Cyprus is a magical place and one of the best spots for that very special wedding abroad.

Situated in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus lies snug between Turkey in the south, Egypt to the north, with Greece on its eastern flank and Lebanon, Syria and Israel to the west. Cyprus Weddings,

A former British colony, it became independent in 1960 and joined the European community in 2004, and uses the euro as its currency.

The island has been occupied by Turkey since 1974 and up to today is the only European country which is divided between the North and South side, effectively cutting into two. The smaller, northern side is administered by Turkish Cypriots and the larger, southern side is administered by Greek Cypriots.

It is the Mediterranean’s third largest island and its natural beauty and superb climate attracts over two million tourists a year which is quite remarkable, given the population is barely one million people. It can be reached by a large number of flights from the U.K., and the journey takes around four to five hours.

Just two hours ahead in time from the U.K., British drivers will be pleased to see that the islanders still drive on the left hand side of the road.

Ayia Napa is within the Greek Cypriot administered zone. One of the country’s best known resorts, it is on the far eastern tip of the island, on the southern coast. Its many boasts are superb sandy beaches and wide-ranging facilities for it’s tourists. Water-skiing, scuba diving and wind surfing are all enjoyed at the highest levels. All the beaches enjoy the EU Blue Flag status, with Nissi beach being one of the most popular. A great attraction for families, the resort also attracts youngsters and retired people, all there to enjoy the enviable climate and wonderful ambiance.

A former fishing village, Ayia Napa is now a town geared towards the tourist. Situated centrally in the town is The Square, a focal point of the resort’s nightlife and top spot for the restaurants and clubs. But it’s not all about eating and clubbing, as Ayia Napa also has a strong cultural heart in the shape of Cape Creco. This is considered many to be the most beautiful spot in Cyprus.

Getting married in Cyprus is many people’s dream and when you start talking to the wedding planner, you’ll quickly understand why.

Penelope Vasiliou-Magoulianiti is the founder of Penelope’s Exclusive Weddings; a company specialising in organising weddings in Cyprus.

Being originally born in Cyprus, now living in London, Penelope was keen to introduce others to the beauty of the Aphrodite island. Steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful scenery, good weather throughout the year, Cyprus is the perfect location for arranging the most beautiful of weddings to suit all desires.

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