A Destination with a Difference

As a tourist destination, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is primarily associated with sun, sand and the sea, which you can reach within a few hours via direct flights from several European capitals.

Once you get here, you’ll discover more, much more.

Here are some basics you should know before you arrive:

International airports: Larnaca and Paphos
Local currency: Euro
Language: Greek, although you’ll hardly find anyone who doesn’t speak English
Main resorts along the southern coast: Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, and Agia Napa
Inland capital: Nicosia
Pine-covered mountains: The Troodos range, in winter often under a blanket of snow
Driving time from east to west: Agia Napa to Paphos, 2 hours
History: 10.000 years, with traces wherever you look
Greek mythology: The island of Aphrodite, with many landmarks to remind you, in case you forget
Religion: Predominantly Greek Orthodox, with numerous churches in all towns and villages, from new imposing structures to modest and protected houses of God, hundreds of years old
Shopping: Everything from mass-market souvenirs to designer boutiques and high-end watches
Leisure: The beach (and water sports) rank at the top, but you’ll also find golf, horse riding, cycling, nature trails, and amusement parks
Food: Expect lots of it, from the local meze to gourmet cuisine, with everything in between, including ethnic speciality restaurants and fast food franchises

What makes holidaymakers return again and again?
It is a fact that you’ll find many visitors who spend their holidays in Cyprus year after year, even decade after decade. Eventually many choose to retire here!
Although they enjoy all there is to see and do in Cyprus, the real reason they keep coming back is something not quite as tangible. It’s the easygoing lifestyle, the low crime rate, that unique blend of European standards mixed with Mediterranean warmth.