There is a myriad of islands in the Mediterranean, but only one does Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love, call home, and that’s Cyprus. Whatever your pace or special interest, Cyprus is uniquely poised to welcome you. Our beaches are not only beautiful, they are certified as among the cleanest in Europe. And, just a short drive from the crystal clear waters of our coast are the pine-clad Troodos Mountains, where wild mouflons roam and cedars grow, and gem-like churches and monasteries are replete with unmatched Byzantinfrescoes and icons.
Cyprus is a haven for archaeology lovers. From Neolithic settlements more than 11,000 years old, to spectacular Greco-Roman ruins, such as the ancient theatre of Kourion, to Medieval fortresses such as Kolossi, the list of treasures is boundless, and it includes the mysterious Tombs of the Kings…and villas with mosaic floors that are colorful, extensive and well-preserved.
Although Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, it is surprisingly compact and easy to explore. In between rugged mountain peaks and the shimmering coast you’ll traverse untrammeled landscape and rolling hills with vineyards.
Linger in idyllic villages where the rhythm slows down and there’s always time for another coffee. All across Cyprus, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a distinctive cuisine composed of meze, small plates of everything from flame-grilled, delicately spiced meats to fresh vegetables and amazing cheeses, such as the famous halloumi (the savory sheep’s cheese that grills).
With its rich past as anchor, Cyprus is also a thriving modern nation with a service economy second to none in the whole region, and the Cypriot people, worldly and warm, are only too happy to share it with you. Which means among other things, an attractive range of accommodation, luxurious hotels with both local flavour and the highest international standards, quality tourist villas, agrotourism options and more.
* Text taken fron the Deputy Ministry’s Brochure titled: Travel Planner