Planning a trip to Cyprus?
Start with looking on a map first, Cyprus isn’t as close to Greece as you might think.
Cyprus is the third-largest Island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia and its closest neighbours include Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Israel and Syria. The best way to get to this Mediterranean island is by plane, and if you’re coming from London, it’s a five hour flight.
- Cyprus is the birth place of Aphrodite. Aphrodite’s brother cut off her father’s testicle and it landed in the sea – and out of the foam, she was born.
- Cyprus has 782 kilometres of coastline.
- Cyprus offers an incredible number of 56 blue flag beaches for such a small island. It's in the top 5 countries worldwide with the highest ratio of Blue Flag beaches per km of coastline.
A Blue Flag Beach:
- Has clean water for swimming
- Is clean and inspected regularly
- Has a proper waste management program
- Has clean lavatories
- Is not polluted
- Has a lifeguard on duty, life-saving equipment and a first-aid kit
- At least one beach per local authority has some facilities for disabled people
- Offers environmental and nature activities organized by the local authority
- Informs you if there is any danger of pollution
- Cyprus is home to one of Europe's most southerly ski resorts. The snow in the mountains lasts until late spring and it is possible to combine skiing and sunbaking in a single day.
- Commandaria is a sweet red wine produced in Cyprus. It is reputed to be the oldest wine in the world.
- Cyprus is also the hometown of Haloumi Cheese.
- The Evil Eye symbol is found all over Cyprus. People wear the blue beads to warn off the negative energy of the ‘evil eye’.
- There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cyprus. These are Paphos, the Painted Churches in the Troodos Region and Choirokoitia.
- The Greek Orthodox community and the Turkish-speaking Muslims are the two main ethnic groups that inhabit the island.
- Cyprus remains a divided country and a UN buffer zone (known as the Green Line) separates the self-declared Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Greek controlled South. Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is now the only capital in the world to be divided between two nations - North Cyprus & South Cyprus.
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