Cypriot cuisine, as part of the greater Mediterranean food tradition, features a rich breakfast that's based on fresh and, usually, local Cypriot products. Its breakfast makes use of many fruits and vegetables, as well as local recipes that sometimes resemble to Greek ones.
Columbia Beach Resort is one of the best resorts to stay in Cyprus, which relaunched on the 1st of September 2017. The hotel is considered synonymous with exclusivity and exceptionality: in facilities, service, and experience.
So, what happens when one of the most luxurious resorts in Cyprus decides to offer a traditional Cypriot breakfast to its guests? The absolute breakfast experience in Cyprus is born!
A Cypriot Buffet Breakfast
The Super-Food Corner
There is actually a bio and super-foods section in the buffet, where you can find all kinds of healthy food including, among others, goji berries, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and a many à la carte options.
Alongside superfoods, there are also local raisins, which have an equal nutrition value with goji berries. Pomegranate Petimezi is also a local Cypriot delicacy, packed with Vitamins A, B, and C, phosphorus, sodium and iron.
Pomegranates have more antioxidants than red wine or green tea while recent studies show that they can lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, ward off Alzheimer’s disease, reduce arthritis symptoms, prevent cancer, as well as slow down the ageing process.
The Carob Syrup, also known as Black Gold, is a “trademark” of Cyprus, particularly famous due to its extremely nutritious nature. It contains calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin K, riboflavin, and vitamin-E. Since it is a natural antioxidant, it has health benefits including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and being a fantastic source of selenium and calcium.
The Local Corner
The local corner is something every Cypriot will be proud of! It includes a diversity of local products and foods including pasteli made with honey, nuts and seeds, souzouko, made with grape juice and almonds, mandoles, caramelized almonds with honey, and local thyme honey.
The traditional pastry pies are also worthy of mention since they are made with local cheeses such as halloumi, feta cheese and homemade anari while the traditional olive and halloumi bread are a must as well. All marmalades are made by selected seasonal fruits, without the addition of sugar. Of course there is also the usual hot and cold breakfast section, with egg recipes such as kagiana, and sparkling wine as a fizzy addition!
Pissouri Bay | The Must Dos
After having experienced such a fulfilling breakfast at Columbia Beach Resort, it's time to explore the area.
Pissouri is one of the most beautiful villages in Cyprus, with a number of traditional shops, tavernas, restaurants and bars. It's the perfect summer destination! During summer months the beaches get really crowded!
Let's find out some Must Dos when you are in Pissouri!
✩ If you happen to be in Pissouri during summer, visit Pissouri Beach, an organised pebble beach with crystal-clear waters and excellent swimming conditions. On the left side, you may find the nudist part of the beach
✩ Pissouri features a surprisingly vivid underwater environment which attracts divers and non-divers, with various options for the latter. There is a diving point nearby Coral Bay, which is also safe and suitable for children. There, you can explore the exquisite marine life of the area!
✩ Even if you are not an art lover, you will definitely enjoy a visit at the Barefoot Designs Art Gallery, which is full of the most interesting and beautiful designs made from local artists.