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The local town of Paphos (20 minutes drive) is a particularly attractive part of Cyprus and was the capital of Cyprus in ancient times. Paphos has a pleasant harbour and medieval fort as well as many shops and restaurants. The whole area is steeped in history with many archaeological sites, including 10 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, within easy driving distance.

The resort of Coral Bay (15 minutes drive) has sandy beaches and a wide selection of bars and restaurants. Five minutes drive from the villa to the north finds you at the fishing village of Agios Georgios with a wonderful seafood restaurant over looking the sea. This road then continues into the Akamas peninsula, an area of natural wilderness with dramatic coastlines, sandy coves and scenic nature trails. Head inland and you will find attractive tavernas and lovely views in the many small villages. The Troodos mountains are an easy drive away and well worth a visit combining nature trails and scenery with the ancient history of the Byzantine churches. At a height of almost 2000m the mountains can give a welcome change from the summer warmth or the opportunity to ski in the winter.

There are good connecting highways if you decide to explore further afield and the old quarter of Nicosia, the capital, is well worth a visit with it's Venetian sandstone fortress walls, moat and narrow streets with overhanging balconies. Nicosia also has a number of ancient mosques and churches as well as the museum of Byzantine icons.

 

 

 

 

The southern slopes of the Troodos mountains above Limassol and Paphos are well known for their vineyards. You can follow wine routes in both these areas and take in some wine tasting on the way. For those keen on rambling E-path E4 is nearby and will take you inland to the hills above Paphos or into the Akamas peninsula. Either way takes you through areas of exceptional beauty and significant ecological, historical and cultural interest. If you are interested in birds there are several endemic bird species and hundreds of migrants passing through. The nearby Akamas National Park offers wonderful opportunities for walking and wildlife.

 

Cyprus has something to offer for most interests and Cypriots are welcoming and hospitable making a good combination for a wonderful holiday destination.

More information can be found on the Cyprus Tourist Office website http://www.visitcyprus.org.cy

 

 
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