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Salt hardened, craggy rock peaks give way to beautiful blue lagoons, Cyprus is a holiday makers dream. As well as its beauty, Cyprus is known for its ancient riches, mysticism and myth, leaving intrepid historians and archaeologists wanting to learn more as they discover its intricate and ancient history. The Cypriot history is intrinsically combined with the Greek history, offering a mix of religions. The Cypriots adopted some of the Greek myths and legends, most predominantly, Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Some historians claim that the islands itself were named after her, it’s archaic name, “Kipris” refers to the goddess Aphrodite, who Homer called Kiprida. When you visit Cyprus you will discover that this name is fitting, the island is made of stunning crystal clear lagoons, old romantic harbours and stretches of sun-bleached beaches.
The rich of history of Cyprus can be discovered by visiting historical remains and archaeological sites. Cyprus’ tumultuous and multi-layered past has left ancient riches strewn across this island and so archaeological digs are common here. In Cyprus, remains have been found from all different ages from Neolithic dwellings, Bronze Age and Phoenician tombs, crumbling ancient kingdoms, Roman mosaics and castles situated on mountaintops. History buffs can discover preserved frescoes and Byzantine churches.
The Mediterranean climate means that Cyprus is warm all year round with the hottest month being August, in Paphos the average temperature is 26°C and the coldest is January at 13°C. This warm climate attracts tourists all year round and makes Cyprus a year-round destination and the perfect place to escape the winter blues for a warm climate.
Cyprus has lots to offer the active family, with a myriad of water sports on offer you can choose from scuba diving, kitesurfing and windsurfing. On land, you can discover the mountain peaks of Cyprus by hiking or cycling and surprisingly, even winter skiing.
Top Sights in Cyprus
Pafos Archaeological Site
Tombs of the Kings
St Hilarion Castle
Boasting an unrivalled location, the Almyra is set within 8 acres of picturesque landscaped gardens on the seafront looking out over the bay. The majestic Paphos harbour is just minutes away and the famous archÅological sites are just a stone’s throw away along with all the local traditional shops and taverns.
Offering world-class facilities from its award-winning Spa equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and indulgent treatments to its expertly run children’s club, you’ll see why the Amathus Beach Hotel is befitting of its “Leading Hotels of the World” status.
An unrivalled location just across from the charming fishing harbour of Paphos and just a short drive away from four world-class championship golf courses, Annabelle puts you right next to the action and adventure of Cyprus whilst offering a tranquil and peaceful escape.
Set within the exclusive and picturesque Aphrodite Hills Resort, the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences offers an extensive range of luxury holiday homes.
A heavenly blend of seclusion and tranquillity with its stunning architectural design, uninterrupted coastal views and traditional Mediterranean ambience. A peaceful retreat for families with both a private adults-only and exclusive children’s swimming pool and dedicated kids’ club.
Steeped in mythology, Cyprus is a beautiful island to visit year round. Discover its varied landscapes, rich cultural heritage and colourful wild flowers while trekking in the Troodos Mountains and the remote coastal Akamas Peninsula.
The pinnacle of luxury, exuding sophistication and style, the Four Seasons Limassol is an independently owned hotel offering its guest first class personal service. You’ll find a multitude of leisure activities, separate children’s and adults pool along with award-winning gourmet dining.
Set on an unspoilt sandy blue flag beach and surrounded by lush gardens, the Olympic Lagoon Resort offers the perfect beachfront location for families looking for a mixture of relaxation and excitement. Your family will be spoilt for choice with a treasure trove of under-water bliss with 7 swimming pools complete with a Mayan Temple in the main and zero-depth beach entry, waterfalls, whirlpool, tropical island and integrated water slides.
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