But Cyprus is more than its sand: eschew resorts to rove rural cobblestone villages and explore the jagged heartland, and you’ll discover an alternative island well away from the beach.
Old town exploring: The divided capital of Nicosia (Lefkosia) and North Nicosia (Lefkoşa) has an old-town tumble of skinny lanes, squeezed between the remnants of Venetian walls, leading to medieval churches and Ottoman mosques. In Larnaka, the looping alleyways radiating south from the stout Agios Lazaros Church (in which raised-from-the-dead Lazarus was finally laid to rest) lead to the old Turkish quarter of Skala where white-washed cottages slouch into genteel decay and local artisans such as Emira Pottery have set up shop. In North Cyprus, a honey stone castle glowers down over the tiny old town of Kyrenia (Girne), while the walled old city of Famagusta (Mağusa) is sprinkled with shard-like remnants of Byzantine frippery that speak of a long-gone glorious past. Read the full travel article here.