The island of Cyprus is known for the mildness of its climate and for being a crossroads of traffic and cultures of the eastern Mediterranean. Located between Turkey, Egypt and the Holy Land, the island in ancient times was believed to be the birthplace of Venus, goddess of beauty and love. The island of Cyprus has many tourist attractions.
BATHING FUN AND NIGHTLIFE
Cyprus has now become a sought-after and popular destination for international tourism. This happened thanks to a mix of tourist, cultural, historical, landscape and social attractions. Beaches and the sea are the main tourist attractions of Cyprus.
The entertainment and nightlife of the island’s many seaside and holiday resorts make it a attraction for young people and lovers of happy living. Among the most renowned resorts Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca and Agia Napa, all located along the southern coast of the island.
A VERY RICH HISTORY
Cyprus, however, is not only sea and entertainment. The island has interesting artistic, naturalistic and archaeological aspects that attract tourists from all over the world. Crossroads of peoples and cultures Cyprus has lively cultural and religious traditions. The contrasts of its nature as a Mediterranean island where olive trees, vineyards, pines and citrus trees grow. But where there are mountains, the Troodos mountains, which see snow in the winter.
Cyprus has some interesting archaeological areas such as those of Curium (Kourion) and Amatunte (Amathus) both close to Limassol. Or the beautiful mosaics of the Roman villa near Paphos. The Tombs of the Kings and the scarce remains of the temple of Venus also in Paphos. Here, along the coast, is also visible the rock where according to the mythological tradition Venus was born, the Petra Tou Romiou. To the north of Famagusta are the archaeological remains of Salamis, the ancient capital of Cyprus. While along the north coast the excavations of Soli and those of the palace of Vuni, located south-west of Morphou, are worth visiting.
Even the Middle Ages left an indelible mark on the art and history of Cyprus. The main aspects of this period are highlighted by the wealth of Byzantine churches and monasteries rich in works of art, paintings, mosaics. But also from the imposing Crusader, Venetian and Turkish fortresses, such as Famagusta, Kyrenia, Nicosia, Paphos, Kolossi, Limassol and in the three castles of the Kyrenia mountains (Buffavento, Kantara and Saint Hilarion).
Unesco has inscribed some Cypriot sites on the list of World Heritage Sites. These are all archaeological, historical and artistic sites. They include painted churches in the Troodos region (1985). The archaeological remains of Paphos (1980), and the prehistoric Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia (1998).
The climate of Cyprus.