Waiting for our flight to take off, I could hear the whisper of various 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 was the first on our list of Mediterranean Islands to visit and this incredible little slice of heaven did not disappoint!
We were left speechless on multiple occasions at the natural beauty of the island. Each time we came across a hidden gem we thought “wow, nothing could be better than this”. Until the next day when we discovered yet another hidden gem. Every day in Cyprus was better than the last!
Adonis Baths located in Kili Paphos, is one of the most beautiful areas in Cyprus. According to Greek mythology this is where Adonis and Aphrodite spent most of their time and it’s believed that if you are female and infertile, all you have to do to become pregnant is to rub the statue of Aphrodite located at the baths.
The drive to the baths is not one to be taken lightly. We made it there and back in our Ford Fiesta rental car, however there were times when we definitely thought twice 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.
Knowing that the baths can become quite crowded, we arrived early morning and were lucky enough to have it all to ourselves for the majority of the time we were there. This place took my breath away. A beautiful two level waterfall cascading down into aqua blue water with dragonflies flying around. It was incredible. When I stepped into the water it was ice cold, so I lasted about five minutes before returning to my lounge chair, but it was refreshing nonetheless.
When visiting Cyprus, Avakas Gorge is the perfect example of nature at its best. With its natural rock formations that are up to 30 meters high and the array of wild plants that run along the base of the gorge, I can definitely understand why its been named one of the best places to visit in Cyprus.
The 30 minute hike to the center of the gorge is perfect for both those wanting a leisurely stroll and those seeking a little more adventure, with various paths to take. And you might even see a goat or two along the way! The evening sunlight that bounces off the limestone and shines in through the gaps of the gorge are not to be missed. It’s a photographers dream. I’d recommend visiting in the summer, because come autumn/winter you can expect to hike through flowing water as the gorge turns into a river.
The blue lagoon is every beach lover’s dream. As I peered down from the top of the trail to the crystal clear waters below, I immediately fell in love. You definitely need a 4X4 for this drive, and with our Ford Fiesta only just surviving the drive to Adonis Baths, we decided not to risk it.
The hike down to the lagoon was incredible (although we did time it wrong and were hiking in the middle of the day with 32 degrees of sun directly on us. Early morning or evening is the way to go!). When we reached the lagoon I couldn’t wait to get in the water. Looking around, I was surprised to see that there wasn’t really anywhere to lay down. The area of sand was minimal with the majority of people placing their belongings on the surrounding rocks. So doing the same, we placed our backpacks down and within seconds we were floating in the clearest water I have ever seen. Perfect temperature, with tropical fish swimming around my feet, I thought to myself “this is heaven”.
No trip to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the local cuisine. Taking flavours from signature Greek and Turkish dishes, the food here will leave you wanting more. We had the most amazing kebabs at a cute little place in Peyia, made right there on the spot, so delicious!
It’s amazing how something as simple as a salad or cous cous can pack in so much flavour. As we were dining at Peyia Tavern one night and had our table full of freshly baked bread, hummus, tzatziki, salad, beef stew, cous cous and fries, I remember thinking “could this get any better!”. The home grown fresh ingredients used in Greek cooking and the passion that goes into making a meal is incredible. It’s quickly become one of my favourite cuisines.