Cyprus

Recognised as the island of love and being home to Aphrodite's mythical birthplace, Cyprus boasts a vast history, through its World Heritage status; archaeological sites, ancient tombs, fortresses, palaces and Roman mosaics, to the proud owner of the world's oldest wine label.

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Delve into Cyprus' rich and eclectic culture and history, but first discover the seldom known detail that Cyprus' national symbol is a sheep, with a couple of small herds now kept under protection. Who knew? With a resilient economy and thriving financial and business services hub, the country is one of Europe's favourite holiday destinations, with an average of 340 days of glorious sunshine out of the year. Steeped in myth and bursting with ancient riches, visitors flock far and wide to unearth Cyprus' enticing culture and captivating landscapes.

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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Cyprus has many an idyllic landscape to behold. Natural rock formations, sublime stretches of sand and rugged wine-growing regions make up the majority of this saucepan-shaped island. From the distinctively grey sand dunes of Limassol, to the national park of Cape Greco with its rocky surroundings and breathtaking waters, this sun-soaked island is brimming with characterful towns, natural wonders and an ancient past laying in wait to be discovered.

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Drawing from a variety of traditional, Western classical and Western popular genres, the traditional music of Cyprus includes dances, rembetika and tsifteteli, which are some of the most popular dances on the island. To experience the most authentic of Cypriot culture, visit a bouzoukia club and join in with the locals singing their hearts out, dancing on the tables and smashing plates on the dance floor.

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Step off the plane and breathe in the fresh Cypriot air accented with delicate jasmine blossom and wild flowers that dance about the cobbled streets. It's no wonder then that 4000-year old perfumes were recently discovered on Aphrodite's fabled island. Wander the lines of restaurants and inhale the mouthwatering scents of halloumi, grilled octopus and souvlaki that waft through the air.

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Acquaint yourself with the local Cypriot cuisine, Meze, a decadent feast of small dishes, from creamy hummus, olives and kebabs to the one delicacy that has made a sweeping sensation throughout Europe and the Middle East, halloumi, made from a creamy mixture of goat's and sheep's milk. With a location that crosses three continents, the local gastronomic scene is unprecedented, taking influences from signature Greek and Turkish dishes, with its love of olive oil and fresh natural ingredients.

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Known as the playground of the Gods, Cyprus offers an eclectic mix of ways to experience its island, from the tourist-fuelled southern Cyprus, to the serene and quiet northern area. With a rich culture that spans 10,000 years, this small island is one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean. Describing itself as the year-round island, each season brings something new and wonderful for visitors to discover, with an accommodating people who are always happy to help with a smile, making you feel at home wherever you choose to stay.

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