Cyprus, which became a full member of the European Union in 2004, is the most southeastern European country in the Mediterranean lying 70km south of Turkey, 100km west of Syria and 270km east of Kastellorizon, Greece.
Cyprus is a beautiful island set in the Eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea. Each year many tourists visit the island to enjoy the warm sunny climate and clear skies, the exquisite and variant coastline and the charming hospitality of the local people. The island has a diverse geological scenery – raised beaches, coastal sand dunes, tombolos, sea cliffs and caves, ravines, gorges, tiny isles, rocky beaches, sandy beaches and much more, all waiting to be discovered! The breathtaking Troodos Mountains with their lush forests are home to Cyprus’ indigenous ‘moufflon’, a wild sheep that resembles a deer. The moufflon is to Cypriots what the kangaroo is to Australians – an easily recognisable national emblem that appears in a stylised form on the distinctive tail fin of our national airline, Cyprus Airways. This shy, but engaging creature also appears on coins, postcards & many lively descriptions from skiers out to impress their friends back at home!
Larnaca district occupies also the southern part of the island with an area of 1,126Km2 and is the third most populous town in Cyprus. The island’s International Airport, Oil refinery, the Power Station of Dhekelia and the second most important harbor are found in Larnaca. Known for it’s famous Palm Tree Avenue and long beaches, it is an ideal resort town for both summer and winter holidays. The island’s first International Airport is located here.
Nicosia, the 1000 year-old capital and the largest city, is the central district of Cyprus. It has an area of 2,728Km2 and constitutes 29,48% of the total area of Cyprus. LIMASSOL DISTRICT: Limassol occupies the southern part of the island with an area of 1,389Km2. It is the second most populous town of Cyprus and the island’s main sea port. It is the focus of the wine industry and a booming holiday resort.
Pafos lies in the western part of Cyprus, occupying an area of 1,396Km2 and is the fourth most populous town in Cyprus. The island’s second International Airport is located here, the town with the most history. It has a rural architecture, an eye-catching and striking landscape, as well as areas of untouched nature. In Pafos you can find the peninsula of Akamas, a natural wilderness of astonishing beauty with stunning gorges, extravagant coastlines and pleasant nature trails.
DISTRICT OF AMMOCHOSTOS
Ammochostos lies in the eastern part of Cyprus and consists of 3 major towns Ayia Napa, Protaras and Paralimni. It is the tourist center of Cyprus and attracts nearly one quarter of the island’s tourists. The Cyprus potato which is the leading crop of Cyprus is harvested in the area of Ammochostos. Here you will find the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus and unrivaled entertainment on a 24-hour basis!
THE OLD AQUADUCT
Kamares area on the Larnaca-Limassol road Known as “The Kamares” is situated outside the town towards Limassol. It was built in 1745 in Roman style to carry water from a source about 6 miles south of Larnaca into the town. Municipal Art Gallery- Platia Evropis – seafront promenade. Now open to five old customs stores of Neogothic architecture that date back to the early years of British rule in the late 19th century.
HALA SULTAN TEKKE
The Hala Sultan Tekke – Located on the banks of the Salt Lake, 5km west of Larnaca. Tekke is the tomb of Umm Haram who is said to be the foster mother of the prophet Mohammed. According to Moslem tradition Umm Haram died on this spot in 647 A.D. while accompanying the Arab invaders. It is considered to be the third holiest place in the Moslem world after Mecca and Medina.
Stavrovouni Monastery – 9km off the Nicosia-Limassol road, 40km from Larnaca. The monastery was founded by Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine and the finder of the cross of Jesus. Only men are allowed to visit this monastery and can also stay overnight. Lefkara Village – 8km from Skarinou, off the Nicosia-Limassol road. A picturesque village, renowned worldwide for its lace and embroideries.
Ayia Napa – Originally a fishing village it is now a major tourist resort with probably the best sandy white beaches in Cyprus. The charming mediaeval monastery dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Forests’ stands in the middle of the village surrounded by a high wall. It’s 16th century church is partly underground and cut into the rock. The Marine Life Museum can be found within the premises of the Ayia Napa Municipality.
Since the Turkish military occupation of Ammochostos in 1974, this small town has become the temporary administrative center of the district. The twin-aisled vaulted church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is decorated with unusual 18th century porcelain plates. Blessed with beautiful sandy beaches, lively night entertainment & a choice of first class accommodations, it is an excellent choice for family holidays.