Cyprus – the love island
Who wouldn’t want to get married on the island known as the ‘island of love’? No wonder couples flock to Cyprus to tie the knot in the Mediterranean sunshine
Couples looking for the perfect wedding destination are drawn to Cyprus, said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, with high expectations of finding some of the Mediterranean’s most romantic wedding venues – and they won’t be disappointed with this beautiful island.
Nature has blessed Cyprus with beautiful beaches, rolling mountains, fragrant forests and rugged headlands. Add its rich culture, perfect climate and the warm hospitality of the islanders to the mix and Cyprus has all the ingredients for idyllic destination weddings and honeymoons.
The fantastic year-round climate of dry summers and mild winters, allows for honeymoon activities and pursuits, from walking and cycling to swimming and diving, and of course relaxing all year-round, whilst the areas of stunning natural beauty – from coast to forest – are soothing to all of the senses.
Situated at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa – Cyprus is a small island with a long history and a rich culture that spans 10,000 years, making it one of the oldest civilizations in the Mediterranean – as evidenced by the many fascinating cultural sights, museums, monuments and galleries. The island’s unique geographic position has played an important part in its turbulent past and now the island is an open-air museum of prehistoric settlements, classical Greek temples, Roman theatres and villas. The old ways of life, customs and traditions are still beautifully preserved in the rural villages,
Life’s a beach
From secluded bays to lively resorts and from sandy beaches to rocky coves, the island’s expansive coastline offers a variety beaches. Beach life is very important in Cyprus and offers a myriad of experiences; from weddings under floral gazebos to honeymoons spent sunbathing with drink in hand or enjoying the challenge of trying a new water sport. Beneath the waves an underwater world invites you to discover a diver’s paradise of world-ranking wrecks and diverse marine life.
For those looking for a healthy honeymoon, Cyprus ticks all the boxes. The island is known for its abundance of spas and wellness as well as the quality of its delicious cuisine. The health attributes of the Mediterranean diet are widely recognized, thanks to its abundance of heart-healthy olive oil, pulses, lean meat, and freshly grown herbs, fruit and vegetables, and eating well is a pleasure that comes easy in Cyprus where the traditional dishes range from Moussaka and specialty cheeses, such as Halloumi to ‘meze’ – a variety of small dishes that combine to create a feast.
Marry in Cyprus
Cyprus is one of Europe’s leading destinations for weddings, blessings and honeymoons because of its its beautiful scenery, numerous options for venues, ceremonies and celebrations and its easy access from the UK. There are many reasons why Cyprus wins the heart of couples planning to marry abroad including its short flying time from UK airports; significantly lower costs of weddings; simple marriage formalities which are legal worldwide; wedding certificate given at the ceremony on the same day; English widely spoken and of course a stunning variety of wedding venues to choose from, including beaches, yachts, castles, museums, wineries and rustic villages, where weddings can follow all the traditional local customs. Of course the beautiful climate throughout the year has great appeal for UK couples, and to top it all, Cyprus offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets – from 5-star resorts to self-catering apartments – which means that family and friends can combine your wedding with their own family holiday.
All towns and cities in Cyprus have their own Municipal Offices where you can acquire your Marriage License and, if you are planning a civil ceremony, get married. For religious ceremonies, you must first apply for your Marriage License at the Municipal Offices, and then arrange your ceremony at the church or chapel of your choice.
Top 5 things to do
1. Take a brewery tour
Guided tours round the modern KEO brewery and winery in Limassol take around 30-minutes and end with a tasting session of the island’s favourite lager and a good range of wines. www.keogroup.com
2. Visit the beautiful waterfall
Stroll in the Troodos Mountains to view the Caladonia Falls – this stunning waterfall is even more spectacular in the spring.
3. Party your socks off
Head to Agia Napa and join in the lively nightlife – the town attracts the party crowd at night, but during the day the old fishing port is a focal point for tourists and it has one of the best beaches in Cyprus.
4. Tour the tombs
Take a trip back to Roman times at the ancient Makronissos Tombs, near Agia Napa and see the unique site where the Romans cut out 20 chambers into the limestone rock.
5. Sample the local Moussaka
Cyprus is known for its delicious, fresh produce and traditional fayre, so be sure to visit a tavern and enjoy delicious Moussaka or a ‘meze’ washed down with a delicious bottle of chilled local wine.