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Sample a diversity of cultures on a fascinating island of Cyprus    by Michael Hanna

Cyprus is indeed a stepping stone to three continents. Whether you are looking for holiday packed with activities, historical sights, sunbathing, partying or exploring, Cyprus has it all. Its array of assets makes it a perfect destination for the independent traveller. 

Cyprus is a truly remarkable place to visit rich with fascinating history tracing back over nine thousand years. It has hosted a multitude of famous historical figures throughout the ages from Aphrodite to Cleopatra. Cyprus also has been invaded by an array of civilisations over the centuries, all of which have left evidence of their culture giving Cyprus its charming character. The lure of Cyprus is obvious with its pristine beaches, beautiful mountain backdrops, captivating ruins and fragrant citrus groves. 

Today Cyprus comfortably merges history and hedonism with extravagant hotels, pools and beaches within walking distance of Greek and Roman ruins. One of the islands most impressive archaeological sites is the ancient city kingdom of Kourion which overlooks an exquisite stretch of beaches with sparkling blue sea which combine to make Cyprian scenery at its best. 

Driving in Cyprus is most advisable as regular transport service is not available to all remote areas where many places of interest are to be found. Hiring a car will allow you to explore the island and discover its treasures and cultural diversity. Car hire in Cyprus is in abundance in the larger towns with most established companies having a presence. Whether you chose to go on a daytrip or decide to spend several days touring and discovering Cyprus you are assured of lasting memories. 

Larnaka is a charming modern city and boasts the beautiful St Lazarus Church, this would be the perfect starting point for a round island trip. Other places that will astonish any visitor include the village of Lefkaritka which is famous for its lace and the picturesque mountain villages in the Troodos Mountains. The town of Pafos should be also be seen, this energising place is said to be the playground of the Gods and it's remarkable history makes it a virtual open air museum. The National park 'Carvo Greko' is a tranquil place and with lush vegetation is the perfect atmosphere to spend time to relax and unwind. Helpful itineraries for trips are available online at Visit Cyprus

If you feel like letting your hair down, the town of Agia Napa has a reputation for its booming party scene. World famous DJ's place the latest dance, trance and house music at lavish nightclubs well into the next day. A night in Agia Napa is something to be sampled and experience that will be hard to forget. 

The island of Cyprus really is worth spending time in, it will never fail to impress and will certainly prove to be of significant interest beyond far beyond the package holiday. 

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Author: Michael Hanna - Michael is a keen writer, and internet marketer living in Scotland. 

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