Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean’s largest islands, and has groomed itself as a prime destination for travelers seeking an experience that combines lazy sun-drenched hours at the beach with skiing in the Troodos Moutains, shopping in the sea-front city of Lanaka, or frolicking amongst the ruins of Aphrodite’s temple.
The Greek goddess is widely celebrated across Cyprus, and with good reason: this is her birthplace, where she rose from the sea at Pafos. You’ve heard of Mount Olympus, home of the Gods? That’s here too. Cyprus is virtually littered with ancient archaeology, like the 3rd century mosaics at Pafos, medieval castles at Lemesos and the ancient city of Kourion. And yet the lions share of visitors to Cyprus are here for the resort life. Clean and lovely beaches offer the opportunity to snorkel, scuba, swim and sunbathe. A selection of lively clubs beckon the night owl. But for all its celebratory spirit, Cyprus is an island divided. Literally. Disputes between Greece and Turkey led to the occupation by Turkey of the north side of the island, declaring itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, a title recognized solely by Turkey. The tourist area described here is in the Greek southern region of Cyprus.