As our current trip through Central Asia is coming to a close, we’re looking at new places to lay some (temporary) roots and live for a few months. Cyprus has always been around the top of our list of European countries we want to visit, and now we’re thinking about living there! We’ve considered booking holidays to Cyprus from Monarch in the past and now we’re looking to make this dream a reality. Here’s a list of 5 reasons why we want to travel to Cyprus, if you have some other reasons, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
1. Accessibility: Cyprus is a very accessible country and quite frankly, we don’t know why we haven’t made it there yet! Even though it’s not fully a part of the EU, you don’t need to go through customs to enter the country from Europe. Also, there are regular ferries to the island country from Greece, which means that we can put two beach holidays together!
2. Food: Cyprus may not have the most famous food in the world, but it is not without its own flavour. There are a wide variety of dishes from pastries to kababs and the Cypriot meat speciality – Kleftico. The food here is a unique blend of Greek, African and Middle Eastern dishes which come together in a sparkling array of Cypriot gastronomy that is simply out of this world!3. Beaches: We’ve been travelling in Central Asia for 5 months and it’s time for a beach holiday! Cyprus is just the place to relax and lay on the sand. The aqua-blue and white sand beaches are the #1 reason why tourists visit the country, and so are vital to the tourist economy of Cyprus. We love a country that takes pride in its natural beauty and we plan to spend a lot of time in the waters around Cyprus.
4. Wine: As you may know, we love our wine! Cyprus is world-famous for wine production and has been creating our favorite grape drink for around 4000 years! It is said that the oldest wine in the world comes from Cyprus and the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all praised the amazingly fertile lands and moderate climates as the ultimate vineyard atmosphere. There are reds, whites and sherry wines now originating from Cyprus. The fifty or so regional village wineries employing time-honoured wine making techniques that have survived for centuries. There is also a wine festival in Limassol that we really want to see. After spending so much time at the wineries in South Africa, we’re sure that this would be a large part of our visit to Cyprus.
5. Diving: I love scuba diving and there are some great ship wreck dives in Cyprus, particularly The Zenobia Shipwreck which is off the coast of Larnaca. This massive wreck remains one of the most impressive shipwrecks in the world. The Zenobia was a ferry that sunk in 1980. Divers can penetrate the ferry to see vehicles clinging to the ship on rusted chains. The dive is for intermediate and advanced divers which makes it that much more exciting! The shipwreck is said to be one of the most fascinating and accessible shipwrecks in the world today.
We don’t know exactly when we’ll be making our way to Cyprus but it will definitely be on our travel itinerary in the near future. We absolutely love the Mediterranean Sea and we want to spend more time learning about the culture and eating the cuisine around this amazing region of Europe.
Have you ever been to Cyprus? Why do you like this Island Country so much? Please leave a comment below.