A jewel of the Med

On a trip to Tochni village, the owner of the local tavern (surrounded by friendly cats!), Sofronis Potamitis, treated us to another meze with fritatas and sausage.

Over another Cyprus coffee (my new-found habit had become worrying), Sofronis spoke of his refreshing take on life, that sums up the wonderful attitude of the island.

“I could charge people for the wi-fi,” he said. “But why should I? I don’t run this place for a profit – I just charge money to keep going.

“When tourists stop here, I go fishing with them, I eat with them, we make friends – that is what is important.”

As the pace of the modern world grows ever quicker, I am reminded that, with the right people, the right weather and the right food, life need not be a struggle.

Cyprus: The facts

l Cyprus was under British rule until 1960, and a large proportion of the natives still speak English.

l The island prides itself on good weather all-year round, but the best times to visit the are from April-July.

l Richard flew with Monarch airlines, who now run twice-weekly flights to Larnaca from Leeds Bradford Airport. Visit www.monarch.co.uk for more information.

l The hotels Richard stayed at were the Almyra in Paphos and the Columbia Beach Resort in Pissouri Bay. Visit http://www.almyra.com/ or http://www.columbia-hotels.com/en/beach-resort-cyprus/.