Take a sip of commandaria, a very special Cypriot dessert wine made in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Produced from sun-dried grapes and aged for at least two years in oak barrels, this delicious fortified sweet wine was first documented over 5,000 years ago. Allegedly, King Richard the Lionheart of England declared it was the ‘wine of kings and the king of wines’ at his wedding. Celebrate it at the annual Limassol Wine Festival, which takes place at the end of August. You can drink, watch grapes being tread, and enjoy traditional folk music and dancing.
Near to Paphos you’ll find Lara Beach, also known locally as turtle beach, as it’s a popular nesting ground for green and loggerhead turtles. While on this quiet beach, if you’re lucky and time it right you'll get to see new sea turtles being born and then make their way into the sea. Visitors are asked to observe the rules that are in place in order to protect this natural wildlife sanctuary.
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