The island of Cyprus, in the Eastern Mediterranean, is one of the largest in the Med and has for centuries been an important stopping-off point for trade between the middle-east and western Europe.
Whether enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Cyprus or on a private yacht, Cyprus is a fascinating place to explore. Once you’re away from the touristy coastal strip, Cyprus is a beautiful Mediterranean island unspoiled by mass tourism and blessed with beautiful scenery and millennia of history and culture. If ancient cities are your thing then there is enough on Cyprus to keep you occupied for weeks. There are also wineries and vineyards to visit, museums, churches, beaches and some of the best luxury spas in the Mediterranean.
1. Step back in time in Paphos
Although one of the major tourist towns on the island, Paphos manages to maintain some semblance of sophistication (harbour-side, at least). There has been a town here for more than 3,000 years, and in the past Paphos has been the most important town on the island.
Spend an hour or two looking round the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park near the harbour. This is a wonderful site with remains spanning 2,000 years of history. Some of the Roman mosaics here are absolutely breath-taking, and the site also boasts ruins from the medieval period right back to the Bronze-Age Minoan era. When you have had your fill of history and culture, meander to one of the many harbour-front cafes and restaurants for a sundowner or dinner of freshly-caught fish.