On the rock of Petra Tou Romiou, a stack located about twenty kilometres from the city of Paphos surrounded by a beautiful half-moon-shaped bay was born Aphrodite, goddess of love, which is the most representative of Cyprus. Thus begins, from the sea, the story of the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa. A crossing point for sailors and conquerors, who have fought for centuries leaving significant traces of history, culture and traditions. The beauty and passion continue to rock Cyprus, bathed by sunshine for almost 300 days a year, with a climate (hot from April to late October) ideal to discover its coastline with 56 Blue Flag beaches, but also towns and rural villages and headlands with stunning views.
The island is easy to reach in in just a few hours of flight from continental Europe, thanks to the low-cost airlines which also allow the option of a long weekend or a journey of four or five days. The ancient and modern heart of Cyprus is Lefkosia (Nicosia), the capital since 2004. Do not miss its Venetian walls with the shape of a heart, that span the medieval town centre and the rich archaeological museum with countless statues inspired by Aphrodite, Mycenaean amphorae and much more objects from Ancient Greece.
Pafos head to the future with confidence thanks to the European Union which has chosen the town as one of the capitals of culture in 2017. The whole city has been declared a World Heritage Site and is the most important destination for archaeological and cultural tourism in Cyprus, with its Roman villas decorated by spectacular mosaics such as those of the villas of Dionysus, Theseus and Aion Kato Pafos reunited in the Archaeological Park. Another top archaeological spot in Cyprus is also located in Pafos: the monumental necropolis of the Tombs of the Kings, with tombs carved into the rock (in Hellenistic, Egyptian and Roman style) built directly on the cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The second largest city of Cyprus, Lemesos (Limassol), is of medieval origin. Before you reach the city you should make a short stop at the ruins of Kourion with the famous Roman Theater, which is still used today for concerts and summer festivals. It is worth to get to the Governor’s Beach, famous for its coastline with white rocks that seem puffs of whipped cream.
Very popular is also the lively Larnaca, with the busy waterfront of cafes and restaurants and close to some of the most attractive beaches on the island located between Ayia Napa and Protaras, such as Nissi Beach, well sheltered from the winds, 600 meters long and 40 meters wide , covered with fine golden sand and lapped by turquoise waters. Even sportive people in Cyprus will not be disappointed: the warm and current-free waters are perfect for diving. The trekking and cycling are widely practised and there are 4 golf courses within a 18-hole golf course in the region of Paphos.
Cyprus will not disappoint you also in what is concerning the food. You should absolutely taste the typical dishes, prepared according to traditional methods, which are a mix of Greek and Mediterranean flavours. Who wants to taste a flavour everything can order a meze, the menu consists of small-tasting courses, available in most of the taverns, where you can taste the delicious local asparagus and potatoes, as well as grilled or fried halloumi cheese.