Just in case we haven’t made it clear that we are real enthusiasts about Cyprus being the perfect winter holiday destination, we wanted to share this blog, by https://www.stefsjourney.com/. Stef outlines 10 reasons why visiting Cyprus in winter is a good idea…and we couldn’t agree more…read her blog HERE.
Get your playlist at the ready, jump in your car and explore some of Cyprus’ beautiful road trips – they are plentiful and beautiful! Taking a drive along scenic roads, stopping for a picnic or sampling traditional Cypriot cuisine in an off-the-beaten-track taverna, stopping to take in the views or even venturing on one of the many nature trails along the way…we guarantee you’ll fall in love with Cyprus more and more throughout your journey. In-Cyprus have compiled some great photos to highlight some of their recommended road trips, see HERE.
The next in Haris and his team’s wine pairing dining experiences will take place at his taverna, O’Vrakas, (Pissouri Village) on 30th November 2019. Vasilikon winery from Kathikas village will give you the chance to experience both young and aged wines of the same grape variety, allowing you to discover how the evolution of these wines reflect on your preferences. With a delicious menu, wonderful atmosphere and fantastic wine pairings, we recommend you book your space before it’s too late: more details HERE. Discover the menu HERE (€45 per person).
At 6,500 feet above sea level, the tip of Troodos gives amazing 360o views of the whole island. If you fancy a change from hitting the beach after the heat of the summer, exploring the mountains of Cyprus by foot is something we can’t recommend enough. The vast forests and Mediterranean views are really striking, and gives you a completely different perspective of this beautiful island. MyCyprusInsider has just blogged ‘5 Totally Different Walks to Get Your Heart Racing‘, outlining some of the best walks in Troodos. We suggest you locate a little mountain taverna to refuel on yummy local cuisine after your adventures – there are some real gems out there! So…get your walking boots on! READ WALKING BLOG HERE.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November. This year we can recommend two great events where celebrations for Guy Fawkes night will be firework-tastic!:
Saturday 2nd November: Lemmings Beach, Happy Valley, Episkopi:
Doors open from 4.30pm, bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm and fireworks will start from 7pm. Open to all, €3.00 per person (children under 5 for free), plenty of food & drink stalls.
Tuesday 5th November: Firework Extravaganza, Atlantida Beach Bar, Paphos:
Doors open from 6pm, ticket-only event: €7.50 per adult / €3.50 per child. Bonfire, fireworks, lots of entertainment (including African dancers and fire eaters), plenty of food & drink stalls. Ticket details HERE.
Fantastic news for scuba diving in Cyprus; the island is due to have TWO new wreck dive sites complete by end of October, and there are another two in the pipeline as well. Not only will this help reinforce Cyprus’ status as a leading diving destination, but it is also wonderful news for marine life here too. Steve Ford from Cyprus Diving Adventures reveals more about these new sites HERE.
Discover Scuba Diving! Scuba Diving is a fantastic choice of activity for visitors to Cyprus, and caters for all levels of divers from complete beginners through to advanced. Cyprus Diving Adventures offer our guests a free pick-up service, and discounted family/group and course rates: MORE HERE.
Aphrodite Hills Resort has a great selection of restaurants located in the resort village square, but we always recommend exploring a little further afield to nearby villages for a real, local culinary experience. Kouklia village and Pissouri village are just a 10 minute drive from the Resort and both of these picturesque villages host a great selection of restaurants that offer wonderful Cypriot holiday dining options. Local home cooked cuisine, in a traditional Cypriot setting, from back-to-basics to fine-dining, you really are spoilt for choice in these little local gems!
October is a beautiful month in Cyprus. The weather is glorious; sunny but a little cooler than the summer months, meaning that holiday activities are even more enjoyable! Here are some of our favourite activities that you can get stuck into whilst you’re staying with us at Aphrodite Hills this October:
Right here at Aphrodite Hills Resort:
Dream Team Soccer School; a really great facility for kids of all ages. The Dream Team Soccer School offers daily coaching sessions by UEFA Qualified coaches, as well as tournaments and other fun session options! MORE HERE
Take advantage of the great value kiddies golf and tennis group lessons during the holiday season – a fun and social way for the little ones to take up a new sport!
Let the kids enjoy the fun activities at the Resort Kid’s Club and treat yourself to some time by the pool to really chill out.
Horse riding; the stables are set in the beautiful, tranquil hills of the Resort. You can even just take the kids to pet the ponies at the pony club if they don’t fancy a lesson or a trek.
Hit some balls on the range, take a golf lesson, or enjoy the championship 18 hole golf course.
On your doorstep:
Have a family day out and Discover Scuba Diving altogether, a great way to bond over the wonder of the sea life whilst water temperatures are still warm enough for kids (who can start from as young as 8!). Cyprus is an incredible destination for divers of all abilities: MORE HERE
Fasouri Watermania Waterpark in Limassol is a great option for a day out, with loads of different slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and more! Just a 30 minute drive from Aphrodite Hills Resort. MORE HERE
Beach it! Take the little ones to a local beach and enjoy splashing around in the warm sea. Watersports are of course a super fun option too! MORE HERE
Hire a boat and head to one of Cyprus’ most beautiful areas; the Blue Lagoon. Latchi Watersports are the best company to book with; they have a vast fleet of boats and will make sure you’re fully prepped for your day of sea cruising. Make sure to take a mask and snorkel! MORE HERE
The Paphos Zoo is just a 45 minute drive from the Resort. Feed a giraffe; watch the wonderful parrot show, admire the animals and birds on show and learn about the importance of conservation and animal care.
Take a stroll down Paphos Harbour for an ice cream and a spot of lunch, where you might even spot the resident pelicans who are definitely not camera shy! Why not visit the medieval fort while you are there too, or nip to The Kings Avenue Mall for a bit of retail therapy, or to catch a movie at the cinema there?
Cyprus is rich in culture, history and tradition….and also craftsmanship. Glass blowing, lace making, throwing pottery, making silver filigree jewellery all feature as some of the island’s best crafts, particularly in small mountain villages (Lefkara is best known for lace making and filigree jewellery making, Foini for its pottery…), the art of wood crafting is famous in village of Tala (Paphos district). This lovely article by in-Cyprus tells us more: READ HERE.
Majorly exciting news! Cyprus is all hyped-up at the announcement that the one and only Celine Dion will be performing in capital city, Nicosia, on 2nd August 2020 as part of her ‘Courage’ world tour. She is one of the world’s most successful artists in pop music history, and Cyprus can’t wait to host her first ever performance on the island – read more HERE.