If there’s one thing I love doing on holiday, it’s sampling the local food and wine. So you can imagine my delight when, on my first day in Cyprus, I realised my holiday was pretty much centred around eating and drinking; long mezze-style wine-sloshed lunches and dinners are par for the course.
Source: Ancient Cyprus: A Travel Guide
With its beautiful Mediterranean beaches and charm, taking the best of Europe and the Middle East, the island nation of Cyprus sounds like a myth — and in some ways it is. Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure) acts as a spiritual symbol for the island, using her allure to seduce travellers from all over to bask in the sun while lying in the sand of her mythological birthplace. To join the cult of Aphrodite and fall in love with what Cyprus has to offer wanderlusts, check out these Tatler Tips:
The Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation announce their participation in the “World Heritage Journeys”, developed by UNESCO in collaboration with National Geographic,
From its sun-drenched coastlines to some of the tastiest food on the planet (hello halloumi), there’s a reason why Cyprus continues to be one of the hottest summer destinations for foodies, history buffs and wine connoisseurs alike. And if you really want to escape from reality while soaking up a little bit of paradise, going […]
Cyprus is one of the most popular tourist destinations. There are lots of outdoor activities in Cyprus. Here’s our pick of Cyprus highlights that you need…
Located at the foothills of the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus, Kakopetria, derives its name from the Greek words ‘kakos’ and ‘petra’ which mean bad rock. Curious to know how and why the village got such a peculiar name, I explored it and came across ‘the rock of the couple’.
Ahlan! jetted off to Cyprus, which turns out has a lot more to offer than just pretty beaches and parties…
When most of us think of Cyprus, we’ve either heard of, or experienced, the wild parties of Ayia Napa on the southeast coast (for the record, we’ve only heard the stories). Fortunately, if you prefer a more cultural experience – otherwise known as the real Cyprus – there is a whole island of treasures awaiting you in the Mediterranean.
If there’s a town that knows the true meaning of transformation, it simply has to be Limassol. One of the most cosmopolitan districts in Cyprus, the sprawling cityscape is famed for its thriving cultural scene and dynamic modern life. Buzzing cafés complement candlelit bistros, modern architecture and old colonial mansions vie for attention, while small galleries are tucked away near larger art centres.
Limassol is the second largest city of Cyprus, the home of the island’s main port, and a bustling holiday hot-spot.
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The beautiful island of Cyprus is famously the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. Michael Booker falls under its spell.
According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, rose naked from the sea at Paphos and floated to shore on a scallop shell.
Try that sort of arrival these days and you’ll probably get arrested. Still, when your father is Zeus, King of the Gods, certain rules can be waived.
The amazing myths and legends surrounding this pretty harbour town, on Cyprus’s west coast, have always proved to be a magnet for tourists looking for that little extra from their summer holidays. And this year has seen its historical attractions take centre stage, with the town awarded the impressive accolade of European Capital of Culture.
From art installations to music and dance, Paphos has become a holiday hotspot. We discover the European City of Culture 2017
Paphos is having something of a moment. A striking geometric marble installation towering over the Mediterranean and a bronze figure clinging to the rocks are clues that there is going to be more to this holiday than sea and sun-loungers. These two sculptures are part of Paphos’s ‘Signs In Time And Space’ project, which is just one of the art events created to celebrate the city’s status – alongside Aarhus in Denmark – as European Capital of Culture for 2017.
Paphos’s historic architecture and vibrant contemporary art scene are being enhanced with a huge line-up of cultural happenings, which makes now a better time than ever to visit.
Sometimes, all we really want to do is throw a pair of flip-flops into a tote and hit the open road for a dash of adventure.
And when that urge grabs us, we want to head for a destination that’s off the beaten track and far from the madding crowds.
The eclectic top 10 edit stretches from the remote and mystical island scenery of Gotland to an ebullient Normandy port and a much-loved Yorkshire city.
Feast your eyes on Europe’s most exciting places to pop on your radar for 2017, below, and get booking that escape pronto…
1. Zagreb, Croatia
Lonely Planet says: “Urban regeneration is making the city over.”
- Denmark’s second city, Aarhus is staging events all year
- Paphos in Cyprus is already a UNESCO world heritage site
- Hull is hosting the Turner Prize and the Ferens Art Gallery will open in January
Denmark’s second city, Aarhus is staging events all year, such as full moon festivals, city-wide art exhibitions and a rooftop performance of Viking saga Rode Orm from May 25-July 1.
INSIDER TIP: In August the River Remstrup will feature artworks including decorated boats, pyrotechnic art and light projections.
DETAILS: Aarhus Guldsmeden has rooms from DKK 1315 (£150) with organic breakfast, guldsmeden hotels.com. Flights to Aarhus from £270 return, flysas.com. For more details go to aarhus2017.dk
Paphos in Cyprus is already a UNESCO world heritage site. In 2017, it will see sculptures and installations across the city, plus international theatre and music performances.