The cooler weather has finally set in, and as we reach for those jackets and coats, there’s something rather exciting about heading into the great outdoors and feeling the crunch of crimson leaves beneath our feet. Whether you fancy a quick escape or would love to put your feet up for the night in one of the quaint areas around the island, My Cyprus Insider has a few suggestions to keep you busy!
And if you crave an added lift as you make your way towards autumnal outdoor bliss, be sure to indulge in warm cup of Starbucks Teavana Full Leaf Tea, whether you pop into your closest Starbucks store on route or enjoy a freshly brewed cup at home before you head out on your adventure!
1. Put your feet up for the night in the countryside
Most of us living in Cyprus tend to usually frequently escape the daily grind with great weekends away in the summer months, then slipping into a slightly lazier mode come autumn and winter. But the fact of the matter is, now is an absolutely fabulous time of year to enjoy a fun break in the countryside, with the weather neither too hot or too cold for rural shenanigans. With countless Agrotourism hotels around the country calling out for attention, just visit the official Agrotourism website for plenty of inspiration.
2. Get your heart racing & warm up on a long country walk
With plenty of nature trails weaving their way across the Cyprus countryside, this is a great time to get those walking shoes on and put your best foot forward. Wake up bright and early, and before you leave the house, energise mind and body with a Starbucks Teavana English Breakfast; an all-time classic delicious full bodied infusion with malty and oaky undertones. If you’d rather kickstart your day with all the goodness of green tea, then the Starbucks Teavana Mint Citrus is bound to go down a treat, with green tea leaves accentuated by lemon verbena, lemongrass, and a hint of spearmint.
Where to go once you’ve enjoyed your caffeine fix? We suggest doing something rather different and heading along a nature trail right by the sea. From Cape Greco National Park on the east of the island, to the Akamas peninsula in the west, most trails have been landscaped on gentle gradients and are circular. They are all well signposted at the start, with additional wooden signposts along the way often pointing towards specific flora and notable geological features along the route. Find out more about the nature trails around the island here.
3. Have a feast at one of the island’s many picnic sites
Once the autumn leaves begin to cover the ground in a blanket of crimson hues, there are plenty of great sites around the island to take your picnic basket, indulging you taste buds and your senses away from the incessant buzz of the island’s main cities. With Platania in the Troodos district standing as one of the island’s most popular picnic sites, what many people don’t realise is that the island is also dotted with other fabulous places to enjoy an outdoor feast, from the gorgeous Xyliatos, to the breath-taking Stavros tis Psokas, and the list goes on.
Before you go, fill up your thermos flasks with a warming tea to enjoy in the great outdoors. The Starbucks Teavana Chai is perfect for when you’re feeling the chill; a black tea with cinnamon, black pepper and cardamom to warm you up! Read more about some great picnic sites around the island here.
4. Wash all your stress away at a gorgeous waterfall
Beach season may be over, but who says you can’t splash about a little in the mountains in the cooler weather? Most people know about the gorgeous Caledonia falls, but Milomeri is also a great option – actually the highest in the country – with the water falling from a height of 20 metres. Situated in the Kryos Potamos river bed southeast of Pano Platres at an altitude of 980 metres, it’s surrounded by a density of pines much like Caledonia, but the difference with this particularly cool spot is that you don’t have to embark on any trek to get here if you don’t wish to walk much.
Then there’s Chandara Falls, surrounded by the Trooditissa National Forest, located on the Trooditissa river bed north of the village of Fini, at an altitude of 1035 metres and dropping from a height of 8 metres. Read more about gorgeous waterfalls in Cyprus here. Feel like a refreshment to warm up as you call it a day? Then pass by your closest Starbucks on your way back to your home or hotel and kick back in the characteristically cosy atmosphere of Starbucks stores to enjoy a big relaxing cup of Starbucks Teavana Chamomile, a delicious mix of chamomile, lemongrass, lemon balsam and and rosepetals.
About Starbucks Teavana range
Starbucks searches for the most exceptional whole tea leaves the world has to offer – visiting the most fertile regions, selecting only the youngest, freshest leaves. Starbucks then brews, tastes, brews and tastes again, taking up to 12 months to select the very best ones to offer you the best tasting cup every time.
The Teavana range comprises of select green tea, black tea and herbal tea varieties in tasty combinations inspired by cultures with a centuries old tradition in tea. With unmatched combinations of ingredients and aromas, they energize and a provide a feeling of daily wellness.
Teavana was chosen as the trademark of Starbucks teas since 2012 and Teavana’s commitment to sourcing only the highest quality teas and herbs from around the world is perfectly complemented by Starbuck’s philosophy, with its emphasis on quality.
Head to your closest Starbucks store to try the new range of Teavana green teas (Mint Citrus & Jasmine Pearls), Black Tea Varieties (English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Chai) and Herbal Teas (hibiscus and chamomile). Or pick up a box of your favourite variety to enjoy at home any time you wish!
This is a My Cyprus Insider sponsored story.