Cyprus is a place where you can still feel the mysteries of old times. The whole island breathes the air of thousands of years old history, of legends, myths and fantastic stories. Bedded into a gorgeous landscape of white beaches, rough mountains, pinewoods and an incredible blue sky, churches, monasteries or archaeological sites provide a fascinating impression of former époques.
From London to Larnaka
Larnaka is the most important, International Airport of Cyprus and is reached from London in four and a half hour with a direct flight. Fly.co.uk offers flights from Monarch and Cyprus Airlines that bring you to this wonderful island. The Larnaka International Airport is situated only a few kilometres outside, you can easily get to the centre by bus or taxi. Larnaka itself is a charming mix of oriental flair and modern institutions and you will certainly enjoy rambling the colourful and lively markets and bazaars. For a souvenir, you can choose local specialities like thyme honey or Cyprian wines.
Agios Lazaros, an impressing church of the 9th century, the Turkish fort and the remainders of ancient city walls and temples are some of the cultural highlights in Larnaka. Oriental flair brings the mosque Hala Sultan Tekke that is picturesquely situated in the midst of lemon and orange trees at a small salt lake. However, the myths connected with Cyprus reach even farther into the past. How about a trip on the Aphrodite culture route, leading along the Cyprian coast? You can start in Agia Napa with its old, rock-cut Makronissos tombs and travel via Petra tou Romiou – the place where, according to Greek mythology, Aphrodite arose out of the sea foam and came to the shore – and Paphos to Akama. Here you’ll find the baths of Aphrodite, which are said to grant everlasting youth and beauty.”