Looking for a fun, adventurous way to say your “I do’s?”
One of the best options that many in Israel have already discovered is Cyprus. Cyprus is known in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Aphrodite and called the “Island of Love.” Many couples get married there because of the romantic environment and relaxed marriage laws.
This is our wedding story and a guide to what we found great during our stay in Paphos, Cyprus!
Beforehand we shot photos on the beach in Tel Aviv with the amazing Newman Photography.We wanted to capture this moment in our lives before we flew to the island of Cyprus and it also made us even more excited for the big day! Lauren of Newman Photography was so easy to work with and instantly put our shyness at ease. She was wonderful at capturing natural light and I love the glow each photo has.
Since it was going to be a bit of a whirlwind once we got to Cyprus this was the best option to capture quality photos, instead of trying to squeeze in photos during our limited time.
Many travel companies have sprung up in Israel to meet the demands of couples coming from all over the world to marry.
A Cyprus wedding package made everything extremely easy. We used Cyprus wedding tours. Buying a package took care of our flights, transportation to and from the airport, hotel accommodations, appointment at the courthouse and helped us prepare the paperwork we needed for our marriage license.
We took a package that included a two night stay in Paphos and I’m really glad we decided to make this not just a trip for our nuptials but also a mini-vacation/honeymoon.
You choose to either go to the courthouse right from the airport or right when you’re leaving for the airport back home. We decided to start the trip by getting hitched! It was exciting to be rushed from the airport straight to the courthouse. From there we were taken to our hotel, ready to start the celebrations and make the most of our time in Cyprus!
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Here are some fun things to do in Paphos beside hanging by the beach or pool.
(we went off-season in Nov.)
We had a great half-day tour with Paphos Wine tours. My husband and I wanted to get out and explore but didn’t know where to start. Gerry, co-owner of Paphos Wine tours and expat from England, was very friendly and knowledgeable, we all got to chatting right away about traveling.
First stop was the Paphos downtown area where he explained the history of the island and we saw St. Paraskevi Church.
Then we made a stop at Loukoumia Arsinoe shop and had a chance to see what are called “Yeroskipos Delights,” being made in the traditional way with a recipe that has been passed down for generations. I don’t normally like what are called “Turkish Delights” but these similar candies were so fresh, soft and the flavors were so natural that they won me over.
Then it was off to the see one of the highlights of Cyprus, the Aylos Neophytos Monastery.
Construction of the main church of the Monastery was completed in the 15th century. Inside the monastery are beautiful paintings by the famous iconographer Theodoros Apsevdis.
After taking in all the history and beautiful views, it was about time for the wine! We went to Kamanterena Winery, the largest co-operative winery on the island.
The grounds are beautiful, with the landscape dotted by of course, Cyprus trees.
There was also more sightseeing that day, such as the sea caves in Peyia, as we made our way back to Athena Beach Hotel. I couldn’t believe how much we saw in just a half-day tour. At the end I felt I had met some great people and really got a taste of what the local wine on the island has to offer.
I look forward to celebrating many anniversaries to come on this special island and exploring it further!
Loukoumia Arsinoe: 49 Arch. Marariou Avenue Yeroskipou, Paphos, Cyprus, 8200. Telephone 26962485 https://www.facebook.com/loukoumiarsinoe/
The Seven St. George’s Tavern: Make a reservation ahead of time! It can get very busy. Traditional with a twist meze-style dining.