Cyprus, a charming and laid back island evoking a sense of peace and relaxation, sits at the crossroads of three continents of diverse cultures and religions. Rich in agriculture and history, the island offers many fascinating places of interest. From picturesque mountain villages and stunning sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, to ancient ruins steeped in history, some dating as far back as 10,000 years, Cyprus is a place where you find the past living side by side with 21st century culture. The island features in many mythological tales, the most famous of which is the fable of the birth of Aphrodite, goddess of love, who emerged from the sea at Petra tou Romiou near modern day Paphos.
The island boasts an amazingly sunny climate for most of the year. Cyprus enjoys intense Mediterranean summer weather from May to September. During this period the weather usually remains constant from day to day and the sky is almost completely cloudless. From September through to April it is somewhat milder, with some rain, but sunshine usually prevails in abundance. For instance, in December and January there's an average of six hours of sunshine per day.
Protaras is situated on the east coast between Cape Greko and the village of Paralimni, with Ayia Napa a ten minute drive away. Protaras has plenty of fine hotels and many private holiday villas for rent. The resort offers an excellent choice of shops, restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and bars and of course the famous sandy beach at Fig Tree Bay. Protaras lies in an area which is well protected from the wind and consequently the sea is calm and crystal clear.
Ayia Napa has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a lively resort that has something for all ages. Contrary to popular belief, this cosmopolitan town isn't all about bars and clubs for the younger generations. If you look closer you will discover that Ayia Napa is full of history and tradition, impossible for even the fussiest of visitors not to find something that would interest them. The beaches of Ayia Napa have lovely golden sand, clear blue water and are generally clean and safe. Many have been awarded a Blue Flag and have lifeguards on duty.
Larnaca is the home of Cyprus' main International Airport, close to the Salt Lake area, a place where you can watch the swans and flamingos that live in the lake. On the edge of Larnaca Bay the palm-lined seafront of Larnaca town bustles with cafes, tavernas, shops and bars. Historic charm is lent to the scene by its fortress castle, now used as the town's summer cultural centre. Larnaca is an excellent base from which to get to know the central and eastern section of Cyprus.