While Cyprus is rightly famed for miles of aquamarine coastline and lively resorts, there is much more to this 'jewel' in the Mediterranean. Its spectacular natural beauty encompasses sweeping mountain ranges and rolling plains, and its people are renowned for their hospitality. Furthermore, its history stretches back to when ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans left their mark, evidence of which can be explored today. So whether you come for good times and sun, gorgeous landscapes, ancient ruins or to sample mouth-watering cuisine, a trip to Cyprus promises memories to last a lifetime. There are two main international airports that handle flights to Cyprus, Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport in the southwest. Major airlines include Aegean Airlines, Thomson Airways and Jet2.com.
Located in the centre of the island, the capital of Nicosia embodies a fascinating history. A walk around the old city reveals Venetian ramparts, Gothic spires and palaces housing Byzantine art as well as shopping and narrow lanes with atmospheric cafes serving reviving Cypriot coffee. Head to the vibrant old town of Limassol and the surrounding area for Cyprus' top historical sites, such as Ancient Kourion, as well as the spot where Aphrodite emerged from the sea. The terrain also boasts a mélange of vineyards, soaring mountains and varied flora and fauna that offer fantastic hiking opportunities. Those seeking sun and fun will find beaches are two a penny, from the remote Akamas Peninsula to the popular resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras.