Cultural Encounter

Cultural Encounter

The oldest evidence of human habitation on Cyprus stretches back to almost 9000 BCE some 11,000 years and that’s a lot of history and a lot of culture. This was the Neolithic era of which little evidence remains. The Bronze Age provides slightly more as exports of copper – from which Cyprus obtained its name – allowed culture and trading contact with its neighbours. But it is the Classical Era of Ancient Greece and Rome that has furnished Cyprus with some of its most spectacular sites, such as Salamis.

The Hellenistic and Roman periods were followed in turn by the Byzantine, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and British periods bringing us up to the founding of the Cyprus Republic in 1960 and subsequent division into its southern and northern entities today.

Each of the historical periods has, in turn, bequeathed to the island a rich and diverse culture which is reflected today in the folk culture of the island-its music, folk dances, cuisine and habits of the villagers.

Our tours take you into the heart of the island, to the places where local fetes and festivals take place. A trip to the Güzelyurt Orange Festival, for example would allow you to take a detour to see the impressively restored ruins of Soli, one of the ten ancient kingdoms of Cyprus, and then barely 7-8 kilometers further west, the eagle’s eyrie that is the ruins of the Palace of Vouni and its spectacular views of the northern coast and the distant Troodos Mountains.

For these programmes, wherever possible, we aim to accommodate you in small guesthouses run by local people to give you as much of the flavour of local custom as possible.