Villa holidays in Cyprus
Greek mythology has it that the goddess Aphrodite was born on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Visiting Cyprus, it's hard to argue that there could have been any better place for the goddess of love and beauty to have come into the world - heavenly golden beaches, clear blue waters, stunningly beautiful villages, serene woodlands, and 300 days of sunshine a year make this truly an island of the divine.
Due to its location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus has long been desirable to powers from all three sides over the centuries. Many have come and gone, from the Mycenaean Greeks to the Romans, the Persians to the English, all leaving their own indelible footprint. What remains is a rich tapestry of different cultures and influences quite unlike anything else in Europe or beyond.
Modern day Cyprus has its culture firmly rooted in Western Europe, but you will find traces of civilisations long since extinct in the medieval castles, mosques and ancient archaeological sites dotted around the island. The natural relief is just as beguiling.Beautiful sandy beaches contrast with a rugged mountainous interior filled with woodland, vineyards and olive groves, making Cyprus a haven for beach lovers, hikers, watersports enthusiasts, botanists and even skiers.
The capital Nicosia is famously the last remaining divided city in the world - the north controlled by Turkey, and the Greek-speaking south, known as Lefkosia, the capital of the Republic of Cyprus, and its beating heart both culturally and financially. It's a stylish and fashionable city with wide streets, café-lined boulevards, designer clothes shops, great restaurants and tavernas, and a range of art galleries and museums including the Cyprus museum, home to the best collection of ancient artifacts and art on the island.
Down to the south west side of the island is Paphos, one of the most popular areas for tourists and with good reason. A stunningly beautiful region offering the best of the island in terms of beaches, mountains and fascinating archeological sites, including the world-famous Roman mosaics. It is also home to the Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite) where the Greek goddess is purported to have risen from the waves of the turquoise waters. There is a great infrastructure in Paphos for the would-be visitor, whether it's a day at the beach you're after, buzzing nightlife, areas of outstanding natural beauty and historical significance, top-quality restaurants, or a round of golf at a world-class golf course, there is something here for people of all ages and persuasions.
North of Paphos you'll find the lofty serenity of the Troodos Mountains, a spectacular region with charmingly sleepy villages set amongst woodlands, vineyards, Byzantine churches and monasteries, and with spectacular views over the island from the peaks 2000 metres above sea level. It is an area that is a dream for hikers and botanists alike, with a unique range of flora and fauna growing amongst the pine scented forests and on numerous nature trails. It is also a great region for cycling, fishing, and even ski-ing at the right time of year. Beyond all that it is a haven of peace and tranquillity, perfect for those seeking quiet contemplation and reflection in one of world's most beautiful and unspoilt regions.
Cyprus is a country that contrasts tradition and modernity, natural beauty and cultural sophistication, with a wonderful climate matched by the warmth and friendliness of the people. Find your perfect luxury holiday villa in Cyprus and begin your discovery of this spectacular island!
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