Explore the best of both worlds on the Mediterranean isle of Cyprus. Experience the Greek South, known for its rugged coastlines and multicultural towns, which have been transformed into tourist hotspots. Cross the Green Line, which marks the division of the isle, and enters the Turkish North, which features a more subdued lifestyle, with remote countrysides dotted here and there with mosques and wooden churches.
A vast array of adventures awaits you in Cyprus!
The southern coastal towns of Lamaka, Lemesos and Pafos are home to picturesque beaches and a coastal pedestrian/cycle way. Grab a drink at Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company, or, savor the tantalizing gourmet food scene. Battle at the House of Gladiators in Kounon and reminisce at the Greco-Roman theater.
Trek through the wilderness in the Northern Troodos mountain range, or, explore the painted churches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel back to medieval times in the Kyrenia range wherein which is found the Bellaphos Monastery, or, Walt Disney’s inspiration, the St. Hilarian Castle.
What about fancy rest and relaxation? Stroll through the most beautiful town in all of the Cyprus, Nicosia, the capital, at your leisure. Run with wild donkeys on the Karpas Peninsula of the East or sip wine in the vineyards of the West.
Cypriots are known for their friendly air but a few societal rules still exist in this pristine country. There is to be no public consumption of alcohol or smoking during Ramadan. Dress modestly when visiting churches and remember that pictures are not allowed.
It is best to visit during colder months since the summer tends to be a torrid affair. Use caution when visiting the South as it is known to be home to certain elements of the Russian mafia and gentlemen’s clubs.
Once these minor cautions are needed, Cyprus is definitely a rich society, mixing old world heritage and new world glamour, and can be enjoyed by the avid traveler!