29 Mar Cyprus, The Island of Love and Aphrodite
Andry N. tells her story of how she fell in love with Cyprus and its romantic ambiance.
No one can doubt that Cyprus is one of the most beautiful islands in the world with years of culture and ancient history. It is believed that Cyprus, more specifically the seashore of Pafos, was also one of the birthplaces given in Greek mythology for Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty.
It is an Island country in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. It is also a full member state of the European Union. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and the State of Palestine, north of Egypt and east of Greece. Some even actually call it the center of Earth as it is surrounded by so many countries and is near to a number of popular world destinations!
If you have never visited Cyprus then you must plan it for your next getaway. It’s continuously sunny for about ten months a year with mild winters then warm to hot summers. Cyprus is the place to be if you love to explore and have outdoor adventures. Swimming, diving, mountain climbing and hiking are some of its main activities. In winter, you can even enjoy skiing at Mount Olympus. At Paphos Aphrodite Hills, you can relax with a game of golf as it is exclusively designed for all standards and ages.
This picturesque island is the place to be if you enjoy water sports, sunbathing and swimming in crystal clear waters. You can scuba dive at spectacular beaches in Agia Napa and Cavo Greco in Protaras. For nature lovers, you may also visit Lara beach at Akamas which is also a turtle reserve area. Mackenzie Beach in Larnaka is the newest and hottest trend for 24/7 hours of fun! Every day, thousands of visitors swim in its blue flag waters, dine at exclusive restaurants, relax at cafes and enjoy endless night life dancing at the clubs situated right at the beach front!
For those who love to visit historical sites, Paphos is a must. There you may see the Ancient Tombs of the Kings and Kykkos Monastery Museum, the richest and most exceptional monastery of Cyprus situated on the peak of Troodos Mountains. At this location also lies the tomb of Archbishop Makarios, the first official president of the Republic of Cyprus. Unfortunately, despite of serene, natural and magical beauty, the island has its own political issues waiting to be solved. Anyone that wishes to visit the north part of the island like Famagusta or even part of Nicosia which is the capital, you will notice that there is a border separating the north and south. The Turkish invasion in 1974 has left its mark in the country and it is currently the only divided destination in Europe. At the border, everybody must show their identity card or passport to travel north.
Facts about Cyprus:
- Currency: Euros
- Languages: Greek, Turkish, and English
- Population: 1,172,458 (July 2014 est.)
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