Cyprus is by many characterized as a paradise on earth. Some people claim that this is the island of Love, while some others refer to Cyprus as the island of Beauty. Below are listed some of the key reasons why Cyprus can act as an absolute temptation for both locals and foreigners.
1. Because Love has its origins in Cyprus
Cyprus, is the original birthplace of the goddess of Love, the beautiful Aphrodite. The goddess is thought to have stepped ashore on the island by making it her mother country. Until nowadays, Cyprus is considered as an ideal place for honeymoon and marriage events, especially when it comes to romantic couples who choose to spend their special moments in the homeland of Love and Beauty.
2. Because Cyprus and Beauty are inextricably linked
As the birthplace of the most beautiful goddess, Cyprus is the island of exceptionally beautiful areas, full of vivid colors and spectacular landscas. The famous Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite’s birthplace, along with other famous crystal clear beaches act as a perfect temptation for everyone who wants to spend moments of recreation and relaxation by the beach. Aside from its beaches, Cyprus is also famous for its mountainous beauties, the picturesque little traditional villages and the scenic countryside areas spread all over the island.
3. Because the Sun is itself in favor of Cyprus
In Cyprus, hundreds of sunset landscapes are spread across the entire island every day, acting as a true source of inspiration for any photographer or anyone who is romantic enough to be able to appreciate the beauty of such a scene.
4. Because Summer and Cyprus have an almost all-year agreement
At the same time, it is indeed true that the majority of the days in Cyprus, all year round, are sunny and smiling. It is not uncommon to hear people confessing that the main reason for visiting or living on the island is because of its sunny character, which is without any doubt irresistible and tempting.
5. Because the ancient character of the island is indeed special
When walking along the island, someone comes across different signs of ancient, medieval and modern history of Cyprus: Neolithic settlements, mines from the Bronze Age, palaces from the period of Kingdoms, Hellenistic theaters, Roman temples, Byzantine churches, medieval abbeys and Ottoman baths. Cyprus History counts more than 10,000 years of existence, with ancient monuments and archeological sites being spread across the island until nowadays.
6. Because Cyprus has the “wine of the kings and the king of the wines”
It is not accidental that the Guinness Book of World Records has officially recognized Cyprus Commandaria wine as the oldest named wine in the globe, since according to a legend, King Richard the Lionheart of England was so passionate about Commandaria wine that during his wedding, in 1191, he distinguished the particular wine as “the wine of kings and the king of wines”.
7. Because Cyprus is the island of no-distance
If you find yourself in Cyprus, you should never worry that you will ever be late. In the worst case scenario, you can have a delay of approximately two hours, since the largest distance from one corner of the island to the other is approximately 240 kilometers. Imagining that you locate yourself in Ayia Napa, then the distance to the rest of the areas in Cyprus could easily be characterized as…close! More specifically, you would need 8km to Protaras, 41km to Larnaca, 80km to Nicosia, 107km to Limassol, 147km to Platres, 175km to Paphos and 210km to Polis/Latchi.
8. Because Cyprus added one of the best dairy products in the world list of cheeses, the famous Hallumi
Hallumi cheese is probably the saltiest cheese around the world. Thousands of people from all over the world are endless Hallumi lovers. The particular dairy product was originally made in Cyprus and is considered until nowadays as the key traditional product of the island. Needless to mention that today Hallumi can be found in numerous hyper- and supermarkets around the world, as the people who once taste it become addicted to it instantaneously!
9. Because who can resist the Cypriot hospitality?
Hospitality, accompanied by authentic smiles and friendly faces, is what characterizes Greek Cypriot people. It is indeed true that until recently, many people in Cyprus had their main doors unlocked, because everyone was welcome and they themselves were and will always be ready to show their authentic hospitality, which makes everyone feel automatically at ease.
10. And because the temptation of a table full of Cyprus meze is simply irresistible
“Let’s go for a Cyprus meze”! This is definitely one of the most famous phrases you can hear if you find yourself in Cyprus. You simply have to make a reservation at a traditional tavern and you will surely enjoy the numerous delicious meze dishes that decorate the table. Chances are you will want to eat more and more!
A big thank you to all HeartCyprus fans for the photographs they shared and some of which have been used for the purposes of the current article. All information about Commandaria is retrieved from http://www.commandariawine.com/.
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