Geographically Asian, politically European, blissfully Mediterranean. For centuries colonised and ruled by many, Cyprus found its independence in 1960. Nowadays, it offers a wonderful blend of culture, history and languages. Home of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, here it is easy to fall in love with the scenery, both on the surface and underwater. Your yoga holiday in Cyprus will be blessed with memorable outdoor experiences as well as the slow, relaxed Cyprus life.
Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, between the coasts of Turkey and and Greece, Cyprus is a historic and beautiful location to visit. It was originally settled over 10,000 years ago, but the largest influence in historical architecture and culture is due to the Mycenaean Greeks who used the island’s strategic location between Europe, Asia and Africa as a crucial trading post and settlement.
Today, Cyprus is an island full of incredible history–visitors can walk around ancient Greek ruins, explore local museums, and walk the same steps as ancient Greeks. It is also a great place to explore nature, with stunning hikes, fabulous beaches, and incredible wildlife. Visitors can swim in the Mediterranean, lounge on sandy beaches, trek over vast mountains, and hike through fragrant forests. This island is teeming with natural wonder and possibility, and is an incredible place to come to visit.
Greek and Turkish
Important dates in Cyprus
- 01 January, New Year
- 06 January, Epiphany ‘Fota’
- Ash Monday of Lent
- 25 March, Greek Independence Day
- 1 April, Greek Cypriot National Day
- Easter, or ‘Pascha’
- 1 May, May Day ‘Protomagia’ and Labour Day
- 50 days after the Orthodox Easter, Kataklysmos. A Cypriot festival
- The last two weeks of August, Limassol Wine Festival
- 1 October, Cyprus Independence Day
- 28 October, Greek National Day
- 25 December, Christmas
Good to know
Cyprus is not currently part of the Schengen region (the visa free region which covers most of the European Union), so the visa conditions for entry are somewhat different. This can be a good thing if you are trying to avoid overstaying your 90 days in the Schengen region as a long term traveler, but you should check with your embassy before visiting Cyprus to see what the entry conditions are for you.
Culture and Etiquette in Cyprus
Socializing and food is central to the life and a well embraced past time for the locals, if not for the food then for the people. Expect to be welcomed as family to one of the many heartily cooked occasions flavored with local fresh produce, delight your taste buds and join in the merriment. Nights in Cyprus especially in the summer is a fun affair, starting at a taverna, then drinks at a lounge bar or dancing at a lively nightclub.
Punctuality is not particularly important in Cyprus, however foreigners are expected to arrive on time to a meeting. The main religion in Cyprus is Christian Orthodox.
Generally, the attire in Cyprus is quite relaxed and informal given the number of vacationers coming to the island. Over all the island is really like most of Europe and truly quite relaxed but it is good to pay attention to social norms.