Cyprus is a popular tourist destination, especially during spring and summer time.
Cyprus is a popular tourist destination, especially during spring and summer time. This is because the island provides an abundance of activities which you can enjoy in the perfect climate since Cyprus has a sunny weather for around 300 days per year! So, whether you are looking for adventurous hikes along scenic routes with breathtaking view, excursions in quaint charming villages, sightseeing of beautiful churches, ancient ruins, and UNESCO heritage sites, or simply to treat yourself to a tasty cocktail or two at a seaside resort or by a blue flag awarded beach, Cyprus has got it all! Your journey can be accompanied with the most delicious delicacies, as Cyprus cuisine, which has Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, is truly unforgettable. All the aforementioned contribute to the ultimate relaxation combined with the perfect holidays and, in the long run, a much better life.
Cyprus is famous for its amazing beaches with crystal clear waters as it has got some of the best beaches in the world. What a better way to get some rest under the shade of a rented umbrella while you lay on the beach, sunbathing, and listening to the relaxing sound of the waves? And when you finish relaxing, you can get active and rent a paddleboard which forms the best non-strenuous exercise, combining both relaxation and exhilaration. If you are conformable enough on the board, you can even try stand up paddleboard yoga. Other water activities you can try while in Cyprus are parasailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. However, if you just want to soak up the sun and admire the azure blue sea, just pick one of the many sandy beaches of the island. However, don’t forget to take some sunscreen and a nice book to keep you company.
What is becoming increasingly popular is holidays that are specifically orchestrated around personal health, namely Health and Wellness. In Cyprus, you will find some of the best Wellness and Spa retreats in Europe, with many tourists, as well as locals who need a short break from their daily routine, visiting its well-organized resorts for a journey of complete relaxation and self-transformation. Such trips provide you with moments of the much-needed rest with the purpose of soothing both body and spirit and, ultimately, helping you find inner harmony. Some of the therapies and activities you can choose from are: detox treatments, series of yoga classes, detox and weight loss sessions, aromatherapy and excellent massage treatments, while many of these can be custom made to your own needs and requirements. Furthermore, Cyprus offers some incredibly luxurious hotels, renowned for their high-quality services that include, among others, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, snow cabs, and wide selection of relaxation and rejuvenation treatments. What is also important to mention is that the island boasts excellent health care system with qualified doctors, first class rehabilitation centres, dental clinics and cosmetic treatment centres, hence, if you are in need of any cosmetic or other medical treatment, you can combine it with all the other benefits that holidays in Cyprus entail.
Nonetheless, it is not necessary to visit a retreat to get some rest. Cyprus is abundant with natural locations, defined by calmness and relaxation, as well as remarkable archeological sites. On the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, right at the end of Chrysochous Valley, you’ll find a well-known place from Ancient Greek mythology, the Baths of Aphrodite. Supposedly, this is where the goddess Aphrodite met her lover Adonis. Although swimming is prohibited in the shallow turquoise waters inside the grotto, according to legend, the waters supposedly prolong youth and preserve beauty. Arguably, what is more impressive than the Baths themselves is the pathway to Aphrodite trail. There, you will admire some of the most spectacular and breathtaking views of the island. For a unique and adventurous hike, Avakas Gorge, on the west coast, forms an unforgettable walk. If you are in Paphos city centre, it is just a short drive of around 30 minutes. During the 2.5 km trail, you may probably get the chance to admire Cypriot flora and fauna and endemic flowers. However, make sure that you are equipped with waterproof shoes as you may pass through some water pools at many points of the hike. The exceptional beauty you will come across though compensates for the somewhat difficult route to reach the end of the gorge.
If you are an Archeology lover, the island allows you to immense yourself in history and travel back to time through its various ancient ruins. Kato Pafos Archaeological Site constitutes one of the most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites, since 1980. The site is filled with impressive Roman ruins of the 3rd century AD and well-preserved antique mosaic tiles. If you continue your exploration further up the coast, the Tomb of the Kings is also one of the most remarkable sites of the island, comprising a maze of underground chambers carved out of solid rock, which was the burial site for aristocrats and other officials. Due to the fact that the necropolis was dedicated to really important people, some of the tombs are decorated with Doric columns, rendering it a very grand place indeed.
For adequately exploring Cyprus Mediterranean beauty and landscape, there is a total of 52 designated walking trails, in all areas of the island, through which you become familiar to the island’s nature, history, culture, and heritage. Especially during springtime, the weather is warm but not too hot, almond and cherry trees blossom, fields and paths are filled with wildflowers and fragrant herbs, creating the most stimulating and dreamlike surrounding. You may also encounter some wonderful plants, such as endemic orchids and tulips, and other important species, such as the Cyprus mouflon, endemic birds, and some of the 52 species of the island’s butterflies. What’s more, you may come across beautiful churches and other significant monuments or mining remains, which constitute a testimony to the island’s rich and diverse culture. At the same time, walking not only benefits your physical state, but also such hikes along picturesque routes and relaxing atmosphere are the greatest gift you can offer to yourself and your psychological well-being.
No matter how hectic and busy your everyday life may be, it is very important to give yourself time to relax. Cyprus includes some the best places to visit and most interesting activities to do, while the island’s relatively small size makes it very easy to organize daily trips and excursions or combine diverse set of activities.
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