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5 of the most Insta-worthy themes to capture in Cyprus

With its impressive cultural sights, glittering blue waters, meze feasts and authentic hillside villages, Cyprus offers a myriad of experiences just waiting to be enjoyed and captured on camera. The Mediterranean isle recently scored third place in a list of most hashtagged destinations with more than 249,000 mentions on Instagram in the first quarter of 2018. With its natural beauty, rich culture and stunning scenery – it’s easy to see why. Here, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation recommends its top things on the island to share on Instagram: Spectacular mountains The largest mountain range in Cyprus, the Troodos Mountains is the ideal vantage point. Those who venture to the top will capture mesmerising views of endless green peaks and gaze upon magnificent Byzantine monasteries in the distance. The range is also dotted with characterful, hillside villages, all of which are worth a visit in their own right thanks to their rural charm – Kalopanayiotis, Pedoulas and Kakopetria, are a must see. Mythical wonders The rumoured birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite’s Rock is a spectacular cluster of rocks in the shallow waters of Paphos. Tourists photograph the rock for many reasons, namely its huge size but also to capture the beauty of the waves rising and breaking during certain weather conditions. Magical sunsets Akamas Peninsula will truly take your breath away. From its rare and diverse flora and fauna, to its rolling hills and beautiful coastline, the photo opps are never-ending. Renowned for its heavenly sunsets, the Akamas Peninsula is the perfect place to stop, roll out a blanket and have your camera on standby – this is one view you don’t want to miss. Mouth-watering cuisine Cyprus has many traditions when it comes to cuisine. From magnificent meze platters, to mouth-watering moussaka, expertly crafted bread, and freshly made halloumi, food is most definitely made with love in Cyprus – the island is an epicureans dream. Hidden gems Aside from its popular beachside resorts, Cyprus has many charming hillside villages just waiting to be discovered. Idyllic villages like Omodos, Tochni and Lefkara, whilst all slightly different, boast similar stand out features; stone built buildings, long cobbled paths, narrow streets and historical architecture. When strolling the peaceful streets, keep an eye out for bright colourful doors – they make for a striking background.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. We love walking in the Troodos Mountains whenever we visit Cyprus. There are some great views and lovely waterfalls. The Caledonia Falls are a real highlight – a must visit when you are near Platres. A short walk, but not pushchair friendly – still well worth the effort, though. Try to go out of the main Summer season as the falls are more impressive then.

  2. Just wow these are such amazing shots. Capturing pictures is important to look back on I always feel a picture can transport you back to that magical breath taking moment. I love taking pictures of great food from around the world. Although you can’t beat an amazing view. Hidden spots are my favourite to be sure though capturing normal things in other countries is always a win.

  3. Cyprus has been one of our favourite getaways for years. There’s such a great range of accommodation from very reasonably priced apartments and villas through to top-class hotels. It’s real attraction is the weather. Even in early Spring and late Autumn there are plenty of hours of sunshine and plenty of warmth. And you are right – the light’s so good that even an amateur can snap great pictures for social media. I’m proud of some of the natural shots of traditional village life that I’ve taken.

  4. Appealing to travellers who love social media is a great way to promote a place. Of course, nothing beats being actually being there and taking the pics yourself!

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