The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a member of the European Union and one of the region’s hotspots for travellers. This fact is hardly surprising when considering the remarkable natural beauty and fascinating history of the island, which is surrounded by countries and cultures like those of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel.
The history of the island is truly ancient, with the first human activity there known to have occurred around the 10th millennium B.C. There are even remains on Cyprus from that long ago, including Khirokitia, a surprisingly well-preserved Neolithic village. Because the island has a strategically important geographic position, it has been controlled by various great and powerful cultures that include the Greeks, Assyrians, Ancient Egyptians and Persians. Other groups who have controlled and influenced the island’s culture include the Byzantines and the Romans as well as the Venetians and Ottomans. Most recently and before gaining independence in 1960, Cyprus was under British administration for over 80 years.
Cyprus is now an advanced country with a high-income economy. As such, it is a safe and welcoming destination for travellers who wish to explore the history and culture of this island where Aphrodite rose from the waves and where St. Paul was shipwrecked.
The resort of Paphos in Cyprus’ southwest is one of the better places on the island to use as a holiday base. It is a resort with many historical sites of its own, evidencing its past as a Roman and Ancient Greek capital of Cyprus. Travellers can enjoy the harbour front and courtyards and the many restaurants and bars that can be found there. Not far inland travellers can see Ano Pafos, which features a historic Turkish Quarter. Excursions from Paphos, if one does not want to simply rest and relax, include trips to Nicosia, the island’s famous divided city, as well as the Tomb of the Kings in Paphos itself. Trips to Northern Cyprus and mountain regions are also recommended.
An escorted holiday to Cyprus can be one of the best ways to discover this beautiful island nation. Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to Cyprus with genuine value for money. Travellers can enjoy comfortable accommodation while being sure of the services of a professional Tour Manager to help thembetter understand the island, its culture and its history.