Nurtured by the warm Mediterranean sun, Cyprus fruit and vegetables grow to a size and quantity guaranteed to delight the most demanding palates. The markets and many roadside stalls are a feast of colour, with fruit of every variety, size and colour. They are ripe, juicy, tasty, ready for eating and very inexpensive.
And the same goes for the island's vegetables. Everyone knows the superlative Cyprus potato, but there are giant, shiny aubergines, massive red tomatoes, fat lettuces, elongated carrots, plump atrichokes, delectable avocadoes and many more.
The gastronomic pleasures of Cyprus should be savoured at an unhurried pace, to discover new flavours and sample the many traditional dishes. And what better way to learn than to follow local custom with a typical meze - meaning mixture which is usually a little of everything that is available that day in that taverna or restaurant.
Besides this typically Cypriot type of meal visitors to Cyprus are offered versatility. There are plenty of charming fish tavernas by the sea and numerous restaurants serving Chinese, Arabic, European and Indian food.
There are literally thousands of tavernas to choose from all over Cyprus, each one offering a friendly welcome and a relaxed atmosphere.
Over 100 varieties of grapes, plumped to perfection, yield the fortified and table wines which Cyprus is famous for and which can be traced back over 3,000 years. Sherries, wines, brandies and liqueurs, which have been enjoyed through the centuries, will compliment any meal, all at very reasonable prices.
A cool, refreshing long drink is the local Brandy Sour, a tangy concoction that goes down remarkably well and tends to have addictive qualities! Others prefer the clean taste of Ouzo, a local cousin of Pernod or Ricard which turns white and cloudy when mixed with water. And two breweries on the island offer beer that's light and perfectly matched to the Cyprus climate.
Nightlife on the island caters to every mood and every age. There are discos and nightclubs. There's ample opportunity to dine and dance romantically under the stars and there is plenty of local atmosphere and lively fun when the spirited Greek dancing gets going. There's even the chance of seeing a Shakespearean play or a Greek drama performed in an ancient theater by the light of a Cyprus full moon.