Cyprus: Introduction

A kaleidoscopic blend of cultures

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Cyprus is the third largest island in the tranquil climes of the Mediterranean and due to historical differences between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants, is divided into North and South by the Green Line. Its golden beaches are a pleasure to wile away the hours, soak up the sun and listen to the sound of waves gently lapping the shore. For the more adventurous, most offer water sports. Both the Turkish and Greek islanders are renowned for their hospitality and friendliness and are more than happy to offer advice. This beautiful island is a pleasure to explore whether by car, moped, foot or public transport. Look beyond the blood red sun worshippers and dwell in the fascinating legends of ancient history and tales of the islands turbulent past.

The most popular destinations are the vibrant resorts of Ayia Napa, Limassol and Paphos in the Greek south, but if you prefer somewhere quieter away from the hordes of all-night revellers, you will be better suited to the relaxing resorts of Prataras or Pissouri. Alternatively in the Turkish north the quaint coastal village of Famagusta or the serenity of the Karpass peninsula is the perfect escape. Hiring a car is good value for money and the best way to explore the island's many treasures. Enjoy the scents of the citrus groves in Morfou, visit ancient ruins and medieval castles or simply stroll along the coast and watch the sun melt into the sea.

Each day offers a different adventure. Not only will you be blessed with interesting things to do in Cyprus, but there is also a plethora of cafes, restaurants and taverna's serving some of the finest cuisine and home- made recipes in the world. Menus will largely reflect which part of the country you are in, therefore the north is mostly Turkish cuisine, whereby the south is predominantly Greek. If you have exhausted your interests on the island of Aphrodite, why not take a cruise to neighbouring Greece, Israel or Egypt and discover any number of fascinating landmarks.