What do you get when you mix 10,000 years of human history with some of the best beaches and most charming port towns on the Mediterranean? You get Cyprus, an island where citrus groves share hill space with the mysterious ruins of medieval castles. The Mediterranean shimmers so entrancingly off the golden-sand beaches here that you can just imagine Aphrodite rising off the sea. The ancient Greeks tell us the goddess of beauty was first born in Cyprus from the play of sunlight on the sea foam.
The key to enjoying this beautiful island lies in finding top hotels in Cyprus that you can use as a base while you take day trips. Fortunately, the island is small enough that you can see the best parts of it, and still take advantage of the terrific Cyprus hotel packages you'll find on Expedia for cities like Pafos, Agia Napa, or Lemesos.
Cyprus is divided into two distinct cultural regions: The traditionally Greek part and the traditionally Turkish part. Though relationships between these two groups are occasionally strained even today, both groups welcome tourists and are dedicated to making sure you enjoy your stay.
Book a cheap Cyprus hotel deal and then take off for the day to explore the Akamas Peninsula where you'll discover nature trails that afford marvelous views of the bay, the famous Cyprus gorges, the mouths of mysterious caves, and the beautiful Lara beaches where rare sea turtles have been laying their eggs for thousands of years. Get up close and personal with the island's incredible array of endemic wild flowers, plants, and animals including the emblematic Glaucopsyche paphos butterfly.
Spend the day in the quaint village of Lefkara, famous throughout Cyprus for its beautiful lacework. You'll also find beautiful leatherwork in Lefkara. Those beautiful bags, belts, wallets, and sandals make perfect gifts for your friends and family at home, and their prices are right! Cyprus is also renowned throughout the Mediterranean for its strong, sweet Commandaria wine, which tastes a lot like port, so make sure to take a day trip along the island's wine trail. Visit the archaeological site of Kourion with its magnificent Greco-Roman theater and early Christian basilica.
Tracking down cheap hotel deals in Cyprus is easier than you think. Cyprus hotels run the gamut from quaint guesthouses and pensiones to extravagant four-star resorts, so there are accommodations to meet every budget. Upscale resorts often offer special discount rates on rooms during the off season, so look for these Cyprus hotel deals, and book your reservations early.