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Bask in the Mediterranean Sun on Cyprus

Cyprus is a very popular destination with British tourists thanks to its warm climate, modern resorts and fantastic beaches along with a rich ancient history and culture.

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  • Date:09 Nov 2014
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An Island of Romance

Facts about Cyprus
  • Capital: Nikosia
  • Population: 792,604
  • Main Language: Greek
  • Main Religion: Greek Orthodox
  • International Dialling Code: 357
  • Currency: Euro

The island of Cyprus is the third largest in the Mediterranean – both by land mass and population – behind Sicily and Sardinia. According to Greek mythology, the goddess of love, Aphrodite, rose from the sea in Cyprus. As many honeymooning couples can attest, this romantic story continues to inspire and enchant visitors to the island today.

Cyprus caters to all its visitors, from lively party-goers at Ayia Napa on the south east coast to quieter restaurant-goers in Coral Bay in the west. Families are well catered for in resorts in Limassol and Paphos, where excellent hotels and family-run tavernas are suitable for visitors of all ages.

Coastal resorts are the busiest places in Cyprus because of their access to the Mediterranean Sea and quiet, unspoiled beaches including Lara Bay, Ladies' Mile Beach, Nissi Beach and Alagadi Turtle Beach where green and loggerhead turtles go to lay their eggs. Sun-seekers will feel right at home lazing on Cyprus beaches; however, the island has also enjoyed a rich and varied history on account of the number of civilisations that have thrived there. Impressive historic sites include Paphos Harbour, Kolossi Castle near Limassol and The Baths of Aphrodite near Polis (to name only a few).

Things to do on Cyprus Holidays

While the whole island has ancient links with the goddess of love, Paphos, is the city of love and the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite. In ancient times, Old Paphos became an important centre for worship while the city continues to host a festival in the goddess’s honour every September. There are numerous holiday towns nearby including Coral Bay, Latchi, Amathus Bay (built on the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Amathus) and the popular city of Limassol, each of which is a great place to book a honeymoon.

Cyprus has great nightlife where visitors can mingle with crowds and enjoy local cuisine. Ayia Napa, on the far eastern coast is a lively, well-kept resort that offers excellent nightlife in a beautiful setting; some say it joins Ibiza, Rimini and Mykonos as a “party capital” destination. In addition to high-end restaurants and night clubs in the central square, water-skiing, wind surfing, canoeing, scuba diving and boating can be enjoyed in the waters of nearby Blue Flag Nissi Beach. Just watch out for the Ayia Napa sea monster, which has been sighted off the coast at nearby Cape Greco!

There are a great deal of highlights packed into Cyprus’s relatively small mass of land. In addition to beautiful beaches, there are numerous historical relics that are a point of interest for tourists visiting the island. One of the largest cities on Cyprus, Larnaca, has the ruins of Kitium, which is an ancient Mycenean town that attracts thousands of visitors to view the remnants of walls and temples. Eastern Protaras is built on the remains of Leukolla, a city that dates as far back as 306 BC. The resort town, which is just a few miles away from Ayia Napa, is home to the gorgeous Fig Tree Bay. This beach takes its name from a single fig tree nearby that is said to have been brought to Cyprus in the 17th century.

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An island of warmth and myth, it’s easy to feel enchanted by Cyprus’s sweeping beaches, mountain peaks, vineyards and olive groves that crisscross its stone villages and ancient ruins. Considering Aphrodite made her home in Cyprus, honeymooners are welcome to pay her tribute and enjoy the island’s natural charm. Visiting Cyprus is enjoyable all year round, although the most popular months are between April and November. Holiday Hypermarket offers holidays to major resorts in Cyprus at great prices.

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