With a blanket of brilliant green stretching as far as the eye can see and pungent flowers bringing the countryside to life, there really is no better time than springtime to unleash the explorer in you.
My Cyprus Insider has put together a list of ten great things that you can do this season. Read on!
1. Plan a country stay
If you want to explore the great outdoors, there is no better way to do so than with a weekday stay at a quaint countryside hotel. With so many brilliant traditional houses and mansions renovated into cosy and sometimes rather stylish so called ‘agrotourism’ accommodation, the selection of where to put your feet up for the night is endless. Fancy a bit of romance? Check out the My Cyprus Insider list of three great romantic rural retreats.
2. Take a fun whizz through nature
Nothing quite beats feeling the wind in your hair as you weave your way through country lanes in the Cypriot countryside. And with various cycling routes mapped out throughout the rural terrain by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), there’s a real incentive to get your helmet on and go for a cycle through the welcoming greenery. For more details on all the trails available visit www.visitcyprus.com.
3. Walk the walk
Whether you’re a local, or visiting Cyprus on holiday, you can’t beat the experience of a hike through nature. And what better time do so than during the glorious spring? With several designated national parks, countless picturesque villages, and numerous historic sites, walkers are spoilt for choice, while Cyprus also stands as the furthest easterly point of the European E4 long distance walking route.
4. Enjoy a bite in the great outdoors
If you’re out and about exploring the nature of the island, then why not prepare a picnic before you set off on your adventure? There are some great spots around the island to choose from, many in lush forest surrounds, and some even backed by magnificent lakes or dams, while others are only a stone’s throw from the seaside. Read about some great picnic sites in the My Cyprus Insider hot list here.
5. Visit our greatest historic sites
With the weather warm enough for exploring, but still cool enough to enjoy all things outdoorsy without breaking out into a sweat, spring is the ideal time to visit the country’s ancient sites. From ancient Neolithic settlements and early Greek temples, to Crusader castles steeped in medieval intrigue, a plethora of awe-inspiring sites dotted around the island have contributed to the modern day culture and traditions of an island saturated in history. My Cyprus Insider highlights some of the best of the lot here.
6. Take in the Akamas splendour
If there’s ever a great time to visit the Akamas penisula, it’s now! The thing that dreams are made of, it’s as equally wild as it is beautiful, defiantly jutting out into the deep blue Mediterranean waters in all its unspoilt glory. And the abundant flora and fauna are testament to the wonder of the area, with about 530 indigenous plants, of which 35 are endemic. Visit the place during the spring and it’s quite literally brimming with plant life in all its colourful glory. Read more here.
7. Hit the beach while it’s still quiet
If you really want to make the most of the waves lapping against the shore, sans the chatter of crowds or the background noise of water sports, there’s no better time to hit the beach than the springtime. You may not quite be ready to make a defiant splash into the still rather chilly waters, but you can certainly dip your toes in and make the most of reading your book under the blue skies, enjoying a seaside snooze, or simply, looking out at the endless blue with hardly anyone around to crowd the view. Absolute bliss! Want some beachy ideas? Read about some of the best here.
8. Drive through the glorious wine routes
Hit the road and abandon the flutter of city life, as you make your way through quaint areas that rise high above the flat coastline, with vines crawling up towards the towering Troodos Mountains. When it comes to choosing a winery to visit, you’ll be really spoilt for choice with small boutique wineries having popped up all around the countryside in recent years. Read more here.
9. Grab the binoculars for a spot of birdwatching
Cyprus is a great place for birdwatching, particularly great in spring, standing as one of the first countries in Europe to welcome spring migrants each year. According to BirdLife Cyprus, Swallows and Swifts are the most famous spring visitors to our island, flying towards the sun kissed shores from early February. Then there’s the Bee-eaters that arrive in large numbers later in spring, with a few Storks and Cuckoos passing by in smaller numbers. Find out more about birdwatching in Cyprus by visiting: www.birdlifecyprus.org.
10. Rejoice in the Agros Rose Festival
Situated on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains in the heart of the Pitsillia region, the month of May sees the village of Agros come to life with festivities that pay homage to the mighty rose that villagers use to produce rose oil, rosewater, liqueur and brandy. Between May 12th and 14th and May 20th and 21th, you have the chance to visit local workshops and learn all about the distillation of roses. They’ll also be a rose exhibition, traditional products to buy, and folk dancing with lots of music. What’s more, it’s all free for the public to enjoy.