Richard the Lionheart, who married his bride, Berengaria of Navarre, in Limassol Castle in the Middle Ages, was arguably the first Brit to marry in Cyprus. Today the thousands of British couples who come to the island to tie the knot are spoilt for choice when it comes to location. Highlight venues include:
‘Aphrodite’s Rock’ on the Pafos coast – the fabled birthplace of the goddess herself. Of the countless beautiful locations dotted around the island, this must be the ultimate wedding spot for die-hard romantics
Ayia Napa Monastery – the tranquillity of the town’s 16th-century monastery belies its reputation as a party hotspot. Today Ayia Napa itself boasts an array of beautiful boutique hotels with stunning beachfront sunset views
The private chapel of a luxury hotel – these considered, beautiful chapels are often modelled on historic Cypriot buildings and provide the added bonus of being close to the reception venue.
St George Chapel, Paphos – a historic chapel set in the hills overlooking the coast where Aphrodite is said to have risen from the waves. The chapel has been even more popular with British couples since being featured as the wedding venue for a GMTV competition.
The most popular months for weddings are May and September but increasingly, couples realise that spring comes early to Cyprus with temperatures in late March up to 28 degrees centigrade
In Paphos, Anglican wedding services can be held at the beautiful Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa Church (next to St. Paul’s Pillar in Kato Paphos), in St. Luke’s Church near Polis or St. Stephen’s Church near Tala village.