I wasn’t sure if I should take my DSLR camera for my first visit to Cyprus. Sure it is one of the top European vacation islands and by most it’s associated with beautiful sandy beaches. Considering fact that I flew budget airline with only cabin luggage I thought that maybe my smartphone will suffice. I’m so happy my photographers instinct did not let me leave my camera behind. I never expected Cyprus, known also as ‘Island of Aphrodite’, to be such picturesque and diversified place.
I only spent one week in Cyprus, but look what I managed to find. Here are just few highlights of the island, but I’m sure it will be sufficient proof that there’s more to Cyprus than sandy beaches.
PICTURES OF CYPRUS THAT WILL MAKE YOU FALL IN LOVE
I don’t know how about you, but I can sit all day long and just stare at the sea. There is something about this view that is calming and disturbing at the same time. Vastness of blue, green, turquoise or even silver. I always wonder what is beneath, what is on the other side of this blueness. And if you combine a seascape with dramatic, cloudy sky – I cannot ask for more.
FANTASTIC ROCK FORMATIONS
Instagram users and landscape photographers will fall in love with Cyprus the minute they will set foot on shore full of cliffs, ‘eyes of the needle’ and caves. I have never seen so many interesting rock formations all on one small island (and I didn’t even get to the famous Aphrodite’s rock yet).
Cats are in Cyprus everywhere. Literally everywhere – in hotels, on the airport, in restaurants – obviously!, near temples and even in seemingly deserted places outside cities. A guy that we met in the bar told us there are over one million people living in Cyprus and around two million cats. It’s hard to verify this second number, but even after one day on the island I could easily believe it to be true.
The legend says that in fourth century St. Helena visited the island, which at that time had serious problem with poisonous snakes. In order to resolve the situation she arranged hundreds of cats to be shipped to Cyprus. Apparently the cats helped with the snakes problem, but their population grew so much, that nowadays there are way more cats than humans on the island.
Fortunately many people in Cyprus take care of the stray cats, and the animals do not look hungry or ill. I saw many ‘cats stations’ where people fed them and even brushed their fur. Just look at those beauties – how can you not love them?
I just love taking pictures of animals. They are such beautiful, but at the same time difficult photography subject. If you also enjoy photographing animals I wrote down some useful tips how to take great animals photos.
BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE and ART
White buildings with navy windshields against azure blue sky – typical Greek landscape can be found also in Cyprus, but there’s much more for architecture lovers. Tiny shrines on top of the rocky hills, great monasteries, Byzantine ruins or modern towers in Nicosia – it’s all there on this little island. Whatever your liking is – archaeological sites, modern art; or if you, like myself, just enjoy beautiful and interesting views, you will be happy here.
Ok, you may laugh at me, I don’t care. Many people say that sunsets are just tacky and common. From my travel experience I noticed that sunsets are different in every place I visited. I even have my own personal ranking of the best places in the world to experience beautiful sunsets. Isn’t it a good subject for a new post? hmm.. I’ll think about it. Cyprus will surely be on one of the first places in such ranking.
For the moment I’ll leave you with those beautiful, romantic (not tacky!) views.
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CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER
I’ve been to many islands and beautiful tropical places, but honestly I don’t recall seeing such amazingly turquoise and clear water anywhere. I visited Cyprus in winter, when it’s windy and rainy sometimes, so I can only imagine how this crystal water looks like in summertime.
I hope you enjoyed this small gallery of pictures of Cyprus and it convinced you that there are more to this island than only beaches. I didn’t realize it is such perfect destination for photography lovers and there’s so many things to do there. Stay tuned for more travel stories from Island of Aphrodite coming soon.
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