Welcome to Akrotiri Peninsula
Once a separate island and now part of the Cypriot mainland, the Akrotiri Peninsula is an intriguing corner of Cyprus. Most of it is occupied by the British Sovereign Base Area (SBA), but the only indication that you are on ‘foreign soil’ is the odd sight of British SBA police, who patrol the territory in special police vehicles. To the west of the peninsula, you’ll come across green playing fields, cricket pitches and housing estates more reminiscent of Leicester than Lemesos. There isn't a whole lot to see here, aside from the excellent environmental centre, which celebrates the peninsula's geological and environment significance, and a historic monastery. The village of Akrotiri is the only true settlement within the SBA and home to a good traditional Cypriot restaurant.
The most southerly region is out of bounds; it’s a closed military base, complete with a large airfield.