Towns & villages
The towns of Cyprus present a modern cosmopolitan atmosphere blended with historic buildings and ancient monuments. Well-designed contemporary hotels, apartment blocks and attractive shopping streets, some narrow and quaint, others thoroughly modern are included in the towns. By contrast, life in the villages follows a slower pace, reflecting the importance of agriculture, cottage industry and family ties.
Traditional flat roofed village houses made of mud brick are a common sight, while stone-built houses with tiled roofs can be seen in the mountains. Many village houses feature delightful vine-shaded court-yards.