Tempting travelers with its topaz waters, blue flag beaches and awe-inspiring archaeological sites, Cyprus is a sun-kissed wonder of myths, legends and antique marvels. immerse yourself in tales of the ancient world, hike or bike through visually spectacular mountain scenery, sun yourself on immaculate beaches, and dine at tables heaving with meze and wine sourced from local vineyards.
Providing one of the friendliest welcomes on earth, the Cypriots are rightly proud of their beautiful island. As the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, the landscape, people and culture have a lot to live up to – and they do so with admirable success.
This magical island, undulating with mountains and dappled with forests of cedar, is steeped in history and richly romantic. Fascinating archaeological sites lie crumbling in the sun, telling tales of times gone by; pristine beaches lure sunbathers, surfers and snorkellers; mountain ranges and protected parks harbour wildlife and untainted natural beauty; and picturesque towns and villages, complete with cobbled lanes and terracotta-tiled rooftops, are enveloped by hills clad in forests and vineyards.
The Mediterranean climate means that Cyprus enjoys beautifully-warm weather from March to October, which also makes it a good winter sun destination, with temperatures staying mild for much of the year. The island has an abundance of beaches, many of which have been awarded the European Blue Flag for their quality.
The harbour town of Paphos is gateway to an enthralling array of historic sites, revealing archaeological splendours dating back as far as prehistoric times. Elsewhere on the island, the city of Limassol is a thriving modern hub bordering seven miles of glistening seafront and complete with a glitzy marina. Still, the city encompasses a delightfully scenic old town replete with a medieval castle and charming boutiques lining cobbled lanes.
Then there’s the island’s delicious cuisine, a festival of gastronomy at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, with a strong nod to classic Greek and Mediterranean fare. It’s best to dine in true Cypriot style, al fresco, a selection of meze to feast on, all washed down with a chilled glass of locally-sourced wine