10 Cyprus Facts And Things To Know Before Traveling There

Birthplace of Aphrodite – Cyprus Facts And Things To Know Before Traveling There – A World to Travel

Where is Cyprus?

The island nation of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean sea just off the coast of Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon in the Middle East. Looking at an image of Cyprus country for the sky, it is visible the island is quite small (third largest in the Mediterranean sea), arid and has a pointy tail towards its North East.

However, looking at a political map, you’ll realize Cyprus isn’t as straightforward as it seems. In fact, since the 70’s, Cyprus is split into the – slightly larger – southern Greek Cypriot side and the northern Turkish Cypriot side by a demilitarized 180km line from Paralimni to Kato Pyrgos known as ‘UN Buffer Zone’; which have 7 checkpoints to go through. And then there are two little areas in the South of the country operated by the UK called Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

How many districts are there in Cyprus today?

On top of that, the country is divided into six districts (Kyrenia, Famagusta, Nicosia, Paphos, Limassol, and Larnaca), with two of them overlapping the Buffer Zone, which makes Cyprus political geography even trickier.

Is Cyprus safe?

Don’t be fooled: Cyprus crime rate is very low, which makes it very safe and a perfect tourist destination in the sunny Mediterranean sea.

How many people live in Cyprus?

The country population is a bit over a million people.

What’s the capital city of Cyprus?

Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus for both its northern and southern parts. However, given that Nicosia’s airport was abandoned; if you want to fly to Cyprus today, you can use Ercan airport for Northern Cyprus or Larnaca and Paphos airports in Southern Cyprus.

Why is Cyprus so diverse?

Known as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite – love and beauty goddess – Cyprus has many interesting things to do and see as it was populated and influenced by Greeks, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Arabs, French, Italians, Ottomans, and British (which ultimately left most of Cyprus population speaking English pretty nicely on top of Greek and Turkish).

Today, Cyprus has two main religions: Islam on the north and Greek Orthodox in the south.

How is Cyprus climate?

Cyprus enjoys a warm and dry Mediterranean climate with only some rain in the winter months, which leaves rivers dry in summer.

Which are Cyprus main geographical landmarks?

There are two mountain ranges: the rugged Troodos chain, famous for containing the highest point of the country Mount Olympus and Millomeris Waterfalls in the Southwest of the country, and the thinner Kyrenia Mountains along the North coast. After Cyprus’ split, the Turkish side took the grain, citrus and tobacco fields and the Greek side remained with most of the fruit, livestock, vegetable fields, and vineyards.

Stunning cliffs and sandy beaches like Ayia Napa and Landa beach bathe Cyprus coasts. In fact, Cyprus is a great scuba diving destination where divers can enjoy shipwrecks, reefs, tunnels, and caves.

Which are some of the best things to do in Cyprus outdoors?

Here are some ideas to keep you busy while in Cyprus:

  • Scuba diving in Famagusta
  • Horseback riding at Eagle Mountain Ranch
  • Segway exploration in Paphos
  • Hiking all over Cyprus island
  • Watersports like parasailing, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, and sailing in Paphos and Famagusta
  • Sunbathing in one of Cyprus many beaches

Which cultural activities you can’t miss in Cyprus?

  • Sipping some locally produced wine. They’ve done it since 2300 BC so it must be good!
  • Visiting Aphrodite’s rock, claimed to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.
  • Learning about Cyprus past at Paphos Archaeological Park, which has the excavated remains of Paphos, a UNESCO listed site.
  • Enjoying a theatrical performance in Kourion amphitheater like the Greeks used to do.
  • Retrace’s Cyprus long history at Cyprus Museum.
  • Get a taste of Cyprus modern art at Nicosia Municipal Art Centre.

 

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