Steeped in history, the sun-kissed island of Cyprus averages over 320 days of sunshine a year, making it an all year round holiday destination for the discerning traveller. The island has a rich and diverse historical patronage, dating back thousands of years. With a wealth of World Heritage sites to its name, there are plenty of wonders to discover in the region. From the world famous 'The Tombs of the Kings' to the effervescent 'Aphrodite's Rock', the world of discovery is never far away! On the west coast lies the city of Paphos (Kato Paphos), the modern day area synonymous with tourism. The harbour front is bestowed with a vast array of shops selling souvenirs, seafront cafes, bars and restaurants. The seafront also plays host to boat trips and fishing expeditions reflecting the fishing heritage of the harbour. To the far side of the harbour resides Paphos Castle, an ancient site which in its original incarnation was built to protect the harbour front from attack. The modern day city (Neo or New Paphos) is the principle city location. Local areas of interest include the Coral Bay district with its glorious sandy beach and the many restaurants, bars and tavernas that line the route of Coral Bay strip. Nearby, St. Georges includes a more rugged coastline and is the location of the famous church of St. Georges. In the Old Paphos district of Paleapaphos, exists the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek 'Godess of Love & Beauty'. As a foremost World Heritage site, The Tombs of The Kings in Paphos is a fascinating cultural attraction. This ancient Greek burial site hosts a complex of underground tombs, carved out of solid rock dating back from the 3rd Century BC. Temperatures in midsummer months reach up to a heady 40° Celcius on the coast. If you are looking for respite from the heat, why not venture into the Troodos mountains? The Troodos region contains a glorious range of mountains with an awe inspiring vista, offering a more moderate climate than the coast. Mount Olympus, in the Troodos Mountains whose peek is 1952 meters high. The mountainous region comprises breath taking views, complete with cliff side cabins, restaurants and parks. Even skiing in the winter months is par of the course! To the east of the island is the resort of Ayia Napa, famed for its sandy beaches and party life; the region has had a reputation as the 'party capital' of Cyprus in recent years, none more so than with its association with dance music. If such partying is not your scene, don't be put off! There really is something for all ages, and families alike. Attractions such as the Water World in Ayia Napa, the 'biggest water park in Europe'; if you just want to sample the local culture, why not dine out at one of many cafes, restaurants or tavernas offering fabulous Greek cuisine, or simply relax and enjoy the glorious turquoise waters of beaches such as Nissi Beach. Further up the coast is the resort of Protaras, know as a somewhat more intimate resort than the neighbouring Ayia Napa. The resort has a glorious sandy beach and has plenty more to offer, with attractions such as the Protaras Ocean Aquarium. If diving is your passion, the sea caves near Capa Greko (Cape Greko) located close to both Protaras and Ayia Napa offer Scuba Diving and Snorkelling, giving you the chance to explore the richness of the wildlife under the ocean at first hand! You can search all Cyprus properties here. Cyprus really is the all year round holiday destination in the sun. Search now for your ideal holiday home rentals in Cyprus! Why not Rent a Villa or Apartment in Cyprus today!