Cyprus, which lies at the crossroads of three continents, is a place where cultures collide to create a unique and vibrant atmosphere.
Situated between Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, Cyprus is the third-largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Due to its valuable location in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus has been of interest to most of the major powers throughout human history. It has been under the control of many empires, from the Persians and Romans to the Ottoman and British. This gives Cyprus an unrivalled history combining many sights, smells and traditions of many cultures including those of modern day Greece and Turkey, whose nationals now live on the island.
Due to its geographical position, Cyprus has always been used as a centre for trading, from shipping lanes in the past, to a modern day hub of activity for traders from three different continents. With a highly educated workforce and strong IT infrastructure, Cyprus is an important location for many businesses. Interestingly, it is also one of only four EU countries where cars are driven on the left hand side of the road; a remnant of when it was part of the British Empire.
Cyprus is known for its sunny climate with great beaches and focus on fun, although, during the winter months, it can be very unsettled with showers and cold winds from the North West. The warm Mediterranean Sea is perfect for trying out the various water sports on offer; from diving to wake boarding, you can sample various activities under the guidance of experts. For a more family-orientated adventure, you can head to the waterpark which offers rides for both the children and adults, and is sure to be a fun filled day. Adrenaline junkies may want to try a bungee jump to really get the blood pumping.
Culture buffs love Cyprus for its intriguing blend of traditions and historical sites. Due to the amount of different civilisations that have ruled the island, it has a wealth of fascinating places for you to explore. Step back in time and take a visit to Choirokoitia, which boasts some of the best preserved sites of any prehistoric settlement in the Mediterranean. Witness the lavish Roman mosaic floors depicting ancient battles, or experience an ancient Greek play in an authentic Roman theatre overlooking stunning scenery; you will not be left disappointed.
Last updated: 2 February 2014