Whether you're looking for a holiday with sun, fun and an energetic nightlife or a more relaxed "walking in the lemon groves" type of holiday, Cyprus has plenty to offer. Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus has a wonderful mix of culture - Greek and Turkish, European and African.
Spectacular mountain ranges, endless olive orchards, superb beaches and architecture which carry within it centuries of history, Greece has all this and much more
Many of the coastal regions of Cyprus such have been developed extensively for the tourist industry and are bustling with life. But if you're looking for somewhere quieter, there are plenty of options inland. During the hot summer months a trip into the cooler Troodos mountains enables you to get away from the scorching lowland temperatures. The area has pine forests, ancient frescoed churches and monasteries and a wealth of wildlife.
There are plenty of wine growing villages in the mountains and where you can stop for a leisurely lunch at a local taverna and sample traditional Cyprus cuisine and locally produced wines. The mountain area is also home to a burgeoning ski resort in the winter months.
One of the most unspoilt parts of the island is the Akamas peninsula which is a UNESCO site. Here you can enjoy walking or cycling or you can relax on the lovely tranquil and secluded beaches on this side of the island. The nearby Lara Bay is a turtle breeding ground and a sanctuary for endangered species.
Choosing a Resort in Cyprus
Something Different - Visit Famagusta a town lost in time
A day trip to the ghost town of Famagusta in Turkish ruled Northern Cyprus will transport you back to the mid-1970's.
Formerly a thriving holiday resort, the Varosha district of Famagusta has been frozen in time since its invasion by Turkey in 1974. The cars and buildings remain untouched since the invasion. The sea front area of Varosha is still a "no go zone" and is closely guarded by the Turkish military.
Trips to Famagusta (and other day trips around Cyprus are available from the Red Bus Company. The Red Bus Famagusta tour takes you to the beach next to the sealed off area of Varosha. Note that photographs of the abandoned town are forbidden (but there are plenty on the internet).
Apart from the local wines which are produced in vineyards on the higher ground, try one of the local Cypriot brandies after a meal.
Church of Agios Lazarus in Larnaca - a wonderful example of Byzantine architecture. For those staying on the west of the island the Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa at Paphos was built around 1500AD and is well worth the short walk from the seafront.