An insider's guide to Cyprus

Amanda Angus / 30 May 2015

Expert Holiday Creator Christopher Yianni tells us what he loves about the beautiful island of Cyprus



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Year long sunshine

The best thing about Cyprus is the climate. 360 days of sunshine a year – and in December it gets more sunshine than London gets in May. 

You can go any time of the year and it’s always warm. In April and May you can enjoy spring on the island; when all the jasmine and bougainvillea start flowering, they give the whole island a wonderful aroma. 

Autumn and winter are also a great time of year to visit – you get away from the cold weather of home and escape to glorious sunshine and warm temperatures, where a dip in the sea is still a refreshing pleasure.

It's all about the food!

My favourite thing about Cyprus is the food. Being a second generation Cypriot it’s always nice to go to Cyprus and enjoy the unforgettable recipes that mothers and grandmothers throughout the centuries have kept alive. 

Sheftalia, for example, is one of the best – pork sausages, Cypriot-style, I could eat them every day and be happy! Fresh fish too, calamari, all done on the grill – tasty and good for you. 

Cypriot cuisine takes cues from a lot of other cultures that have conquered the island; there’s big selection of pasta, which comes from the days under Venetian rule, and you’ll also find spiced food from the east – for example, Cypriots use cinnamon, in both savoury dishes and sweet, so it’s quite distinctive. 

There are influences from all over. It’s surprisingly closer to middle-eastern cuisine than it is to Greek, which you might not expect.

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Festivals

Carnival is a big thing in Limassol, the streets are filled with music, the costumes flamboyant – the whole atmosphere is amazing. 

Easter time is more celebrated than Christmas, as the Greek Orthodox faith is based around Christ’s resurrection, not his birth, so Easter is incredibly important in Cyprus. It’s fantastic. 

On Good Friday they process through the streets with floats full of flowers, with rose petals strewn in the streets – it’s a really pretty sight.

We always strive to work with the best possible hotels at all times, and Cyprus is no exception, with a mix of great value for money, the best quality and the best locations on the island. 

I think we’ve managed to have that blend with our selection of hotels – they’re just everything you could want from a holiday.

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