Cyprus, the sunny island in the MediterraneanBerlin, 09.02.2015
Jet off to Cyprus, where summer seems to last forever and holidaymakers can choose from a wide range of sightseeing attractions, beautiful scenery and sporting activities. Besides being the third-largest Mediterranean island, it is also the easternmost and southernmost. Its climate is thus Mediterranean, dry and warm. The island’s eventful history and various cultural influences stem from its strategic location at the crossroads of three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) and ancient sea routes. Although, geographically speaking, Cyprus belongs to Asia, visitors will notice a distinct European feel to the island. This may be partly due to British colonial influence (1878–1960).
The island of Aphrodite is the ideal place for year-round holiday fun. Popular attractions include the Ayia Napa, the best-known beach resort on the island, the coastal town of Paphos, where well-preserved Roman houses and ancient royal tombs are just waiting to be discovered, and the divided capital Nicosia. Surrounding the old town of Nicosia are the over five-kilometre-long Venetian Walls; the biggest and best-preserved city walls in Europe and the East. The port cities of Larnaca and Lemesos also boast magnificent promenades and bustling shopping streets.
Fortresses, monasteries and ruins
Numerous excavation sites such as the Paphos Archaeological Park, the Greco-Roman Kourion Theatre or the Stone Age settlement Choirokoitía, as well as various monasteries, churches and old tombs bear witness to Cyprus’ rich and varied history. Culture vultures should definitely plan a few extra days on Cyprus.
Explore the landscape and nature
Beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts will be as much in their element in the rich and varied landscape of Cyprus as nature lovers and walkers, with sandy beaches and alternating cliffs, endless plains, hills, valleys and mountainscapes. The most richly forested island in the Mediterranean is traversed by two mountain ranges. The volcanic and wooded inland Troodos Mountains in the south are particularly well known. The island’s highest mountain (the Olympus), the biggest waterfall in Cyprus, several monasteries as well as idyllic mountain villages are just waiting to be discovered. Also worth seeing are the great Larnaca Salt Lake, the unspoilt Akamas peninsula or the wildly romantic stretch of coast between Agios Geórgios and Paphos.
Travelling by plane
Both Paphos (PFO) and Larnaca (LCA) Airport are served by Berlin Schönefeld (SXF). As of 25 March 2015, Germania will operate flights every Wednesday to Paphos, the airport to the west of the island and around 16 km south of the city. Larnaca Airport is 5 km south of Larnaca city centre and around 40 km south-east of the capital Nicosia. As of 31 March 2015, it will be served every Tuesday and Saturday by easyJet and as of 1 May 2015, every Friday by Condor. The flight time from Berlin to Cyprus is approximately three-and-a-half hours.