Cyprus Cruise Vacation: Discover The Sun-Kissed Coastline
A cruise holiday to Cyprus brings you to the crossroads between east and west, to an island that has been the steppingstone of practically every influential civilization in the region. From Neolithic settlers to the adventurous Phoenicians and the genius of the Ancient Greeks, the island’s deep ancient roots make it a mosaic of cultures. And as the third largest island in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus boasts dramatic landscapes, sun-kissed coasts and the cool Troodos Mountains – not to mention the vineyard-studded hills, castles and monasteries that make even the shortest foray unforgettable.
A Contrast of Culture
It only takes a few hours to see how the modern and very ancient past easily commingle on this island nation. Cyprus may be part of the European Union today, but Middle Eastern influences linger and lend their charms. At times, the island feels akin to the coastal cities of Israel and Lebanon, which lay closer to Cypriot shores than Athens. And thanks to its fantastic beaches and quaint, historic old town, this eclectic destination draws travellers from around the world. No less today than in the age of knights and Crusades, when Richard the Lionheart banished the Byzantine rulers and married his beautiful bride, Berengaria, in Limassol Castle.
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GOOD TIMES ALL ROUND IN LIMASSOL
Mediterranean port towns come in all varieties, but those on Cyprus are a league of their own. A stroll around Limassol introduces laid-back cruisers to a bounty of lively tavernas, traditional markets and enviable selfie spots. While explorers who look closer discover a history of reinvention that keeps both Limassol and Cyprus endlessly exciting – from the medieval castle come modern exhibition space, to the old town’s cosmopolitan revival. Where to first?
Tastes of Cyprus
While commandaria is principally a dessert wine, there are many sumptuous wines throughout Cyprus and the Greek islands. It’s always fun to mix with the locals in the charming tavernas and sample the local flavors. Just remember, cheers in Greece is yamas!