Located off the south coast of Turkey and to the east of Greece this Mediterranean island has a subtropical climate and as such is a popular destination for those seeking warmer climes throughout the year, with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Its coastal regions blend the charm of traditional ports with the facilities of modern resorts. Inland The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island with the he highest point being Mount Olympus at almost 2,000m.
Now a member of the European Union with the Euro as a currency there are many familiarities with Cyprus from its close associations with the UK including English being widely spoken and driving on the left. Greek Cypriots are very hospitable and sociable offering traditional food such as meze, souvla and halloumi with music, dance and art are integral parts of social life.
The popular resort of Pafos nestles in the south western corner of the island and is an ideal base from which to explore the western coast to the Akamas peninsula, west to the famous Rock of Aphrodite and inland the traditional villages in the foot-hills of the Toodos Mountains.