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Cyprus is the third largest island in Mediterranean, and the ideal destination for great holidays

This island offers particularly deluxe accommodation, and while they aren't cheap, they offer a good value.

Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantmen

It is general consensus that the healthy climate and natural beauties of Cyprus, as well as its archaeological wealth and the traditional hospitality of its people make the island an ideal holiday destination

 

The cultural heritage of Cyprus goes back more than 9000 years. Of course, today the situation in Cyprus brings with it that most of everybody's attention go to the events of the last 20 years rather than to those of several millennia ago

 

There is much to tell aboutCyprus, of years past, of today, and there will be much to tell in the future

Enjoy the sun, the sandy beaches , the golden and clean waters, the nature, the hospitality of the locals. Choose the kind of holiday you prefer; either in cosmopolitan cities; Paphos , Limassol ,Nicosia, Ayia Napa and Larnaca , or in timeless villages and in the unspoilt countryside.

 

Attractions:

 

Buyuk Han, Nicosia


One of the most important architectural works of the Ottoman period, the Buyuk Han (The Great Inn) is located in the traditional market centre within the City Walls.

 

 

 

 


Ayia Napa


Located in the centre of the market garden area of the island, Ayia Napa also boasts a string of superb golden sandy beaches and vestiges of its cultural heritage - there is a Venetian decorated monastery fronted by a 600-year-old Sycamore tree, and a quaint harbour filled with colourful fishing vessels. Just a few miles from Ayia Napa, the resort of Protaras is more restrained and is much more suited to family holidays. Both resorts have excellent beaches, the most famous being Fig Tree Bay.

 


Paphos Castle


Paphos is a very popular holiday resort on the west coast of the island of Cyprus. There’s something here for everyone, whether you are interested in its architectural
heritage, the shopping, or the many bars and restaurants, or if you feel adventurous enough to try water sports or a boat trip from the harbour then this is a place you will enjoy.

If you are interested in the history then you will enjoy the castle which was built in the Byzantine times to protect the harbour.

 


Larnaca Salt Lake and Hala Sultan Tekke


Attractions in Larnaca are plentiful and will certainly add some culture and entertainment to your holiday.SaltLake: One of the main attractions of Larnaca, is theSaltLakeand it is home to nearly 80 species of migratory birds like flamingo

Hala Sultan Tekke:The Hala Sultan Tekke is the grave of Umm Haram who was the wife of Ouvadas Ibn who led the invasion on the island of Larnaca in 649 B.C.

 

Kourion


Kourion is one of the greatest historical sites that you can visit in Cyprus. Kourion is a complex of archaeological ruins of the ancient Greek city that was founded in the 12th century BC. Kourion is best known for its impressive amphitheater of the Greco-Roman era. The ruins are located on the river terrace with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea.

 

 


Kolossi Castle


Kolossi Castle was originally a thirteenth century Frankish fortification near Limassol in Cyprus.

 

Constructed by the Knights Hospitallers in 1210,Kolossi Castle almost exclusively remained in their possession until it was destroyed by Mameluke raids in 1525/6. The only interruption occurred between 1306 and 1313, when it was taken over by the Knights Templar.

 

The current Kolossi Castle was built in 1454 under the orders of Louis de Magnac. His coat of arms can be seen on the wall of the structure.

 

Cedar Valley


Cedar Valley is a must for nature lovers, it is located in the heart of the habitat of the moufflon, a species of wild sheep native to Cyprus, and the national symbol. They are very shy animals - those who want a guaranteed viewing will need to go to the enclosure at Stavros tis Psokas.

 




The Paphos mosaics


The Paphos Mosaics are one of the most historic sites on the island of Cyprus.  Considered to be the finest mosaic in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Paphos Mosaics are located beside the harbour.

 







Greko National Park

Made up of approximately 385 hectares of land,Greco National Parknot only offers breathtaking natural beauty but also is host to the ruins of the ancien ttemple of Aphrodite and the chapel of Aghii Anargyri. Both recreational and scientifically educational with dozens of rare species to see, Greco National Park is definitely worth a visit.

 





Church of Saint Lazarus, Larnaca

In the old town of Larnaca is St Lazarus's Church, with the relics of the Saint. The Church of St Lazarus (Agios Lazaros Church) is Larnaca's greatest religious monument. The interior of the church is very plain (due to a fire which ravaged its interior in 1970) and is an excellent place to escape the heat of the day for some quiet contemplation. The tomb of Saint Lazarus is under the sanctuary.


 


General Info.:

 

Capital: Lefkosia (Nicosia)


Population: 1,104,000


Language: Greek, Turkish, English


Currency: Euro (€)


Religion: Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian and other 4%


Climate: Cyprus has a mild climate all through the year and this is one of the reasons it is a popular year round holiday destination. The climate in Cyprus is Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters.


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