Cyprus

With beaches, mountain villages, ancient ruins and a complex history, the little-known Mediterranean country of Cyprus is a fascinating island destination. Read more...

As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has plenty of opportunity to deliver a host of appealing experiences – and deliver it does. With a fascinating and turbulent past, numerous idyllic beaches and wholesome scenery, Cyprus the perfect place to explore if you are interested in history.

Cyprus blends Turkish and Greek influences with touches of British and Venetian influence thrown in as well. The north and south are distinctly different – Turkey claims the more rustic, less developed northern regions, while the Greek south has more provisions for tourism, including flash resorts and vivacious nightlife. As tensions ease it’s never been easier to travel throughout the island.

Visit the capital of Nicosia, where Ledra Street divides the country in two. Explore the city’s 16th century Venetian walls and the grand Selimiye Mosque. With fascinating museums tracing artefacts from antiquity, beautiful mountain villages in the Troodos Mountains and untouched peninsulas in the east and west, you’ll leave Cyprus content.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the huge archaeological site of Salamis, which was the capital of Cyprus in 1100 BC.
  • Visit the shopping precinct of Ledra Street in Nicosia, and cross the thoroughfare that links north and south Cyprus.
  • Admire the colourful frescoes of the painted churches in the Troodos Mountains.
  • Head to the coastline to spot the impressive Petra tou Romiou, also known Aphrodite’s rock, which is considered the mythical birthplace of the goddess of love.