Cyprus The Most Forward-Thinking Destination in the Mediterranean

Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean’s long standing tourist destinations. Hugely popular with northern Europeans in search of the summer sun. In fact, the tourist board would argue that the sun lingers a lot longer, and the result is a massive push to promote the island as a year-round destination. For a long time cheap and cheerful sunshine was Cyprus  calling card. That’s no longer the case as the island pushes itself up market.

Cyprus The Most Forward-Thinking Destination in the Mediterranean

Cyprus is known as the Island of Love. It is a destination for honeymoons and anniversaries. The weddings of course are nothing new.

At Limassol (Lemesos) castle in 1191 the English king Richard the Lion hearth stopped off on route to the crusades to get married to Queen Berengaria of Navarre.

In the last 30 years, Limassol has become the biggest resorts on the island. Its population has swollen from 60 thousand to almost a

quarter of a million. And it attracts around 150 thousand holiday makers a year. Limassol is also the center of Cyprus wine industry, for the grapes are mostly grown on the nearby Troodos foothills. Every September hundreds of gallons of wine are given away during the Lemesos Wine Festival. The festival represents the outgoing nature and carefree sense of Lemesolians.

West of Limassol is the impressive Crusader Castle at Kolossi, and the important Greco-Roman archaeological site of Kourion, whose theater is an idyllic moonlit setting to the Greek dramas, Shakespearean plays, and concerts performed there in the summer.

On the West coast is the town of Pafos, which has its own international airport. Paphos, capital of Cyprus in ancient times, was once a thriving port. The attractive focal point of modern-day Paphos is its charming harbor, lined with colorful fish taverns and complete with fortress castle. The whole area is rich in historical and archaeological finds. The most remarkable of which is the famous Pafos Mosaics unearthed only 20 years ago, depicting scenes of Greek mythology.

The legend of the Goddess Aphrodite, allegedly born near Paphos, has bequeathed several places of beauty and mystery. The Paphos area enjoys a gentleness both in climate and in scenery. Yet a drive into the mountains from here reveals majestic cedar forests and remote villages waiting to be explored.

Some of the most glorious sandy beaches in Cyprus are concentrated on its southeast corner. The resort of Agai Napa, with its beach side hotels, is the focal point of the area, with carefree holiday atmosphere, colorful shops and friendly taverns.

The long, golden beaches extended along the Paralimni, Protaras area and around Cape Cavo Greco, known for its fiery crimson sunsets.

The island of contrast is completed by the magnificent Troodos mountains, in the central part of the island, whose highest peak is Mount Olympos at 1951 m. Troodos is Cyprus highest mountain range.

No more than an hour drive from any of the major towns, the pine-forested slopes provide a refreshing change of scene from the plains and beaches, with sweeping valleys, far-reaching views and plenty of painted Byzantine churches and impressive monasteries to visit. Most holiday makers, however, make it up there for a day trip.  And the gateway to the region is the almost alpine town of Platres. In Autumn these forest come alive with hikers from all over Europe. There are mountain trails for walks, and picnic spots galore, while winter visitors will find white slopes and pretty snow-laden trees with the prospects of skiing in different setting.

The winters in Cyprus are very mild. There is sunshine every day of the year. People can enjoy walking, cycling, golf. The weather condition on the island is ideal for golf throughout the winter. Cyprus is also very popular destination for spa breaks. In fact spa getaways  to this island have taken off in a major way.

Dennis M. Piper
 

I was graduation from New York University in Hospitality management. My partner Mary and two kids, Ron and Regan. I always available on Twitter, Facebook and Google plus also you can mail me.

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