The AKROTIRI PENINSULA lies southwest of Lemesos, the bulk of it occupied by the British Sovereign Base, one of two retained by the UK when Cyprus became independent in 1960. Driving through it can be a disorienting experience, since it looks and feels like a chunk of suburban England, out of place in the climate of Cyprus’s southernmost point. However much one feels that this remnant of Britain’s imperial past is somehow inappropriate to the twenty-first century, it has had the collateral benefit of stopping the westward spread of Lemesos’s unattractive sprawl.

There’s not a lot to draw the visitor out onto the peninsula itself but a few attractions are well worth the drive.

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