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In the vast tapestry that is the Mediterranean, there exists an idyllic island that is often overshadowed by its flashier, better-known neighbors.
However, 2023 has brought a new wave of popularity to the often overlooked country, with travelers indulging in the ultimate experience, which promises sunny skies, historical wonders and breathtaking views.
From January to September this year, Cyprus welcomed more than 3.1 million touristsThat’s a 23.4% increase from last year’s 2.5 million, and the visits don’t appear to be stopping any time soon.
Here’s why so many travelers flock to the beautiful Mediterranean island:
There is plenty to see and do
While it is difficult to identify a single factor that contributes to the remarkable increase in Cyprus’s popularity in recent months, it is no exaggeration to say that the many attractions and events that keep visitors coming back for more knowing more finally sufficiently arouses curiosity. among travelers.
History buffs, for example, can’t seem to get enough of the island’s fascinating past.
From ancient Greek and Roman ruins to medieval castles and Byzantine churches, Cyprus is a living museum that tells the story of a strong and principled nation.
Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, among which the Tombs of the Kings and the House of Dionysus are not to be missed.
Inquiring minds will also love exploring the wrecks of Alexandria, Cricket, Liberty and Zenobia, which are open to divers year-round, but in winter there’s a good chance the only people there will be you and your instructor.
If you’re in Cyprus, it would be a shame to miss out on the country’s world-famous beaches (e.g. Nissi, Fig Tree Bay, Makronissos) – when you may not be able to sunbathe or go to them for a while. After a day of swimming right now, you can still feel the warm sand under your toes and admire the spectacular views.
While Cyprus isn’t what you’d call an expensive destination, it’s also not particularly cheap – prices here are generally comparable to other mid-range destinations in Europe, come to think of it. . Greece Or Spain.
This means that choosing the right time to travel can help you plan the budget-friendly vacation of your dreams and, in fact, it’s one of the best times to take advantage of off-peak deals.
According to SkyscannerDecember and January are the cheapest months to fly from the United States to Cyprus, with airfares starting at $486 and $432, respectively.
In comparison, traveling in September would cost you a whopping $1,217, so the timing of your visit can have a huge impact on how much of your travel budget you can spend on accommodation and experiences (which should also be at least somewhat reduced this year). period of the year).
Beyond the significant savings, those who choose to visit Cyprus now also benefit from less crowded flights and attractions, making the overall experience even more enjoyable.
A true Mediterranean hotspot, Cyprus is characterized by hot, dry summers and pleasant and mild winterswhich explains why so many travelers choose the European island as a warm getaway this time of year.
Daytime temperatures vary between 59°F and 68°F (and 15°C and 20°C), which, while not suitable for swimming, is perfect for long sightseeing excursions that won’t leave you overheating in 10 minutes .
It’s important to note, however, that temperatures can drop as low as 10°C once the sun sets, so if you’re going out for dinner or for an evening stroll, be sure to bring a jacket with you.
Don’t let the mild weather fool you, though, locals are still very keen on celebrating the holidays, so you won’t have to worry about feeling left out of the end-of-year festivities if it’s at that time- where you plan the trip.
Here you’ll find a plethora of Christmas markets and New Year-themed events – Cypriots take their holidays seriously.
World Class Food
Given the rich cultural influences that have shaped Cyprus’ culinary scene (both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern), the fact that the food here is unique should come as no surprise.
From meze meals featuring a range of small plates (cheese, olives, dips, bread, babaganoush, falafel, hummus, tabbouleh and vegetables) to world-famous halloumi cheese and succulent souvlaki, Cyprus offers the gastronomic trip of a lifetime.
Local tavernas, tucked away in narrow streets or overlooking the sea, invite visitors to savor all this and more, while experiencing the warm hospitality that has now become synonymous with the island.
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