Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is located south of Turkey, west of Lebanon and north of Egypt. This country possesses a richness of contrasts: The East region is famous for the sparkling and crystal waters and the golden sandy beaches. The South has orchards and vines which undulate toward the sea. The Troodos Mountains are the island’s “green heart” with endless vistas of forests, valleys orchards, and traditional villages.
The island has a long history and a rich culture that spans 10,000 years. It is said, “scratch the soil anywhere in Cyprus and you will find traces of its magnificent past”. It is not surprising then that UNESCO includes a number of the island’s sights on its list of World Heritage Sites.
The climate is mild and Mediterranean with dry summers and variably short winters.
The area of the island is 9230 square kilometers, 3355 square kilometers in the occupied zone.More about Major Cities & Areas of the islandCyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia.
Population of 946 000 inhabitants. 72% of Greek Cypriots, 9.6% of Turkish Cypriots, 17.6% of foreign origins.
Valid Passport, for EU citizens the ID card is enough.
Cyprus is an Independent Sovereign Republic with a Presidential system of government.
Nicosia Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport
Two hours ahead of U.K., one hour ahead of C.E.T.
The official languages of the island are Greek and Turkish, whilst English is widely spoken. French, German and Russian are also spoken within the tourism industry.
Cyprus enjoys an exceedingly high level of freedom of worship. While the majority of Greek-Cypriots are Greek Orthodox Christians, other denominations are represented on the island, including Armenians, Maronites and Roman Catholics. The Turkish-Cypriot community is predominantly Muslim.
Cyprus benefits from an intense Mediterranean climate with long dry summers (mid-May to mid-October) and mild winters (December to February) separated with a very short spring and autumn period.Summer is a season with high temperatures, a cloudless sky and a sea breeze creating a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas.Winters are mild with a little bit of rain in the mountains (Troodos region). In Cyprus, the sun is King and even in December and January, there are approximately 6 hours of sunshine per day. In total, more than 300 days of sunshine each year!
Regarding the gastronomy, Cyprus has Greek and Oriental influences. Discover new tastes and enjoy many traditional dishes. The speciality of the local cuisine is the famous Meze!! A real treat for the taste buds, with about twenty dishes to share.