Monday, August 27, 2012

Cyprus holidays for each and every taste

By Malik Kragt

Alternative Cyprus holidays

While Cyprus has its fair share of sunny days and incredible beaches, it's worth noting that it also has many other things to offer its visitors. Whatever you want from your holidays in Cyprus, there will be places and people to cater for you - it's simply a matter of deciding exactly what you want to get out of your time away.

Really relaxing or amazingly active

Health freaks and fitness fans would do well to book into one of the incredible spa hotels that now seem almost commonplace for their holidays in Cyprus. In these purpose-built palaces of relaxation, you can enjoy a variety of holistic therapies and take advantage of the many fitness and sports facilities that come as part of a package too. If you'd rather enjoy some outdoor pursuits than lounge around getting pampered and working out, opt for a beachside hotel or resort where you can enjoy a plethora of water sports such as kite surfing or scuba diving.

If you like the idea of an adrenaline-filled holiday but feel safer on firmer ground, then the bigger cities, such as Limassol, have adventure and activity parks where you can have a go at paint balling, go-karting or something more old-school, such as archery. If you have slightly more refined tastes, then the region just south of the Troodos Mountains is famous for its vineyards and wine making. Fill your Cyprus holiday itinerary with wine tours, where you can taste the produce and buy great value cases of the goods to ship back home.

A more traditional approach

Over the last decade, many popular tourist destinations have bought into the idea of offering holidays which are more sympathetic to the traditions and environment - and Cyprus is no different, with accommodation and holidays now being made available in small rural villages. Living like the locals, you'll see how the Cypriots go about their day-to-day lives, and you'll be offered the chance to help them work the land and produce traditional foods from the fruits of your labour.

Cyprus holidays can also be geared towards golf if that's more your kind of thing, with some incredible clubs and courses open to the public - you can even get reduced rates if you stay at certain hotels. If you're heading for Cyprus for fun and partying, there are plenty of towns that cater specifically for this kind of holiday too, where the clubs stay open until the early hours and you can sleep off your hangover by the pool the next morning - or afternoon! Nature lovers, culture vultures and shopaholics can all find the perfect place to stay on this gorgeous island - holidays in Cyprus really can be anything you want, and provide everything you could possibly need.

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