Cyprus, known as the island of Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of beauty and love, is an island of great scenic beauty and charm. It is situated at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, lying at the hub of three continents, a crossroad between East and West. It is the third largest Mediterranean island, with an area of 9,251km² and a population of 700,000. The capital is Nicosia and other seaside towns are Limassol, Larnaka, Pafos and Paralimni (Protaras and Ayia Napa), with Famagusta and Kyrenia still under Turkish occupation. The Island's strategic location has shaped its history and civilisation throughout the centuries and still today it remains a living, breathing mosaic of cultures, cuisine and undiscovered riches. It is also one of the few countries where it is possible to ski in the mountains and swim in the Mediterranean, all in the same day.
Cyprus has more to offer the visitor and resident than any other island in the Mediterranean – a fascinating blend of landscape, climate, history and culture. It has a seemingly endless coastline of sandy coves and beaches washed gently by crystal clear blue waters. Travel a little way from the coast and into the pine forests. In winter you can ski on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains in the spring and autumn, experience the amazing kaleidoscope of colours that abound in that region. There are 2 main airports, Larnaca and Paphos and two harbours – Larnaca and limassol. There are also 2 yachting marinas and further 4 are planned for completed by 2006.
It also has the healthiest all year round climate in the Mediterranean - around 340 sun drenched days every year! Imagine waking up to blue skies and warm sunshine nearly every day. Combine the sunshine with their excellent infrastructure, high quality of life, low cost of living and generous tax incentives, which attracts people from all over the world, you have paradise! Then shake hands with the local people, whose reputation for good food and hospitality is world-wide, and you will want to stay forever