Look no further than a Cyprus trip – the island of love – when picking your honeymoon destination or a romantic holiday for two.
From taking a wine tour through the island’s majestic valleys, to enjoying Cypriot meze alfresco or taking a leisurely boat tour to one of the many sandy beaches, newlyweds can enjoy year-round sunshine as they embrace all the island has to offer for your Cyprus trip.
Here, the shares its top reasons why Cyprus should be top of the honeymoon/ romantic destination list.
Home to the goddess of love
Gaze into the crystal-clear waters surrounding ‘Aphrodite’s Rock’ on the Paphos coast – the fabled birthplace of Aphrodite (swimming around the rock at midnight is said to make the swimmer younger by a year for every lap!) – before driving to Polis to the Baths of Aphrodite, a secluded pool where legend holds that the goddess is said to have seduced Apollo.
Legend has it that the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty – Aphrodite – was born of the sea foam here. It is said she rose from the waves and was escorted on a shell to this particular beach with these impressive rock formations.
Glorious year-round weather
May and September are particularly popular months for romantic breaks but, with over 300 days of guaranteed sunshine each year, Cyprus is the ideal romantic destination whatever time of year you’re planning your honeymoon. Given the Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and a long summer season, you will not be expected to wrap up warm. Rain and snow can be expected in the Troodos Mountains in winter.
Local winery tours
Cyprus is a great destination for wine-loving couples to toast their recent nuptials. The destination has several different wine routes, each leading to quality, boutique wineries in the majestic valleys of the Island.
In fact, Cyprus can proudly lay claim to the world’s oldest wine still in production – the delicious sweet dessert wine Commandaria, mainly produced in Kolossi. Cyprus has a long-standing tradition of winemaking that dates back to Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian times, as evidenced by archaeological finds of old wine jugs at the Lemesos (Limassol) villages of Pyrgos and Erimi that are believed to be over 6000 years old.
There are seven wine routes on the island and these are Akamas Laona, Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis, Pitsilia, and the Wine Villages of Lemesos (collectively known as ‘krasochoria’ meaning ‘wine villages’). They all produce both red and white wines. Don’t forget to visit the annual Lemesos Wine Festival, a 10-day celebration of wine and merriment, held at the end of August/beginning of September.
Pristine blue-flag beaches
Couples looking for rest and relaxation will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach days on the island. Embraced by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is surrounded by coast, and whichever part of the sun-drenched island you may be visiting, there is always a beach nearby waiting to be discovered.
Some of the blue flag beaches are Pissouri beach of the greater Lemesos (Limassol) area, Santa Barbara beach located at the coastal resort of Agios Tychonas in the Lemesos (Limassol) district, and Vrysoudia A beach located in the heart of Kato Pafos – off of the main road of Poseidonos Avenue.
If you’re the type of couple who wants to keep busy on your honeymoon, Cyprus has a huge range of sport, outdoor and adventure activities on offer from windsurfing, scuba diving, water skiing and kite-surfing to spa & wellness, mountaineering, walking, cycling, trekking and golf.
The ritual of sharing good, fresh local cuisine is an important part of the island’s culture. From specialty cheeses to unique desserts of carob and grape, the Cypriot cuisine is an exotic blend of Greek and Middle Eastern cultures; perfect for couples seeking a food orientated escape. The Mediterranean diet is also healthy – featuring an abundance of heart-healthy olive oil, pulses, lean meat, local herbs and freshly grown fruits and vegetables.
Synonymous with Cypriot cuisine is the ‘meze’ – a variety of small dishes that combine to create a feast, such as moreish dips, braised, stewed and clay-cooked dishes; local, freshly caught fish; pulses and legumes in various sauces; specialty cheeses, and more unusual bites, all authentically prepared.
The island has a stunning selection of spa and wellness offerings across the island – from spas set in the tranquil Troodos Mountains to those with panoramic views across the glistening Mediterranean Sea. A Cyprus trip can include a diverse range of indulgent offerings: from tailored, holistic experiences to ancient aromatherapy massages and treatments maximising the healing powers of local sulphur springs.
For more planning for your Cyprus trip, visit Cyprus Tourism.