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Birthplace of the Greek goddess of beauty and love, this sun-drenched island is worthy of such an accolade

Year-round warmth and sunshine tempt travellers, while azure seas, white sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and rolling hills complete Cyprus' roll call of dramatic scenery. History and culture are to be found in abundance too - cross the border on foot in the capital Nicosia (Lefkosia) to experience two cities in one, explore the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos and soak up the atmosphere in the island's historic castles, churches and mosques. Cyprus' two distinct cultures serve up some delicious cuisine, from sweet, sticky baklava to irresistible mezze and kebabs. Despite all their differences, one thing the people of Cyprus do have in common is their welcoming and friendly nature - prepare to be charmed.

Things to do

Our Stay & Relax holidays to Cyprus take full advantage of some of the island’s top beachside hotels in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos, or you could join one of our more active escorted tours and explore the island's towns, beaches and countryside, from the red soil villages of Ayia Napa to the lovely Cape Greco and the Baths of Aphrodite. History buffs should book our specialist archaeology tour and delve into Cyprus' many museums, temples and historical sites; while garden enthusiasts and walkers can discover sweet smelling herbs and colourful Mediterranean flowers on a combined botanical and walking tour in Agros. Last, but not least, the fleet footed can invite a partner to dance the balmy nights away on a ballroom and Latin American dance holiday.

The Greek south

The southern portion of the island is home to the stunning Mediterranean resorts of Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol (all three boast inviting beaches and seafront promenades), as well as the popular beach and party hotspot of Aiya Napa. In contrast to the coast there are the mighty Troodos Mountains and Mount Olympus: in their foothills you'll find delightful sleepy villages such as Lefkara, famed for its lace making, and the lovely, lofty Agros nudging heaven at 1,100 meters. Beyond the Troodos Mountains, the city of Nicosia (Lefkosia) is divided in two and forms the capital of both sides of the island.

The Turkish north

As well as half of the capital city of Nicosia (Lefkosia), the Turkish-ruled northern portion of Cyprus includes the long thin arm of the ruggedly beautiful Karpas Peninsula. Lively Protaras on the east coast contrasts starkly with neighbouring Famagusta, whose main beach remains deserted and its hotels derelict since the Turkish army sealed it off in 1974. Further north you'll find the richly historical towns of Lefka and Morphou.

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