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  • Writer's pictureRavisha Mahajan

SECRET CYPRUS- The Unexplored sites

The size of Cyprus is having been compromised by its beauty and thereby has been less explored. Located in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, to the south of Turkey, Cyprus is the third largest island after Sicily and Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea.

Illustration of Cyprus Beach scene

Most people associate Cyprus with sand, sea, boat trips, cocktail bars, and a large variety of cafes and, perhaps, this is what most people look for. Known for its food traditional Cypriot foods like Souvlakia, Shaftalia, Afella, Kolokasi, and Rabbit Stews. But there is more, that people haven't discovered yet. These secret places make Cyprus a 'Heaven' and ‘Island of Love’.

The warmth of the Island in mid-March is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of city life, and the colours in the fields and lush banana plantations are a welcome respite from the snoring city life.

The towns of Episkopi and Kathikas serve as a reminder of what Cyprus is all about, as the people continue to go about their everyday lives, completely unaware of what is going on, on the shore 15-20 minutes away. Having said that, they are more than delighted to visit any day-trippers and will go out of their way to augment their income by selling local goods like fruit, vegetables, lace, and, of course, their homemade drink, Commandaria (sweet Cyprus wine).

Entrance of Episkopi Village in Cyprus
Entrance of Episkopi Village

The Episkopi village entrance is dominated by a high rock wall that displays the rich colours of Cyprus soil. The village's original construction has mostly remained unaltered, and the roadways are small and frequently steep. It's is fascinating to watch working donkeys transporting orange harvests from the fields which are to date their preferred mode of transportation. The area's environment features a beautiful display of oranges, limes, lemons, grapes, and almonds.

Anarita and Tsada are not far inland, in fact, you need to spare only a 5 to 10-minute drive from a beach if you still want to feel the sand between your toes or take on the challenge of an unfamiliar course, but they all retain the allure of village life and the locals will extend their welcome in the village tavernas if you wish to try a Cyprus Meze or any local speciality.

All of these towns have a strong sense of community, and it's amazing to see the older gentlemen of the hamlet meet at the local coffee shop to play cards, backgammon, or set the world right. It will be impossible to travel through Cyprus villages without witnessing an old native sharing a tale or laughing enjoying their bit and company of their friends.

Due to a lack of imagination or understanding, we frequently park ourselves where it seems familiar and amid others from our own Country, leaving us questioning why we came overseas, aside from the sun, of course. Take the challenge, explore 'Secret Cyprus', and get a taste of authentic Cyprus life in the villages.

Some Important Information About Cyprus-

Cyprus island map showing multi culture

Location- Mediterranean island

Total Area- 9,251 km2 (3,572 sq mi)

Capital- Nicosia

largest City- Nicosia

Official languages- Greek and Turkish

Currency- Euro

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Adv. Ravisha

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