THOSE fancying a short escape to beautiful villages, looking to stay at a top notch hotel and gobble down tasty food might be glad to hear that the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is promoting a number of affordable weekend escapes.
The ‘Short Escapes, Great Discoveries’ scheme aims to promote domestic tourism and familiarise locals with possibly under-explored nooks and crannies on the island.
Available since 2008, the scheme allows people to choose from a five star luxurious hotel to a cosy hotel apartment in the mountains and in all five districts via and throws in guided half-day tours in English or in Greek with a CTO-accredited guide who picks up wanderers from their hotel.
A Sunday meal from a selection of local restaurants is also offered as part of the same package. From visiting wine-making villages or local churches, to going round the lazy seas of Cyprus, the tours offer residents the opportunity to unwind, said CTO director-general Marios Hannides.
The packages include overnight stay on Saturday, dinner and breakfast at the hotel and a lunch at a participating restaurant. There are half day guided excursions on Sundays in English or in Greek. Cost per person ranges from €40 for the most basic accommodation to €100 for a stay at a spa hotel (spa treatment included).
Offers span from October-November and March-June. Between December and February, prices are knocked off by €5 for most stays.
Some 3,348 people took advantage of the offers between 2011 and 2012, with most, or 2,479 opting to go on the CTO’s guided tour, the CTO’s Annita Demetriadou said. Vouchers are available for those strapped for gift ideas. Visit www.cyprusshortescapes.com for more information or call 22-713 760 to book a stay.