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Cyprus: Destination And Cuisine In The Jewel Of The Mediterranean

By Michael Bamidele
19 September 2021   |   8:30 am
Cyprus is a jewel in the Mediterranean that was coveted by several world empires throughout history, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Ottoman, Roman and even the Arabs. The island nation is situated at the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin. It is the third largest and third most populous island in the…

Kyrenia’s horseshoe-shaped harbor, Cyprus | Image: Getty Image/iStockphoto

Cyprus is a jewel in the Mediterranean that was coveted by several world empires throughout history, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Ottoman, Roman and even the Arabs.

The island nation is situated at the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin. It is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean.

Destinations in Cyprus:
Paphos

Paphos

Paphos is the smallest city in Cyprus. Situated on the South West coast of the island, it is also one of the most picturesque places on the island. The old town and harbour area are ideal for a romantic stroll during sunset.

Adonis Baths
According to Greek mythology, the Adonis Baths was a favorite place of the god Adonis and the goddess Aphrodite, and where they had many of their children. Today, visitors to the site can swim in the pools below the waterfalls, use the hiking trails, visit the small museum and photo gallery, or indulge in some mud therapy.

Tombs of the Kings
The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis lying about two kilometres north of Paphos harbour in Cyprus. In 1980, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Paphos and Kouklia.

Tombs of the Kings | Image: Just About Cyprus

The underground tombs, many of which date back to the 4th century BC, are carved out of solid rock, and are thought to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to the third century AD

Aphrodite’s Rock
According to one legend, this rock is the site of the birth of the goddess Aphrodite, perhaps owing to the foaming waters around the rock fragments, and for this reason it is known as Aphrodite’s Rock.

Aphrodite’s Rock | Image: globalgrasshopper

It is located off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol. The combination of the beauty of the area and its status in mythology as the birthplace of Aphrodite makes it a popular tourist location.

Fasouri Watermania
Covering 100,000 square meters, Fasouri Watermania is the most popular waterpark in Cyprus. With 30 different slides, three restaurants, six snack bars and the largest wave pool in the country, there is a little something for everyone.

Fasouri Watermania | Image: TripAdvisor

Other rides include the Kamikaze slide, which reaches speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour, the six-story Aqua Tube slides and the Black Hole slide, in which visitors plunge through complete darkness. Baby bungee swings are available for children up to three years old. Other activities include a massage parlor, fish spa and temporary tattoo parlor.

Cyprus Museum
The Cyprus Museum is the island’s main and largest archaeological museum, and charts the development of Cyprus’ civilisation from the Neolithic Age to the Early Byzantine period (7th century).

The museum’s collections are finds from extensive excavations from all over the island that have helped the development of Cyprus’ archaeology, as well as its research into the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean.

Avakas Gorge
Avakas Gorge is a 3-km-long natural wonder with limestone walls up to 30 meters in height located on the Akamas Peninsula.

Cypriot Cuisine:

Grilled Halloumi | Image: theculturetrip

Halloumi
Halloumi is a semi-hard, unripened cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also cow’s milk. It has a high melting point and so can easily be fried or grilled, a property that makes it a popular meat substitute.

Halloumi is probably Cyprus’ most famous product, with its popularity extending to many countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Souvla
Souvla is a Cypriot-style barbeque. It’s basically big chunks of pork or lamb meat that are slowly cooked on a long skewer over a charcoal. What is great about souvla is not the complexity or the flavor but the ritual that goes with it.

Souvla | Image: Shutterstock

Souvla is an integral part of the Cypriot culture. Usually, the men are responsible for making the souvla. They enjoy the slow cooking process with a glass of beer and a good chat, while women are preparing other dishes in the kitchen.

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