08 January, 2013

Destination tip for 2013: Cyprus

Every year, different destinations are tipped to be the new, hip place to go. More often than not, that means the crowds flock there - I had a friend who experienced that when she travelled to Morocco, and because it was the 'in' place, the sheer number of visitors there almost spoiled her trip. So why not choose a classic destination instead?

Photo courtesy of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
In my opinion, Cyprus is one of those destinations. While many say a destination offers 'something for everyone', I truly believe this Mediterranean island actually does suit everyone from couples, to families! Nothing beats Cyprus for a beach holiday, and the expansive coastline means there is a wide variety of beaches to choose from if you're looking for a secluded cove, or a more lively resort such as Ayia Napa.

Photo courtesy of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
If spending a holiday lying on a beach isn't your thing, then you'll be pleased to hear that Cyprus is also full of history. You can visit prehistoric settlements, and there are also fantastic examples of Byzantine art which you can see for yourself in Cyprus' painted churches with their colourful frescoes - ten of which have been put on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Photo courtesy of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
So when should you go? Well it depends what type of trip you're looking for. Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers (May - September)) and sometimes rainy, but mild winters (from November - March).  Having said that, you can be very lucky -  I visited in December, and it was very warm and sunny everyday. With almost year-round clear skies and sunshine, it really is an all year round destination and a great island to explore.

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