Cyprus in a nutshell…
Some information on the destinations available for yummy touring:
A seaside town that arguably has the most stunning beaches in Europe! But whilst most tourists rush down to the coast, amongst the neon lights of the town centre, there are culinary gems hidden in plain sight where the locals will head for the very best in traditional fare! It is also the place where you can visit a beautiful 15th century monastery – now the cultural hub of the community – as well as a well-preserved aqueduct, again from the Frankish period. Buzzing with energy through the night, a tour with us is a wonderful way to start your day or evening before getting the party started!
Once the ancient capital of Cyprus, Larnaca is rich in history and tradition, with its Medieval and Venetian buildings and the world-famous Tekke mosque. According to legend, it was also visited by Saint Lazarus whose remains are exhibited at the famous church in town. With its secluded beaches and unspoilt Salt Lake, it could not be more ideal for a relaxing day out, all year round. This sleepy seaside town has an ever-growing range of dining options, as more restauranteurs are now choosing to locate away from the commercial “Phinikoudes” seafront. There are countless fish taverns, meze joints and cafes to visit and many are within walking distance.
Aside from being the seat of government and the main business centre, the capital city Nicosia is scattered with fantastic places for eating out. The once neglected old quarter of the town has been transformed into a thriving and bustling neighbourhood with small tavernas, cosy bars and coffee shops within its Venetian walls. Many ambitious entrepreneurs have taken the initiative to open up new venues, thus helping the Municipality to revive this beautiful historical centre. It is also home to many museums, art galleries and cultural centres with a busy calendar of events and exhibitions.
Undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan town on the island, Limassol is home to many top-notch eateries of every cuisine. In particular, many high-range hotels have undergone a major revamp and invested in creating new restaurants as glamorous as the local clientele and the guests residing there. Many sophisticated beach bars adorn the coastline, with an array of á la carte options for every palate and around the Medieval castle, a walk into the old quarter reveals many culinary gems. Just outside the town are countless ancient and historical sites, such as Kolossi castle (once the home of Richard the Lionheart), Curium amphitheatre and the ancient city of Amathus.
Troodos Mountain Villages
Rising to 1,925 metres above sea level, the Troodos mountain villages remain the most authentic region of the island, with countless communities nestled in the region, continuing traditions in the production of Cypriot cheese, wine, sweets and other delicacies unique to the island. The Troodos mountain range spans from Larnaca through Limassol, across to Paphos and down to Nicosia. If you choose one of our rural day tours from any of these towns you’ll be sure to visit the mountain villages. Our comprehensive tours of this area are an opportunity to discover the island’s traditional architecture, its natural unspoilt beauty and the simplicity of its fantastic gastronomy.
Larnaca District Villages
Outside Larnaca town await beautiful villages scattered across the hilltops where the local church, coffee shop and bakery remain the stopping points of the community’s daily routine. Our day tours are an insight into the life of villages such as Lefkara, Skarinou and Kato Drys. This region is commonly known for its lace and silver handicrafts, also boasting little workshops of culinary excellence. You’ll experience beautifully restored buildings that defy the passage of time and journey into side streets which will introduce you to stunning guesthouses, museums and eateries.
Famagusta District Villages
Large stretches of potato fields, prickly pear bushes and bales of hay are the main features of this part of the island. It is also the centre for jaw-dropping beaches and endless coastlines of luxurious hotels, restaurants and cafes to spend the day. Here you can also discover a society that remains close to nature and family ties, which is why its level of hospitality is so overwhelming. Discover villages where agriculture is booming and the community spirit is at its most heartwarming.
With its history dating back to the Neolithic era and its unrivalled panorama of picturesque landscape and stunning beaches, Paphos is a must-see! It is home to several UNESCO heritage sites thanks to its spectacular ancient ruins, including beautifully preserved mosaics. Further afield along the coast and into the mountains you will find a stunning backdrop that surrounds Paphos town. Explore Akamas peninsula with its countless species of endemic plants and unusual geography or drive along the many bays, coves and beaches that wrap the area in dark blue ribbon.