We want you to see the real Cyprus that lies beyond the glossy brochure. Island Explorer Trips allow you to take a more local view of the island and to meet the people in their authentic environments.
It doesn’t take the intrepid visitor long to realise that there’s a whole lot more to Cyprus than beaches and nightlife. This is an island with a history stretching back to the Stone Age, since when its turbulent past has seen it ruled by the Egyptians, Hittites, Phoenicians, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the British (and so many more that our list would be almost endless). The traces of these empires and cultures can be seen all over the island and many of them are in spectacularly good repair. One of the things that is so striking about Cyprus is how, for a relatively small island, the different towns have such varied airs and atmospheres.
Famagusta, with outstanding examples of medieval architecture, Nicosia, bearing the indelible marks of four of the civilisations, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and British, lovingly restored over the last twenty years, it now allows the visitor to ‘time-travel’ back to the days of seraglios, pashas and grand viziers. Kyrenia, the jewel of North Cyprus tourism, nestling between the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea and the spectacular Northern Range Mountains (known in three languages as the ‘Five Finger Range’ due to the unusual fist shaped outcrop 5 km to the east of the town).
We have just listed the main towns here but there are many smaller towns and villages many with their own yearly festivals celebrating the crops and produce for which they are renowned. Your visit is almost certain to coincide with one or more of them. They are one of the best ways of seeing a wide range of local produce and Cypriot entertainment.