In the vast tapestry of Europe’s cultural richness, Cyprus stands as a jewel with its own array of significant cultural routes. Among these are the Heartland of Legends, the Commandaria Route and many other cultural routes. Embark on a captivating journey through the mesmerizing island of Cyprus.
The Heartland of Legends takes you deep into the heart of Cyprus, showcasing its rich heritage, stunning landscapes, and the warmth of its people. This unique route offers an immersive experience, allowing visitors to connect with Cypriot nature, traditions, folklore and an authentic way of life. As you traverse rural, mountainous, and remote areas, you’ll encounter not only a myriad of attractions, but also accommodations, restaurants, and small businesses that promise diverse activities.
Exploring the Commandaria Route, you will appreciate the cultural and historical significance of one of the world’s oldest named wines. Commandaria, celebrated for winning first place in the 1224 A.D. international wine competition, has a storied history rooted in the Middle Ages. The Knights Templar, based at La Grande Commanderie, played a pivotal role in its systematic production, establishing a tradition that has endured for centuries. Visiting the 14 Commandaria villages, you’ll encounter museums, vineyards, and workshops that delve into the history and craftsmanship behind this sweet nectar. Engage in the winemaking process, tasting the ancient wine alongside local delicacies that enhance its flavor and aroma. The Commandaria route not only offers a taste of history but also a glimpse into Cyprus’s gastronomic wealth.
Delve further into the soul of Cyprus by exploring the themed routes that encapsulate legend, history and myth. Follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, whose birthplace in Pafos offers a journey through history, culture, and mythology. Learn about Aphrodite’s legend, associated rituals, and the plants and seashells intertwined with her story. Continue exploring our island’s rich regions and let her presence guide you on your journey to Cyprus.
Wrap up your cultural expedition in Cyprus by immersing yourself in the vibrant Limassol Carnival, a celebrated addition to the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List. Marked by the consumption of meat and wine, satire, dancing, and masquerading, this 11-day festival orchestrated by the Limassol Municipality will commence on the 7th of March and will conclude on the 17th. The carnival officially opens on Tsiknopempti, or Fat Thursday, ten days before Lent. Expect parades, street dancing, costume competitions, and cultural events that showcase the lively atmosphere of Limassol. This festive celebration is a perfect way to conclude your cultural journey through Cyprus, leaving you with lasting memories of the island’s traditions, hospitality, and vibrant spirit.
Local traditions and handicrafts in Cyprus.
Limassol Carnival Parade.
Aprodite's Cultural Route
yprus has always been considered as the Island of Aphrodite and no other place in the world can boast of being the birthplace of the goddess of love.
Commandaria Wine Route
Take a trip back in time and discover the secrets of the island’s most ancient and famous wine – the sweet dessert wine of Commandaria – that has been praised and world-renowned for centuries.
Heartland of Legends
Heartland of Legends brings you close to Cypriot nature and allows you to familiarize yourself with local traditions and experience the Cypriot way of life.
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