Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and although it is a part of Europe, it retains a distinctly Eastern feel. Prior conflicts between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots mean the island is technically divided into two parts, but hostilities have been over for a long time now, and the country’s past events are no deterrent to the tourists that flood the main cities of Agia Napa and Pafos.
Cyprus offers a diverse holiday experience including culture, diving, golf, and more.
Cyprus – A unique vacation experience
Cyprus Rich in Religion
The Kykkos Monastery is a beautiful Orthodox Monastery, and pilgrims travel from all over the world to see its icons and attend a morning mass.
Even non-religious visitors will appreciate the stunning Byzantine artwork and architecture, and the sound of its bells ringing out across the wooded valleys.
Outside of Pafos is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Tombs of the Kings, which gives tourists the opportunity to walk through ancient, plundered tombs, and learn about Aphrodite’s famed birthplace.
Dive into Cyprus History
The Zenobia Wreck, known simply as “The Zen” in the diving community, is a different kind of ruin: a large ferry that sunk off the coast of Cyprus in 1980 became one of the world’s top wrecks to dive.
Experienced divers can explore inside the wreck, while beginners can dive along the outside.
Those who want to experience diving around Cyprus but aren’t certified can visit a Dive-In location in Larnaka, Lemesos, or Pafos to take a PADI course at a reasonable rate.
And those who want a completely unique experience can try undersea walking.
With a specially-designed helmet that provides fresh air, visitors can walk on the bottom of the sea without the hassle of a regulator or snorkel!
Grab Your Clubs for Golfing in Cyprus
The rugged Cyprus landscape, set against the Mediterranean Sea, makes a memorable backdrop for a great golf holiday.Golfing in Cyprus
Elea Golf Club has a course designed by legendary player Nick Faldo — a must for any serious golfer.
Listen to the Music
Visitors can immerse themselves in local culture at the Ultimate Music Festival, featuring Cypriot rock bands, or at the Peasant Festival, where local food and wine are on display, followed by dancing.
Staying in an updated village house in Skarinou instead of a hotel is a great way to experience traditional Cypriot life without giving up luxuries such swimming pools and air conditioning.
Cyprus: A Series Of Unfortunately Fortunate Events
Before I went to Cyprus I was very dubious about what would be on offer for vegetarians and, having booked the holiday, unhappily accepted what I presumed to be a salad-filled fate.
Fortunately for my taste buds (unfortunately for my waist line) my friend Joe and I found some beautiful Cyprus restaurants, all offering a plethora of veggie options!
One of my favourite restaurants of the holiday was ‘Karlina’. The restaurant is nicely situated opposite the tombs of the kings, so after a hectic day it was lovely to sit outside and enjoy a delicious meal.
The menu is extensive, there is a lot of café type food (which I try to avoid) but there was also a lot of vegetarian stuff on offer. I chose the Moussaka, which was mouth-wateringly delicious, I still think of it now!
While Joe opted for the steak, which he also loved! The portions were massive, but the prices were very reasonable, so obviously we went back quite a few times throughout the holiday!
One place that wasn’t so hot on veggie food, but apparently had a delicious feast of meats, was ‘Michael’s Tavern’.
While I had the Halloumi salad Joe enjoyed the Sheftalia, a traditional Cypriot food that sounds hideous to my innocent vegetarian ears (a sausage that uses pig’s stomach to wrap ingredients, as opposed to sausage casing) but was ‘absolutely scrumptious’ to quote Joe!
Although there was little on offer for me I still really enjoyed myself, the staff were really friendly and the décor was completely fascinating (in a very good way!) the walls were adorned with pictures, old school radios and lanterns.
Unfortunately for our livers, Cyprus clubs were just as amazing as the food!
One evening I managed to drag Joe to karaoke at ‘Wheatsheaf Pub’.
Although it was a struggle getting him there, after quite a few of the wonderfully cheap alcoholic beverages he looked right at home – by the end of it my throat was soar, but my heart was full of Abba!
It is situated 5 minutes from the beautiful sea harbor and makes amazing and highly original cocktails, ‘ice cream dreamz’ was one of my favorites!
However, be warned, if you don’t enjoy boogying to a bit of Rnb then this place is NOT for you, as this is pretty much all they play! I absolutely loved it, but Joe (a big Dubstep fan) failed to share my enthusiasm.
For sports fans ‘PitStop bar’ is the place to be. On Saturdays they show major sporting events on a large screen (at which point it was my turn to be unenthusiastic) and the décor is pretty sports orientated too.
Although Joe and I sometimes failed to like the same venues, we balanced it out enough that we had a wicked time, whether it was karaoke or sports bars! For more information visit Mydestination.com/Cyprus.