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From beautiful sandy beaches, to pine scented mountains, from ancient historical sites and Greek mythology to quaint villages, which have stood the passage of time. Cyprus is an island of contrasts, offering a wealth of attractions for such a small Mediterranean island.

The capital Nicosia or Lefkosia as it is known locally, has had a chequered history since it became the Cypriot capital over 1,000 years ago. Today, Nicosia is famous for being the only divided capital in the world, Nicosia has much to offer. A stroll around the Laiki Yitonia quarter of the old city will uncover tiny winding alleyways, packed with quaint cafes and shops specialising in handicrafts.

Ayia Napa is best known as the party capital of the Eastern Mediterranean. It also boasts some of the best beaches in the region. In contrast, the neighbouring village of Protaras has a tranquil atmosphere. Visitors to this side of the island should pass by Cape Greco. A national park of exceptional beauty, Cape Greco is a vast expanse of green shrublands blending with tiny hidden coves made all the more breathtaking by the stunning sunsets.

Larnaca is the entry point for most visitors to Cyprus. The city has many fascinating historical sites but one of the most picturesque parts of the city is the beautiful promenade overlooking the marina. After a busy morning shopping in the many stores and boutiques, take a well-deserved break in one of the pavement cafes lining the palm tree fringed promenade and watch the world, and a few yachts go by.

As the second largest town on the island, Limassol is a sprawling metropolis but take a short ride to the outskirts and you will be stunned by the vast array of historical sites; Limassol Castle, Kolossi Castle and the city-kingdoms of Amathous and Kourion.

Of all the areas in Cyprus, the east of the island has to be one of the most diverse, with a fascinating blend of cultural and historic sites, beaches and stunning scenery. The Tombs of the Kings, the Baths of Aphrodite and the Birthplace of the Goddess of Love are just some of the delights. Paphos is a resort of contrasts from the bustling harbour area to the peaceful old town, with every activity from scuba diving to go karts, from speedboats to gold. A little further a field will bring you to one of the most picturesque and environmentally important areas, the Akamas Peninsula. The Peninsula is home to one of the last breeding grounds of the Green Turtle of the Mediterranean. Just a short drive from here is the delightful fishing harbour of Latchi. Sit at one of the many beachside restaurants, enjoying a delicious fish meze and the cool breeze while you watch the fishermen bringing the catch of the day ashore.  

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Fact File
 City: Larnaca 
 Country Name: Cyprus 
 Currency: Cyprus Pound 
 Local Time: GMT+2 
 Main Language: Greek 
 Electricity: 240V requiring 3 pin plugs 
 Shopping: From department stores to local markets and quaint shops, there are plenty of bargains to be had. Leather goods and jewellery are particularly good value.  
 Transport: Cheap, frequent and efficient bus services run within and between towns. Taxis are also available but agree on a fare before you start your journey.  
 Cuisine: Cypriot cuisine is similar to Greek and takes its influences from the Middle East. All types of international fare can be found across the island. 
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