It is the 3rd largest Mediterranean island after Sicily and Sardinia and is also one of the most popular tourists’ destinations in the area. Cyprus is often characterized for its odd mixture due to its cultural influences, dominated by the Western Europe and its geographic proximity to Asia and Africa which gives it a hint of the East also.
As the island boasts around 340 days of sunshine per year, it is often considered as one of the most desirable places in the Mediterranean Sea.
Cyprus is a renowned yacht charter destination and offers an excellent cruising ground to explore the surrounding islands.
Its history stretches back over 10000 years and there are numerous ancient sites that are worth a visit. One of them is the famous Kyrenia with its magnificent harbor and castle which was built in the 7th century.
There are also a large variety of beaches around Cyprus which offers a multitude of water based activities like diving, sailing, wind surfing or jet skiing to name some of the most popular.
During a visit in the area, it is particularly recommended to visit the beautiful capital city of Nicosia with its numerous charming streets and quaint old houses. In the city centre, you will find some beautiful sights of the 16th century famous Venetian walls and its various medieval buildings.
There are also many museums which host numerous treasures and archeological artifacts that are worth a visit. The most popular of them is the Levention Municipal Museum which has also been awarded as the European Museum of the year in the 1990’s.
Yacht charterers and visitors alike can also enjoy the various festivals which are held on the island throughout the year like the Flower festivals of Anthetiria or the Limassol carnival, held from February to March and which last for 10 days.
Yacht charterers can also sail along the island’s magnificent coastline and explore some of its popular beaches like Alagadi Turtle Beach where you will see the green and loggerhead turtles that come up to lay their eggs.
Escape Beach, Protaras Beach, Curium Beach, Pissouri Beach and Fig Tree Bay Beach are also worth seeing.