Cyprus has a reputation as a sunny beach resort and it's well deserved, thanks to an abundance of coastal areas such as Larnaka that make lounging as effortless as it should be. Then there are the party centres such as Ayia Napa that continue to attract party goers as well as youngsters on their first holiday abroad. But there is far more than just sun, sea and sand when it comes to the Cypriot experience.
As the crossing of the border between Turkish and Greek Cyprus becomes increasingly easy, there has never been a better time to visit the beautiful island. Few countries give the option to visit two capital cities just by walking down a street as Cyprus does in the form of Nicosia.
History and culture buffs are spoiled for choice when it comes to sites and museums to explore. Byzantine churches, Phoenician tombs and Roman mosaics are dotted throughout the country. Check out Pafos, home to some of the most incredible historical attractions, including the iconic Tombs of the Kings. Alternatively, the Ktima district boasts great boutique hotels and a real sense of history, a million miles away from a run of the mill resort.
The best things to do in Cyprus almost always involve being active outdoors. Whether skiing in the mountains, taking a cycle tour through the pine forests, or getting involved in the many water sports available across the coast, the true beauty of Cyprus is revealed through its nature.
For many though, the highlight of a trip to Cyprus is indulging in its cuisine, which benefits from Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern influences. Kebabs are a must-try, as is the Cypriot speciality of halloumi cheese. Cyprus continues to offer something for all appetites, and the experiences keep getting better.