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Cyprus - the birthplace of Aphrodite

Cyprus, Europe, Mediteranean coast

Cyprus is an island nation located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a distance roughly equal to Europe, Asia and Africa. Nicosia is the capital of the country and the population is nearly 800,000, the majority of workers in tourism. Part of the European Union in 2004 and is divided administratively into six districts in northern predominantly Turkish population and to the south the Greek ones. The climate is temperate Mediterranean, with hot summers and cold winters. Local currency is the euro.

In Cyprus are very important religious customs and traditions, and issues for which tourists should follow. Meetings shaking hands, accepting coffee or refreshments are just some of them, which can be added also prohibited shooting without permission of the military or cultural objectives.

The history of the island is tumultuous, mainly due to geographical position. Phoenicians, Syrians, Romans, Crusaders, Venetians and British, have contributed to art, history and local mentality. Myths and stories are richer here than in any other area of the world. Cicero and his theories were presented here, Othello agonized, St. Paul has been defied, and in particular, this place has created Aphrodite. Although tension between Turks and Greeks is very tense, tourists do not suffer from this conflict, on the contrary. The rivalry between them lies in providing travel services as well.

Tourists can enjoy here various landscapes: mountains, beaches tidy, clear waters, unique routes, rich vineyards, plus the Venetian walls, Crusader castles and Roman mosaics. Also nightlife is typical to a Mediterranean islands, night clubs and premises not lacking for parties. During the day you can go hiking, water sports, biking, skiing (winter), sunbaths, fishing and other sports or leisure activities.

The most important localities are: Ayia Napa, Limassol, Ppahos, Larnaca, all providing hotels and accommodation, both luxurious and affordable.

The attractions of the island's most prominent are:

- Carnivals and parades during the spring, with parties, games and exciting competitions.
- Cyprus Museum, with many "rich" archaeological Folk Art Museum, the new Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral of St. John, Byzantine churches, Makarios Cultural Center Mosque Omeriye, all located in the capital Nicosia.
- Royal Tombs and the monastery of Agios Irakleidios Tamassos, with five domes Church, Mosque and the Church of Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Peristerona on rock near Deftera are other interesting targets near the capital.
- At Larnaca Agios Lazaros Church can be visited, the Byzantine Museum, Paphos Fort, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Paleontology Torniritis-Pierdes or remains Kition. Near Hala Sultan Tekke airport is located, a historic mosque in Larnaca salt lake and stunning gardens.
- The hills are located to the west: Lefkara village, famous for lace making, the Monastery of Agios Minas, Stavrovouni Monastery, Royal Chapel of the Crusaders.
- In Limassol can be viewed locally Castle, Old Port, the Medieval Museum, the Museum of Folk Art, Museum of Archaeology or the Zoo.
- In the old city is located Kourion Greco-Roman theater, the summer playing Shakespearean works, but also the House of Eustolios, Acropolis, the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Christian Basilica.