Aphrodite’s island

Cyprus has the kind of setting that location scouts dream of. It’s anchored in the Mediterranean Sea and, like all good Med islands, it dishes up plenty of sandy beaches, ancient sights, and bars and restaurants. Plus, the fact it’s close to Turkey and Lebanon gives it an exotic twist.

Larnaca Region

On the east coast you’ve got Protaras, a family favourite with a long stretch of golden sand. Then there’s Ayia Napa. The town is packed with pubs, clubs and bars, and there’s a long stretch of sand to recover on during the day. It’s popular with families too, thanks to its shallow waters and child-friendly restaurants. You’ll also find the white sands of laid-back Nissi Beach two kilometres down the road.

Paphos Region

Head for the west coast and the main town is Paphos. Along with its sand-and-pebble beaches, it’s got a stack of big-league sights including Aphrodite’s Rock – said to be the goddess’ birthplace – and the ancient catacombs, the Tombs of the Kings. In the island’s southwest corner is Limassol, where you’ll find a long stretch of sand, a quaint old town and a kid-friendly waterpark.

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Paphos Region

Framed by the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus’ west coast run from Polis, on the island’s northernwestern tip, down to the pretty port city of Limassol. Follow this western stretch and you’ll tick off big-name sights like Aphrodite’s Rock, the ancient Tombs of the Kings and the mountain-top Kykkos Monastery along the way.

Larnaca Region

Mention the Larnaca region, AKA east Cyprus, and the name on most people’s lips is Ayia Napa. Famous for its mega-clubs and every-hour-is-happy-hour attitude, it’s on a par with Ibiza where nightlife is concerned. But away from the strip, its yacht-lined harbour, white sands and theme parks have made it a firm favourite with people looking for a neon-free break, too.

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