Nicosia's Old Town district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a wonderful place to wander around with your camera.
-The archaeological site of Ancient Kourin, located outside Limassol, offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the island's history.
-The creepy Agia Solomoni Catacombs in Cato Paphos are intriguing.
-Paphos' Tombs of the Kings is an impressive underground catacomb complex dating back over 2, 000 years. Read more about Cyprus Attractions.
What to do in Cyprus
-Try your hand at some water sports in Protaras, a popular and family resort on Cyprus' southern coast.
-Discover the sleepy village of Agarka (just north of Paphos), a quaint enclave untouched by mass tourism.
-Head to the Troodos Mountains, offering excellent hiking trails for visitors who wish to explore the Cyprian countryside.
-Take a romantic swim at the Baths of Aphrodite near Paphos.
Holiday resorts in Cyprus
Cyprus has many popular resorts for sun-seekers looking for the perfect beach holiday. Each resort has its own character, varying from lively nightlife to laidback and secluded, from single's heaven to family-friendly holiday.
Getting to Cyprus
There are direct cheap flights to Cyprus available from a variety of British airports. American visitors will have to take an indirect flight to Cyprus.
Budget-conscious travellers should note that several low-cost European carriers offer cheap flights to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus.
Commandaria (a sweet dessert wine) and lots of lots of strong, delicious Cypriot coffee.
Popular spreads taramosalata (made from roe) and tahini (made from sesame seeds), as well as the island's speciality cheese, halloumi.
What to buy
Beaded jewellery, delicate lacework (especially from the village of Lefkara), leather items and Cyprian wine.
What to pack
Pack comfortable walking shoes, as many of the island's best archaeological sites are quite large, and the ruins are quite spread out.
What's on in Cyprus
The Ayia Napa International Festival is a colourful folk festival greatly enjoyed by Cypriots each September. The Limassol Carnival (February/March) turns the city into a veritable fairground for two weeks of the year, as mandolin-playing minstrels take to the streets and parades, balls and fancy dress competitions occur daily. The Ancient Greek Drama Festival (June to August) offers visitors the rare chance of seeing ancient Greek theatre being performed in an ancient Greek amphitheatre.
Did you know?
-Archaeological evidence dates the first human settlement on Cyprus as far back as 8, 000 BC.
-The Mufflon is a kind of wild sheep that is found in the Troodos and Paphos mountains, and nowhere else in the world.
-During the Copper and Bronze Ages, Cyprus was the wealthiest nation in the world.
-Cyprus is thought to be the first country ever governed by a Christian.
Cyprus is commonly referred to as the 'playground of the gods', but mere mortals will find plenty to keep themselves entertained with on this glorious sun-soaked island.