Legend has it that Cyprus was the playground of the gods and it is easy to see why. A beautiful island to visit and explore at any time of the year. The autumn is ideal for those looking to discover more about life on the island as the intense summer heat has eased but the days remain sunny and bright.
Cyprus has a long, colourful history and has been ruled, at various times, by Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, French, Venetians, Otomans and British. Each has left behind something of their culture, making Cyprus the unique blend that it is today.
From the beautiful beaches lapped by the Mediterranean to the majestic beauty of the Troodos mountains range, Cyprus is an island of contrasts with a long tradition of hospitality. The major embrace modern life and offer plenty to see and do for all ages, even outside of the summer months. For those looking for a more sedate break, the countryside is dotted with small villages where time seems to have stood still and the old folk sit outside coffee shops watching the world go by.
Lefkosia, the island’s capital, is at the heart of the island and like much of Cyprus is a fascinating blend of old and new. Much of the old city has been renovated in recent years and is contained within giant 16th century Venetian walls. Plentiful pavement cafes keep café culture well and truly alive here, along with a broad selection of cultural attractions- from museums to theatres to art galleries.
While you might think that the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaca and Pafos would be more focused on summer activities, they offer plenty to do in the cooler months.Many of the island’s major ancient sites are located near these towns and offer fascinating insights into the past.
Visitors shouldn’t miss the extensive ruins of Kourion to the west of Lemesos, Hala Sultan Tekke near Larnaca, or the extensive Archaeological Park and Tombs of the Kings in Pafos. In fact, so impressive are the historical sites of Pafos that the entire town has been added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List!
Cyprus may have a long history, but it is also a high-tech business centre at the cutting-edge of modern technology. Given the island’s advantageous position on the border between Europe and Middle East, its excellent air links with the region, and the exceptional IT infrastructure, many international businesses have established operations here.
Love Cyprus...for all seasons...and all reasons.