Take in the unspoilt landscapes of North Cyprus
An island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus has a wonderfully sunny climate, lush vegetation and the legacy of 10,000 years of history. A cultural melting pot, you'll find Greek legends in Aprohodite's birthplace at Petra Tou Romiou and her secret bathing pool, near Polis and Roman opulence in the mosaics at Paphos. By legend the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, Cyprus' modern history has, in contrast, been dominated by enmity between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants. But there’s an abundance of archaeological remains from the many civilizations who have inhabited the land over the centuries, and the north is considered the most beautiful and historically interesting part of the island.
Yet, North Cyprus remains a hidden gem of the Mediterranean. Thanks in part to separation in 1974, it’s far less visited than the rest of the island, meaning North Cyprus adventures are likely to offer up moments of pure, blissful isolation while you're out enjoying the stunning coastal walking routes. With superb trekking opportunities through unspoiled areas and mesmerizing wildlife, and the relaxed local Turkish Cypriot culture, this is a place you’ll want to return to. And after a sunshine-filled day exploring, settle down in a taverna and savor the mouth-watering Cypriot cuisine: halloumi cheese, meze, fresh seafood and baklava for pudding.