The Slow Traveler's Guide to Cyprus Q&A

September 10, 2022
The Slow Traveler's Guide to Cyprus Q&A

In our digital age, it’s so easy to fly through destinations in a flash. But the downside of this is that we can miss out on all the hidden gems and insider tips that make any place an unforgettable destination. That’s why we love the idea of Slow Travel – it helps us get back in touch with locals, their culture, and the beauty of getting to know new people, places and experiences at a slower pace. Here are some Q&A’s for a trip to beautiful Cyprus as a Slow Traveler.

What is the history of Cyprus?

Cyprus’s history dates back some 8000 years, with the first inhabitants being a mixed group of people originating from the Caucasus, Anatolia, and the Middle East. During this time, Cyprus was a part of the Assyrian, Persian, and Roman empires. The island was also part of the Byzantine Empire, before the Arabs conquered it, and the Turks invaded in 1571. The island was then annexed by the British in 1914, following a brief German occupation during WWI. The Cypriots attempted to join the newly created state of Greece in the 1950s, but the British took control of the island to prevent a civil war. In 1963, the Cypriot Orthodox Church declared the island’s independence from Britain. This was followed by a Turkish-Cypriot declaration of independence in 1968. In 1974, after a series of events, the island was invaded by Turkey as a result of a failed coup on the island by Greek Cypriot soldiers. A peace treaty was signed in 1983, but Cyprus is still a divided island, with the north controlled by Turkish Cypriots and the south controlled by Greek Cypriots.

What are the best things to do in Cyprus?

For a great taste of Cyprus’s history, traditions, and culture, visit the Church of Cyprus, the Orthodox St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Ethnological Museum of Cyprus. For a taste of the amazing beaches, head to the Limassol Salt Lake Wetlands, the Akamas Peninsula Beach, or the Natura Limassol Forest Park. For some adventure, try paragliding, or for some adventure, try paragliding, or canyoning. For some shopping, visit the famous Lefkara village for the famous Lefkara handicrafts. And for some relaxation, head to the beautiful Blue Lagoon, or the Paphos Botanical Gardens.

What food should I eat in Cyprus?

The Cypriot diet is one of the healthiest in the world, with many dishes naturally low in fat and high in fiber. Traditional Cypriot dishes include Kleftiko (a lamb and vegetables dish cooked slowly in a casserole dish at the oven’s embers), Kouneli (a Cypriot lasagna made from homemade ravioli stuffed with cheese and herbs), and Kavos (a salad made from lettuce, herbs, and chopped cucumber). For a sweet treat, try Loukoum, a traditional Cypriot sweet made from syrup, honey, nuts, and sesame seeds, or Loukoumia, a Cypriot candy made from the same ingredients as Loukoum, but formed into a hard candy. For a drink, try some KEO, a lemon juice and honey drink, or Cyprus’s traditional wine.

Does Cyprus have a lot of expats?

Cyprus is home to many expats from all over the world, with the majority coming from the UK, Russia, and Ukraine. Many expats choose to move to Cyprus because it’s a very English-friendly country, and it’s a great place to start a new business.

What is the cost of living in Cyprus?

The cost of living in Cyprus is, on average, higher than in most European countries, but lower than in many countries in the Middle East. The cost of groceries in Cyprus is fairly high compared to other European countries, but overall, the cost of living in Cyprus is low compared to other countries in the Middle East.

What language do they speak in Cyprus?

Almost all Cypriots speak English as a first language, with a minority of Greek Cypriots speaking Greek as a second language. Cyprus is a member of the EU, so all Cypriots are required to be multilingual, which is why the majority of the country speaks at least two languages. The language used in the government and in schools is English, while the majority of Greek Cypriots speak Greek in their homes.

Which airlines have direct flights into Cyprus?

There are direct flights to Cyprus from many major European cities including London, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam. There are also direct flights from many Middle Eastern cities, including Tel Aviv, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

What should travelers avoid in Cyprus?

Cyprus is a very safe destination, but there are a few things travelers should stay away from. Cypriots are very superstitious, so travelers should steer clear of black cats, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders. It’s also considered bad luck to give an even number of flowers. Steer clear of conflicts between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and avoid visiting the northern part of the island.


Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea that is a great place for travelers looking for a slower pace of travel and a taste of Mediterranean culture. Although it is a small island, it is home to some great beaches, ancient cities, and historical sites. It has a rich culture, delicious food, and a variety of languages. The island has a long history dating back to the 8th century BCE. It is a great destination for anyone interested in ancient history, culture, or beautiful landscapes.

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