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  • Agia Napa

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With its superb beaches and multi-star hotels, the Ammochostos region draws discerning sun seekers from all over the globe. But this part of the island remains the agricultural heart of Cyprus, where traditional windmills stand with modern aqueducts to irrigate the fertile red soil. Agia Napa, once a small fishing village, is as lively a resort as any in the Mediterranean. But historic sites such as a 16th-century Venetian monastery lend character to a town that…
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  • Nicosia

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The island has in its midst a fair city called Nicosia, which is the capital of the kingdom, well walled, with its fine gates, which are three, to wit the gate of Paffo, of Famagusta, and Cirina. That of Famagusta, is the most beautiful, and in my judgment the city of Barcelona has none to match it." ~ P. Joan Lopez, 1770 During the Venetian expansion eastward in the 1500s, Nicosia (Lefkosia) was fortified with imposing stone walls and massive gates. The famous …
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  • Pafos

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Enter another world, where idols and temples, graves and goddesses make up the fabric of everyday life. Pafos is where Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, is said to have risen from the waves that crash on its shores. Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite's Rock, is a massive chunk of stone that marks the spot. Her birthplace was a place of pilgrimage for the entire Hellenic world. Aphrodite's presence seems to have drawn other divinities and notable mo…
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  • Troodos

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The thick cedar and pine forests and sun-soaked slopes of the Troodos region offer an unexpected contrast to the Mediterranean coast, less than an hour away. Halfway between the busy towns of Nicosia and Limassol, halfway between sea and sky, rising to 1,950 meters (6,500 feet), Troodos is a counterpoint to the rest of the island. Connecting the mountain resorts of Troodos, Kakopetria, Platres, and Agros are trails that hold delights for mountain bikers, hikers…
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