Buying property in Cyprus: Overview

See the House of Dionysus (Roman mosaics) and Tomb of the Kings in Paphos; the sanctuary of Aphrodite (dating back to 12th century BC) nine miles east of Paphos; the 13th-century Kolossi Castle, nine miles west of Limassol; and three miles further west, the Graeco-Roman ruins at Kourion.

On the west coast – the Avgas Gorge is wonderful. Get there early to avoid the heat. Wear a hat, and take plenty of water with you.

The Cyprus museum in Nicosia contains the most important archaeological finds on the island including the renowned statues of Aphrodite and Septemius Severus.

Eat at Maryland at the Mill, Kakopetria, on the eastern flank of the Troodos Mountains. Tel: 00 357 2292 2536.

Vasilikos, a coastal cliff top eyrie next to the Avgas Gorge, serves barbecued meats and a range of Cypriot dishes and salads beneath hanging vines. Expect to pay around £6 for a main course, salad and carafe from the owners own small vineyard.

Kastro’s, Pissouri Beach, is a favourite taverna serving the best halloumi, kleftico, Greek Salad and divine fat chips on the island. You will spend £11 a head for two courses with house wine.