Claims on strategically placed Cyprus have been the subject of much conflict since ancient times. Occupiers have included Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Syrians, Lebanese, the French, the British and the Italians with each nation making their influence on the local cuisine. To a greater or lesser extent each has contributed to a diverse, blended, pan Mediterranean cuisine that over time has become distinctively Cypriot. In Paphos culinary specialities include a big choice of fish as well as meat dishes and a number of creative vegetarian options.
Meze is the food most people associate with Cyprus, it being a collection of a variety of small dishes. This unique way of eating consists of tiny implementations of main Cypriot dishes and is supplemented with delicious olives, dips and fresh breads that together form a complete Paphos feast. Be sure to leave plenty of time and also plenty of space to enjoy meze as a single meal can consist of 30 or more individual plates. Meze is a perfect way to start learnig about Cypriot food offering the perfect opportunity to dip into a wide selection of exciting flavours and tastes, allowing you to pick out your favourites.
Cypriot food comes into it’s own when main courses are considered. The list of mouth-watering dishes to select from is almost endless. Amongst the most popular dishes include Souvla – chunks of skewered meat grilled over charcoal. There’s Loukanika, which are seasoned sausages in wine and Koupepia, delicious chunks of meat and rice wrapped in vine leaves much like Greek dolmas. You might want to try Lountza, a smoked pork dish, and also a marinated pork dish by the name of Afelia. Beef or rabbit stew, known as Stiphado, are perennial favourites and a lamb dish by the name of Kleftiko is also well-liked and delicious.
Being surrounded by the sea, fresh fish is always a delight here. As a working fishing port Paphos offers an array of fresh seafood from red mullet broiled in wine (known as Barbouni), to calamari and sea bass, sardines, oysters, crab and lobster. For the non-meat eaters the diversity of vegetables and salads available in Paphos offers an almost unmatched variety of vegetarian dishes. Locally grown tomatoes, aubergines, famous Cypriot potatoes, beetroot, zucchini, sweet potato as well as asparagus and avocados are all used as the basis of many an interesting and exotic meat-free Cypriot dish as well as the perfect accompaniment to any fish or meat dish.
If you holiday accommodation needs to be at the upper end of the quality scale, there are plenty of superb villas in Paphos to choose from. Light and luxurious with all the facilities you need to make the very most of your Paphos holiday, your five star villa leaves you in control. Stay home and get creative using fresh local ingredients or step out to enjoy the local restaurants at prices that are still extremely competitively priced. Either way you win in this fabulous five star food lover’s paradise. In combination with wall to wall sunshine, wonderfully accommodating locals, sparkling seas and long stretches of pristine sands is it any surprise that Paphos is becoming such a ‘go to’ holiday destination?
There are now thousands of flight to Cyprus every year for holiday visitors to select from. Flights to Cyprus are plentiful and low cost, making this a year-round destination suitable for couples or groups alike. With a selection of some of the best villas on Cyprus, Paphos is well served with transport networks, making it a perfect.