If you’re thinking about taking a short trip over the Easter holiday, consider spending a long weekend in Cyprus. Home to beautiful beaches, archaeological wonders, and plenty of great food, there’s plenty to celebrate in Cyprus this year. Here are our top picks for how to spend a long weekend in Cyprus:
There’s a lot going on in Cyprus over the long weekend. The Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery in Pafos is presenting a collection of photographs by Anna Wurth, which were taken near the Baths of Aphrodite in Polis, while Kyau & Albert will make a stop at Occhio Nicosia on Friday to promote their latest album. The Tour of Cyprus cycling challenge begins on Sunday as well.
Beaches and natural attractions
The extended forecast for Cyprus looks good over Easter weekend, with daily highs averaging around 23ºC and little to no rain in the forecast. As such, you’ll likely be able to enjoy Cyprus’ outdoor attractions over your long weekend. Plan an excursion to visit the ruins of the Greco-Roman ampitheatre, Ancient Kourion, or the Byzantine churches in the Troodos Mountains. If you’d like to spend an afternoon at the beach, walk along the white sand shorelines of Nissi Beach or dip your toes into the turquoise waters of Fig Tree Bay. Of course, diving is a popular activity in Cyprus, as the island has shallow, clear waters that boast warm temperatures all year-round. Sunfish Divers, Dive-In, and Cydive are all reputable providers; just make sure to purchase travel insurance in advance so you’re covered if you have an accident on holiday.
Cyprus is famous for its tavernas, which serve tasty traditional dishes. To Konatzi Tis Kallepias is consistently ranked as one of the best tavernas in Cyprus, while Mageirion to Elliniko in Pafos serves a tasty pera kebab and Koutsonikolias in Kalo Chorio offers salted lamb on charcoal. Make sure to order some traditional Cypriot mezedes, small dishes similar to Spanish tapas, and share them with your table before your main plate arrives. If you’re looking for something more innovative, try the offerings at the Mavromatis in the Four Seasons Hotel or the fusion fare at Beige in Old Town.
Don’t return home without buying some souvenirs. The Handicraft Centres in Nicosia, Larnaka, Limassol, and Pafos boast a terrific collection of high quality handicrafts ranging from pottery to woven baskets to lacework. If you’re looking for clothes and accessories, head to Shacolas Emporium Park and the Mega Mall in Nicosia, or Ramazotti and La Mode Boutique in Limassol.