The island of Cyprus was a gift bestowed upon Queen Cleopatra by Julius Caesar as a token of his love. No more fitting a gift could be found for this sun-drenched jewel in the eastern Mediterranean, which is covered with the relics of ancient civilizations in a setting of incomparable beauty. Northern Cyprus is one of the few places in the world yet to be discovered by mass tourism.

When you step onto its shores it seems as if you have gone back in time. Uncrowded sandy beaches, picturesque villages, ancient castles, walled cities, ruins, quayside restaurants and cafes are but a few of the attractions of this enchanting island. The climate and friendly people of the north, with the combination of its historical and environmental harmony, offers a holiday and consecutive holidays to remember.

Cyprus History

Historically, the location of this island has always tempted conquerors, from the Persians to the Romans, The Greeks to the Ottomans, the Byzantines and many more, each leaving their own indelible mark. One of the most remarkable sights is the Salamis Ruins near Famagusta. These exceptionally preserved ruins were founded by Teucer on his return from the Trojan wars.

Other unique sites include an array of museums, notably the Abbey at Bellapais, and the magnificent St. Hilarion castle on Mount St. Hilarion near Kyrenia. This was one of the inspirations for Walt Disney's fairy tale castle and is also the place where Richard the Lionheart is reputed to have been married. The key to a holiday in Northern Cyprus is relaxation, for this is a country to which time does not apply.