Ammochostos (Famagusta)

The beach town of Famagusta before 1974 buzzed with life, while the fishing villages of Protaras and Agia Napa further south along the coast were sleepy backwaters.


Pafos was the capital of Cyprus for 600 years in ancient times and its archaeological legacy is such that UNESCO has put the whole town on its World Cultural Heritage List.


Both Christianity and Islam have revered religious sites in Larnaka. The mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke, built in honour of Umm Haram, a relative of the Prophet Mohammed, who died here after falling from her horse, is an important place of Moslem pilgrimage.

Lemesos (Limassol)

The island's second largest city has the island's main port, the centre of the wine industry and a bustling holiday resort.

Lefkosia (Nicosia)

Situated in the centre of the island Lefkosia (Nicosia) the capital of the island is a busy modern commercial and business centre. Situated roughly in the centre of the island, it is the seat of government. It is currently the only divided capital in the world, due to Turkey's military occupation of part of Cyprus.