The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus stretches 150 miles (240 km) from the west coast to its eastern-most tip and 60 miles (96 km) from north to south.
Two imposing mountain ranges act as a dramatic backdrop to the sweeping central Mesaoria plain.
There are six major towns in Cyprus. Nicosia, the capital, is situated inland in the middle of the Mesaoria plain, and there are five coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Kyrenia and Famagusta.
Cyprus' landscape is one of infinite contrasts, from its fertile central plain to the cool vine-clad foothills; the majesty of the cedar valley in which wild indigenous moufflon roam; mile after mile of sandy shores with secluded beaches to seek out, and hundreds of villages to explore, each with its own tradition and charm.