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 year, perhaps the best time to do so for those looking to discover more about life on the island, is in the autumn after the intense summer heat has eased and while the days are still sunny and warm.
Cyprus has a long, colourful history and has been ruled, at various times, by the Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, French, Venetians, Ottomans, and British. Each ruler has left behind something of their culture, making Cyprus the unique blend that it is today.
The Cypriot people are renowned for being both outgoing and hospitable. Always ready to have a good time, Cypriots like nothing more than enjoying themselves in company along with plenty of food and drink. Many life-long friendships have been forged from a chance meeting in a local taverna!
From the beautiful beaches lapped by the Mediterranean to the majestic beauty of the Troodos mountain range, Cyprus is an island of contrasts with a long tradition of hospitality. The major towns embrace modern life and offer plenty of see and do for all ages beyond 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 still sit outside coffee shops watching the world go by.