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Top 10 things to see in Cyprus: In pictures

From north to south see what makes Cyprus one the best islands to visit in the Med.

Greek in the south and Turkish in the north: since the opening of the Green Line in the early 2000s, Cyprus’s unique selling point gives visitors the chance to dip into two very unique cultures.

In the north you’ll find some of the island’s best beaches, Islamic mosques and huge crusader castles, while in the south you can embrace the Greek’s laid back way of life in its pretty fishing towns. Here are the top 10 places not to be missed.

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1. Aphrodite’s Rock

Along this beautiful stretch of coastline is the geological rock formation that is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love and fertility.

Aphrodite's Rock

2. Cape Greco

A few miles east of Ayia Napa you’ll find this little piece of heaven. Escape the madness of 18-30s clubs and Irish bars and enjoy the peace and quiet of this secluded resort.

Cape Greco

3. Golden Beach, Karpas Peninsula

Along the northern peninsula you’ll find some of the islands most secluded and unspoiled beaches, one of the best being Golden Beach on the Karpas Peninsula.

More: 10 of the world’s best beaches: In pictures

Golden beach, North Cyprus

4. Kyrenia (Girne)

A Venetian castle, bustling harbour and impressive mountainous backdrop makes Kyrenia, (or Girne in Greek) one the island’s most popular towns.

Kyrena

5. Saint Hilarion Castle

The stone work of this ruined castle almost blends in to the jagged mountain face, but that didn’t stop Walt Disney using it as inspiration for his Magic Kingdom.

St Hilarion Castle

6. Larnaka

Larnaka manages to seamlessly blend all the elements of Cyprus into one town, with its busy promenade brimming with shops and cafes, its archaeological landmarks and a massive salt lake with the town’s Turkish quarter as its backdrop.

Larnaca

7. Churches in the Troodos Mountains

Dotted around the Troodos mountain range you’ll find plenty of isolated villages and traditional ornate churches.

Church in Troodos Mountains

8. Roman ruins in Kourion

Discovered through excavation in the 1930s, this labyrinth of ancient ruins gives an insight into the lives of the island’s Roman settlers.

Roman ruins in Kourion

9. Paphos Harbour

This busy tourist town is one of the most popular places to visit in Cyprus and for good reason. Along with plenty of bars, restaurants and other amenities are some incredible museums and historical landmarks.

Boats in Paphos harbour

10. Famagusta’s ghost town

A sad and eerie reminder or the north and south’s troubled relationship, the once lively resort of Varosha in Famagusta was abandoned during the Turkish invasion in 1974. Through binoculars you’ll see dust-covered 1970s cars and crumbling homes.

More: 9 creepiest ghost towns in the world

Ghost town

Looking for more island escapes? Check these out:

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