Lying on the fault lines of east and west, the picturesque landscape of Cyprus will capture your heart in more ways than one. Said to be the ‘Island of Love’, this destination holds a rich history that adds to the character of this popular wedding and honeymoon destination.
Cyprus is known in mythology as the birth place of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, love, pleasure and procreation. The island pays tribute to this mythical goddess in many ways, keeping the mystical stories of the Greek Gods alive, most notably is the preservation of the Baths of Aphrodite. The tranquil site is hidden away in Polis in north Cyprus and legend says it is where the goddess met up with her beloved Adonis. Secluded and enchanting, this spell bounding place boasts gorgeous views of the Bay of Polis.
Golden beaches run for miles in Cyprus. They make the perfect setting for proposals or just quiet strolls in the evening. Crystal waters flow up and down the sand all day and the sound of the waves gently break the serene atmosphere. For a real touch of classic romance, how about putting together a small evening picnic to watch the sun go down over the ripples of the water. Spending time with your beloved on the shimmering sand will be a moment to cherish forever.
As you make your way through the iconic Roman era structures, the intoxicating smells of Cypriot dishes will transport you to another world. The local food is created with such passion that it’s hard not to be influenced by the divine scents. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and the Mediterranean hints in Cypriot cuisine are sure to have the desired effect.
The Island of Love title resonates right down to the friendships you’ll form here. Cypriot locals are amongst the friendliest in the Mediterranean. It’s estimated that 1.129 million people reside in Cyprus, not just for its gorgeous climate. Many people return here year on year to meet up with the charming characters they’ve come across on previous visits to this stunning island. The relaxed atmosphere makes you feel instantly laid back and chases all of your worries away.
With captivating views and experiences, the traditional feel of Cyprus makes it feel almost untouched as if you’d just stumbled upon this place yourself. The warmth of the hospitable locals, magnificent scenery and delicious local cuisine makes Cyprus a destination for true hedonists.
Although the story of Aphrodite may be one of the strongest defining moments when calling Cyprus the island of love, the truth lies in the finer details of this beautiful place.