The weather is mighty fine, the summer holidays are fast approaching, Covid-19 vaccine rollouts have successfully picked up speed, and Cyprus has finally made it out of lockdown. As we move forward along what we hope is a steady path of recovery, we can finally enjoy all the glories of the island without too many limitations to daily movement. This means that you can now shop, drink, eat and enjoy a break in a hotel by the sea or countryside, as long as you have proof of a negative rapid test (valid up to 72 hours), or that three weeks have passed since your first vaccination dose, unless you have had Covid-19 over the past 6 months (in which case, you don’t need either).
The My Cyprus Insider team has been busy planning everything that we want to do during these warm summer months, and we think we’ve got our priorities sorted. Care to join us? Read on!
1. Hit the beach
This goes without saying, right? Nothing screams out ‘Cyprus summer’ more than lazy sunkissed days by the water’s edge. Before we explore new pastures this summer, there’s no hiding that the My Cyprus Insider team always heads back to our favourite stretches of blue for the first swim of the season, year in and year out.
Pictured above: Konnos Bay
2. Enjoy a much-needed hotel break
Whether you’re a local, or you are traveling to the island for a much-needed break, there is nothing most of us have missed more during lockdown than leaving our homes for a few days to enjoy a total change of atmosphere.
Pictured above: Hotel Indigo, Larnaca
Forget cooking and chores, and bring on those icy cocktails by the pool! (Did anyone say mojito?) Of course, everyone’s idea of the perfect break is different, and so, you can browse through all sorts of options, from unique countryside retreats to more glam boutique hotels in the city, here.
3. Drink and dine al fresco
The longer days are possibly one of the absolute best things about summer, and once the balmy evenings set in, nothing beats a dining extravaganza under starlit skies, with the intoxicating scent of jasmine rousing the senses.
Pictured above and photo credit: Periyiali Beach, Latchi
For a divine summer meal, check out some of the restaurants that we believe are the most beautiful for outdoor dining. Want to be right by the seashore? Head to the rugged west coast of the island for a meal by the golden Latchi coastline.
4. Discover somewhere different
Summer isn’t just about making a plan and sticking to it – it’s about carefree days, new adventures, twists and turns, and the sheer excitement of the unexpected. And although Cyprus may be a small island, a new discovery always awaits.
Pictured above: Kouris dam
Beach visits may be the first thing that spring to mind the moment that summer sets in, but did you know that you can also cool down by some spectacular dams and waterfalls? We’ve done the legwork for you, so all you have to do is simply pick the spot that most appeals to the intrepid explorer in you!
5. Immerse yourselves in history
With the oldest known settlements in Cyprus dating way back to the Neolithic period, there are endless sites for history buffs to visit around the island. To make things easy, the ones that absolutely need to be on your bucket list are outlined here in our ‘top 10’ list.
Picture above: Ancient Amathus
But if you’ve seen all these major sites and are keen to explore hidden treasures during the summer holidays, then head out on a road trip and find an abandoned village, or walk across an epic bridge!
6. Take a spectacular boat trip
Beyond the seashore, summer is about experiencing the splendors of the crystalline Mediterranean waters out at sea and diving deep into the coolest and most invigorating waters. And there’s nothing like a boat trip if you wish to truly indulge in the best of the deep blue.
Just head to Latchi harbour and take your pick from a range of companies offering great tips that usually last a few hours, including Alkion Glass Bottom boat (Latchi Boat Cruises), and Cyprus Mini Cruises. Expect to sail by some of the most stunning – and hard to reach – parts of the Cyprus coastline, including the notorious Blue Lagoon.
7. Visit a traditional village
What would a summer holiday be without walking through the winding cobblestone lanes of a traditional village? And there are so many to choose from! If you’re looking for some of the prettiest on the island, and if you love to take photos of old stone buildings and courtyards packed with terracotta flower pots, here are some that we rate the most beautiful.