Beautiful Cyprus is the alleged birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love and it’s easy to see why. With turquoise waters, golden sands, ancient mosques and a rich history, it is no wonder that Mark Anthony gave this Mediterranean gem to his beloved Cleopatra. Check out holidays to Paphos and holidays to Polis.
Cyprus is one of the most beautiful and diverse places in Europe. With half the island Turkish and the other half Greek, Cyprus is an island with two very distinctive cultures. Despite this the island is very independent, with its own customs and traditions. Now firmly on the tourist radar, Cyprus has grown into a major European holiday destination, with visitors returning year after year to make the most of the warm temperatures, calm shores and pristine beaches.
The island’s history dates back to the Neolithic period and the archaeological remains that scatter the landscape provide a fascinating insight into Cyprus’s historical past. From Chalcolithic art to traditional Cypriot folk music, the island is a haven for culture vultures. For foodies, this culinary heaven – the birthplace of Halloumi, delicious fried goat’s cheese, is a delight for the taste buds, with local dishes including seafood, courgettes, grilled lamb and almonds.
Cyprus holidays are famed for relaxing beach days, soaking up the rays and lazing by the sea. There are plenty of activities, sights and tours around the island that are a bit more adventurous however. The cities of Larnaka and Limassol, on the Greek side, are vibrant hubs with a mixture of historical buildings, modern shops and a buzzing nightlife. Check out the holidays to Ayia Napa. The Troodos Massif is a spectacular forest full of black-pines, vineyards, villages, monasteries and waterfalls. Here nature fans and hikers can make the most of the fantastic Cypriot scenery.
On the Turkish side, life runs at a slower pace. The capital, Lefkosa is home to the old Kyrenia Gate as well as the historical Selimiye mosque, both worth a visit. If a detox is what you are after then try the Buyuk Hammam for a traditional Turkish bath. Towards the northwest of the island is Gazimagusa, an ancient walled city complete with Frankish churches. There are also plenty of sandy beaches in the region, some with excellent snorkelling opportunities.
The climate across the island is much the same and Cyprus holidays are blessed with a long summer season – about eight months – and over 340 days of sunshine each year. The island is also well connected for international flights – and a short flight time from the UK- as well as ferries crossing from Greece.
Cyprus holidays are ideal for those seeking a holiday in the sun with a beautiful setting, lots to do and heaps of culture. Book a cheap Cyprus holiday with lastminute.com now.
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