Known as one island with a multitude of options, Cyprus is a villa holiday destination of great beauty and endless variety. Golden, sandy beaches and rugged coastlines meet forest-clad mountains and hills, while old traditional villages with atmospheric winding streets are contrasted by neatly terraced vineyards and olive groves. A carefree place for a summer holiday and once home to the goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus has a sense of timelessness magnified by the charm, kindness and natural hospitality of its native people.
In Cyprus, people like to eat well and at meal times typically enjoy an array of traditional courses. Prepare to slip into this relaxed pace of life with a long, lazy evening meal at a local taverna. Sample traditional Greek meze - a selection of Mediterranean dishes served in one sitting, visit harbour side tavernas offering freshly-caught fish, or enjoy a selection of international menus along Cyprus' pretty coastline.
Visitors flock to Cyprus to explore the island's natural splendours. For a true look at traditional life, head to the wonderful rural villages, with their authentic stone-clad houses nestled in the foothills of the mountain. The more adventurous, and those on a family holiday, can explore the island by bike or by boat, or take a jeep excursion to explore the fantastic Cypriot countryside.
Hints of history
Wherever you travel in Cyprus, you'll find ancient monuments and sites, churches and monasteries depicting over 9,000 years of history. Its open-air museums are filled with relics including a wealth of Greek temples, Roman mosaics and 15th-century frescoes. Among Cyprus' top attractions are its Roman settlements, castle dungeons and old city walls. A visit to Aphrodite's Rock is a must—the spot where the fabled goddess emerged from the waves.
Traditional town squares play host to local restaurants, shops and bars—offering a real taste of Cyprus' culture with live Bouzouki music and dancing. A good selection of tavernas, bars and small nightclubs can be found in the region's larger, more cosmopolitan beachside resorts. Here, you'll be able to dine and dance until the early hours.