The island of Cyprus is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean and although a part of Europe, is geographically closer to the Middle East. Cyprus lies off the south of Turkey and to the east are the shores of Syria and Lebanon. Only 4 hours away from the UK
The top third of the island is under Turkish occupation and the remainder is Greek. The capital is Nicosia, in the centre. Other important towns and resorts in Greek Cyprus are Limassol on the South coast and Paphos in the West. The main airport is in Larnaca, about an hour away from Limassol and there is a smaller one in Paphos. The legend of Aphrodite lives on in the South West, at her birthplace, where she emerged from the sea.
The usual beach holiday activities are on offer in all resorts. Paphos is quieter and more sophisticated than Limassol. Many people rent Cyprus holiday villas many with private pools. The Troodos mountains along the West of the island are known for skiing in the winter months, riding and hiking during summer. Also popular are jeep safaris which are easily booked in resort.
There is a good mix of busy crowded resorts and the more quiet, unspoiled type. The Cypriots are incredibly friendly and although Greek is the main language most speak English very well. Book a car Cyprus hire and you’ll see some stunning views and come across unexpected treasures - pretty villages, grand monasteries and some good home cooking.