days. If you’re heading to apartments in Cyprus for the celebrations, the sea will already be mild enough for swimming. Most annual rainfall is recorded in winter, but temperatures are rarely low.
Top things to do in Cyprus
Always dreamed of looking down on the world from Mount Olympus? Now’s your chance. The Artemis Trail is well suited to beginners, starting at the foot of the mountain and twisting and turning into shaded wooded sections — a welcome feature on hot days. In winter, a ski lift provides a leg up to the famous viewpoint.
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
Located on the southwestern tip of the island, Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Long-lost secrets of ancient Greek and Roman life are just waiting to be discovered here — don’t miss the four Roman villas with complete mosaic floors. Paphos Harbour is right next door for a post-visit pit stop.
It may be tiny but Pelendri is mighty. Settle into a traditional stone home on a farm stay, then head to a local eatery for homegrown produce and local meats. The village’s tavernas, winery, and scenic walks combine to create the perfect, peaceful spot for an indulgent yet active stay to get a true taste of Cyprus.