Look no further than the picturesque coastline surrounding this island. The stunning landscape shaped by the inviting Mediterranean Sea is reason enough to charter your own sailboat in this region. Offering a tantalising perspective of the golden colours of land, the view from the sea is uninterrupted and extraordinary. Beaches such as Limassol and Ayia Napa (to name but a few) provide a serene getaway where you can relax and soak up the sun. Such is the beauty of Cyprus it has inspired literary wonders such as Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durell. You can even visit where he is said to have composed this work - the Tree of Idleness in Bellapais. From typically quieter havens found on the west coast, to the lively and energetic locations in the east, you can be sure to find exactly what you want here.
Don’t let the size of Cyprus deceive you – here, many cultures and civilisations have left their mark for us to see. Why not dock your boat and visit the ruins of the the Tomb of Kings in Paphos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)? Equally as impressive is Kourion, an ancient theater located in the Limassol District. Museums and galleries offer a glimpse into Cyprus’ layered past, with many being located close to marinas. With so many medieval sites to visit, these are sure to be a highlight of your holiday when you have returned from sailing.
While the coastline may be reason enough to visit, the added benefit of multiple marinas and perfect sailing conditions ensures a successful and enjoyable experience when you charter a yacht in Cyprus. Limassol offers a unique yachting, dining and shopping experience all within close proximity. Take advantage of the sweltering sun in the summer months as temperatures average 30ºC – perfect conditions for a swim or a dive in the crystal-clear waters. One notable scene is Monachus Monachus Arch (or as it is nicknamed, Love Bridge . Tradition states that a wish made in the centre of the archway, combined with a kiss, will come true! Such heavenly weather conditions, combined with stable winds and a calm sea, renders Cyprus a prime spot for chartering a sailboat!
Cyprus is famed for its considerable variety of food and drink establishments. Whether you want gourmet dishes or simple but flavoursome meals – Cyprus has you covered. Luckily, many of the best restaurants, bars and taverns are located on the coast, meaning you don’t have far to travel from your sailboat once you have docked! Popular dishes include “Ofton Kleftikon” – lamb cooked in clay ovens with potatoes – and “Pouekkia” – a cheese-filled pastry which is coated with honey. Alternatively, you can sample the traditional wine on offer from Cyprus’ flourishing vineyards. But you can be sure to find some scrumptious meals no matter where you go!
Take a dip! The waters of Cyprus are warm and welcoming. When you charter a sailboat in Cyprus, be sure to go diving as it is a tremendously popular activity here. You will be sure to find some shipwrecks on the seabed, an exceptional experience that is sure to be a highlight of the sailing trip. Experienced swimmers may want to try their hand at snorkeling in sea caves, with several being found along the coastline from Agia Napa to Cape Greko National Park. Or if you are a thrill-seeker, look no further than Adventure Mountain Park, where rock-climbing, paintball and archery can ensure an exhilarating adventure.
Sailing in Cyprus can offer a wonderful variety of regions to explore. When sailing along the western coast, be sure to look out for Pétro Tou Romiou – the birthplace of Aphrodite. The west coast offers superb golden sandy beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun. Sailing east can offers exquisite promenades for leisurely walks, with taverns offering al-fresco dining. What better way to enjoy the sunset than over some dinner and drinks with friends and family?
The diverse wildlife in Cyprus is on display in several zoos and animal parks located across the island. If you would like an alternative mode of transport than your sailboat, why not try Camel Park? Especially popular among families, this distinctive experience offers the opportunity to ride your very own camel and see a multitude of other fascinating and curious animals.
Cyprus is convenient to visit thanks to the two airports which service the island. Lanarca International Airport operates major international routes, while Paphos International Airport operates smaller international travel. Buses and transfers exist from the airport to your destination.
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