We’ve all had to get used to a new normal over the past year, and this means, we’ve inevitably had to change the way we celebrate all sorts of special occasions, from birthdays to name days, Christmas to New Year. And yes, as Valentine’s Day fast approaches this Sunday (February 14th) many of us are left wondering what we can actually do to celebrate our love. The My Cyprus Insider team is on hand to help you enjoy the most romantic day of the year in alternative lockdown style.
1. Drive out to see the beautiful almond blossoms
Lockdown hasn’t been easy on any of us, but just heading out into an area surrounded by greenery can help lift the spirits and give the couples the chance to enjoy a change of scenery. Nature trails are still closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the car and drive to see the gorgeous green countryside and stunning blooms. And you can play some really romantic music on the way there! The nature that surrounds the Nicosia district villages of Fikardou and Lazania is beautiful at this time of year, and filled with blooming almond trees, while the village of Limnatis, approximately 20km north-west of Limassol, in the Troodos Mountains, is surrounded by hundreds of almond trees that fill the area with colour and punctuate the air with gorgeous aroma.
2. Enjoy an invigorating walk along the beach
The weather has been lovely over the past few weeks and as we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy blue skies and sunshine in February, it’s the perfect opportunity to head out for a lovely seaside walk with your other half. Leaving the house for exercise is permitted – just be sure to wear your masks. And did you know that the sea air helps to balance your serotonin levels to lift your mood and alleviate stress?
3. Indulge in a romantic take out or delivery
Restaurants around the island are gearing up for Valentine’s day with great take-out and delivery options. And don’t order pizza or burgers – go for something a little more special and extravagant, a nice treat to indulge in for the occasion. If you want to tuck into the finest steak along with a bottle of fine wine, those in the wider Nicosia district can give Salt & Fire a call, who have prepared a menu for two with sourdough bread, burrata, beef tartare, triple cooked potatoes with signature sauce, two choices of meat (either Bone-In Ribeye or Fillet Chateaubriand) and Pistachio Crème Brûlée. Limassol’s fine Epsilon Resto Bar is also going all out for the occasion, with a special Valentine’s menu that gives you the chance to select your starters, mains and dessert. Sushi is on the list, as is an indulgent seafood pasta. And for a sweet treat and caffeine fix in one, there’s an espresso panna cotta to devoir. The well-known Nippon Japanese Restaurant in Larnaca will also deliver countless dishes for love birds to share this Valentine’s Day, with special treats including fresh oysters and lobster salad.
4. Go shopping together to buy something special
Shopping is not the most romantic thing to do, but now that the shops have opened up again, you can head out to buy each other something nice. Malls have opened their doors around the country, but you can even head to small independent shops to pick out something really unique. And perhaps you can buy one gift that you can enjoy together, like a fondue set, a piece of art for the living room, or a hammock to enjoy out in the garden. Speaking of which, you can even head to a local garden centre and buy a tree to plant in the garden, or on your balcony, which is symbolic of your love!