The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus has two distinct personalities, divided as it is between its southern Greek Cypriot territory and the northern Turkish Cypriot land.
Offering everything from luxurious mountain resorts to scenic fishing villages, and being the reputed birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is often lauded as one of the best charter destinations in the Mediterranean. The sub-tropical climate means this is one of the hottest places in the Med, and the island enjoys more than double the sunshine hours of northern Europe, so there’s no better way of exploring than on a yacht.
There are three notable nature reserves on Cyprus. For hiking and biking in the summer, head to the Troodos National Forest Park – which in the winter months doubles as a low-key ski resort. Scenic trails weave through the densely forested landscapes of the Akamas Nature Reserve; while White Rocks is where you can discover the island’s most secluded beaches. With its many bars and clubs, Ayia Napa is a popular choice for the younger generation, while elsewhere the sophisticated dining scene is ubiquitous. Combining ancient cultures and modern amenities, Cyprus is an ideal destination for a yachting holiday all year round.