To celebrate upcoming spring, I am taking you today to the sunny island of Cyprus. The mythical birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, the island of ancient culture, old villages and lush beaches. Now let me tell you one thing: If you ever plan on visiting the island in the eastern Mediterranean, please consider staying in one of the mountain villages. You will find old, renewed farm houses that are the best space to 'feel' the place you're in. Those old stone houses are usually dotted around a little, secluded courtyard with a swimming pool and the interiors are carefully restored to keep their traditional look and feel. It is the best way to spend relaxing days on this island. Way better than staying in one of the many recently built hotel complexes down on the coast. Discover the mediterranean colours in those old interiors such as on those pics here, enjoy the artful use of wood and stone in Cypriot traditional homes that perfectly adapt to the island's hot climate.
Don't forget to take a ride to the leafy Troodos mountains in the island's center, stop by at one of the many monasteries, visit the magnificent ancient theater at Kourion, take a bath at Aphrodite's beach and tour the amazing Akamas peninsula in the northwest. Don't limit yourself regarding culinary delicacies - the Cypriot cuisine offers a delicious blend of eastern mediterranean treats. And I kept the best for last: this island is certainly one of the best places for romantic slash kitsch sunsets. Enjoy!