From the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon to the natural rock formations of Avakas Gorge, Cyprus is one of the top Mediterranean Islands to visit this summer.
Waiting for our flight to take off, I could hear the whisper of conversations amongst the other passengers, the occasional cough, babies crying, flight attendants completing their final checks… and then there’s me, head resting on Luca’s shoulder thinking all I want to do is sleep. I always sleep on flights, I’m definitely not that chatty person talking to the stranger next to me about where I’m from or where I’ve just been. I’m usually always on ridiculously early morning flights, and I’m definitely not a morning person. So I closed my eyes knowing that in about two hours’ time, I’d be waking up in Cyprus.
Cyprus is a little slice of heaven that did not disappoint. With sand that’s as soft as pillows and sunsets that will take your breath away, I was left speechless on multiple occasions at the natural beauty of the island.
Adonis Baths A split level waterfall cascading down into aqua blue water, with beautiful flowers and foliage everywhere you turn. Knowing that the baths can become quite crowded, we arrived early morning and were lucky enough to have it to ourselves. As Luca swam, I relaxed on a lounge chair soaking up the sun and listening to the sounds of nature, it was perfect. The drive to the baths can be quite challenging, so you need to be prepared. We made it there and back in our Ford Fiesta rental car, although there were times when we definitely thought about turning back. A dirt road full of pot holes, rocks and unfenced cliff drops, I’d recommend a 4X4 for this kind of drive.
Avakas Gorge With its natural rock formations that are up to thirty meters high and the array of wild plants that run along the base of the gorge, I can understand why its been voted the best place to visit in Cyprus. During autumn and winter the gorge becomes a flowing river, but the rest of the year, it’s the perfect thirty minute hike to the center of the gorge, for those wanting a leisurely stroll and those seeking a little more adventure, with various paths to take.
The Blue Lagoon Peering down from the top of the trail to the crystal clear waters below, I immediately fell in love. Cyprus being as beautiful as it is, we decided to hike down to the lagoon and it’s one of the most incredible hikes I have ever done. Reaching the lagoon I was surprised to see that there was minimal space to lay down, the majority of people placing their belongings on surrounding rocks. So following suit, we placed our backpacks down and within seconds were swimming in the clearest water I have ever seen.
No trip to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the local cuisine. Taking flavours from signature Greek and Turkish dishes, the home grown ingredients and the passion that goes into making a meal is incredible. After indulging in freshly baked bread, hummus and tzatziki at a cute little place in Peyia, it’s quickly become one of my favourite cuisines.
Where have you discovered hidden gems during your travels? I’d love to know.