Like most visitors, we’ve been lost on some unmade road wondering which way is home!
This map of Cyprus is actually very good. Sure it doesn’t show every unmade road. And exploring Cyprus using these minor routes is always a lot of fun. But it will get you around, and it does show most of the villages.
Interestingly Cyprus is reputed to be one of the most mapped places in the world – a throwback to the troubles of 1974 and the subsequent work to establish exactly who owns what.
A really need thing about this map of Cyprus is that it seems almost indestructible. It printed on some form of paper-like plastic that’s been treated harshly on our expeditions around the island, and it still looks as good as new.
The acid test with any map is to look at its mapping (obvious really, but hey!), so below is an extract showing the countryside around our village of Polemi.Divided into Turkish (north) and Greek (south) – speaking entities since 1974, the island of Cyprus is feeling its way towards reunification and, once again, tourists are able to cross from one side of the island to the other without having to go via Istanbul.
This large-scale, detailed map shows the entire island and is perfect for touring, either by bus and shared taxi or by rented car.
In the south, drive up to the remote Akamas peninsula or through the impressive Troodos mountains; in the north, which is much less developed for tourism, you’ll have the charming port city of Kyrenia which is the main event, and the fine beaches of the Karpas peninsula, pointing towards Syria, which are often all but deserted.
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