After the initial adrenaline rush in anyone who is in the process of booking their dream holiday, there’s a little feeling of emptiness that creeps up on the future holidaymaker.
So, what exactly do you do in the awkward period between booking your accommodation and boarding your flight to Cyprus?
Read on to find out!
1) Learn Some Greek
Being a former British colony, English is widely spoken throughout the island of Cyprus, with nearly 90% of all Cypriots speaking it as a second language. Even though Cypriots are renowned for their hospitality and open arms, they would certainly appreciate it if you took some time to learn some phrases in their Greek mother tongue!
If you are a more experiential traveller and plan on venturing beyond Ayia Napa, Protaras and the island’s urban centres to more rural ones, the following phrases will surely come in handy:
- Γειά σας (pronounced yia sas): This incredibly convenient short little phrase pulls double duty as both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, two undoubtedly useful words to know.
- Μπορώ να έχω (pronounced boro na eho): Meaning ‘can I have’, this phrase will come in handy when at a restaurant.
- Ευχαριστώ (pronounced efharisto): Given the locals’ hospitality, ‘thank you’ is a phrase you’ll use a lot when in Cyprus. Reciprocate politeness by thanking the islanders in their native language.
- Συγγνώμη (pronounced siggnomi): This extra polite little phrase means both ‘sorry’ and ‘excuse me’.
2) Pack the Right Clothes
Although Cyprus is a Mediterranean island known for its warmer temperatures, sun-kissed beaches and bright skies, the weather is quite different inland.
The difference in temperature between the Troodos mountains and the coastal cities as well as inland Nicosia can be significant. Even if you plan on visiting Troodos during the summer (an activity we highly recommend), it’s best you pack a cardigan and a pair of trousers as the mountains generally tend to be cooler than the rest of the island, whilst during the winter, snow tends to fall.
If you plan on visiting a monastery, you should also bear in mind that long-sleeved clothing is considered respectful. Those visiting a monastery may be turned away if their clothing is deemed inappropriate.
3) Check Which Festivals Are On
Be sure to check out which festivals are on during your visit to the island!
Cypriots are fun-loving people who look for the bright side of life any chance they get! It should then come as no surprise that the island hosts countless festivals throughout the year!
Our very own Ayia Napa hosts the Medieval Festival in the first days of October by the city’s medieval Venetian monuments including the stunning Ayia Napa Monastery, where theatrical productions, concerts and ‘medieval’ workshops take place, whilst attendees all dress up in period pieces!
The island’s largest and most popular festival, however, is undoubtedly the Limassol Carnival Festival, which takes place 50 days before Greek Orthodox Easter. The Limassol Carnival is a Venetian custom, with ample grandiosity and humour, an absolute must-see if you happen to be on the island in spring.
Other popular festivals include the Festival of Roses in Agros (mid-May), the Anthestiria Flower Festival of Limassol (May) and Limassol Wine Festival (late August/early September).
4) Prepare to Relax!
At SkyPrime Villas, your every need can be taken care of by our dedicated concierge. You won’t ever have to lift a finger if you so desire! Get ready to unwind and leave all your troubles behind the second you enter our villas. Treat yourself to a deluxe Private Chef experience or a rejuvenating spa treatment from the comfort of your villa, where you can truly feel at home without the hassle of homemaking.