Cyprus, according to ancient legend, was the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, love, procreation and pleasure, and these are many pursuits that are enjoyed by visitors to this tiny Mediterranean island. For those wishing to see her actual birthplace, tradition holds that it is Aphrodite’s Rock, located on the southwest coast near Old Paphos.
Taking into account its intense Mediterranean climate, with long, hot, dry summers, mild winters and abundant sunshine, it is not surprising that nearly 50% of its visitors come from the UK, where warm and dry weather is frequently in short supply.
Cyprus is rich in historical attractions, It is one of the first places where Christianity first took hold, as the Apostle Barnabas was a Cypriot. For someone who is interested in religious history and early architecture, the island is renowned for its many buildings that are on UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments including 10 Byzantine churches.
Obviously, the sea and sand offer numerous opportunities for aquatic recreation and relaxation, including yachting and cruising. When one is ready for inland activity, there are jeep tours that bring visitors to out of the way wineries and fairy tale villages. Getting back to Aphrodite and her pursuit of pleasure, Cyprus features numerous luxurious resorts and spas that pamper the body as well as help melt away the stresses and strains of golf, tennis and snorkeling.
For those planning Cyprus holidays in the spring and early summer, it would be advisable to pack a light jacket and tops with long sleeves in ones suitcase, as evening temperatures are apt to become chilly. There is a winter, and visitors may even experience the odd drop of rain. But very light clothing is essential for those making the journey between June and August.