Cyprus – A Country of Two Faces

It has already become kind of a habit to write a small conclusion after my stay. Thus, I’m going to do the same also now, after 3 weeks spent in Cyprus.

One of the labels for this country, which expresses my impressions, I would use is that Cyprus is a country of two faces. Not only because the island is divided into two very different parts, but also because it feels very different in summer and in winter. Indeed, the weather is different too, but it’s not about it. I spent here three weeks in February, and for me it was just the perfect time of the year to do it. It’s not so hot, the temperature ranges between 13-20°C, yet there is lots of sunshine, but on some days it get even over 20°C. But above all, there are just very few tourists. That brings along some advantages of course. Hostels are emptier, cheaper, and basically any beach you choose, you can have just for yourself. What I’ve noticed here, though, is that the whole island of Cyprus also kind of hibernates during the winter months and many places just feel pretty dead. The most surprising situation for me appeared in Limassol where most of the bars were not open and many shops closed at 3 pm on a Wednesday. But there is the other extreme in summer. It feels like the entire island is just made for tourists and I can imagine that the summer season, with all those artificial beaches, expensive, modern resorts, casinos etc., must be a real madness everywhere.

Cyprus is a nice place and in my opinion a perfect place for a winter escape, even though it rained this winter quite a lot, and 15° C may not be enough for some people, for me it’s still better than 15 below zero. People are nice and helpful, it has a sea and also mountains, and it feels pretty safe. All in all, for me, however, it feels like one of those relaxed places worth a visit just a few times in life as this island is not so big and doesn’t that much to offer. I was pleasantly surprised on one hand, didn’t get impressed on the other hand, though.

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