Welcome to
Cyprus

With a civilization that can visibly be traced back over 8000 years and the celebrated birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus has provided the setting for many ancient legends. Alexander the Great, the Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks and Venetians, all played their part in the creation of this island's history, a history that is both turbulent and mythical.

For the visitor, the visual is dramatic. The rugged coastline is interspersed with un-crowded beaches, while inland are forest clad mountains, undulating hills and picturesque villages. All bathed in superb weather conditions.

The visitor who ventures beyond the confines of their hotel and beach will find the real Cyprus with Crusader castles, ancient vineyards, frescoed monasteries and citrus orchards. Inland Cyprus is still prodominantly rural, and the visitor will receive a warm and friendly reception in the time-honoured traditions with typical Cypriot hospitality.
Here life still revolves around the local coffee shop, a place where one can sit and relax all day, hear the local gossip and relive tales of bygone days, all over a single cup of coffee!

Limassol
The south coast town of Limassol is the island's largest seaside resort. The town's carefree holiday atmosphere, with wide seafront promenade and bustling shopping streets, is matched by the giety and lively character of its people. All types of holiday accommodation have been built close to the sea and located near them are a wide range of tavernas, pubs, discos and nightclubs. There are numerous beaches to choose from with the convenience of changing rooms, showers, cafés and bars or you can explore Limassol Castle, which contains a medieval museum. Just outside the town lies Kolossi Castle, a medieval fortress whose walls contain not only an imposing tower but also an ancient sugar factory.

Larnaca
On the edge of Larnaca Bay the palm-lined seafront of Larnaca town bustles with cafés, tavernas, shops and bars. Historic charm is lent to the scene by its fortress castle, now used as the town's summer cultural centre. Larnaca is an excellent base from which to get to know the central and eastern section of Cyprus, and its proximity to the International Ariport and a number of luxury hotels that been developed along its beautiful sandy beaches make this a popular holiday choice. Originally known as Kition or Khittim - legend has it that that the first settlement here was founded by Noah's grandson Khittim. But the name Larnaca probably comes from the Greek word "Larnax", which means sarcophagus many of which have been unearthed in this area.

Paphos
Said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite this ancient capital of Cyprus was lavishly rebuilt by Augustus, first emperor of Roe, following an earthquake around 100BC.
Mingling with the luxury hotels, restuarants, pubs, discos and trendy outdoor cafés of modern Paphos, you have Dionysus 'wine' mosaics, the Tomb of the Kings, the 16th century fortress in the picturesque fishing harbour, Byzantine painted churches and 30 minutes away are the scenic Troodos Mountains.

Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa is mentioned for the first time in 1366 AD and a second time in 1373 with the shipwreck of five Venetial ships loaded with booty, which the Venetians had stolen during the looting of Cyprus. The next mention of Ayia Napa is encountered in Venetian documents and maps of the 16th century. The monastery and the village took their name from the ancient Greek word "Nape", which means "wooded valley". This term is used by Homer in the Illiad, by Pindar in his Pythian poems, and later by the Christian Hymnographers.

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When to go
The spring and autumn are nice times to visit although the evenings can be cool. Temperatures in the summer, June to September, can hit the high 30°C's. In winter the temperatures drop with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 2 DST applies Cypriot Pound Greek approx 3 hours