The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is investing in the development of special interest and cultural tourism on the island. There can be few places on earth, where such a small land area of 9000 square kilometres, offers so wide a diversity of opportunities to enjoy these experiences, with the favourable Mediterranean climate adding to the pleasure. In the current winter season, when there is snow in the Troodos Mountains, it is amazing to realise that one could be skiing in the mountains and yet, on the same day, drive down to the coast to enjoy the warm winter sunshine on the beaches where many indulge in year round swimming.
Naturally, on the coast, yachting and cruising activities are well supported where private yacht hire, with or without a crew to take over the responsibility, are all available. Scuba diving, along with courses in sailing and diving schools with qualified instructors make for a great activity holiday and offer the possibility of gaining qualifications. All this is in addition to the ever popular water-skiing, surfboarding and paragliding.
Walking on the many beautiful nature trails is very popular as are biking holidays and horse-riding with a clutch of riding schools offering lessons and supervised riding by the sea and through the countryside. Those who enjoy being in nature may join like-minded people to observe the flora and fauna of Cyprus and guided bird-watching holidays, perhaps staying in rural agro-tourism lodges in the peacefulness of the villages.
Wineries tours in the wine making areas are popular, where visitors can find out about the wine-making processes and sample some of the excellent produce. There are many small regional wineries producing award winning wines not to mention Commandaria, the honey sweet wine produced in Cyprus for hundreds of years and well worth sampling.
Visitors interested in archaeological sites will find lots of interest throughout the island as well as many ancient monasteries and churches. Neither will those interested in the study of the fascinating geology of Cyprus be disappointed. Cyprus was a centre for copper mining in the past, and from which it is thought that the island derives its name. Interest in mining for copper ore has been revived in recent times.
Of particular interest for many is the flourishing medical tourism industry. There are more than eighty private hospitals with highly qualified medical teams catering to all specialities from general surgery, plastic surgery, cardiology, paediatrics and more. Private dentistry provided by over seven hundred dentists is often cheaper than can be found in northern European countries.
Golfers find a year round destination to enjoy their sport with a high standard of courses and accommodation, which has led to an increase in this sector. There really is something for everyone in Cyprus throughout the year.
Sources: www.holidayincyprus.eu/site/special-interest-tourism, traveltradecyprus.travel.
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