Imagine a Mediterranean island with its transparent, blue and warm waters where you can wander aimlessly along the coast to beyond the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Long sandy beaches accentuate the predominantly steep and rocky coastline, and its largest cities are known for its nightlife; culture and cuisine are unmistakably Mediterranean.
Cyprus, which covers about 9,250 square miles / 3,571 square miles, is located at the northeast corner of the eastern Mediterranean. From simple sandy bottom dives for beginners to excellent enriched air diving on the Zenobia, one of the most famous wrecks in Europe, diving on the island offers something for everyone. Above all, the diving season in Cyprus extends from March to October or November, one of the longest in the Mediterranean and the waters are clear and pleasantly warm throughout the year.
Major coastal cities of Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca and Paralimni and regions Ayia Napa are among those who enjoy excellent diving.
On the west coast of Cyprus, Paphos is a thriving seaside resort not escape the artificial atmosphere of the big resorts on the island. Still, seduces by its size (52,000 inhabitants), more modest than Larnaca or Limassol, its fishing port and by the looks little concreting of downtown and the hotel zone. But the main advantage of Paphos is its location in the heart of a still authentic region.
Among the mountain villages of the region of Troodos and preserved nature of the Akamas peninsula, those looking to escape the masses will find happiness and, incidentally, may keep track of Aphrodite legendary goddess of love. No anarchic buildings or malls, nor floods of tourists but sandy beaches (Polis, Coral Bay), peaceful villages (Lachi, Polis) and wild nature (Akamas peninsula, Petra tou Romiou beach, village of Pissouri). You should know that: hotels in the island have a good level of comfort and equipment.
All beaches are public. Water sports depend, in most cases, private companies installed on beaches, usually near the hotels, so they are extra. Shops are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, making the cities be a little off.