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Flights to Cyprus

Floating in the east Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is made up of beautiful unspoiled landscapes dotted with ruins dating from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire. Its capital, Nicosia, is steeped in ancient history with stunningly preserved Venetian walls that surround it. More can be seen at the fabulous Cyprus Museum. Modern history is visible in Nicosia at the 'green line' – the line that divides Cyprus from its Turkish half.

The Troodos Mountains are one of the Island’s most spectacular sights, complete with giant cascading waterfall and beautifully painted churches, while the views out of Chrysochou Bay in Polis are second to none. Its beach lined with fragrant eucalyptus and hip bars and restaurants makes the perfect place to spend a sunset.

Kourion in Limassol boasts some fine archaeological sites including 5th century mosaics, a Roman theatre and Agora. In Paphos, The Tomb of the Kings carved out of the rocks, dating from the Hellenistic and Roman periods have been given UNESCO World Heritage status.

Indulgence in Cyprus is easy, from bathing in the beautiful freshwater Baths of Aphrodite, in which the goddess herself was said to have bathed; sampling locally made chocolate in the Troodos Mountains or popping to Limassol to sample Cypriot wines and beers from the local vineyards and breweries in the region.

If this sounds too sedate, take hedonism to a whole new level in Ayia Napa, the island’s foremost clubbing destination. With some of the best beaches in Cyprus, diving and fishing are also popular pastimes. Those with more energy can climb all1,952 meters of Mount Olympus and even ski it in the winter months. Finally, end any break in style with a meander down Larnaca’s palm lined boulevards to a seafood restaurant by the ocean for a sundowner at sunset.

Fly In

The main airport in Cyprus is Larnaca International. Located just three miles from the centre of Larnaca itself, this popular destination sees more than five million passengers travelling through Larnaca airport each year; it even has a dedicated terminal for VIPs and heads of state. A regular bus (429) takes visitors from the airport to Larnaca daily and taxis are also available for hire outside the terminal building.

Paphos International Airport is the second largest on Cyprus. Serving companies such as Thomas Cook, it is more popular with tourists who are heading off on beach holidays; providing easy access to many of the neighbouring Mediterranean resorts. Situated only 15km east of Paphos town; getting from the airport is possible by regular public bus service and by taxi.

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (EUR) €

Visas: British nationals do not require a visa to enter Cyprus for a period of up to three months, although a passport that is valid for the duration of stay is a requirement.

Laws: Cyprus has a smoking ban that applies to all indoor public spaces. Fines are likely to be incurred if caught breaking this law. The legal drinking age in Cyprus is 17. Drink driving is strictly against the law and heavily policed in Cyprus so if in doubt, avoid drinking altogether if driving.

Best times to Visit

Being in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a good all year round destination. From June to August, Cyprus sees the warmest of the weather but also the largest number of tourists as they flock to its beaches. Mid-November to March are the quietest months to visit, perfect for skiing in the Troodos Mountains. March to May is Carnival time in Cyprus, while June and July herald in the European Dance Festival, Mountain Village Cultural Week in Limassol and the Shakespeare Festival in Kourion. In August, the Aiya Napa Festival, Paphos Aphrodite Festival and Limassol Wine Festival even offer more reasons to visit.  

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