Cyprus – the whole of the Mediterranean in a single island

Joanne Cowdery on 12 October 2010
After working in travel for more years than I should mention, I was offered an unforgettable trip to Cyprus with Planet Holidays on their Wedding Educational. What better way to visit the ‘Island of Love’ than to look around the many venues and unusual places couples can get married at.

The end of May, beginning of June and September/October are great months to visit Cyprus. July and August are too hot and very sticky. February tends to have the most rainfall, so pack your umbrella! Cyprus is a great destination during our winter months, so why not get married then!

I managed to look around 23 hotels, a few town halls, churches and the yachts which you can charter for wedding ceremonies, receptions or just a party. Many of the hotels have a number of venues you can choose to have your ceremony at. Piers are popular as you can hear the sea lapping whilst you take your vows! or beautiful grounds with tucked away areas for more privacy, decked areas and many different indoor venues with the all important air conditioning for those weddings which are held in the height of the summer. The sunsets are amazing especially from the hotels in the Paphos area of Cyprus. All the hotels offer something different.

Some hotels only allow one wedding a day, but some do allow more a day so it’s worth letting me know whether this worries you or not. Some airlines offer 30 kilos of checked in baggage which can be very useful! If the weather is too hot, you can have your wedding breakfast inside (buffets are very popular) but the ceremony & cocktails outside. With modern technology some of the town halls have webcams and it’s worth taking your mp3 player with your selected music for the background, but all these finer details can be discussed and looked into at the time of booking your special day. Generally 4 pm – 4.30pm is the best time to get married, but it really depends on the time of year you are visiting Cyprus.

Limassol, the 2nd city of Cyprus, is a great place to base yourself if you wish to explore Cyprus. It’s very cosmopolitan with a big port, a castle and many nice shops, nightclubs, disco bars and restaurants. Road signs are in English and with English widely spoken hiring a car and getting out and about is very straight forward.

As my trip was such a whistle stop tour I would love to return and see more of what the island has to offer. I would hire a car and visit the Troodos Mountains for a few days to see the pine-scented forests and picturesque traditional mountain villages. The hospitality & warmth of the Cypriot people really shone through so I look forward to returning and receiving more….

Whether you plan to visit Cyprus for the most special day of your life or you are visiting for your Honeymoon or it’s simply a holiday you are after, whatever you wish to do and see you won’t be disappointed. Many hotels have state of the art spas and it’s becoming very popular in the hotels to have an adults only section which can be very appealing! More and more hotels are offering rooms with your own private pool, something to think about and look out for! Whether you want to visit vineyards, beaches, golf courses, or you wish to experience the customs & traditions let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction.