Yiasas! Welcome to Cyprus-Travel-Secrets.com. I'm Helen, or Heleni as I'm known locally and I live and work on the magical island of Kypros, as it's known here in Greek.
Why is it magical? OK I confess, I'm biased because hubby Al asked me to marry him right here on the island. We loved coming here so much, we finally moved here, but you know what? We'd hardly scratched the surface of what Cyprus has to offer and as for discovering any secret places or extra special things to do...well we're still exploring and uncovering new little gems every week!
Wouldn't it be even cooler to have your very own travel guide to show you some of the best kept secrets that only the locals know?
Like where to find the prettiest Venetian bridge for a romantic picnic. Or where to spot a moufflon in the wild? How about sneaking a peek at the most unspoilt beach in the peak of high season or maybe just chilling out with a glass of fine Cypriot wine and some mouthwatering local cheese...
And I'd like to passionately offer my services as your Kypros insider travel enthusiast :)
"I must mention your website. It really is very comprehensive and covers everything a visitor needs to know about the island and your personal assistance has been invaluable for which I am truly grateful."
-- Richard Brown from the UK.
There are currently over 500 pages of mouthwatering information on this website, lovingly compiled by little old me (well, I'm short but not that old ...yet!) but I don't expect you to devour all 500 in one sitting ;) so here's a little taster of what you can find:
Want to know what the weather is really like in Kypros? And no we don't have 340 days of sunshine a year - I mean it rains on average for around 60 days even on the coast, so do the maths!
Where can you find a detailed map of the island? The bad news is there aren't any, but follow this link to find out the best maps available.
Can you really get a cheap flight to Cyprus? Yes, you can find good airline deals to the island, but not at all times of the year.
Some of my little secrets...
Orchid spotting :)
Where to eat the most scrumptious meze lunch.
Where to find the most beautiful walks in Cyprus.
Where to get a good deal on a Cyprus hire car - essential if you want to really discover the best secrets on the island, like hunting for wild orchids.
I'll even teach you a little Greek - something you WILL need if you venture into the hills as English is pretty much a foreign language in some of the remote mountain villages!
And if you're thinking of buying or renting a place in the sun here, I can help you make the right choices when it comes to property buying or even building your own home from scratch.
Oh, and not forgetting essential stuff like a great place to stay, whether it's a luxury villa or sumptuous penthouse apartment and tips for the best resort, whether you want peace and tranquillity, a family resort with plenty of things to occupy the kids or a happening place with clubbing into the early hours.
You can also join in and share your personal experiences as this website is totally interactive. If you have a burning question you can't find an answer to on the site, then go ahead and ASK me.
Magical sunset -- captured by visitor Maurice Wilkins
If you want to show off your amazing holiday snaps or you're a keen photographer living on the island, you can show off your photos or you can write reviews on your favourite tavernas.
If you own a local business here in Cyprus, you can tell the world about your biz for FREE and use my site as a platform to spread the word.
You can even post your favourite Cyprus cat pics! Or even your favourite cute dog - I have 2 rescue cats and now 2 abandoned dogs too, so I'm a sucker for adorable pet pictures.
And if you love the island as much as I do, then why not keep up to date with all the latest happenings via my free newsletter. It comes complete with a FREE copy of the Polis and Latchi Restaurant Guide and you get to hear about secret special offers given to us exclusively by local business owners and partners that advertise on the site.
Best place for a fish meze!
"I had never seen your website until today and I wanted to say how impressed I was with it. Thank you for a good read and some very useful information. I now aim to try a couple of your top restaurant tips too." -- Jim Whiting from the UK.
"Thank you so much Helen for your reply and detail in helping me to find the Venetian bridges. I just can't wait to go and if I manage to take some pictures I will certainly share them with your readers on the site." -- Julie Birchall from Kent.
The easiest way to find something fast is to go straight to the SITEMAP. Or just scroll down the left hand navigation bar to find the topic you need.
There are links to related pages at the bottom of every page, so if you're looking for a holiday apartment to rent, for instance, go first to the main apartments page, then to the relevant resort you are interested in via the related page links at the bottom.
If you get completely lost, which is easy as I do it all the time when exploring in Cyprus ;) type what you are looking for into the search box at the top left of every page or just click on HOME at the top left or bottom of every page and you'll end up back here.
Well a good place to start is my 101 things to do page. or just dive straight into the hundreds of Cyprus-related questions already asked by other visitors - I guarantee one of them will be a question YOU want to ask too.
If you like what you see and read, I'd be thrilled if you would tell me by clicking that little LIKE box below. Or why not share your own travel stories about Kypros, after all, everyone has their own little secrets O;)Kalo Taxithi!
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