It has been rightly said that wherever you dig on Cyprus, you will find evidence that someone else has been there long, long before you. Stone Age settlements, Roman theatres and ruins, Crusader castles and Venetian city walls, Ottoman monuments and buildings dating from Cyprus's colonial era are testament to the myriad cultures and civilisations that have existed here.

But the overwhelming cultural influence here is Greek. The Greek language, religion and way of life have formed Cyprus over the centuries. Painted churches, age-old customs and traditional village life make a visit to the island into a fascinating learning experience that you will want to repeat again and again.

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