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Cyprus in pictures - Ayia Napa and Protaras
In brief +
That said, the island does offer a wealth of peaceful, idyllic villages for those yearning to escape the waves of sun hungry British tourists. Bring sturdy shoes and climb one of the island's many remaining medieval castles. Larnaca, with its palm tree sheltered bay, is also worth a visit. Small picturesque fishing ports, archaeological sites by the sea and small quiet houses are characteristic of the old capital of Paphos. Limassol is the island's second largest city, which, with its high-rise concrete architecture, is much more modern than its neighbours.
The north of the island is only open to the public at certain times, and Nicosia remains one of the world's last divided capitals. Ancient ruins hug the mesmerising beaches and the imprint of the Turkish/Greek conflict is still apparent. An attempt to break down the walls dividing the city on 8th March 2006 has not changed anything politically as the act was not officially recognised.
Hotels on Cyprus' south coast, both inland and by the sea, are comfortable and well-equipped. Staff are warm and welcoming, and the hotels tend to be very clean. You're unlikely to be the only Brits discovering this part of the world? Aphrodite's island is a top tourist destination amongst the British ...
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