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Authentic Cyprus Through Agrotourism

06/03/2015 - by Cyprus Agrotourism Co.
Cyprus enjoys an enviable worldwide sun and sea holiday destination with year-round sunshine, blue skies and warm waters. However, this fascinating island has much more to offer. Away from the tourist areas, the Cyprus countryside has a diverse wealth of its own with traditional villages, vineyards and wineries, tiny fresco-painted churches, remote forests.

Enjoy a different kind of holiday in Cyprus off the beaten track in peace and tranquillity by staying in a restored traditional house in one of the island’s many picturesque villages.

Awaken to the sound of a cock crowing, or a donkey braying, take your breakfast in the shade of a vine with the smell of jasmine or wild thyme in the air, go for a long walk in the pine-scented forest, watch how the local bread and ‘halloumi’ cheese are made and experience rural living at first hand. And when the sun goes down, just lie back and enjoy Cyprus’ magical evenings gazing at one of the starriest skies you will ever see, lulled by the gentle sounds of the night crickets.

You will be given the warmest of welcomes, as Cypriots have a reputation for being hospitable, and you will certainly end up making many good friends before you leave. Don’t be surprised if your hosts go out of their way to treat you as one of the family, lavishing a veritable feast of local delicacies upon you.

Try everything by ordering ‘mezedes’ and wash it all down with one of the local beers or wines. Cyprus’ sweet Commandaria wine is one of the oldest in the world, and if you’re brave enough, have a shot of ‘zivania’, which is almost pure alcohol and packs a neat punch.

More than just for summer, Cyprus is perfect at any time of year. Blessed with an abundance of sunshine and warm year-round temperatures, it is a great place to enjoy winter sun, to avoid the crowds in the autumn and to marvel at nature’s springtime tapestry of colour. With rugged coasts and mountain peaks, sunny vineyards and cool pine forests, flat expanses of wheat fields and lush citrus orchards, the island has something for everyone.

And when you’ve had your fill of relaxing, you’ll find that in Cyprus there’s much to see and do. Play a round of golf, go cycling, or hiking round the countryside, or take up a new sport. Or wonder at spectacular Greek temples, opulent Byzantine churches and ancient artefacts that are the remnants of a civilisation going back 10,000 years.

The properties we offer are a great base from where to explore the island. Carefully renovated to maintain their distinctive character, while including all modern conveniences, they are ideal for those seeking comfort and privacy in friendly and attractive surroundings.

Main image: Vavla Rustic Retreat
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  • Nicolas & Maria's Cottage

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    my wife and I have been here at least 15 times,it is like a little heaven,Nicholas and Dora are really friendly and helpful.Arguably the most relaxing place ever to holiday, to wake up in the beautiful garden is a real treat as is a nice glass of wine at night after a hard days reading!!! If you want peace and quiet this is the place to be.
  • Stou Kir Yianni

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    Not a place I will visit again for a long time.The salad and dips were nice, very nice in fact. With that I ordered a chicken souvlaki. When it came, the chicken was RAW - lightly burnt on the outside and totally RAW on the inside.If this is the level of cooking ability that the restaurant has, then they should stick to salads only that don't need any cooking.On top of this, the prices were very high. It seems that they are trying to catch the one-off tourist that passes by and not want any custom from locals - €15 for chicken souvlaki (3 medium skewers and 1.5 potatoes), €10 for a salad and €3 for a beer - very expensive.
  • Semiramis Hotel

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    Stayed here in late November 2010 and had a wonderful time. The hotel is located a few minutes walk from the town square in a lovely neighborhood overlooking the valley. The manager is an affable gentleman named Jakob and all the staff are very helpful and friendly. The place is spacious yet cozy and the rooms are clean and nicely decorated. Compared to the other hotels in the area which charged up to twice as much and offered the same amenities, Semiramis is a steal (50 Euros for a double when we went). I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a weekend away from the heat and the beaches.

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