Cyprus is a small island of the eastern Mediterranean that has for decades managed to punch well above its weight on the tourist front.
Ayia Napa continues to attract the young and hip crowds. Lemesos is starting to establish itself as a seaside destination with hordes of tourists flocking there every year and Paphos is enshrined in folklore as the place to see the birthplace of the Goddess of Love.
Whilst these towns are awash with visitors from all over Europe and beyond, more and more people are beginning to realize that the rural side of Cyprus is just as beautiful and scenic as anywhere in the Mediterranean region, and packed full of interesting places to spend your days.
Who said cyprus holidays can only be spend in resort by the pool?
Wine Routes in Cyprus
Wine lovers will tell you that Cyprus is a wine producing heavyweight that has some first class wine routes to explore. If white wine is your weakness, take in the Vouni Panagias to Ambelitis wine route.
The local Xynisteri grape is well known and with many wineries spread out across the area you will get plenty of opportunities to experience it in all its glory.
Alternatively, take a tour along the Krasochoria route and sample one or more of the ten wineries on route.
With the lovely warm weather and outstanding views on offer, what could be better than sampling some of the best wine in the world whilst surrounded by the best of Cyprus’s beauty?
Plus many routes are walkable if you do not trust yourself to be restrained and not go over the drink drive limit!
Cypriot Nature Trails
There is nothing more relaxing than getting in and amongst nature and exploring the local ecosystems. If you are nature lover, you’ll love Cyprus.
There are many specialist nature trails you could follow, including one located at Pitsylia. This mountainous region on the eastern side of the island has a variety of fruits growing amongst a notable number of Byzantine churches that litter the landscape.
Take a picnic, explore the ruins, walk the dog – the choice is really up to you. More often than not you’ll end up at a place of natural beauty with great views, so make sure you have your camera handy or all that walking will be in vain.
Take a Ride of your Life
There is something about cycling that is lovely and relaxing (providing it is not uphill), and pleasant weather and beautiful views can only add to the experience.
There are plenty of opportunities to take to the pedals when in Cyprus, with Limassol amongst many areas which have cycle paths that tourists can explore.
You’ll be able to hire a bike, so don’t worry about buying one or having your one from home flown over at great expense.
Take a Trip or Holiday to Cyprus
Not everyone considers cheap all inclusive holidays by the beach as their idea of heaven. But just because certain parts of Cyprus are well known for their sea, sand, sun and late night shenanigans does not mean that you should pigeon hole the whole island.
Instead take in all the nature that rural Cyprus can provide and experience what true Cyprus is really like.
This feature article on ‘Rural Cyprus’ was contributed to Globetrooper By Ricky Durrance.