Cyprus is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean and is one of the most admired tourist destinations attracting more than 2.4 million people every year. The mountains of Cyprus are dotted with pretty villages, vineyards, ancient buildings and some of the greatest places to go for walking. Being cooler than other parts of the island, Cyprus is the perfect place to take a break in the summer vacations.
With its mountainous terrain, historical complexes and museums, the island of Cyprus has much more to offer than just its beaches, which include lively resorts, secluded bays, rocky coves and sandy beaches. The activities offered include bungee jumping, snorkelling, diving, wind surfing, coastal cruising, deep water fishing and sailing.
The Phinikoudes Beach is a famous beech in Cyprus with fine grey sand. The area is famous for its bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants, and a large number of markets are close by. Athenon Avenue, the main road, has been planted with the palm trees and colourful flowers, adding to the beauty of the magnificent scenery. The sea is normally calm and its waves are usually mild. The facilities and services provided on the beach include showers, toilets, changing rooms, umbrellas, sun beds, life guards and water sports. With its blue waters and clean sea, it can be a perfect destination for spending a beach holiday.
The Ancient Wonders Museum is one of the best museums of the island and is open for the public everyday. The museum features over 2000 terracotta figures that were found in the year 1929 and are believed to be more than 1500 years old.
The Tombs of the Kings complex is an incredible complex of chambers and mausoleums that are cut into rocky hillside. The period of their origin has not been known yet, but they are evocatively situated and remarkably preserved. Influenced by the architecture of the Egyptians, the columns, the maze of the chambers, friezes and niches have attained the status of UNESCO World Heritage.
Cyprus Archaeological Museum has been situated in Lefkosia and it traces back to prehistoric times and the Christian period. The cultural heritage of the island like pottery, sculpture, coins and jewellery from Neolithic period to the Iron Age, Bronze Age and Greco-Roman period are displayed and cherished for people to enjoy. Major attractions of the museum include the gold jewellery collection, the statue of Aphrodite of Soloi and relics from royal tombs of the Salamis. This museum is a stop on the route of Aphrodite culture.
Cape Gkreko National Forest Park is situated in the south-east area of the island. It is an area of exclusive natural beauty known for its splendid sea cliffs and aboriginal flora. There are 36 different species of orchids grown on Cyprus and most of them are found in this Park. Colchicums, irises and crocuses add both fragrance and colour to the environment. The Park is covering 390 hectares of area and offers a number of activities for visitors to enjoy including swimming, parasailing, diving, fishing, cycling and rowing in addition to riding, hiking and climbing.
Many tourists go on a family holiday to Cyprus and stay in holiday villas, self catering holiday apartments and holiday cottages as holiday accommodation that they rent in Cyprus from their holiday home owners.
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