Legend says that Cyprus is the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Certainly the natural beauty of Cyprus adds to this legend. Here though are some important Cyprus facts to help you prepare for your holiday.
Cyprus is the largest island in the eastern Mediterranean. An important Cyprus fact is that it has one of the oldest civilisations of the area, going back some 10,000 years. Conquered throughout the ages, all that came to her shores have left their mark in some way. These include: the Tombs of the Kings and the Medieval Walls of Nicosia. Within the surrounding areas of Protaras you have the Ayia Napa monastery and the Macronissos tombs, which date back to the Hellenistic and Roman times. Cyprus is steeped in history.
Cyprus has an amazing coastline with a wide variety of beaches, which incorporate secluded bays, lively resorts, sandy beaches and rocky coves. Its expansive coastline means there are plenty of water sports for you to take part in – will it be snorkelling or diving, or some other exhilarating activity.
There are four large cities – Nicosia the capital, Larnaka, Lemesos and Pafos. They are busy modern commercial and business areas, with old town centres containing historical buildings and narrow streets which you can stroll along at your leisure.
One last fact – Cyprus is a must for bird watchers as the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa. Cyprus also has its own national animal, the Cyprus mouflon which is a kind of wild sheep.