According to legend, Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, beauty and pleasure was born at Paphos, on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Travellers have the opportunity of channelling Aphrodite's legacy by exploring this fantastic Mediterranean destination. Consider swimming in the waters surrounding Petra Tou Romiou – Aphrodite's Rock – to receive eternal beauty, indulge in couples' spa treatments, candlelit dinners and romantic walks together along the beautiful beaches of "the Island of Love."
Here are our selection of the most romantic regions in Cyprus.
The shopping and café culture of Cyprus's capital city will give couples plenty of opportunities to completely spoil each other. Find unique gifts at Cyprus Handicraft Centre, which champions traditional Cypriot craftsmanship, offering woven baskets, pottery and exquisite lacework. Treat yourselves to couples' spa treatments at Hamam Omerye, a fully restored 14th century building, with its Turkish bath, steam rooms and relaxing and revitalising spa treatments.
In the small, quiet, traditional village of Kalopanagiotis located 700 metres above sea level in the Nicosia District of Cyprus, check out the beautiful Ayios Ioannis (Saint John) Lampadistis church, with its magnificent 14th century frescoes. Stay at a unique boutique hotel, Casale Panayiotis; it's a collection of houses located throughout the village streets, offering just 26 rooms. Experience the romance of a Fairytale Retreat, which includes champagne, chocolates and flowers on arrival, a candlelit dinner, breakfast and an indulgent Lavrentino Spa massage.
The ancient city of Larnaca, known as Kition in Old Testament Times, is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities and home to the largest community of foreigners in Cyprus. But for a more personal experience, stay out of town at a traditional Cypriot house, with a fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom, private courtyard and friendly hosts who welcome you with wine, and fresh local fruit and honey; all the comforts of home in a perfectly serene natural setting, making it one of the most rustic and romantic of Cyprus escapes.
Limassol is old and new Cyprus, with a city vibe, endless shopping and a vibrant nightlife, juxtaposed against ancient sites in and around the city's harbour. Nearby, discover beautiful beaches overlooking the tranquil Mediterranean Sea, including Petra tou Romiou: Aphrodite's Rock and Beach. Take a romantic tour through local wineries in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, and visit the majestic medieval castle, the setting for the marriage of Richard the Lion Heart and his bride, Berengaria. If you're looking for something different to do together, consider a cooking class at Ta Piatakia.
The Troodos Mountains
Located on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, Omodos is one of the prettiest parts of Cyprus. A Byzantine monastery, Timios Stravros, stands in the heart of town, surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets on which you'll discover wine-tasting stalls offering samples of traditional Cypriot wines, including Xynister (white) and Mayro (red). A delicious sweet treat worth trying while you're there is the almond and grape juice candy, known as soutzouko.