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A narrow backstreet between old houses | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay
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20 Photos to Make You Fall in Love With Cyprus All Over Again

Picture of Maureen Murori
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Updated: 19 March 2018
Home to a vibrant culture, Cyprus has much to offer its visitors. From tracing the history of human civilization to annual celebrations, the island offers Cypriots and first-time tourists a wide range of activities to enjoy. Cyprus’s pleasant weather is also very inviting. We have captured the life, architecture, and natural surroundings of Cyprus’s beauty in the following photos for your pleasure.

Antique architecture

The rich history of Cyprus is captured in its architecture, which was initially vernacular in nature at the beginning of human civilisation. Over the years, however, it has adapted to modern and contemporary styles.

From homes to the organizations of settlements, traditional buildings were built using readily available materials to satisfy the needs of its residents.

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Ayios Georgios in Larnaca, Cyprus founded in 1745 | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay
Hearth Furnace
A traditional hearth furnace used for cooking local meals | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay

Modern architecture

Since the introduction of new technology, industrialisation, and easy-to-use materials, Cypriots abandoned or altered the island’s architecture. In the years following the independence of Cyprus, new buildings with modern international styles invaded urban landscapes. Sky-scrapers, translucent, and transparent buildings with elegant designs have become a new representation of the island’s present-day lifestyles and orientations.

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Modern building at the university campus in Nicosia | © sk12 / Flickr
Dove Statue, Kyrenia
Dove statue in Kyrenia city, North Cyprus | © muffinn / Flickr

The Mediterranean life

Surrounded by the vast sea, Cyprus has most of its culture, cuisines, and day-to-day life influenced by the different cultures from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Moreover, the sea provides residents and visitors with a number of activities to enjoy along its sandy beaches and clean, sparkling blue waters.

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Sea caves in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay
Kyrenia castle
Kyrenia castle is located next to the sea, Kyrenia, North Cyprus | © Cevenstar / Pixabay

Food

There’s always something new to try in Cyprus, not to mention its legendary sweets. Enjoy Cyprus’s vegetables and homemade yogurt.

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Vegan pita bread | © riopix / Pixabay
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Legendary Mediterranean sweets | © George M. Groutas / Flickr
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Sweet sujuk made from walnuts, almonds dipped in grape jelly | © MaliSun / Pixabay

Fruits

Due to its Mediterranean weather, Cyprus grows a variety of fruits including citrus, apples, grapes, melons, peaches, olives, almonds, carobs, and many others.

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Dried fruits are part of the food items on sale in the local markets | © musicmanuk1 / Pixabay
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Good climate in Cyprus supports fruit farming | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay
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Citrus fruits do very well in Cyprus | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay

Nature

Cyprus enjoys Mediterranean climate with long dry summers and winters. This is convenient for people who enjoy nature walks or cycling. Catch one of nature’s most spectacular views as the sun rises from the sea and sets behind the mountains.

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During the rainy months in Cyprus, every wild flower imaginable springs into life | © Krzysztof Belczyński / Flickr
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Sunrise in Famagusta, Cyprus | © Amanda Slater / Flickr

Folklore and other festivities

The island is often in the festive mood. Cyprus is a host to several annual arts, cultural, historical, sporting and religious festivals drawing enthusiasts of the particular activities from the island and the world. The ceremonies add pomp and colour to the already flavourful life on the island. Traditional foods and drinks – as well as music – flow endlessly.

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Koupes/koubes is a Levantine Arab/Assyrian dish made of bulgur and chopped meat, enjoyed by many in Cyprus | © George M. Groutas / Flickr
Carnival parada,
Limassol carnival parade, 2018 | © senza senso / Flickr
Cypriot dancers
A traditional performance in Cyprus | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay

Exciting rural life

Nothing beats waking up to the sounds of chickens, cows, and natural countryside resonance. Visitors are welcome to learn about the local culture and engage in activities such as milking, other farm duties, and preparing local cuisines.

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Traditional architecture, Cyprus | © dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay