LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2012) - Located close to Greece and Turkey, Cyprus is an island steeped in history and culture. Its unique position at a crossroads between the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa makes it a melting pot of traditions and tastes, which all come together to make it a truly fantastic holiday destination.
According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was born from the seas surrounding Cyprus - and once you catch sight of the island's gorgeous landscape, you're likely to fall in love too. Although it's a relatively small country, Cyprus boasts rugged mountainscapes, pristine beaches and clear blue seas, as well as a variety of historical sites that culture vultures are sure to enjoy.
Tourist centres like Agia Napa offer plenty for those seeking out bars, clubs, dance music, and busy night spots, but if you're looking for a more relaxed getaway, then the small villages and golden beaches located on the Akamas Peninsula are a must visit, especially if you'd like to get a taste of authentic Cypriot life and mingle with the locals. History enthusiasts should also make a beeline for the Gothic castles of Buffavento and Kantara, as well as the immense Byzantine fort of Kyrenia, all located in the north of the country, which offer truly spectacular views.
For many people, one of the best things about Cyprus is its cuisine, heavily influenced by Greece. Visitors should definitely indulge in a full meze meal whilst on holiday, which can feature as many as thirty small individual dishes for you to try, typically including olives, local breads and salads, as well as more decadent traditional dishes like octopus in red wine, grilled haloumi, smoked Cypriot ham, moussaka and souvlakia pork kebabs.
If you're planning on escaping the unpredictable British weather and jetting off to sunnier shores this summer, you can book low cost flights to this extraordinary island with Monarch online, by telephone or through your travel agent. We offer affordable flights to Paphos and Larnaca from major UK airports including Manchester, Birmingham, London Gatwick and London Luton. With Monarch, getting flights to Cyprus is affordable and straightforward, so why not grab yourself a last-minute break?