The mystique of Cyprus is rooted in both its legendary beauty and millennia
of competing empires, all unable to resist the islands strategic allure. Cyprus
is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and its rich history has
given it a truly distinctive character. The abundence of copper put Cyprus on
the map, In the late Bronze age Mycenaean Greeks settled on Cyprus and
established trade links with Cyprus and the Aegean Islands. This is also the
period when ceramic art flourished.
Marc Anthony enraptured by the islands sweet wines, gave Cyprus as a gift to his
lover Cleopatra. After a long period of Byzantine domination, European awareness
of Cyprus surged with the Crusades. In 1191 Richard the Lionheart put his ship
port due to a fierce storm and claimed the island as his own. From 1489 to 1571
the flag of venice flew in Cyprus, until the Ottoman Turks moved in. In 1878
Cyprus became part of the British Empire.
Within the new era the island manages to combine the ancient and the new
tradition, creating a rich cultural place to visit. The population of Cyprus is
approximately 800,000. The main language is Greek, however most people speak
Cyprus is known as the place where the sun never stops shining. All over the
years and in all seasons, visitors are always welcomed by the warm sunshine. Of
course this country also has its rainy days there are also areas that have snow
during the winter especially high on the Troodos mountains.
Another reason why so many travelers choose to visit Cyprus is because it is
famous for its beautiful nature. During your visit here, you would be able to
enjoy the natural beauty of the great sea views, sandy beaches, and also the
exotic flora and fauna. There also many kinds of activities that you can do
here. On the beach, you can sunbathe or do some water sports, or you can go to
town to visit the museums, art galleries, and archeological sites.
As a country that is also known as the Island of Venus, Cyprus really gives you
a great opportunity for a wonderful holiday.