The Island of Cyprus is large enough to be diverse and
interesting, yet small enough to retain its original character and charm. The Cypriots
themselves are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, and Cyprus remains one of
the few places in the world where you can walk alone through quiet streets or along the
beach at night - safely.
Greek is the main language, but English is spoken almost
everywhere, and French and German speaking staff are employed in most areas of the holiday
and travel industry. Cyprus has managed to maintain a delicate balance between the old and
new, and features the best of both. It is the perfect location for a family break with
exceptionally good facilities and plenty to do for children and teenagers.
If it is a lazy few weeks on the beach you yearn for, look
no further. The sun shines at least 340 days of the year on long silver beaches, and the
warm gentle sea is an almost impossible blue. Its every bit as idyllic as you would expect
Aphrodites birthplace to be, but there
is much more to Cyprus than just beaches and sunshine. The island is rich in archaeological sites considered to be amongst the finest in the
Mediterranean. Cyprus has been strategically important and coveted throughout its
long history and relics of past conquerors litter the landscape throughout the island.
In striking, but not unpleasant, contrast with tiny
villages where customs and tradition have remained unchanged over hundreds of years, the
towns and cities are geared right up to the 21st century. Telecommunications are excellent
and well up to International standards. Distances between towns and cities are relatively
small and are linked by motorways and well maintained road networks.
Two international airports at Larnaca
and Paphos handle over two hundred scheduled and charter flights
a week, and the modern shipping port at Limassol makes arrivals
and departures by sea efficient and uncomplicated. The island also has two pleasure harbours at Larnaca and Limassol, much favoured by yacht owners for winter stop-overs.
Another of the islands outstanding features is the
beautiful Troodos mountain range and pine forests. Just an
hours drive from Limassol or Nicosia, the bracing mountain
air offers welcome relief from the blazing sun in summer months and in winter when the
slopes are blanketed with snow, Troodos becomes a popular ski-resort.
Due to Cypruss geographic position, the island is an
ideal stepping stone for cruises to nearby destinations such as Israel, Egypt
and the Greek Islands.