Introducing the country

Known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is a Mediterranean island bursting with culture, ancient sites and golden beaches. One of Europe's most southerly points, the island's coastline is...

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Known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is a Mediterranean island bursting with culture, ancient sites and golden beaches. One of Europe's most southerly points, the island's coastline is characterised by rocky outcrops and aquamarine waters. It's also home to Mount Olympus, the highest point in the Troodos Mountain range. 

The island is half Greek, half Turkish with the capital Nicosia divided down the middle. Crossing between the two is usually straightforward, although taking a passport is needed. Home to around one million people, the island features large mountains in the north, beautiful beaches in the east and bustling towns in the west. 

Kato Archaeological Park near the ancient city of Paphos is a UNESCO listed site and is famed for its beautifully preserved Roman mosaic floors. Late night revellers should head to the party town of Ayia Napa which has a legendary clubbing scene while laid-back Larnaca is perfect for an upmarket beach break. 

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Best way to get around

Moped

Easy and cheap, rental shops are in most towns.

Bus

Great budget option and fairly reliable.

Walk

If you pass from south to north some checkpoints let you cross by foot, others by car.