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A Guide to the Perfect Cyprus Honeymoon

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, located 75 km south of Turkey and 800 km east of mainland Greece. Sitting halfway between Europe and Africa, Cyprus has its own unique culture, blended with European and Middle Eastern influences. With breath-taking scenery, vibrant towns and beach resorts, a fascinating history, ancient castles and ruins and a temptingly warm climate, Cyprus is a magnet for holidaymakers. Being the legendary birthplace of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, Cyprus is also an ideal honeymoon destination.

When to go
Cyprus holidays are perfect throughout the year in terms of weather; the island enjoys 300+ annual days of sunshine, but the best months to visit are April and May, September and October.

Flights
Cyprus is a four hour flight from the UK.

Accommodations
Cyprus has honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets. The beach resorts of Kato Paphos and Protaras offer a wide range of hotels and restaurants. If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity, you might want to avoid the pumping Ayia Napa. High-end options with world-class facilities include the Annabelle, Aphrodite Hills, the Almyra and the Anassa. Ayii Anargyri is a new spa hotel set in a picturesque valley near some natural sulphur springs, used by locals for centuries for their healing qualities. Smaller coastal resorts such as Pissouri and Polis & Latchi offer seclusion and exclusivity, while still retaining the Cypriot charm.

Beaches
Cyprus is bursting with beautifully romantic beaches. Don’t miss Coral Bay in Paphos, Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa and Fig Tree Bay in Protoras.

What to do
Hire a car for a true taste of Cypriot life and see idyllic villages and churches nestling in the mountains. Visit the ancient site of Kourin and the Baths of Aphrodite, admire mosaics in Paphos and marvel at the 2,000 year old underground Tombs of the Kings. Explore ancient castles such as Saint Hilarion, which rises from the limestone rocks of the Kyrenia mountain range. Discover the pine-scented Troodos Mountains and visit Ayios Neophytos Monastery and Byzantine Museum. Journey to Europe’s only divided capital, Nicosia, with its ‘Green Line’ separating the Turkish north from the Cypriot south. Join in the celebrations at the Limassol Carnival, Paphos’ Anthesteria Flower Festival and sample local vino at Limassol’s annual wine festival. Outdoors, wield a golf club or tennis racquet and explore the island on foot, horseback or skis in the winter. On the coast you’ll find a host of sporting activities, ranging from banana boating to parasailing.

Shopping
If your big day has left you in need of a big splurge, head to Nicosia, Larnaca or Limassol. All the major resorts have shopping centres and you’ll be able to pick up local specialities, including brandy, lace, pottery and leather goods wherever you go.

Eating & drinking
Feast on a traditional Cypriot banquet together, sharing a meze and enjoying favourites such as moussaka, stuffed vine leaves and halloumi. Toast long life and happiness together with a glass of local wine or beer.

And finally . . .
Don’t even think about leaving Cyprus until you’ve been for a Turkish bath and a spa treatment or two.

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