No matter how much money you have in the bank, how much money you lost to the banks or how much money you owe to the banks, the best things in Cyprus are free. The best free 'thing' we have in Cyprus, that no one can take away from us, is definately the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. Did you know that, this year, Cyprus was awarded 57 blue flags for its beaches? According to Wikipedia, Cyprus has the most blue flag beaches, per coastline length in the whole world! That's great news for us locals and for the tourists traveling to Cyprus, because it means that most of our beaches have been awarded for being clean and safe for swimming! Most of us work very hard and are highly stressed during the week so the beach is a great place to slow down, relax and forget our worries - even if it's just for a few hours. We all know how hot Cypriot summers can get. Is there anything better than soaking in a cool sea on a humid day, when even our ear lobes are capable of sweating? The deep blue sea is good for our body and for our soul.
The other benefit of swimming in our section of the beautiful Mediterranean, besides the skin benefits of the salty water, is that sharks and dangerous jelly fish are very hard to find! If you are lucky you might spot a green or loggerhead turtle - they love to breed in our waters and lay their eggs in the sand of remote beaches around Cyprus. I almost bumped into a large green turtle in the Akamas peninsula in Paphos a few summers ago while I was busy snorkelling - what an incredible creature. It swam upright and was scrutinising me with its beady eyes, before I frightened it off with my shriek of excitement.
The time has come to lose the extra kilos that have been plaguing our brain, so grab your bikini, sunblock and water bottle and get ready for swimming! Whether you prefer wild and rocky, smooth and sandy or tiny pebbles - Cyprus has a beach to suit everyone's taste. Speaking of taste, don't forget to pack a sweet watermelon and a few slices of salty halloumi into your cooler bag - trust me, when they are eaten together they make a delicious snack! And please, please, please take all your litter with you when you leave the beach so that we can preserve our sea life for future generations.
Have an awesome, and hot, summer holiday in Cyprus!
P.S: If you are travelling or moving to sunny Cyprus and would like an insight into Cypriot life, find out by purchasing my memoir: 'Village bread, olive oil and a grandmother's blessings'. Available on amazon.co.uk in paperback and kindle format.