Located in the
north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is a small European
island country. The geography of Cyprus includes the central plain, the
Mesaoria Plain, which is bordered by the Kyrenia and Pentadactylos mountains
to the north, and the Troodos mountain range to the south and west. There
are also significant and scattered plains along the southern coast.
Cyprus is blessed with golden beaches
boasting clear blue waters, pine-scented forests and a superb climate. It is
the sunniest country in Europe with over 300 days of sun annually. The
environment is one of the healthiest in the world according to the World
Health Organization and is relatively unspoiled by industrialization.
The Cyprus economy is booming and political
stability has been firmly established for over thirty years. In May 2004,
the Republic of Cyprus became a member of the European Union (EU). As one of
the region's leading business centres, the island enjoys advantages in
tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, banking, and insurance.
Crime and violence are rare by US and European standards.
Cypriots have been famous since antiquity for
their hospitality and the warm and friendly welcome they extend to visitors.
Due to the geographic separation of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot
communities following the Turkish invasion in 1974, the Greek language now
predominates in the south and Turkish in the occupied north. However,
English is widely understood on both sides of the island, especially among
the younger generations.
Cyprus is known for the vast amount of
foreigners from all over the world that travel here to live, as well as, for
vacation. This has also contributed to the continuation of English as a
Reflecting the two dominant populations,
Cypriot cuisine has evolved as a fusion of Greek and Turkish cuisine with
local twists to well known dishes. Further influences are evident from
neighbouring countries, namely Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisine.Cyprus also has intriguing historical
locations such as the legendary site of Aphrodite's birthplace which is
close to the coastal cliffs near Pafos. She was the goddess of beauty and
love. The ruins of ancient Salamis near Famagusta, the Kourion theatre
outside the city of Lemesos, the Kolossi Castle, and the Centaur floor
mosaic in Pafos are just a few other examples of great places to see.
Cyprus has been one of the most sought-after
areas of the region since the dawn of recorded history. Ancient Greeks,
Egyptians and Romans, along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans,
have all left a remarkable legacy for the modern visitor to explore.
Cyprus, this island country is situated in the Eastern Basin of the
Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and
measures 240 km in length, and 100 km in width..........
In the Mediterranean Cyprus is the hottest and
driest island, enjoying more sunshine than any other Mediterranean
resort so much so, typically 340 days of sunshine a year. The rainy
season is from November to March, with most of the rain falling between
December and February............
“Cypriots” is the
word that usually describes the Cypriots, but this word is often used
together with the prefix “Greek” or “Turkish” in recognition of the two
major ethnic groups that inhabit the island: the Greek-speaking Greek
Orthodox community and the Turkish-speaking Muslims..........
During the span of the 12th
and 11th centuries B.C. Achaean Greeks come to settle on the island bringing
with them the Greek language, their religion, their customs. They build new
cities like Paphos, Salamis, Kition. The 8th century B.C. is a period of
great prosperity but the island.........