Looking beyond Ayia Napa

By: Keith Barrett

Visitors to the island are often pleasantly surprised by what they find here. Though Cyprus has built up something of a reputation as a party island, the reality is that is it also a great holiday location for many different reasons.

Located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, the island offers some spectacular scenery, including mountains and fine coastal views.

It's also an island that is steeped in history. Many of the historical sites are preserved, as is a very traditional way of living.

Cyprus is about much more than the recent tourism industry.

Despite this, it's clear that the island benefits from the income provided by visitors. Indeed, these are some of Europe's most welcoming people.

In common with many other countries in this region, Cyprus is a very family friendly location. Families find plenty to see and do, with hotels being geared up to deal with the needs of a family holiday.

Away from the most vibrant resorts, evenings can be spent in a more tranquil atmosphere. Enjoying a good meal out with a nice glass of local wine can provide the perfect way to end a day spent relaxing on the beach or in the swimming pool.

With bustling markets and plenty of fresh food, this is a great place for those who love quality cuisine.

The island also has a number of exceptional golf courses, as well as many sports and water sports facilities.

There's much more to Cyprus than the resort of Ayia Napa.

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