Rowena, our guest blogger, tells us why there’s so much more to Cyprus outside of peak summer season.
Cyprus is popular summer holiday destination, especially as it’s only a four hour flight away from the UK, but what happens on this beautiful Mediterranean island outside of peak summer season?
As a holiday home owner in the village of Anarita, I’m lucky enough to be able to visit Cyprus at different times of the year. As such, I wanted to share with you ideas of where to go, what to see and what to do in Cyprus – no matter what the season.
January and February
Head to the mountains and go skiing
Yes, that’s right – you can go skiing in Cyprus. The Troodos Mountains are worth a visit at any time of year: the views are incredible and you can breathe in the fresh mountain air. In winter, the mountains are covered in snow and Troodos is transformed into a delightful skiing resort.
The Ski season normally runs from January to February. There are four ski lifts and a full day’s ski pass will cost you 23 euros. What’s more, it’s less than an hour and a half drive from our holiday home. If you’re lucky, you could be skiing in the mountains on day one and sunbathing by the pool back at the house on day two!
March and April
Discover Cyprus – walking and biking
This is the perfect time to discover Cyprus – be it walking, horse riding or by mountain bike, the weather is warm but not too hot to go and explore the wonders of the island. From coast, forest and mountains, the Island has a wealth of stunning scenery. Equipped with good footwear, plenty of water, sun lotion and a hat to protect you from the sun’s rays, discover the miles of wonderful paths of The Akamas Peninsular, Avakas Gorge and Troodos Mountains.
May and June
Explore Cyprus – enjoy the history and culture
The east of the island is rich in mythology with thousands of years of history and culture that has been influenced through the ages by Greek, Egyptian, Byzantine, Venetian, Roman, Ottoman and British rule. When staying at our holiday home, you can explore some fascinating places including some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all just a short drive away.
The Tomb of the Kings in Paphos dates back to the 4th century BC and you can walk along the scenic coast discovering the ancient tombs. Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock) is said to be the birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite and is well worth a visit, particularly at sunset. Or visit the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in Kouklia (in the village next to Anarita). Here you can see the ancient ruins, some of which date back to the 12th century BC, and visit the museum.
July, August and September
Fun in the sun
Temperatures soar and the air con in our home becomes essential! There’s nothing better than relaxing on the sun longer under the parasol and cooling down in the pool. No wait, that’s a lie: if you’re feeling more energetic, a trip to the nearby Aphrodites Water Park is a must or a trip to one of the many beaches, all just a short drive away.
There’s plenty to keep the family entertained, from boat trips at Paphos Harbour to snorkelling and diving. Also worth a visit is Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station, a sandy beach which is home to loggerhead and green turtles. To get there a 4×4 is recommended or try a guided tour so you can learn more about these endangered species and their nesting environment.
October and November
This is a great time to visit Cyprus for any golfer. We are in a superb location for golf with Aphrodite Hills and Secret Valley just a 15 minute drive to the east, and the Nick Faldo designed Elea Golf course to the west, approximately 10 minutes drive away.
If you need a break from golfing, the courses resorts have plenty of other activities on offer. Aphrodite Hills has a village square with restaurants, shops and bars, sporting activities including tennis and segway hire, a luxury spa to relax and unwind, and a large children’s play area with activities.
Escape to the sun for Christmas and New Year celebrations
December can enjoy some sunny days so if you can’t face the hectic Christmas frenzy, why not escape to the sun. Relax and unwind on Christmas day and celebrate in style in Cyprus. You can also visit one of the regions many wineries where you can learn more about the production of wine in Cyprus, see the vineyards and taste the local wines.
A visit to Paphos Harbour is a must and you will find many restaurants, bars and tavernas open where you can celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
Our holiday home is in the beautiful village of Anarita on the resort of Anarita Chorio and is the ideal base to explore and enjoy the delights of Cyprus at any time of year. We have availability throughout the year and hope you have the opportunity to stay with us to discover the incredible Mediterranean island of Cyprus.