Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents, where East meets West and a new experience waits for you under the sun every day. It is only 40 miles south of Turkey and 60 miles west of Syria and Lebanon.
(Area: 9,251 sq kms (3,572 sq miles). Population: 1.2 million (2014).Population density: 126.7 per sq km)
Cyprus promotes its location as being the bridge or doorway between West and East, educated English speaking population, moderate cost of living, good airline, port service and great telecommunications.
In general, and as a member of the European Union, Cyprus follows European norms and standards. Apart of the Greek language, English is widely spoken, as are other European languages, especially in the tourist resorts.
The capital and largest city is Nicosia, which is the only remaining divided capital in the world. The division occurred when Turkey invaded the island on May 1974. Other important cities are Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta and Keryneia. These are also Cyprus' six administrative districts. Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia are in the south areas, whilst Famagusta and Keryneia are in the northern Turkish controlled area.
Two mountain ranges (Troodos on the south central part and Kyrenia mountains run along the northern coast of the island) traverse the island from east to west.
Cyprus' history dates back to the Neolithic period and it is famous for being the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite. In the 12th century B.C. a temple was erected for her worship.
In Paphos, you can find many places dedicated to her, such as the Rock of Aphrodite or “Petra tou Romiou” said to be where she took her first steps on earth. Another place is the baths of Aphrodite, which are supposed to be the source of fertility and the fountain of love that are associated with her legend.
The name Paphos is the name of the daughter of Venus and Pygmalion.
Paphos has many historical sites that have been excavated and today enjoys all the benefits of being a popular Mediterranean holiday resort destination.
Cypriot hospitality is legendary, and you’ll be given the warmest of welcomes in Cyprus. From the basket of fresh fruit and a bottle of wine you may receive on arrival, to the attentiveness of staff and friendly service, everything is geared to make you feel at home.
You will find reasonable rates and every type of accommodation to suit a wide variety of preferences and pockets, offering you great value for money. Whether mountains or beach, city or countryside is on your preference the island can accommodate you.
Sport & Nature
Culture and History
It is a wonderful place to escape and be with nature. The Peninsula is famous for its wildlife and rare, endemic flora.
The Museum has got a magnificent collection of archaeological treasures, dating back to Neolithic times, including astonishingly well-preserved Mycenaean pottery, Chalcolithic figurines, Egyptian and Roman statues and carvings from the Royal Tombs at Salamis. The museum is located in central Nicosia.
The ancient city-kingdom site of the Kourion is the finest archaeological site on the island, With its spectacular Greco-Roman theatre, agora (marketplace) and the remains of a cathedral, the House of Eustolios with well-preserved 5th century floor mosaics, the ancient city-kingdom site of . On the same site is a stadium and sanctuary.
Once an important Roman and Venetian port and said to be one of the most picturesque harbours in the Mediterranean, dominated by a vast fortress. Kyrenia Castle houses a Shipwreck Museum, which is best known for its 2,300-year-old merchant vessel and amphorae display
This charming village between Limassol and Larnaca is famous for its silver filigree and, significantly, its lace.
Petra tou Romiou
Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite) is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. It said to be where the Greek goddess Aphrodite was born.
A 2 miles or so long esplanade lined with palm trees, the Phoinikoudes (locally Foinikoudes) is the icon image of Larnaca.
Tombs of the Kings
This is a collection of rock cut tombs. The tombs were of noblemen, rather than kings, and are historically important because of their design.
Troodos Painted Churches
This is a collection of 10 richly painted churches and tiny monasteries. Two of the most spectacular are the Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis at Kakopetria with frescos from the 11th century, and Panagia tou Araka with scenes from the Old Testament.
Agia Napa has ‘grown up’ and now has a growing number of sophisticated nightspots, restaurants and cultural venues, as well as lively clubs that still attract the young, trendy set. The resort has some of the best beaches and diving opportunities on the island.
Baths of Aphrodite
An isolated freshwater pool on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, the Baths of Aphrodite near Polis is where, so legend has it, the Greek goddess bathed and enjoyed trysts with the god Adonis.
Hala Sultan Tekke
Located near Larnaca International Airport, the Hala Sultan Tekke is a beautiful 19th century mosque set amongst palm trees.