Three reasons to visit Cyprus

Concern about stability after its 2013 banking collapse put Cyprus off the map for many tourists last summer. Not this year, though. Buoyed by signs of the country’s economic recovery, heat-seeking holidaymakers are returning. Join them in August and, as well as fine beaches, you can make the most of great-value hotels and restaurants, plus annual wine celebrations.

1. Quench your thirst at the Limassol Wine Festival, an annual two-week celebration of the grape and the island’s blossoming boutique wineries that takes place in late summer. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a mavro and a maratheftiko is, this is your chance to find out in an atmosphere aided by music, drama and a raft of local food. 


2. Most visitors are drawn by the island’s coast but the higher ground promises cooler weather in summer and access to some of the island’s best home cooking; think mezes of grilled meats and salads. Head to the Apokryfo hotel in the foothills of the Troodos mountains and its on-site restaurant, Agrino.


3. Budding Mary Berrys should stay in the mountains and make their way to the pastry and baking festival in the village of Galata, which was once a hub for flour mills. Normally held in August or early September, this one-day celebration of buns, breads, pies and koulouria also sees a gathering of local craftmakers.