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I like traveling to resort destinations that aren’t filled with Americans. It isn’t that I dislike American tourists. I just find it so much more interesting to meet people from other cultures — something I couldn’t do back home in the States. Cyprus, not a typical destination for Americans, is a popular summer vacation spot for Russians, Lebanese, Scandinavians, and Brits.
I spent three nights in Ayia Napa, which is along the southeast coast of Cyprus. You might compare the vibe of the town to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Ayia Napa, or Napa as the locals call it, has arguably the best beaches in Cyprus; they’re comparable to those in France, Italy, or Greece. Read more
When I began planning my trip to Cyprus, I didn’t have a good understanding of the island; few friends had been and I hadn’t read any travel stories about the destination. Naturally, some asked why I was going; well, I knew Cyprus was a popular vacation spot for Europeans, so something good had to be there, and I wanted to stop for a week somewhere that wasn’t far from Greece, my next destination. So I landed on Cyprus.
My ultimate impressions? I really enjoyed my week in Cyprus and highly recommend it as a beach destination. There are also a few noteworthy cities. The people are as warm as the summer weather, in fact, I found them to be much friendlier than the Greeks. Despite sharing a common language, the Cypriots pride themselves on a stronger work ethic and general friendliness.
I chose to split my time between two main vacation spots: Limassol and Ayia Napa. Here’s what you should do during your time in Limassol (and stay tuned for part two about Ayia Napa): Read more
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend Easter on a beautiful Mediterranean island – while spending less to do it? While sunny Cyprus is known as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, it is also richly associated with early Christian history and many of its sights are fascinating for travelers of any faith. It was actually in Cyprus that St. Paul, traveling with St. Barnabas, succeeded in converting an ancient Roman proconsul to the Christian faith, in effect making him the first official in the Roman Empire to adopt Christianity.
Mediterranean terrain, toasty autumn sun, the slow rural rhythm: I have to admit, it was hard not to confuse Kalavasos with Calabasas, the once placid place where I grew up in Southern California. But, no relation: the former is a tiny village (population: 721) in Cyprus, conveniently located a 30-minute drive from both the frenetic capital, Nicosia, and sparkling Larnaca International Airport. And, while firmly within the boundaries of the Republic of Cyprus (the two-thirds of this prosperous European Union-member nation not occupied by Turkey), Kalavasos boasts an ages-old minaret decked out in crescent moons and Stars of David – as good an introduction as any to the surprises that await travelers to Cyprus.
The Luxury Refurbished in white marble and black wood by Milanese design firm Caruzzo Rancati, the 68 rooms at Londa Hotel overlook the Mediterranean Sea, the Troodos Mountains, and/or the port city of Limassol, a former medieval fishing village that’s home to a lively 11-day carnival in February and March. Throughout the year, scene-seeking Cypriots and resort guests alike flock to the Londa’s sea-view terrace (pictured) and outdoor poolside bar, with its DJ and dance floor; come wind-down time, hedonists of all stripes can choose from over 50 spa treatments. Read more
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