ABOUT Cyprus turns away from the sea and sees what a varied landscape and stunning scenery wait to surprise. Talk about extremes: Sandy beaches and pine clad mountains, lush valleys and rolling hills, fruit groves and rocky coasts, bustling towns and sleepy villages, manicured five star luxury and pristine country side. There's nothing extreme about the distances though, with modern roads and highways adding to the ease tripping at a leisurely pace. In Cyprus that translates as getting to you're going, stopping for lunch, seeing something else, then fitting in a siesta and making time for a few coffees in between. Besides the natural splendor of the place, where you turn, you're certain to spot an ancient ruin or a medieval castle of a village house that begs to be explored.

CLIMATE Cyprus has a Subtropical climate. Mediterranean and Semi-arid type in the north to eastern part of island with very mild winters on the coast and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos mountains in the central part of island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.

BEWARE Crime against tourists is not common, but you should keep passports, money and other valuables safe. Room safes and hotel safety deposit boxes have been targeted previously.Personal attacks, including sexual assaults, are infrequent but they do occur. Be alert to the possible use of ‘date rape’ and other drugs including ‘GHB’ and liquid ecstasy. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times to make sure they are not spiked. Female travellers should be particularly watchful. It is possible to travel to the north of Cyprus from the south, including via the Ledra Palace and Ledra Street checkpoints in central Nicosia where you can cross by foot. If you intend to take a hire car to the north, the main crossing in Nicosia is Agios Dometios.