CYPRUS TOURISM ORGANISATION – AITO MEETS THE MEDIA,
Foodies: The return to fresh and local food has seen a welcome resurgence of interest in the
island’s traditional dishes - and encouraged exciting new developments. At Limassol’s funky
new restaurants favourites like afelia (pork with red wine and coriander) and pastitsio (baked
pasta with meat and béchamel sauce) sit side by side with mushrooms flashed in Commandaria
wines, and rocket wrapped smoked pork drenched in strawberry coulis - washed down with
wines from local boutique vineyards.
Budding sommeliers: Cypriot wines date back 5,000 years, so it’s about time to learn your
Xynisteri from your Vamvakada. With 40 independent wineries on the island, vinophiles are
spoilt for choice, plus the island is now criss-crossed with six newly-created wine routes.
Highlights include Commandaria sweet wine direct from Tsiakkas Winery in Pelentri village,
grown on Kostas’ high altitude vineyards, and the robust red produced from Vamvakada grapes.
Sporting Cyprus: Cyprus’ varied terrain offers every kind of sporting activity from golf, walking
and cycling to rally driving – and even skiing. Sporting events include the Cyprus International 4-
day Challenge and the Golden Stage Rally – unique to the island (both November). The island
boasts an affiliation with an impressive line-up of sports stars. Paphos was used as base by the
British team for training for the 2004 Olympics, Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis hails
from Limassol, and golfing legend Nick Faldo designed the new course at the Elea Golf Club.
Getting away from it all: Spend all your time on the beach in Cyprus, and you’ll be missing out.
A new set of self-drive routes allow visitors to discover the beauty spots of the interior in their
own time, and the island has extensive forests and 97 walking paths, covering a distance of
861km. Mountain villages like Tochni are gateways for activites like bike riding and horse riding,
while cookery courses and food foraging are easily bookable to indulge in seasonal Cypriot
food. For a truly rural experience get involved with the island’s agrotourism scene – the fruit
harvesting season runs October – February.
New FREE app launched: access all the information you need to know before you go – and
use offline as a handheld guide while you’re there. Download from www.visitcyprus.com
Coming to a screen near you: Focusing on local, traditional food the Cyprus episode of Food
Tripper will be screened on the Travel Channel throughout October. www.travelchannel.co.uk
Cyprus welcomes winter sun seekers: Autumn bookings by sun seekers getting ready for an
escape from the British winter are already up by 21% on the same period the previous year.
Susannah Glynn, Kallaway - email@example.com; 020 7221 7883
Lillian Panayi, Cyprus Tourism Organisation - firstname.lastname@example.org; 020 7569 8822