Mythology attributes the birthplace of Cyprus to Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. This is easy to imagine when the visitor takes a trip around the island to get to know it better. Two mountains cross the island, the Pentadaktylos in the north and the Troodos Mountains from the center to the southwest, in between lies the fertile plain of Messaoria. In the mountains it can snow in winter, nevertheless there is no frost in the plains and on the beaches. The weather is mild but humid in winter, the summers are dry and hot and the whole thing is called subtropical Mediterranean climate. Cyprus is considered a bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa and still has many traces of the past. There is a Roman amphitheater, Roman villas, Crusader castles, Ottoman mosques and Byzantine monasteries.
The island offers visitors not only blue skies and a warm sea, it has much more to offer. For example, the Agia Napa Monastery, which was originally built from an altar that the locals erected in honor of the Saint of the Forest (Agia Napa). The monastery dates back to the 14th century. In Agia Napa there is also a large water park with slides, whose themes are the ancient Greek buildings and statues of the gods. Nearby are 19 Makronissos tombs carved into the solid rock. Another popular destination for an excursion is the Natural History Museum of the Sea, which displays exhibits from the maritime past and present, such as shells, sea urchins, sea turtles, etc. And then there is Aphrodite's Cultural Route of archaeological sites from Koúklia, to Amathous and Kition, where visitors can learn about history and traditions related to the goddess.
The island, divided into a Greek and a Turkish region, is ideal for a stay during the months of April to June and September to November. In the months of July and August, the average temperature is 40 degrees and for most vacationers this is too high a temperature for a relaxing vacation. In summer, the island promises at least 10 hours of sunshine and little rain from May to September. But even in winter, the subtropical Mediterranean climate still offers six hours of sun a day, the rainy days increase, but even in the coldest month to no more than eight rainy days. Daytime temperatures in winter (December to February) rarely fall below 15 degrees and nighttime temperatures rarely fall below 5 degrees. In April the thermometer already shows over 20 degrees again and in May up to 30 degrees. Also at night during the summer months the temperatures are not below 20 degrees. The water temperature rises to more than 20 degrees in May, and from July to October the sea can have between 25 and 30 degrees.