Once sleepy fishing villages, Agia Napa on the south east coast with its fabulous sandy beaches and Protaras, the coastal area of Paralimni, in the east with its hundreds of windmills, nowadays buzz with life.

Spend the day sunning your self on the beach, swimming in the warm turquoise waters or taking a short cruise along the coast. Some of the best snorkelling and diving can be had off CapeGkreko, the eastern peninsula national forest park, with its secluded coves and rocky platforms, impressive cliff top views and sea caves. In the evening dine at one of the many restaurants, especially one of the local ones in Paralimni, or jive to the latest sounds at one of numerous nightclubs.

Drive through the main potato-growing area of the island, known collectively as the Kokkinochoria (red soil villages) because of the rich red earth in which the crops are grown. Stop off at the tiny estuary known by the locals as Potamos and watch the fishing boats haul in their catch in their multicoloured baskets.

Culture lovers can explore the medieval churches found in villages like Sotira or go round the folk art museums displaying rural artefacts in Deryneia and Avgorou. The children will love the Marine Life museum or the new Sea Museum, Thalassa, in Agia Napa, which has an amazing replica of a 4th century trading ship which sunk off the coast of Kyrenia.