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Honeymoon in Cyprus

Even if you’ve been here before, there’s always a new world to discover.

A Eurasian island country, Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents, where East meets West and a new experience awaits for you under the sun every day. Where Championship Golf courses, inviting beaches, and breathtaking mountain trails lie around luxurious hotels. Enjoy the island’s beauty.

Weddings and Honeymoons

Whether you’re tying the knot for the first time, enjoying a second honeymoon, or celebrating your jubilee, romance is always in the air in the land of Aphrodite, the goddess of love herself.

Cyprus provides the perfect backdrop to your love with some of the most romantic locations from secluded coves to sun-drenched beaches with sparkling blue seas and breath-taking sunsets.

A wide variety of hotels and dazzling resorts will certainly make your stay even more magical, from five star luxury beachside hotels with every amenity, to private villas with pool for flexibility, or quiet hideaway in simple family run establishments.

Medieval castles perched precariously on hilltops that make you think cyprus honeymoon of knights in shining armour, fabulous mosaic floors in a Roman nobleman’s villa to inspire your dreamhouse, or unspoiled countryside with charming villages and slow pace of life. Whatever your desires, a honeymoon in Cyprus is the perfect start to your married life.

Go out for a candlelit dinner and savour fresh Mediterranean flavours at numerous restaurants featuring both local and international cuisine. Then paint the town red jiving to the latest tunes or joining in some Greek dancing. Or simply enjoy Cyprus’ magical evenings gazing at the stars through clear skies, lulled by the gentle sounds of the night crickets. In Cyprus the living is easy; you set your own pace.

And when you’ve drunk your fill of each other, the island also offers you history and tradition as well as interesting places to discover. Follow in Aphrodite’s footsteps by swimming at the spot where she is said to have risen from the waves. See the grotto where she took her beauty baths on the beautiful Akamas peninsula and frolicked with her lover, Adonis. Or pretend you’re a worshipper of her cult as you wander among the ancient ruins of the many archaeological sites dedicated to her worship.

Culture

Step back in time with a visit to Choirokoitia, one of the best preserved sites of a prehistoric settlement found in the Eastern Mediterranean, with its reconstructed round dwellings giving a vivid representation of what life was like at the dawn of civilisation.

cyprusAdmire the exquisite floor mosaics of the Roman villas depicting scenes from mythology, arguably the best in the eastern Mediterranean and the impressive underground Tombs of the Kings nearby, carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars. Or enjoy an ancient Greek play performed in a Roman theatre with the most spectacular view on a cliff overlooking the sea.

Many fine examples of Byzantine art have survived on the island, which you can see for yourself in Cyprus’ painted churches with their colourful frescoes, ten of which have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Marvel at the sumptuous pageantry of Greek Orthodox religious festivals whose origins go back thousands of years.

In addition to the wealth of outdoor sites, tour the priceless collection of artefacts displayed in the various Archaeological Museum where you can see objects spanning the island’s history, including pottery, coins, jewellery, tombstones and statues.

Sun and Sea

Sink your toes into warm sand, feel the sun warming your skin as you look out on the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea. Nothing beats Cyprus for a beach holiday.

cyprusWith an expansive coastline providing a wide variety of beaches to choose from, ranging from secluded bays, to lively resorts, sandy beaches and rocky coves, you are bound to find the right one for you.

Relaxing in the sun is not the only reason to visit Cyprus. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, water sports feature strongly. Try the waterpark for thrills, or bungee jumping for an extreme sensation. Discover the magic of the underwater world by snorkelling or diving in the warm crystal clear seas. Windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed all the year round, thanks to steady winds and calm predictable seas, while coastal cruising and deep-water fishing are also popular. You could even use the island as a base for a short cruise to other nearby countries

With a wealth of beaches to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste. From the quiet backwaters of the western peninsula, to the lively resorts in the east, the island has something for everyone.

The eastern coast is famous for its fine white sandy beaches with shallow turquoise waters. Deep water bays with rocky outcrops are perfect for snorkelling or diving. The long finely packed gray sand of the southern coast lend themselves to long winter walks or jogging, while the secluded coves of the western coast beckon when you want to be alone.

The Cities of Cyprus

Four large cities punctuate the island, with Lefkosia (Nicosia), the capital in the centre, and Larnaka (Larnaca), Lemesos (Limassol) and Pafos (Paphos) along the southern coast.

They are busy modern commercial and business centres, with old town centres with picturesque historical buildings, where you can wander along narrow streets and browse through interesting markets and shopping centres.

Lefkosia combines both old and new, characterised by its old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress wall, beyond which spreads a cosmopolitan city. Lemesos , the island’s second largest city, is the centre of the wine industry and a bustling holiday resort, renowned for its varied nightlife, while Larnaka, with its marina and palm-lined promenade, has important shrines to both Christianity and Islam. Pafos to the west is an archeological treasure trove, with some of the finest mosaics in the Mediterranean.

Nature

Perhaps the best way to see a country is on foot. If you love the great outdoors or want to improve your fitness, hiking is ideal. Leave your car and experience the culture and nature of the island in the best possible way.

Cyprus has numerous signposted paths or nature trails, some more challenging than others, but all are a feast for the senses, especially in the springtime when you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature at first hand.

Cyprus Facts

Languages

Greek and Turkish are the main languages spoken by the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities respectively. English is widely spoken. French and German are also well spoken within the tourist industry.

Currency

The currency of the Republic used to be the Cyprus pound. As from 1st January 2008 the Cyprus pound has been replaced by the Euro as the legal tender of Cyprus.

Climate

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September and rainy, quite mild winters from November to mid-March. Spring and fall are effectively short intervals in between, characterised by smooth weather. With almost year-round clear skies and sunshine, daylight length ranges from 9.8 hours in December to 14.5 hours in June.

Food and Drink

chipreWith emphasis on fresh local ingredients, a pungent mix of herbs and spices and a light spattering of olive oil, Cypriot food is essentially Mediterranean, similar to that of Greece and with a hint of the Middle East and Asia Minor.

Both poets and travellers past have praised the flavours of the island. In present times doctors and health specialists have added their voices in extolling the virtues of the Mediterranean diet. The grains and pulses, sun-ripened fresh fruit and vegetables, high-protein fish, lean meat and poultry, olive oil and wine are both a healthy option as well as an irresistible temptation.

Source: http://www.visitcyprus.com

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