From Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques to picturesque mountain villages and vibrant beach resorts, a hotel break in Cyprus is full of wonderful contrasts.

The third-largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus offers much more than just sun, sea and sand. Shaped by a turbulent history and a wide variety of cultural influences, today the island’s Turkish north and the Greek south are connected by a number of checkpoints, making it easy for visitors to experience these two distinct but equally warm and hospitable cultures during a hotel break in Cyprus. There is a wide variety of excellent beaches, from the family-friendly Coral Bay at Paphos to the stunning azure waters of Konnos Bay at Ayia Napa and the more secluded Governor’s Beach at Limassol. Inland, Cyprus offers wonderful adventures for hikers, with verdant mountains, pine forests, picturesque mountain villages and centuries-old churches and mosques just waiting to be explored. Meanwhile, history buffs can visit archaeological attractions such as the fascinating remains of the ancient city of Kourion and the remarkable ruins at Salamis, and the lively, cosmopolitan towns of Paphos and Limmasol make excellent bases for exploring these and other local sights. Another top attraction is Nicosia, officially the last divided capital city in the world, which offers a charming Old Town within imposing 16th-Century Venetian Walls, as well as world-class museums, excellent restaurants and a young, vibrant café culture.