An island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Cyprus is an island of legends which lies in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. Located at the crossroads of three continents, where East meets West, the island has always been the centre of Greek culture with rich heritage. Cyprus is a popular European holiday destination.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. Cyprus has joined the European Union in 2004 and has introduced the Euro Currency in 2008. A modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment, the country is now a full member of the European Union. Well developed infrastructure, warm sunny days, beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, excellent utilities, overwhelming hospitality, strong economical and financial system, low cost of living and generous tax incentives are just some of Cyprus’ attributes that attract tourism and foreign investors.
The island is a fascinating land of contrasts. It has some of the most sophisticated cities in the region, and yet, a short distance away, you can feel as if you have stepped back into a previous century, not just the 19th, but far back to a time when people pursued simpler pleasures. Drop into almost any country taverna, or join the locals at a town market, and you will feel the atmosphere of a way of life that has remained essentially the same for centuries.
The people of Cyprus owe their individuality and warmth to the fact that they are the product of an amazingly colorful history. This sun drenched island has been at the crossroads of world events for centuries. Roman, Byzantine, Greek and British influences have all had a bearing on life in Cyprus.
Here you will discover a lot of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café. Sense of timelessness is magnified by the kindness of the people. And that golden sunshine - there are generally 300+ sunny days per year - is something few can resist. Add it all up and you have an ideally-situated island that truly has no equal.
A holiday in Cyprus offers a huge range of things to see and do. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, water sports feature strongly. Try the waterpark for thrills, or bungee jumping for an extreme sensation. Discover the magic of the underwater world by snorkelling or diving in the warm crystal clear seas. Windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed all the year round, thanks to steady winds and calm predictable seas, while coastal cruising and deep-water fishing are also popular. History buffs will love Ancient Salamis and Ancient Kourion, both wondrous archaeological sites. Kykkos Monastery is Cyprus’ most important religious site, but you should also take the time to explore other monasteries in Bellapais and Trodos Massif. This area is also home to trails popular with hikers. To learn about Greek myths, visit Pafos and the Tombs of The Kings, and be sure to spend time in the walled, divided capital of Lefkosia/North Nicosia. If all that sightseeing has left you hot under the collar, head for one of Cyprus’ immaculate beaches. Whether the Karpas Peninsula or Akamas Peninsula, Protaras or Pernera, you’ll be spoilt for choice.