In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Cyprus
Keeping in mind the country’s geographical position and rich history, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Cyprus boasts an incredible cuisine that has been primarily influenced by Greek and Turkish cuisines. French, Italian, Byzantine, Ottoman and other Middle Eastern cuisines have also had an impact on Cypriot dishes, resulting in one of the most extravagant culinary arts in the world.
Cypriot foods represent the perfect combination of various cuisines and locals can’t imagine any social event without several traditional dishes. There are numerous delicious specialties, but the most popular ones include halloumi (fried Cyprus cheese made from sheep’s or cow’s milk), koupepia (stuffed vine leaves), lountza (ham fried with halloumi), makaronia tou fournou (macaroni casserole made with ground meat), pitta bread (bread filled with souvlaki and vegetables), souvla (chicken, pork or lamb roasted on a spit) and souvlakia (grilled meat kebabs).
When it comes to desserts, you should definitely try baklava (pastry filled with nuts, soaked in syrup), honey served with yogurt and almonds, koulourakia (cookie or biscuit sprinkled with sesame seeds) and pourekia (deep-fried pastry stuffed with anari, sugar and cinnamon).