Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a true crossroads to three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. It became an independent Republic in 1960 and joined the European Union in 2004. It boasts two international airports in Larnaca and Paphos with excellent connections from most major cities of the world.
Cyprus got its name from copper which was plentiful here in antiquity. It is an island steeped in history having been under Persian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and British rule. It was also one of the first countries in the world to convert to Christianism when St. Paul visited the island and preached the new faith. In fact, in Paphos you can still see St Pauls pillar where the apostle was tied and scourged 39 times and in Larnaca, in the church of St. Lazarus, there is the crypt of this Saint who was resurrected by Jesus Christ. This explains why Cyprus is an island that captures the interest of all kinds of people: from archaeology aficionados to friends of nature, to honeymooners and sun worshipping families, to food lovers and businessmen. Ancient temple ruins along with stunning frescoes in Byzantine churches, terraced vineyards and enchanting nature trails, pine-clad mountains and sun-kissed coastlines, a meal of meze and fresh halloumi cheese as well as state of the art conference facilities are but a few of the things that will make you fall in love with Cyprus.
Cyprus may be a country with roots deep in its rich and varied past but it is a modern country heading fast into the future. It is an island of many beautiful contradictions, a warm blend of cultures, colours, civilisations, songs and myths.
We invite you to come and savour hospitality on the island where, in our mother tongue the word xenos means both stranger and guest. Come and discover an island whose beauty and charm is magnified by the kindness of its people. Come and discover Cyprus.