The birthplace of Aphrodite, sandy Mediterranean beaches, ancient monasteries, classical ruins, thyme scented mountains, terracotta houses, party resorts – in one word – Cyprus.
Being the crossroads between Europe and Asia, this country is a unique and unusual blend of different cultures.
The ancient empire-builders left behind an amazing plethora of historical relics: ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Crusader castles, mighty Venetians city walls and towering mosques.
Over the past three decades its tourism development went into overdrive, especially in the Greek part of the island.
After Ayia Napa, Protaras, Limassol, Paphos and a string of other package holiday resorts along the southern coast emerged, Cyprus started ranking high on the Mediterranean map of hot places to visit. Whitewashed villas, sunbathers, banana-boat rides, boisterous nightclubs and hordes of youngsters making the most of their holiday time will make your stay unforgettable.
The old Cyprus contains beautiful villages adorned with numerous UNESCO-listed churches, peaceful mountain trails and vineyards where you can taste some of the finest wines even from the ancient times.
The north, however, is more Turkish than Greek. Make sure you check out the many restaurants amongst the ancient ruins and dramatic Crusader castles.
Though island is developing quite rapidly, especially along the coast around Famagusta (Gazimagusa) and Kyrenia (Girne), you are sure to travel back in time if you visit the remote Karpas Peninsula. The stunning combination of ancient ruins, golden beaches and sea turtles will definitely take your breath away.