Cyprus, the third largest of the Mediterranean islands and the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, is renowned as the island of love. One in five couples from the UK choose to get married overseas with Cyprus being the perfect destination for wedding ceremonies and romantic breaks alike. With over 300 days of sunshine a year and regular flights from the UK it is no wonder that this beautiful island is so popular with
the British people. A really romantic place to stay is the village of Kalopanayiotis in the Marathasa Valley on the Troodos Mountain range. Located just over 40 miles from Nicosia and Limassol, the main attraction here is the Lampadistis Monastery, a UNESCO heritage site. Other attractions of this romantic village are the sulphur springs, water mills, beautiful evergreen valley and the traditional architecture.
There is something for everyone to enjoy on a visit to Cyprus in February. Temperatures at this time of the year average around 18C, perfect for a luxurious break in a five star hotel, staying in a restored mountain village boutique hotel, being pampered at one of the island’s many spa resorts, exploring the ancient history and customs of the island off the beaten track or visiting the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty.
For a truly romantic experience follow the trail of Aphrodite including gazing into the beautiful clear waters surrounding ‘Aphrodite’s Rock’ on the Paphos coast. It is said that swimming around the rock at midnight will make you younger by the year for every lap you swim! Continue your journey to the ‘Baths of Aphrodite’ at Polis (a short drive away) where legend has it that this is where Aphrodite seduced Apollo.
Attracted by its friendly hospitality, stunning mountain villages and beautiful coastline, Cyprus is visited by over 2 million people every year. From family resorts to world class spas, marinas, award winning golf courses, agrotourism, food and wine trails, the island has something for everyone. The warm crystal clear waters are perfect for water sports including scuba diving and water-skiing, while the interior of the island is ideal for walking, trekking and bird-watching tours.
Click here for a great offer we found for Valentines month in Cyprus – Save 39% on 5* luxury in Paphos from holidays4travel.co.uk.
Time: 2 hours ahead of the UK
Flight Time: 4-5 hours from the UK
Currency: Euro Language: Greek in Southern Cyprus. Turkish in Northern Cyprus. However English is widely spoken in hotels and restaurants.
Food and Drink: Eating out is cheaper than in the UK. Drinks are inexpensive in the larger resorts. All of the main resorts have restaurants and bars catering to British tastes but visitors should try some traditional ‘meze’ (about a dozen small dishes to share) to get a taste of local specialities. For the best Greek and Turkish food visit one of the many family-run tavernas.