With over 9,000 years of tumultuous history, Cyprus is a complicated and beautiful country.
Its more recent Greek and Turkish conflicts divided and enhanced the island, contributing to its melting pot culture from the architecture to the cuisine.
These days, the bullets are no longer flying, and it's safe and relaxing to spend a week here dallying along its beaches, hiking its hills and exploring its clutch of archaeological sites.
Have your time in tourist-geared towns like Paphos or Lemesos, but leave them to visit the island's Gothic castles at Hilarion, Buffavento and Kantara.
Visit the cloistered Monastery of Agia Napa and the interesting Marine Life Museum, but do not stay in the crowded tourist town, especially in August. See the stunning UNESCO listed Panagia Forviotissa (Asinou) in the Adelfi Forest. Nicosia is strange and spectral, but worth visiting to get a feel for the wars fought between Turkey and Greece, and the subsequent division, and redevelopment of, the city.
Cyprus’ beaches are gems, and vary in every cardinal direction. Nature lovers will appreciate Alagadi Turtle Beach for its shallow and clean waters and green and loggerhead turtles. Curium Beach is a favourite for the Roman Amphitheatre in the background and its stunning sandy beaches. Come to Nissi Beach in Nissi Bay to escape the wind and enjoy the many tavernas, cafes and water sport activities on offer.