Proud Greek Cypriots and My Kitchen Rules duo, Steve and Helen hadn’t ventured back to their homeland in over 15 years. The pair longed to set foot on Cypriot soil. travel.com.au was determined to make this happen. We sent Steve and Helen, two journalists, a photographer and our PR Manager across the world to discover as much of the island as possible in five full-on days.
Their cheeks were kissed by multiple relatives. Their feet walked through archaeological sites dating back to 2 BC. Their toes wriggled in the hot Cypriot sand and were relieved when they plunged into the crystal clear water. They waved at friendly locals. They marveled. They laughed. They never stopped exploring. Without exception, they all fell in love with Cyprus.
Here is a small taster from our Cyprus trip. Visit our YouTube channel to see much more!
- 1. Lefkosia (Nicosia):
Explore the main shopping strip and meander through the charming old town along the Green Line; an eerie reminder of the devastating 1970s conflict. Nicosia remains the last divided capital in the world.
- 2. Polis:
For true serenity and natural beauty, look no further than the quaint seaside village of Polis. Breathe in the sea air and soak up the relaxing pace of life. Check out the Anassa Resort if you’re after a touch of luxury.
- 3. Blue Lagoon, Latchi:
Take a boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon and marvel at the beauty of the coast line and crystal clear aqua water. You won’t need much convincing to jump in!
- 4. Omodos:
The smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the maze of cobblestone streets and alleyways. Cypriot culture, vibrant colours and friendly faces wait around every corner. Take the time to wander and explore.
- 5. Lemesos (Limassol):
Colourful fishing boats, pumping nightlife and luxurious resorts bring this renowned tourist hot spot to life. Be sure to check out the Old Town too – bars, cafés and shops lining the ancient surroundings provide a unique experience.
- 6. Cypriot wine:
Indulge in local wine, made in the same way as centuries gone by. The region is renowned for a robust rosé – the perfect addition to a meal in the Cypriot sun.
- 7. Mosaics of the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus and Aion, Paphos:
Paphos itself has been designated as UNESCO World Heritage site. Of particular interest are the Mosaics dating back to the 3 – 5 BC. Buried for over 16 centuries, these ancient artworks remain incredibly intact.
- 8. Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock):
Aphrodite’s birth place was a place of pilgrimage for the entire Hellenic world. Take a post card shot from the road or make your way down to the beach itself for a walk around or a quick dip.
- 9. Kourion:
Kourion is one of the most popular and spectacular archaeological sites on the island. Dating back to 2 BC, the Greco-Roman theatre is a must see. Be sure to check out the mosaics too.
- 10. Cypriot food:
Indulge in plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil, seafood and pork. Halloumi can also be found in abundance and don’t resist the temptation to indulge in delicious, piping hot loukoumades – mini-doughnuts dripping in honey syrup!
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