Information about Cyprus
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Cyprus is an island of legends that basks year-round in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A storied past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here – but then, people do tend to get possessive when faced with such beauty. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus, and travellers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.

Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment. Here you will discover a compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café. A carefree place where a sense of timelessness is magnified by the kindness of the people.

Resort Guide to Paphos

Paphos is ideal for sightseeing, combining an interesting rocky coastline with the paphosbest in laid-back beach life. The resort boasts a fascinating Old Town of winding alleyways, markets and shops. The town itself is really divided into two; a quaint fishing harbour and Old Town, both relaxing and unhurried. Nearby is the harbourside, guarded by a looming Venetian Fort and bordered by open-air terraced restaurants, cafes and bars.

Paphos has plenty of ancient historical sites and monuments, such as the Tomb of the Kings and Roman mosaics. There’s a number of small sandy bays dotted in and around the town, many offer watersports. The best curve of sand is at Coral Bay, a short bus ride away. In the evening, the harbour bars and fish restaurants are perfect and there’s also Bouzouki clubs and bars around the harbour. The best curve of sand is at Coral Bay, a short bus ride away.

Transfer time from airport: 15 mins approx.

Resort Guide to Limassol

Bustling Limassol is the island’s second largest city and has a cosmopolitan and limassollively mood. It is essentially a seaside resort, Old Town and working seaport all rolled into one. Shoppers will want to tour Limassol Old Town, an excellent place to pick up souvenirs.

There’s a huge range of Cypriot and international cuisine at restaurants, cafes and tavernas. The night-life is equally varied with a selection of discos, bars, nightspots and traditional bouzouki. Whilst for the jet-set, there’s also the chance to indulge in the sophisticated pavement cafes and boutique-type restaurants.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour, 15 mins approx.

Resort Guide to Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is a holiday hotspot, so be prepared to live hard and fast here. By day, aiyanapamost people head off for Nissi beach, a fabled stretch of silvery sand, but scattered around there are other beaches too, all offering terrific watersports including windsurfing, water-skiing and parasailing.

The fountain in the town square is a lively meeting place, as is the main waterfront where you’ll find the many restaurants, bars and clubs responsible for Ayia Napa’s legendary active and colourful night-life.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Protaras

The resort itself spreads over 16 kms of coastline, most of it fringed by stunning protarasbays and little idyllic coves. Watersports and scuba-diving are permanent fixtures, although generally the air is one of unbroken relaxation and tranquillity. You’ll find shops, restaurants and tavernas aplenty.

A number of pubs, lively bars and two discos are the source of some friendly nightlife. The friendly, family atmosphere strikes an appealing balance between relaxation and buzz making Protaras an appealing holiday hotspot.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.

Useful Links

Government Travel Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus

Official Tourist Board: www.visitcyprus.com

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus

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