A holiday to Cyprus inevitably leads to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. A rock named after the goddess of love and beauty still fascinates many travellers, particularly couples. The crystal-clear water and ancient sites are quite attractive, too! Particularly beautiful is the 2017 European Capital of Culture, Paphos, which holds both cultural and culinary surprises.
Legend has it that the famous Aphrodite rose out of the water off the coast of Cyprus and made herself comfortable on the island. The goddess of love and beauty is present all across the island even today, be it as a name giver to a hiking trail or in the form of a rock that stands in the water where, according to legend, Aphrodite stepped foot on earth. However, it's not just the well-known goddess that invites you to holiday in Cyprus. You will find relaxation on the shaded hiking trails of the Troodos Mountains, which are also referred to as the Black Forest of Cyprus. For those who prefer to admire the water from dry land, there are numerous, wonderful beaches to enjoy that make Cyprus the go-to place for sunseekers. This includes the 300-metre-long Ayia Tekla Beach, located in southern Cyprus. Your towel will be on one of the sunbeds set up in the white sand in no time - little sun umbrella included. You will almost feel like you're in the Caribbean. For the adventurers who do not want to miss out on the beach, the European Cultural Capital Paphos is ideal. Nature, culture, and cuisine come together here.
During 2017 in Paphos, no fewer than 300 events took place throughout the year with the motto of "linking continents, bridging cultures", most of which were open air. Ancient ruins, artistic mosaics, historical graves, fantastic architecture, and wonderful art collections will satisfy your hunger for knowledge. The world-famous Archaeological Park alone, part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, is worth a visit. The paintings and sculptures in the exhibition "Depicting the Invisible", with works by major European and Cyprian artists, is a special experience for art lovers. Holidaymakers can relax after an exciting day with a walk along the picturesque harbour or on a boat tour. The delicious, tradition Mediterranean cuisine from the sunny island is a delight on a culinary trip. Whether in one of the numerous restaurants, the small taverns or the closest rustic pub: a glass of wine in the evening is practically part of the trip to the island and tastes exquisite. Cyprian wine culture is over 5,500 years old and has a lot to offer! After a substantial meal, you should not miss the opportunity for a glass of Commandaria. This is a sweet dessert wine that is one of the island's specialities.