Rural and Nature
The variety of plant and animal life and the unspoiled scenery make Cyprus one of the most beautiful places for appreciating nature.
With its rugged coastline, alternating between long stretches of sand or pebble beaches, rocky shores and promontories, sun-baked plains and forested mountains, there is something for everyone.
If you’re a nature lover, or into photography or painting, you’ll find much to inspire you. For a birdwatcher Cyprus is a must-visit, as the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa, while a large number of endemic plants, such as the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus, make it a botanist’s paradise.
The island even has its very own national animal, the Cyprus mouflon, a kind of wild sheep that roams free in the extensive forests of western Troodos and has been used as the symbol for the island’s national carrier.
Exotic and rare forms of wildlife give Cyprus a special touch. Green and Loggerhead turtles breed on the island's sandy beaches in summer, while the Mediterranean monk seal and dolphins have also been seen swimming in the warm, calm, crystal clear seas of the island.