Cyprus is the third largest island of the Mediterranean with the acreage of 9250km2. It is situated 75 km south from Turkey and 105 km west from Syria. Cyprus has a unique location in the crossroads of three continents in the eastern corner of the Mediterranea Sea. Cyprus has a diverse nature with long beaches and mountains, idyllic villages and modern cities.
The climate is warm and sunny throughout the year on the island. Cyprus has a history of 9000 years and hence, countless attractions and sights. The goddess of love, Afrodite, is said to have been born on shore
of the island. Cyprus has been inhabited since 5800BC. Due to its location many conquerors have wanted to possess it from the Phoenicians to Assyrians, and Egyptians to Persians. Cyprus was under the Roman rule for several hundreds of years. After the Romans came the Bysantines, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians. The Turks governed Cyprus for 300 years until Great-Britain took controls in 1878 until 1960.
In 1960 Cyprus became indipendent for the first time in 3500 years. In June 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus and as a result the island was divided in two: the northern part into Turkish Cypriot side, and the southern part into Greek Cypriot side. The capital, Nicosia, has also been divided into Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot side. Cyprus is a member state of the European Union since 2004 with the currency of euro.
From the islanders the majority of 78% are Greek Orthodox Christians. Christianity came to Cyprus 45BC. From the population 18% are muslims. The population is 810 000 from which 200 000 are Turkish Cypriots.
Cyprus offers many possibilities for water sports and outdoor activities. You can get easily from one place to another by rental car, but please bear in mind that you must drive on the left!
More information about Cyprus you can find from Cyprus Tourist
Organization (visitcyprus.com) other good resources of information are cyprus.com and discovercyprus.com. Fro agrotourism.com.cy you can find information about nature, villages and accomodation in villages. If you are interested in events then you can look for them from cyprusevents.net according to the area of interest. cyprussummer.com has information about hotels, restaurants and bar from the whole island.