Cyprus, an island in the eastern Mediterranean basin, is known for many different reasons – all linked to its desirable and strategic location between three continents.
To begin with, the mild Mediterranean climate is a natural blessing and an invaluable asset. Historians continue to delve into the island’s history which spans 10.000 years. Archaeologists are still excavating various sites and discovering new treasures. At the same time, ancient Greek mythology adds its magic to this location, known as Aphrodite’s island.
Fast forward to the present and you will discover a unique island that serves as an attractive bridge between East and West. Warm Mediterranean culture blends perfectly with a European lifestyle. Business opportunities as well as holiday pleasures attract visitors and resident expatriates from around the world.
While every corner of the island, from the coast to the inland mountains, has its particular attractive features, the southeastern region is where you will find the most beautiful sandy beaches along clear turquoise waters.
Most locals and visitors will agree that Ayia Napa is the young, fun and most exciting summer resort and home to the longest sandy bay on the island. The beach is sugary white, the water is a glittering blue, and the whole atmosphere is one of sunny summer breaks for couples as well as families.
Shops, restaurants and cafés create a buzz during the day, while evening hot spots define the lively nightlife of this resort, often described as the Ibiza of Cyprus.
Protaras is like a miniature version of Ayia Napa, often mentioned in the same breath. These twin destinations are only a few minutes apart by car. While Ayia Napa has Nissi Bay, Protaras has Fig Tree Bay. Instead of the Monastery in the heart of Ayia Napa, you’ll find the St Elias chapel perched on a hill in Protaras. In fact, whether your main accommodation is in Ayia Napa or Protaras, you’re likely to alternate between the two!
Paralimni is the administrative centre of Famagusta, the southeastern district of Cyprus, and your go-to village for a sample of authentic rural life on the island. Full of life all year around, Paralimni is always open for business with supermarkets, local taverns, chemists, post office, churches, doctors and clinics at your disposal.
To many Cypriots – let alone visitors – Cape Greco is the most enchanting location in Cyprus. Untouched and protected, its cliff overlooks the Mediterranean at its bluest.
From hiking to cycling, from bird watching to bathing, Cape Greco’s magic varies with the seasons. In summer, people swarm to its beaches; but in winter, migratory birds flock to Cape Greco to escape the cold of northern Europe, making it a valuable natural habitat protected under the umbrella of the European Union initiative, Natura 2000.
During your Cyprus holiday it is worth hiring a car, if only to explore the most picturesque coves and secluded beaches just outside the centres of Ayia Napa and Protaras. In this part of the island you will find a chain of beaches with the familiar EU ‘Blue Flag’ marking an area that is clean and safe for bathing in good weather conditions.
Consult a map or ask anyone for directions to the most popular Blue Flag beaches in the area:
To find out more about our island in general, visit the Cyprus page on the SkyPrime Group website.