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Cyprus is a truly unique island. Situated at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus has been influenced widely over the centuries, there really is nowhere else like it anywhere on Earth.

Embracing its varied roots and rich history, the Cypriot people are as unique as the island they inhabit. Taking the best parts of all cultures and creating something special, there’s a real magic about living in Cyprus. There’s a cosmopolitan European vibe, that blends with the mysticism of Asia, all rolled up in a laid back, relaxed Mediterranean attitude.  

If you want to truly enjoy your stay in Cyprus, then you should take these Cypriot habits to heart and live the good life… 

1. Understand the Mediterranean temperament

When you first encounter the Cypriot people, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were always angry because they shout a lot. But the truth is the opposite, they are simply passionate people and so they talk loudly and use their hands to express themselves. You’ll actually find that people in Cyprus are very friendly and welcoming, you just need to understand their mannerisms.  

2. Food, family and friends go hand in hand

In Cyprus, eating is an important social occasion. Family and friends are valued greatly in Cypriot culture, and food plays a huge role in any social event. With a mixture of Asian and Mediterranean flavours, you’ll find dishes in Cyprus that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world. When you’re in Cyprus you really must try some of the traditional local dishes such as afelia, stifado and kleftiko.  

3. Summer isn’t summer without these summer staples

Cyprus enjoys year round sunshine, so when the summer months come around, the temperatures soar and the Cypriots enjoy their traditional summer treats such as haloumi, watermelon, and delicious souvla. Visit a local taverna to try these summer staples out for yourself, or purchase fresh from a store and enjoy a home-cooked BBQ in your holiday villa. 

4. Chilling out with coffee and tavli

Chilling out with coffee and tavli

There’s so much to be seen by just taking time out to relax and watch the world go by. Why not adopt another Cypriot habit and stop at a cafe for a coffee and a game or two of tavli? There’s no need to rush about, time out is important when you’re in Cyprus

5. Having fun by taking it easy

Having fun by taking it easy

One of the first things you notice when you visit Cyprus is the slower pace of life enjoyed here. Don’t fight it, embrace it! No one is ever early for anything, and no one gets annoyed when you’re running a little late. The Cypriot life is about taking it slowly, enjoying the journey as much as the destination, and appreciating every moment.  

Find your perfect holiday villa 

Now you know how to embrace the Cypriot way of life, it’s time to find the perfect villa to live out your dreams, relaxing by the pool, enjoying the finest Mediterranean cuisine in the sunshine, and taking life at a slower pace. Find your perfect villa by the beach by hopping over to the Imagine Villa Rentals platform and taking your pick from a multitude of amazing luxury villas in stunning locations.  


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