Immerse yourself in the culture of Cyprus by following one of the themed routes around the island…a journey that encapsulates legend, history, viticulture or religion in an enlightening and interesting way. Follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty who was born from the seas of Pafos … As you wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, you will learn all about her birth, legend and character; the rituals connected with her cult, as well as the plants and seashells associated with her.

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The island’s longstanding tradition of winemaking needs no further proof than its claim to the world’s oldest named wine still in production - that of Commandaria, proclaimed by Richard the Lionheart as the “wine of the kings and the king of the wines.” And whilst the same ancient grape varieties are still cultivated; and the same villages produce wine in the old, traditional ways, the island’s wine industry has also vastly modernised, progressed and expanded. Whether you’re a connoisseur, or a simple lover of the drink that locals once worshipped as the ‘nectar of the Gods’, you will delight in discovering a host of charming wineries and wine growing regions along seven glorious wine routes.

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With its enviable and consistent sea and wind conditions all year round, two of the biggest and most adrenaline-filled sea sports can be enjoyed in Cyprus, with the island known worldwide as a top destination for both windsurfing and kitesurfing. Although different in their style and skill requirements, both sports rely on balance, coordination and certain climatic conditions, which are perfectly provided at various coasts across the island. The more established sport of windsurfing can be practised on a number of different organised beaches, and with various licensed and established operators and clubs.

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According to tradition, the best way to really know a place is to walk it. And despite its petite size, the island of Cyprus encapsulates an impressive 10,000 years in its natural environs and diverse landscape that are ripe for exploring and discovering. With a favourable climate all year round, the great outdoors of the island is easily accessible, and offers a myriad of opportunities to take a journey through nature, history and culture, thanks to the numerous sign­ posted paths and nature trails. A total of 52 designated walking trails have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes and strong Mediterranean character of the island. By walking them, you can see a treasure trove of varied fauna and flora, as well as the remnants of the island’s mining heritage and other interesting monuments.

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On an island surrounded by crystal clear waters that consistently rank as the cleanest in Europe - and are further enhanced by their pleasant all-year-round temperatures of approximately 16-24° C - it is only natural that water sports would feature as a popular pastime, and one that offers an abundance of choices. The range of water sports available in Cyprus start from gentle activities in shallower waters, to pursuits that offer an exhilarating thrill for even the most daring of athletes… and everything in between! In Pissouri Bay three water sports operators provide Jetski, Cayaks and more.

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