First some general information about Cyprus
The Island has beautiful sandy beaches, rocky hills and mountains. The Troodos Mountains are 1950m high and you can go skiing there in winter. Since May 1st, 2004 Cyprus is a member state of the European Union (EU) and everything corresponds to the European norms and standards. The southern part is the Republic of Cyprus. The northern part is under the control of the Turkish Republic. Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey.
- The Republic of Cyprus is located at the eastern mediterranean.
- With 9521 square kilometers the third largest island in this region after Sicily and Sardinia.
- About 1.2 Million people life there.
- The capital is Lefkosia (Nicosia).
- Many people think the island belong to Greece. But it’s independent.
Beaches in Cyprus
You have 300 sunny days a year. It’s the longest summer season of Europe. People can enjoy wonderful beaches with crystal clear water. More than 40 of them carry the blue flag (for excellent water quality and excellent infrastructure). The most beautiful beaches in Cyprus are in the region around Agia Napa.
All beaches in Cyprus are public.
Our favorite beaches on the island:
- Makronissos Beach: A great beach with clear water inside a nice bay.
- Landa Beach: The beach of Landa has a length of 300m and is located in the middle of Makronissos Beach and Nissi Beach.
- Nissi Beach: This beautiful beach is located in a bay and is very popular with water sports enthusiasts. “Nissi” means “islet”, which is located near the beach.
- Konnos Beach: About 4km from Agia Napa, is the beach of Konnos. Konnos is also very sheltered from the wind and impresses with its picturesque ambience.
- Fig Tree Bay: In the popular resort of Protaras is the popular Protaras beach with its fine, golden sand and crystal clear sea. The beach is also known as Fig Tree Bay.
Water sport is everywhere!
Water sport is possible at many beaches in Cyprus. For example sailing, surfing, pedal boats, motor boats, speedboats, parachute boats and much more.
Cyprus is also an excellent diving destination. There are many diving schools. There are guided tours and complete equipment for diving or snorkeling. For example, there are four larger diving schools in Agia Napa.
Diving the Zenobia
The 172 metre long Zenobia Wreck is the best wreck dive in the mediteranean and one of the best dive sites in the world.
Hiking in Cyprus
Cyprus is not just a paradise for “water rats”. The Troodos Mountains are a unique hiking paradise. Guided hikes are offered there and you can also rent mountain bikes or normal bicycles to explore the area on a bike. By the way: The hiking trails in the Troodos Mountains have a total length of 50 km!
And you can skiing in Cyprus too. On Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in the Troodos Mountains are 4 ski lifts that are in operation in January and February. You can also borrow complete ski equipment there.
Eating & drinking in Cyprus
The Cypriot cuisine is influenced by different cultures. The Greek, Turkish, Arabic and English influences can be seen here. The Cypriots like to meet with larger friends or families to dine. This can be while grilling or eating a meze in a restaurant.
The meze meal is the best way to get to know the many and very tasty delicacies of the Cypriot cuisine. The waiter places around 10, 20 or more different dishes on the table. It usually starts with small salads and purees, olives and grilled cheese, then goes on to ravioli or meatballs, calamares to main courses with z. B. Lamb chops and liver, chicken legs and stifado. Fruit and pickled fruits conclude.
Meal times: Lunch is often taken at 2 p.m. and dinner usually doesn’t start before 9 p.m.
Driving in Cyprus
There is left-hand traffic in Cyprus. The traffic signs comply with international standards and are of course on the left-hand side of the street.
The holiday resorts in Cyprus are very well connected via a modern two-lane motorway and the petrol stations in the coastal regions and cities are equipped with fuel terminals.
Keep looking around this site if you want. There is still a lot to “discover” that might interest you about the island.