Getting to know Cyprus Cyprus is a Mediterranean holiday island par excellence that extends a warm welcome to visitors and has much to offer. Sunshine, blue skies, beaches, vineyards, orange and lemon groves, a multicoloured carpet of flowers in spring, wild mountain ranges, cedar forests and remote villages are all to be discovered on this beautiful island.
In Greek mythology. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was born here, drifting ashore on a seashell. As the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite tells it: I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, Whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus. There the moist breath of the West Wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea. Cypriots have taken Aphrodite to their hearts, and who can blame them?
Stone Age tombs, Greek temples, Roman mosaics, Byzantine monasteries, Crusader castles, Gothic abbeys, Arab mosques, Turkish bath-houses. Imperial British hill stations — where else but Cyprus? The island has always been a crossroads and visiting civilisations left the signature of their passing in many ruined historic sites.
With around 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, Cyprus is well acquainted with that golden ball in the sky From spring through to autumn, good weather is pretty well guaranteed, with summer temperatures soaring into the 30s°C (gosT). Spring and autumn are milder, with the possibility of rain. Even in winter, the climate can be warm, although mixed with periods of rain, and even snow in theTroodos Mountains. If you find yourself caught in a rainstorm, you can take comfort from the fact that the island badly needs the water to restore reservoirs and underground supplies that have been depleted by drought.
Italy is so beautiful and rich in culture that tourism is its most important industry, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting the country each year. There are many seaside resorts, but some have become polluted and crowded, especially on the Adriatic coast. The beaches there are popular because they are long and sandy. On the Mediterranean, the Ligurian coast is rocky and sheltered. The further south you go, the beaches become less crowded.
Here are just a few of the tourist spots in Italy:
Sicilia has been influenced by many cultures and Siracusa is the birthplace of Archimedes. There are many interesting Greek temples to visit.
The Alps and the Dolomites are excellent for skiing. Popular resorts are Courmayeur, near Mont Blanc, and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Italians also ski in the Appenines at weekends.