The jewel of the Mediterranean and the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the island of Cyprus is an oasis. The island combines perfectly and harmoniously a rich cultural and archaeological heritage with great natural beauty and a welcoming population. A country gifted with golden beaches boasting clear blue waters, pine-scented forests and a superb climate. It is the sunniest country in Europe with over 300 days of sun annually.
The environment is one of the healthiest in the world, according to the World Health Organization and is relatively unspoiled by industrialization. In addition to that, the economy of the country is booming. Furthermore, political stability has established for the past thirty years.
In May 2004, the Republic of Cyprus became a member of the European Union (EU). As one of the region’s leading business centres, the island enjoys advantages in many different sectors. Some include tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, banking, and insurance. Crime and violence are rare compared to US and European standards.
Cypriots are famous for their hospitality and the warm and friendly welcome they extend to visitors and local people. Due to the geographic separation of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities, languages are divided into two major parts. The Greek word now predominates in the south and Turkish in the occupied north. However, most of the people understand English on both sides of the island, especially among the younger generations.
Cyprus has some historical locations such as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite which is near the coastal cliffs near Paphos. She was very well-known as the goddess of beauty and love. Other famous ruins include the ancient Salamis near Famagusta and the Kourion theatre outside the city of Limassol. Moreover, there are ancient ruins such as the Kolossi Castle, and the Centaur floor mosaic in Paphos.
Since the dawn of recorded history, Cyprus has been one of the most sought-after areas of the region. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans, have all left a remarkable legacy for the modern visitor to explore.