The third largest island in the Mediterranean, so close to Europe, Asia and Africa that it can claim to be a stepping stone to three continents, Cyprus is still relatively small in size but it’s bulging with personality and a host of world-class hotels offering everything from stunning beaches (the sandy beach on Chrysochou Bay, which Anassa leads down to, is one of the best on the island) to wedding ceremonies and of course, it’s the perfect honeymoon destination.
Over 10,000 years of colourful history has seen civilizations come and go and a list of whose who that includes Alexander the Great and Cleopatra have invaded and claimed it for their own. Each visitor and invader has left behind an element of their own culture and helped shape the country’s character. The mythical gods and goddesses of ancient Greece came here to indulge themselves and legend has it, Aphrodite emerged from the Paphos foam to make her home here. Where better to celebrate the wedding of your dreams than on the island blessed by the goddess of love and beauty; say ‘I do’ at Anassa surrounded by lavender bordered paths and scarlet bougainvillaea.
Stunning landscapes are everywhere you turn; the pine forested Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of the island, where churches precariously perch on mountain peaks and picturesque hamlets cling to terraced hill slopes. The narrow chain of the Kyrenia mountain range runs majestically along the North coast and to the northwest, the Arkamas peninsula is dotted with villages where the traditional 'kafenion' remains the focal point, serving up the distinctive thick Greek coffee.
Cypriots love their food and there’s a veritable smorgasbord of culinary treats to try such as the popular meze which offers the widest variety of local food in one sitting including halloumi cheese, produced by thyme-fed goats, only obtainable on the island. Many of the restaurants in our featured hotels and resorts offer a sophisticated dining experience on authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
Since joining the EU in 2004 the island has a new-found confidence, with a subtle shift towards a more sophisticated, international outlook. The town of Paphos is the embodiment of this self-assurance with its palm tree-lined boulevards, chic restaurants, gorgeous beaches and stunning archaeological gems. Almyra (sister property to the Anassa) is set within eight acres of gardens offering breathtaking views of Paphos' medieval castle and the Mediterranean Sea while just a thirty-minute coastal walk away from Paphos town is the Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel a bright and modern complex with superb facilities for its adult-only clientele. Families will find themselves well catered for at resorts like the Annabelle and Anassa with their excellent children's programmes for little ones of all ages.
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With an average of 326 sunny days each year and the longest summer in Europe, Cyprus’ weather can be counted amongst the finest anywhere in the Mediterranean.
In spring time the island is set ablaze with colour as wild flowers such as bright poppies, yellow daisies and pastel anemonies burst into life, their fragrant blossoms carried on the gentle breezes; prickly boom and rockroses decorate the hillsides and everywhere is permeated by the heady scent of orange blossom. It’s an ideal time for walks and leisurely picnics; with fifteen-hundred different species of flowers, it’s little wonder that Cyprus is a paradise for nature lovers.
Come the summer, the days begin to lengthen and the sun gathers strength. The sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters beckon, providing the perfect conditions for swimming, sailing, skiing and a host of water sports including diving a wonderfully memorable experience; at the PADI 5 Star Dive Resort located at the Four Seasons Hotel Beach Resort you can take your first dive or the next step in your personal diving development.
Through May and June, September and October cool, cotton clothes are recommended although jackets and light sweaters may be required for the evenings. And don’t forget your sun glasses, the intense brightness of the sunshine will make them indispensable.
For a respite from the sun and the beach head to the mountains of Troodos, where the pine-covered slopes offer a cool contrast or opt for a relaxing spa treatment; at the Four Seasons Hotel Beach Resort, Shiseido Spa you can revitalise both your body and mind, whilst Columbia Beach Resort offers a popular Chinese Taoist Massage, or experience Alymra 's holistic 'JUST PURE' philosophy alongside signature therapies are applied to all treatments.
In autumn the days are still balmy, the sea is still warm after the long, hot summer and for many this is the best time to visit. Winter is both short and mild and this season brings the much needed rain. Snow falls on the mountains between January and March – if you wanted a holiday that offered you skiing in the morning and an afternoon on the beach, this would be it. On Cyprus, there quite literally is a season for everyone.
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Ancient Ruins of Kourion
Situated on the west coast of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi, lies one of the island’s most important archaeological sites, the ancient ruins of Kourion. Built on the hills that dominate the area, the site overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and Kourion the fertile valley of the river with the same name; historical sources suggest that this was one of the most important ancient kingdoms of Cyprus. The ruins include a Greco-Roman amphitheatre, which today hosts impressive musical and theatrical events.
Paphos is believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite (also known as Cypris Lady of Cyprus). Where better to celebrate the wedding of your dreams than on the island blessed by the goddess of love and beauty; say ‘I do’ at the Anassa surrounded by lavender bordered paths and scarlet bougainvillaea, or at the Four Seasons Hotel Beach Resort which has its own private chapel for exclusive wedding ceremonies.
The Mosaics of Paphos
Discovered in 1962, these amazing mosaic floors, of the third century AD noblemen's villas, are considered among the finest examples of Roman floor mosaics in the Eastern Mediterranean, that have been discovered to date. Beautifully executed, the mosaics mostly depict scenes from Greek mythology.
Troodos mountain range
The impressive Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus; known since ancient times for its mines, in the Byzantine period it became a great centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline. Nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos Mountains are included in the official UNESCO list of cultural treasures of the World's heritage. In the summer its scented pine forests offer a cool sanctuary whilst in winter it's a popular winter sports and skiing destination.
We’d be delighted to help you get better acquainted with Cypriot tipples on a wine tour to one of the local wineries in and around Limassol where you can observe the production process of the world's oldest continuously produced wine, the sweet Commandaria.
Emirates direct from Dubai to Larnaca.
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Qatar Airways direct from Doha to Larnaca.
Onward connecting flights to Paphos.
From Dubai to Larnaca: 4 hours, 30 minutes.
Cypriots love their food and there’s a veritable smorgasbord of culinary treats to try. Cypriot food is a combination of Greek and Turkish cuisine, with ‘meze’ the traditional meal consisting of around twenty different small dishes. Dine on salty halloumi cheese (produced by thyme-fed goats, only obtainable on the island), tangy dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), chunks of kleftiko (seasoned slow-baked lamb), and wonderful home-grown fruit - the strawberries, melons and grapes are a must. Many of the restaurants in our featured hotels and resorts offer a sophisticated dining experience on authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in their restaurants; Mavrommatis at the Four Seasons Hotel Beach Resort and Asteras at the Annabelle are just a couple of our favourites. For a culinary feast head for the Anassa and the outdoor terrace of Helios restaurant; we can personally recommend the chargrilled local ostrich tenderloin on garlic and lemon mash with truffle oil... divine.
Nestled on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains is the Platres chocolate workshop, where you can enjoy a two/three hour tutorial into the origins of chocolate and the art of hand-crafting luxury chocolates. The owners have entered the Guinness Book of World Records for making the world’s most expensive Easter egg.
Between 1pm and 4pm, in summer (May-September).
The café culture of the capital Nicosia is well worth sampling, as are the Baths of Aphrodite where, so legend has it, the Greek goddess of love bathed. Take a gentle wander around the country’s fascinating selection of UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, occupied from the 7th to the 4th Millennium B.C., the Byzantine churches and monastery in the Troodos Region, and, just five minutes’ walk from the bustling main boardwalk in Paphos, the ruins of its ancient city Nea Paphos.
Discover the wildlife, including the many migrating birds that descend on Cyprus as a staging post when flying between Europe and the Nile Delta.