Maps of Cyprus
Cyprus is situated at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and offers beautiful landscapes and glorious warm weather nearly all year round.
The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is the beautiful legendary birthplace of Aphrodite. Cyprus has several cities of interest, such as Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol to name but three.
An island of contrasts
Cyprus is an island of contrasts, where the cool mountain weather in the mornings gives way by lunchtime to the warm temperatures of the beautiful, golden sandy beaches. The little villages are also in contrast to the modern towns, luxurious hotels and restaurants.
If you travel further north and west in Cyprus to the Akamas Peninsula, home to Lara Bay, which is famous for its turtles, you will come across an area of outstanding natural beauty. So naturally beautiful that Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace are both campaigning to get this area declared as a National Park. Although Lara Bay is a little bit out in the sticks, difficult to reach with a standard car, a 4x4 would be a more sensible mode of transport, it really is worth the effort to get there. For those feeling particularly energetic, Lara Bay offers a fabulous hiking opportunity, the miles of unspoiled scenic sand offer a relaxing alternative to the more busy beaches in Cyprus.
Lara Bay offers the chance to be at one with nature, and visitors can volunteer to help with the Lara Beach Turtle Station and view these creatures in their natural habitat.
Popular tourist destination
Cyprus is a popular tourist destination because of its warm climate and low rainfall. During the summer months rarely a day dips below 30°C, and the cooler winter months offer temperatures of roughly 20°C, so the weather is ideal for numerous activities all year round.
The people here are incredibly friendly and their generosity and hospitality is second to none, doing everything they can to help you - making your stay in Cyprus as pleasant as possible is a way of life to Cypriots.
Cyprus enjoys a much lower cost of living than many other European countries, and if you are planning a visit then it is well worth renting a car to get out and about and view the entire island; it takes roughly two hours to drive from one side of Cyprus to the other.