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Cyprus

Soak up sunny days living like royalty on your luxury Cyprus holidays. Lapped by the turquoise sea and blessed with lovely subtropical climate, sun-kissed Cyprus is a beach paradise in summer and a sunny getaway in winter. Situated close to the west coast of Turkey, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. This amazing land had a succession of dominant powers and cultural influences over its 10,000-year turbulent history. Cleaved in 1974 between the Greek South and Turkish North, nowadays it boasts a delightful mix of Greek and Turkish cultures.

Steeped in legends and myths, the birthplace of Aphrodite enchants with Mediterranean ambiance radiating love, beauty, pleasure and passion. Gentle breeze drifts through the island’s rugged coastlines, rolling hills and lush mountains spreading sweet odours of blooming flowers. Sleepy inland villages dotted among citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards charmingly contrast with cosmopolitan bustling cities. Paphos and Larnaca, Limassol, Coral Bay, Pissouri Bay, Latchi and Protaras are the most popular beachside areas with family-friendly luxurious resorts boasting exclusive spas and great kids’ clubs. Opulent villas and premium hotels are scattered all over the island.

Cyprus holidays cater for all tastes. Sunbathing on stunning Blue Flag-awarded beaches like Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa, water sports, fantastic waterparks, fishing, golf courses, horse riding, quad bike safari and a wide range of excursions on offer. Relish healing spa days in the spectacular Troodos Mountains, go hiking in pine forests, visit traditional villages, farmlands and wineries, UNESCO-listed medieval churches and monasteries. Exciting nightlife, delicious Cypriot cuisine and local wines offered in a wide range of tavernas, restaurants and bars, excellent shopping, romantic boat trips around Akamas, a 10-day Carnival, Flower, Beer and Wine Festivals are really amazing here.

Cyprus is a unique open-air museum with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and numerous attractions. Visit prehistoric settlements Choirokoitia and Kalavasos Tenta, the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite in Kouklia, the ancient city of Amathus and Kolossi Medieval Castle near Limassol. Travel back in time as you go to Kourion, enjoy musical and theatrical events in its 2nd century BC Greco-Roman amphitheatre. Once you enter the medieval Limassol castle, imagine how King Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre were married here in 1191. The beautiful region of Pathos is jewelled with famous historic sites: the Byzantine Castle of Paphos, the Aphrodite’s Rock, the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park featuring the Tombs of Kings and ancient ruins of Roman villas with beautiful mosaics. Early Christian basilicas and Byzantine monasteries, Crusader castles and Venetian fortifications, Moslem mosques and British colonial-style buildings – history buffs will find here plenty to see.

International Airports in Paphos (PFO) and Larnaca (LCA) are located within an easy reach from the island’s capital Nicosia.

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