Cyprus tucked away in the Mediterranean between Europe, Asia and Africa rightly claims to be a stepping stone to three continents .
With its rich history Cyprus can be traced back over 9000 years. The island has been invaded and claimed by a fascinating mixture of civilizations all of which have left their culture and shaped its character.
The islands archaeology dates from the Neolithic Age, the Ancient Greeks and the Roman period with churches and monasteries still standing from Byzantine times, castles from the days of Crusaders and Frankish Lusignans and splendid city walls from Venetian days.
The island was chosen by the mythical gods of Ancient Greece who indulged themselves here in sport, pleasure and tragedy. Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty, emerged from the foam on the coastline of Paphos and became the centre of attraction for the first visitors who visited the island to worship her.
With such a historic and legendary background it is hardly surprising that Cyprus has developed a character which is quite unique. It is blessed with natural beauty that ranges from golden beaches boasting clear blue waters and rugged coastlines to rolling hills, pine-scented forests and mountains, dotted with picturesque villages.