Combine the comfortable warm temperatures of spring and autumn, the clear blue skies and sunshine and the easy pace of life and it's easy to see why. Even in the Cyprus winter months it feels more like a UK autumn. The evenings are cooler and although a winter wardrobe is advisable, you're unlikely to need a thick winter coat.
From friendly family run hotels to 5 star luxury, villas, apartments, and B&Bs, the hospitality you receive is likely to exceed expectations. And rates are reasonable particularly outside of the high season when retired people can pick up the best bargains.
Cyprus is a fascinating island - you can relax on great beaches, shop in the cities, venture into mountains and countryside. And culture buffs will not be disappointed as there are plenty of ancient sites and relics to explore. In fact, 10 of Cyprus' painted churches are UNESCO World Heritage listed as they offer such fine examples of Byzantine art.
Choirokoitia on Cyprus is one of the best preserved prehistoric settlements in the Eastern Mediterranean. The site includes reconstructed round dwellings that give a fascinating insight into how our early ancestors lived.
The island's ancient heritage is visible in the many other outdoor sites such as the underground Tombs of the Kings which are carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars, and the exquisite floor mosaics of Roman villas.
This captivating past is played out in the present. Ancient Greek plays are performed at a Roman theatre that has spectacular views on a cliff overlooking the sea.
A popular tourist spot and one of the most impressive natural sites of Cyprus can be found off the south west cost of Paphos. In this strikingly beautiful location the geological formation of huge rocks that legend associates with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is said that Aphrodite rose from the waves to be escorted on a shell at the rocks known as ‘Rock ofAphrodite’ (‘Petra tou Romiou’ in Greek). Petra tou Romiou / “the Rock of the Greek” is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with his amazing strength. It is said that he heaved a huge rock into the sea, destroying the enemy's ships.
According to this legend in certain weather conditions, the waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. To ancient eyes this could have looked like an ephemeral human shape.
As well as the wealth of outdoor sites, there are also priceless collections of artefacts in the various Archaeological Museums where you can see objects spanning the island’s history, including pottery, coins, jewellery, tombstones and statues.
There are plenty of good deals to be had this year for short holidays and long stay visits. So if you're retired you may be able to snap up a bargain and escape the grey skies of Blighty for a much needed burst of Mediterranean sun.