About Cyprus

Cyprus

Welcome to Cyprus, an island of legends that basks year-round in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A storied past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here - but then, people do tend to get possessive when faced with such beauty. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus, and travellers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.

Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment. Here you will discover a compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café. A carefree place where a sense of timelessness is magnified by the kindness of the people.

Nicosia

Nicosia is the cultural centre of Cyprus, the capital presents two distinct faces: the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls over 400 years old, and a busy modern metropolis which has a population of approximately 214.000. Within the large area encircled by the strong bastion walls that served to protect the town for centuries are many places of great historic interest.

This is Eleftheria Square it links old Nicosia with the elegant modern city that has developed outside the walls, where there are many hotels, business offices, restaurants and gardens which blend happily with the fine old houses and colonial buildings in this cosmopolitan city.

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Limassol

Limassol emerged from the two city kingdoms of Amathus and Kourion (Curium). Amathus is one of the ancient city Kingdoms of Cyprus where Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of, after his battle with the Minotaur. Kourion is another ancient city kingdom which was originally built in the 2nd century B.C. and enlarged in the 2nd century A.D. Another spectacular ancient feature of Limassol is the medieval castle, built in the 14th century, located right next to posh restaurants, beach and shopping areas and is a very rare one. The castle was the precise place in which Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England, here in 1191.

Limassol is the island’s largest seaside resort. There different types of holiday accommodations close to the sea front ranging from luxury hotels, to apartments and villas. Near them are a wide range of cafes, taverns, pubs, discos and nightclubs. Limassol is also well known for its fantastic night life and beautiful beaches. There is a population of approximately 167,000.

The major festival on the island is the annual Wine Festival held in Limassol during end of August beginning of September. The visitors have the opportunity to taste some of the best Cyprus wines, which are offered free of charge. On some evenings, various groups from Cyprus and abroad perform folk dancing. There is a big selection of food to choose from and a captivating entertainment. This festivity lasts for ten days.

Famed for the hospitality of its cheerful people, archaeological sites, mediaeval castles, fun-loving reputation, first class hotels, designer shops and one of the best nightlife on the island, Limassol is the perfect destination for the perfect holiday.

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Larnaca

Larnaca, although modern, It has also got alot of history. After Saint Lazaruss resurrection he became the first bishop of Larnaca. Agios Lazarus was built where the saints remains were found, to honour him. Saint Lazarus church, is located close to the Phinikoudes beach,anyone is able to visit the church at all times and also has weekly tours where visitors discover its vast history.

The neolithic settlement of choirokitia was founded by a community of primary farmers, who made a livelihood tending livestock, hunting and trading with neighbouring communities. Its believed to date back to 5800 B.C. Also to be found are the ruins of ancient city Kition, birthplace of infamous philosopher Zenon, founder of the Stoic School (Greek school of philosophy) in 308 B.C., which beliefs were that God determined everything for the best and that virtue is sufficient to happiness.

The Phinikoudes sea front, famous for its palm trees, suitably named due to the fact that Phinikia, translated into English, means palm tree. The beach is suitable for all ages and a favourite with the tourists. In the evening the Phinikoudes seafront offers the best night out in Larnaca, with countless choices of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs, which have events mostly during the Summer and bring world famous DJs to ensure a great night out.

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Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa was a very poor village and the people were struggling to make ends meet, the only income came from the fishing port. After the invasion in 1974 from Turkey, Famagusta lost all the revenue from the tourist industry and Ayia Napa was born. For the young we have the centre of Ayia Napa that caters for their night life with clubs and bars and if this is not to your requirements, we have the out skirts that offers peace and tranquility. Ayia Napa is one of the most popular tourist spots in Cyprus.

Over the years Ayia Napa has grown into a popular holiday resort with its beautiful beaches and tourist attractions. It has grown and grown and with its crystal blue sea and golden sands, Ayia Napa has become popular and is visited by many people from all over the world. Today it has also become well known for its night clubs and bars which cater for all age groups.

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