Date: 2017-11-15 19:56
A great half-day out from Paphos, the village of Fyti is a timewarp place with an atmosphere of gentle country life still palpable despite its easy accessibility to Paphos. Come here to wander the narrow streets idly and take a break from the buzz and hustle of the coast. While here pop into the Folk Art Museum , where you can see demonstrations of traditional textile weaving as well as trace the history of these crafts and purchase some fine silk and cotton products as well. Otherwise, just spend your time in the village soaking up the ambience of sturdy stone houses and old fashioned cobblestone alleys.
Religious freedom is written into the Cypriot constitution and Greek Orthodox, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Armenians and Maronites coexist peacefully on the island. However, the overwhelming majority of Cypriots are members of the Greek Orthodox Church, an institution that plays an important role in both personal and public life on the island.
Cypriots are highly educated and multilingual. The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish, however English is widely spoken and written and is the language of international business. German, French and Russian are also widely spoken in commerce, due both to the number of Cypriot graduates from overseas universities and the island&rsquo s commercial ties with the global business community.
In Cyprus you can shop till you drop. The island is supplied with stores catering for all tastes and requirements. Most major British and European chains are represented on the island and there is a plethora of fashionable boutiques and big malls in Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos, selling designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein, Kenzo, Gianfranco Ferre and many more.
Friendly and unspoilt, you’ll stumble across a choice of three fabulous beaches and easy access to some of the world’s most important historical sites.
Double rooms from €775 (£688) in low season and from €855 (£775) in high. All inclusive (includes breakfast, lunch and evening meal, snacks, soft drinks, wine and local-brand spirits). Free Wi-Fi.
This coastal stretch and the surrounding area has plenty to offer you if you&rsquo ve got an interest in history and culture. Think old town charm &ndash and even a lighthouse! The breathtaking backdrop is enough to leave anyone in awe too, with vast expanses of unspoilt landscape.
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The site fell into ruin. Shortly before Theodosius' law, a wealthy Roman built a private villa adjacent to the Archaic shrine (bits of the mosaic floor of the Roman villa are still visible), doing some damage. From Byzantine times onwards, local villagers used the ruins as a quarry for building materials. Virtually every old building in Kouklia incorporates a stone or two from one of the most important shrines in the ancient world. Finally, in the Middle Ages, sugar-milling machinery was built atop the stone foundations, destroying anything remaining above knee level.
A place where medieval history combines with plenty of activities – like horse-riding and diving – Begur is the whitewashed hidden gem of the Costa Brava.