CYPRUS

Discover a compact world of beaches and mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café.

The People
Modern Cyprus is a historical melting pot. Early in the 2nd millennium BC Myceneans and other Greeks settled in Cyprus. Since then despite the various influences, the character and culture of the place has remained Greek.
The Turkish Cypriot community is the second largest group.

Eco-tourism and Conservation
Tourism plays a increasing role in the economy, but the natural resources of the island are limited.
Through water conservation efforts, controlled construction and measures to protect sensitive environmental areas, tourism can play an important role in helping to preserve the ecology of Cyprus.

Beaches and “Blue Flag”
The “Blue Flag” is an exclusive eco-label awarded to more than 3.100 beaches and marinas in 35 countries in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Carribean in 2006.

That program was launched in 1987 during the European Year for the Environment, which promotes clean beaches and environmentally sound management of coastal areas.

Places of interest and “Blue Flag Beaches”

Nicosia
Much of the charm and beauty of modern Nicosia is to be found in the old city, with its labyrinthine alleyways and elegant courtyard houses. Many of the narrow streets are overhung by roofed balconies with windows on all sides known as ‘kiosk’, a typical feature of Ottoman houses.

Larnaca
One of Larnaca’s most distinctive features is the promenade – known as the Finikoudhes – bordered by tavernas and a sandy beach. Palm trees and minarets also give Larnaca a Middle Eastern ambience, particularly in the old, inner city.

Ayia Napa
From a tiny village clustered around a 16th century Venetian monastery, the place has mushroomed into a conglomeration of holiday cottages, tourist shops, pubs, restaurants and discotheques. It has made it a lively spot for young tourists and Cypriots alike.
Along the coast from Ayia Napa are some of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

Paphos
From the modern town centre to the picturesque harbour and, stretching across the coastline, lie innumerable ancient sites which have been included in UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites.

Limassol
Proud of the spontaneous hospitality of its people, its archaeological sites, its mediaeval castles and its Wine festivals, Limassol is the island’s most important tourist and wine industry centre.
Hotels, restaurants and night spots abound along the beach.

The Troodos Mountains
Home of the Mount Olympus, the highest point on the island with 1,951 meters.
Abundant nature trails such as the Persephone Trail and Atalanta Trail, and villages of red-tiled roofs
where the pace is refreshingly relaxed.

Adventure Holidays
Hiking, mountain biking, jeep excursions, gliding, parachute jumping, hang-gliding and aeromodeling.
Mediterranean Sea offers scuba diving, water skiing, wind-surfing, sailing, canoeing, yachting, etc.

Agro-tourism Cyprus Style
Plenty of possibility to stay in restored old farm houses in traditional villages.
Useful website: www.cyprustourism.org

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THE GREEK ISLANDS

1400 Islands in Greece of which 277 are inhabited

Ecotourism
Despite its limited surface area, Greece is endowed with a particularly rich and diversified natural environment of great ecological value: Beaches, imposing rocky massifs, caves, gorges, lakes of spectacular beauty and unique natural habitats– coupled with the mild climate, place it among the ideal destinations for ecotourism and alternative forms of tourism.

The Cyclades Islands – Among them Santorini and Mykonos
Santorini is truly one of Greece’s “must-sees”, right along with the Acropolis. It has the shape of a crescent surrounding the black volcanic islands lying in the bay. What was once the island of Thira sank to the bottom of the caldera in an apocalyptic explosion in 1450 BC.

Northern Aegean Islands
Among them, Lesvos…an Island of astounding natural beauty set like a radiant jewel in the Aegean Sea. Five kilometers from the coast of Turkey, Lesvos lies to the north of Chios and south of Limnos and is the third largest of all Greek islands. Immortalized by the poetry of Sappho and Alcaeus both of whom were born here.

The Saronic Gulf islands
They are the closest to Athens and can be reached in an hour by high speed ferries. They are Aegina, Angistri, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and Spetses. Good for daytrips and overnights stay or longer.
The island of Hydra has a jet-set reputation that rivals Mykonos.

The Dodecanese chain of Islands
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and fourth largest of all Greek Islands. Located in the south east Aegean, Rhodes lies very close to Turkey. Rhodes is known for its natural beauty, historical, and archaeological treasures. The landscape is mountainous, covered with pine trees, and there are beautiful beaches.

The Sporades are in the northwest Aegean Sea
Among them Alonissos & Skiathos The legend says that Achilles was hidden by his mother in a castle, dressed as a girl, to avoid the Trojan War. Alonissos is home to the Mediterranean Monk Seal and has some stunning beaches and inlets. The island has a rich history and ancient as well as Byzantine ruins. Skiathos is the most popular with young people: Great nightlife in the summer.

Ionian Islands
Corfu is the greenest and in the eyes of many, the most beautiful island in the country.
Although tourism has completely taken over most of the coastal areas, the mountain villages are as unspoiled as the most remote in Greece.

Ithaki, the island of Odysseus: The island is mountainous and rocky studded with olive trees. Archeological sites associated with Homer’s story, fishing villages and beaches make the island ideal for Family vacations

Other islands are: Kefalonia, Kythera, Lefkada, Paxos, Zakynthos

Crete: Who does not know the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur !
Crete is the largest and southern-most island in Greece. Crete is largely mountains
and is surrounded by the Cretan, Ionian and Lybian Seas.
The mountains on the south shore create a dramatic backdrop, and the water
around some of the sheer coasts exceeds a depth of 3,000 metres.

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