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How To Discover the Natural Wonders of Cyprus

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This article was originally published (in print) in the September edition of Emersons Green Voice and sister publications.

We stepped off the aeroplane in Paphos and were instantly hit by the sweltering 36-degree (Celsius) heat.

We had arrived in Cyprus and were itching to see what this tiny little island had to behold.

Our first stop was to hire the car that would be our closest companion over the next seven days. It was a small Ford Focus that was calling our names.

During our week in Cyprus, we tried to strike a good balance between relaxing on the island’s many beaches and visiting all of the sites that told the stories of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, particularly those related to Aphrodite, Goddess of Love.

Inside the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos, Cyprus

We searched for the beaches of Paphos itself and found tiny stretches of beach where all the tourists were eating their seaside lunches.

We tried jet skis in Coral Bay, we snorkelled in the water by Aphrodite’s Beach near Latsi, and we watched the beautiful sunset over at Faros Beach.

Other than all of these coastal retreats, we also learned all about how Aphrodite and Adonis met each other at the Baths of Aphrodite, we saw the legendary place where it’s believed Aphrodite was born (on the coast of Petra tou Romiou), we walked in the paths of kings in the ancient part of Paphos and we marvelled at intricate mosaics depicting yet more stories of the Gods.

But aside from all of these wonders, there are a couple of other memories I want to share with you that really made this trip special.

Ayia Napa Sea Caves in Cyprus

The first was venturing as far north as Ayia Napa in order to snorkel in the sea caves there.

Not only were the views from the cliffs stunning, but the water was crystal clear and full of marine life.

If you too are set on snorkelling or swimming here, then you should know that there’s a bit of a steep climb down to the water.

Some choose to jump from the cliffs, while others wear sensible shoes and follow the grooves in the rocks in order to make it down.

But once you do, you’ll feel so blessed to have made the effort!

The other incredible memory from the trip was of our final day.

Our flight wasn’t until the late afternoon and we were searching for a relaxing way to spend our final morning.

That was when we discovered the beauties of Eleouthkia Botanical Park (now sadly closed), which was actually just 5 minutes from the airport by car.

Eleouthkia is free to enter and has over 55,000 different types of flowers, trees and plants to admire, as well as cute little bridges and quaint wooden huts.

Eleouthkia Park, Cyprus

We walked, we talked, we laughed, and felt like this was Cyprus’s charming way of saying “Goodbye, please come again!” to us.

Don’t worry Cyprus, I’m sure we will be back, and we hope some of our friends and readers will also visit in the future too.

Kalo taksidi (Bon voyage)!

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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