Cyprus

The island country of Cyprus is famous for picturesque beaches, stunning vistas and warm weather all year round. In terms of things to do, resorts like Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca are packed with history and natural scenery to visit, like Aphrodite’s Rock on stunning Aphrodite Beach. Showcasing a mixture of Mediterranean, Turkish and Greek culture, Cypriot cuisine is delectable wherever you are. Whatever you do, a Cypriot holiday lives long in the memory.

Our guide to Cyprus

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Often confused with its neighbour Greece, Cyprus has been an independent state since 1960 and a member of the EU since 2001. Large parts of the country do speak Greek as their language, while many speak Turkish. Cyprus is a brilliant location for some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. As an example, Aphrodite Beach is a place of such beauty that legend has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, once rose from the waters that surround Aphrodite’s Rock. A truly spectacular sight of natural wonder, this beach be found just off the old road between Limassol and Paphos. Perfect as a beach getaway, holidays here can last anywhere between five and ten days, depending on what you want from your stay.

Now for the main course, food. Though firmly a member of Europe and the EU, Cyprus is at a mesmerising culinary crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, meaning the island's palate has evolved steadily over time to encompass a mixture of all these. Originally a Cypriot dish, halloumi (hellim) is eaten in a number of ways in Cyprus, from the more standard appetiser form to a cold starter served alongside sliced watermelon. A meat dish to try is the sheftalia, these sausage parcels are composed of parsley, onion, salt, pepper and either minced pork or lamb. Traditionally grilled and partnered with delicious pita bread, it's a taste you won't find anywhere else. Those visiting Larnaca will experience how Lebanese influences have had an impact on the food on offer - we recommend visiting Maqam Al Sultan for a real introduction to these delicious delights.

If you're chasing history then you'll find plenty to do. Limassol plays home to the ancient ruins of Kourion. Romantically situated across a coastal cliff that offers gorgeous views of the countryside and Mediterranean, the site is vast and has a number of well-preserved mosaics on offer. The Byzantine Basilica is also something to seek out as you wander through this amazing archaeological site. The Paphos Archaeological site boasts the House of Dionysus as a wonderful example of the intricate artistry of the Byzantine period.

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