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Best of Cyprus

This island of ancient ruins and turbulent history also ofers fine dining, secluded spas and beaches, and barefoot glamour
The Temple of Apollo at Ancient Kourion

SIGHTS

Ancient Kourion £

(visitcyprus.com; Episkopi)

Defantly perched on a hillside with sweeping sea views, this ancient settlement prospered under the Mycenaeans, Ptolemies and Romans. There’s a small visitor’s centre where you can see a scale model of the whole site. Within the ruins, look out for the House of the Gladiators, so called because of its floor mosaics.

Aphrodite’s Rock

(visitcyprus.com; Petra tou Romiou)

The island’s most legendary beach is said to be where the goddess Aphrodite first emerged from the sea foam. Its two upright rocks, called Petra tou Romiou, are easy to swim to. To get there, take the old and scenic B6 road from Lemesos to Pafos.

Archangelos Michail

(Holy Cross St, Pedoulas)

Dating from 1474, this extraordinary, Unesco-listed church is famous for its brightly coloured frescoes. Be sure not to mistake the looming white Church of the Holy Cross just up the road for this far more famous and historic church. If it’s not open, the key is held at the Byzantine Museum across the street.

Cyprus Museum £

(Leoforos Mouseiou 1, Nicosia)

Just outside Nicosia’s Old City walls, this excellent museum houses the island’s most important collection of archaeological fnds. Highlights include a haul of riches from the Royal Tomb excavations at Salamis, including a huge, intricately decorated bronze pot and a bed frame bedecked in ivory and glass. Also on show is a remarkable display of 2,000 terracotta votive statues and fgurines, dating to the 7th and 6th centuries BC.

Lara Beach

(Akamas Peninsula)

This stunning beach is famous for being one of the world’s few remaining nesting sites for green and loggerhead turtles. Monk seals also dwell in the sea caves around the peninsula. This has been a protected area since 1971, so no sun loungers are permitted.

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