Andy Allen visited the beautiful island of Cyprus to find out why it’s such a popular place to get hitched and honeymoon…
This incredible jewel in the Mediterranean, lies around 5 hours flight time from the UK. Surrounded by a fabulous coast line it’s easy to see why this island has a long history of being fought for by various nations over thousands of years. This gives it a unique blend of cultures, many of them will be extremely familiar to you once you land there.
Cyprus was placed under British Administration back in the Victorian days but was granted independence in the 1950s. However the Cypriots still drive on the left and use the UK 3 prong electricity sockets, so no need to pack your Euro adapters.
According to legend, Cyprus is the birth place of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation! So what better place for a honeymoon or a wedding destination?
There is a lot on offer in Cyprus. All year long mild weather, a stunning coastline and delicious food. All the necessary ingredients for an amazing wedding.
Things to do
Cyprus has such a rich history and this provides visitors with many opportunities for something unique that other islands can’t offer.
The stunning birthplace of Aphrodite is one of the must see sights on the island. Legend says, if you swim around the perimeter of the rock 3 times at midnight, on a full moon this gives your eternal beauty. Sadly I couldn’t test that one out as there was no full moon whilst I was there!
On the beach next to the rock, there is a holy tree covered with handkerchiefs. Couples write messages for the goddess asking for her help in keeping their love strong. It’s definitely a cute thing to with your loved one whilst there.
The Roman invasion from 2000 years ago has certainly left a long lasting impression. There are stunning Roman artefacts ranging from ancient tiles laid centuries ago to stone theatres that are still in use today.
Wine lovers will love a trip to Vasilikon Winery. This working vineyard has a museum of traditional tools used to harvest and press the grapes alongside its current ultra modern production processes. Tours and tasting are available. This is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon ‘tasting’ and enjoying the far reaching views from the balcony.
Getting married in cyprus
Both civil and religious ceremonies are common and both require you to apply in person with a marriage officer in the municipality where you will be marrying. This needs to be done 4 days before your wedding. Although the winters are milder than in the UK, if it’s sunshine you want, most couples choose to marry in the spring, summer and autumn months.
There are some wonderful hotels that offer the complete wedding service for you and your guests, all offering different packages. The Annabelle Hotel in Paphos is one of the best loved hotels on the island. It has the facilities for indoor and outdoors ceremonies. Their 4 restaurants can create delicious food and drinks tailored to your requirements.
The Almyra Hotel has a gorgeous rooftop Terrace, perfect for ceremonies overlooking the sea. There
is even a red carpet for walking down the aisle.
They then offer a reception dinner for 20 guests at their beautiful restaurant.
The Elysium is a five-star hotel offering weddings on both a small and large scale. There is a beautiful chapel should you wish for a more traditional service and also a stunning outdoor area in landscaped gardens. Silver service food designed to make the most discerning of diners’ mouth water.
The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is the largest venue we visited. Catering for both intimate and large scale, grand weddings the grounds and views are spectacular. Amazing cuisine is offered with a huge variety to suit everyone’s palate.
For more detailed information, please visit the Deputy Ministry of Tourism for Cyprus today at
Rates at Annabelle start
from €131 per night, B&B, in an entry-level Inland View Room based on two adults sharing. https://www.annabelle.com.cy/
Rates at Almyra start from €126 per night, B&B, in an entry-level Inland View Room based on two adults sharing. https://almyra.com
1st May – 20th July:€222 per room per night, including breakfast
20th July – 18th October: €242 per room per night, including breakfast
Honeymooners receive the following with any booking:
Complimentary upgrade to the next room category
Bottle of Prosecco in the room upon arrival. Fruit basket in the room upon arrival. Mineral water in the room
Aphrodite Hills Resort – A 1 bedroom luxury residence at Aphrodite Hills Resort starts at £150.00 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. For further information, please visit http://www.aphroditehills.com/
London Gatwick – Paphos:
easyJet flies to Paphos from London Gatwick with prices starting from £44.45 per person (one way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking). www.easyjet.com
Manchester – Paphos:
easyJet flies to Paphos from Manchester with prices starting from £57.42 per person (one way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking). All flights can be booked at www.easyjet.com