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Cyprus may be small in size but it is huge in ancient Mediterranean history and culture. Fascinating sights are complemented by a host of museums, galleries and monuments throughout the island.
Culturally rich, many different periods have left their mark on Cyprus, including: Egyptian, Roman, Venetian and Ottoman which is evident from many archaeological sites – Roman mosaics, medieval castles, Byzantine churches just a few examples.
Today, Cyprus is very much about two Cypriot communities – Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot in the south and the north respectively which stems from Cyprus’ tumultuous and multi-layered past. However the hospitality whichever side of the island you’re staying on is both warm and welcoming.
From rural villages backed by beautiful mountainscapes filled with wildflowers, vine-clad hillsides, quaint harbour towns brimming with tranquil character and charm to lively seaside resorts, the natural beauty is fascinating.
The coastline is expansive and offers the very best of sun and sea. Sun soaked stretches include secluded bays, rocky coves and sandy beaches, lapped by the sparkling blue sea in which you can dive in and try a variety of watersports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba and more… Cyprus is also fast becoming a golfing destination of choice with its internationally-acclaimed courses boasting the most spectacular greens and fairways on which to play.
A haven for the outdoor enthusiast there’s nature trails around the island to explore on foot or by bike and plenty of birdwatching opportunities.
Cypriot food is highly regarded and hailed as one of the best diets for a healthy lifestyle with an abundance of vegetables, fruit and salads and of course, olive oil which is produced on the island.
Dishes include an exotic blend of Greek and Middle Eastern influences. Specialities include feta and haloumi cheese, grilled kebabs (souvlakia) and other succulent meats such as chicken, pork and lamb. Desserts too are popular for those with a sweet-tooth including sticky baklava.
Cypriot wine too…has been part of the island’s heritage for more than 4,000 years. There’s more than 50 wineries with many in Limassol, regarded as the ‘region of wine’ and the second largest city of Cyprus.
The climate in Cyprus is very mild, The south of Cyprus is best to visit late spring (mid June) or autumn (to early November). High summer is exceptionally hot with average temperatures are usually over 30 degrees (between June and August). Late winter is also very fine, with the countryside at its greenest (between late February and late March).
North Cyprus is a year-round holiday destination, but spring and autumn are the best times to visit. North Cyprus enjoys hot, dry summers that last from (June to September). (January and February) are particularly cold and the highest mountain peaks can even attract snow.