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The island of Cyprus has a rich history, including mythological stories that are known worldwide, and a diverse culture that makes this island country a popular tourist destination. Home of the mythical Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Cyprus is a place of ancient tombs and other archaeological sites, exhibits, and museums chronicling its fascinating history. Greek is the primary language spoken in the southern two-thirds of the island while Turkish is the dominant language spoken in the remaining third. English is widely spoken, as well.
Whether going on a couple's retreat or a family getaway, Cyprus offers attractions for everyone to enjoy year round. One can bask in the luxury of several 4 and 5 star hotels throughout Cyprus, many situated on the coast of the Mediterranean where the waters are deep blue and inviting.
For a fun day-long excursion the kids will enjoy, the Camel Park in Mazotos with its camels, deer, ponies, ostriches and other animals will surely please the youngest vacationers. There is also a mechanical bull, arcade, and swimming pool for a total family experience. Admission and snack prices are very reasonable, too.
Another family-oriented attraction is the Dolphin Boat Safari on the Agia Napa Harbour. Visitors can snorkel with supplied equipment and see some amazing sights, including dolphins. Though the dolphins do not always make an appearance, it is still one of the best tours with many fantastic photo opportunities. One can view the beautiful city of Famagusta and the gorgeous scenery of Cape Greco.
Not to be missed are the many archaeological sites throughout Cyprus. Take in the ancient city of Curium where the Greco-Roman Theatre, originally built in the second century, B.C., was a place where gladiators fought lions to the delight of spectators. The Kolossi Castle in Limassol, built in 1210, is a spectacular example of military architecture and served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Beautiful Cyprus, with its modern comforts and ancient relics, is unsurpassed in its wonder and timeless beauty. It is the ultimate getaway where old world meets new world, where the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean kiss the shores and the golden beaches offer a place to relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun. From Agia Napa to Paphos and Limassol and everywhere in between, Cyprus is the holiday destination of a lifetime.