Officially the Republic of Cyprus, this island nation is tucked far into the Eastern Mediterranean. It is found between Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt but is far to the east of Greece. In both population and size, Cyprus claims the place of the third largest in the Mediterranean.
People have called Cyprus home since the 10th millennium BC. Throughout history, the excellent climate, fertile soil and advantageous position have made Cyprus a fantastic place to live and visit. Tumultuous political atmospheres have persisted, however, as Cyprus has changed hands throughout history. The country achieved its independence in 1960 from the United Kingdom and has since thrived, breaking down boundaries and overcoming conflict.
Après dive is the time to explore those ancient Greek, Byzantine or Roman archaeological sites, enjoy ancient vineyards and citrus groves or just laze away the long, warm evenings with the Cypriot passion for sharing good food, good conversation and good friends.
Stroll along the shore past the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Visit turtle watching areas, including protected nesting sites with suitably accredited facilities. Winemaking has been a part of Cypriot life, stretching back nearly forever and the local trade has a growing range of interesting – and very affordable – gems awaiting interested visitors.
Paphos offers some of the most astounding beach scenes in Cyprus. You can also travel through the hilly terrain on horseback, as if you’ve been sent back to a faraway time.
Many people that visit Cyprus come on a cruise or tour, but there is an abundance of options for independent travelers. You can fly directly in or take a boat. There are two main international airports in Cyprus, Larnaca International and Paphos International. Restrictions have eased on crossing the border between both halves of Cyprus, so land travel is a cinch.
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