Getting there: regular flights from cities worldwide to Larnaca International Airport (LCA). What to see: Larnaca, Nicosia, Troodos Mountains, Limassol, Aiya Napa Water park, Akamas Peninsula Currency: Euro
Official language(s): Greek, Turkish
cultures of Europe, and the ancient history of Turkey
(not to mention the allure of sun-bathed Mediterranean beaches),
Cyprus makes short work of capturing your heart and imagination.
of civil strife, Cyprus remains a divided nation with the southern
half of the island under Greek Cypriot control and the northern Cyprus ruled by Turkey.
is identified more with Europe than with the Middle East, and
tensions have eased considerably thanks to its growing economic
involvement with the European Union.
with its main international airport, is the first taste of Cyprus
most travellers encounter, featuring a seafront promenade edged
with palm trees, relaxing cafes and tavernas.
delights await at the the sprawling and still-divided capital
of Nicosia (Lefkosia) with its own charming cafes, parks &
historical museums all easily traversed by foot in the Old City.
Get out and about to the countryside on a day trip to the Troodos
Mountains with stops at picturesque medieval monasteries.
Moonrise over Limassol
fun in the sun, head to Limassol, the second largest city and
main port located in the southwest, and also the center of the
island's wine industry. Local attractions include public gardens,
museums, the ever-present tavernas, and Dassoudi Beach and Germasogeia. In September, don't miss the annual Limassol wine
festival where local food and drink flow freely.
And, for top family fun, nothing beats a day at the Ayia Napa Water Park for world-class amusement park rides, water slides, and wave pools.
Of course, no visit to Cyprus would be complete without a trip to the western half of the island where unspoiled natural beauty is at its peak around the Akamas Peninsula coast.
DID YOU KNOW? Cyprus Travel Fun Facts
• While in Cyprus, stop and smell the orchids! The country is home to 20 rare, wild species of the delicate flower.
• The Cyprus mouflon is a wild sheep native to the Troodos and Paphos mountains and exists nowhere else in the world.
• Commandaria is a sweet popular dessert wine that has been produced in Cyprus for hundreds of years and is reputed to be the oldest wine in the world.
• Want to party? Although known for its family friendly water park, Ayia Napa is also known as the island's "party central". You can choose from about a dozen nightclubs, assorted bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes that come alive when the sun goes down.
More about Cyprus travel & tourist attractions around the Web:
Tourism - The official site featuring a lovely format & easy navigation p lus tons of information & related photos on what to see, tips on getting around, hotels & restaurants, cruise guides, 360 virtual tours, weather facts & other practical travel advice.
Travel Information - Lonely Planet guide with expert tips
on what to see and do with details on major attractions including
Salamis, St Hilarion Castle and more, photos, maps, related links.
travel guide - Wikitravel insider tips on major attractions,
transportation, history, culture & current politics, practical
travel etiquette and safety tips.