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Cyprus: An Island Paradise with Something for All

Jun 29, 2008
The island of Cyprus is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, attracting nearly two and a half million tourists a year. Whether tourists are eager to experience the culture of the island or just want to relax on a pristine Cyprian beach, the island has something for everyone.

A former British colony, the Republic of Cyprus gained its independence in 1960. Its nearest neighbors are Turkey, Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Syria. It is the crossroads of three continents, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Historically, many different cultures have influenced and controlled the island nation.

The island was the mythical birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, which helps to explain the sheer beauty of the island. Rocky coves, sandy beaches and some of the best resorts in the world decorate the Cyprian shores.

There are also championship golf courses and beautiful hiking trails across Cyprus. Snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing and deep sea fishing are all popular pastimes. The crystal clear water and gorgeous weather make Cyprus the perfect destination for a beach holiday.

The island nation is as rich with culture as it is with natural beauty. A trip to Cyprus must include a visit to Choirokoitia. It is one of the best preserved examples in the Mediterranean of a settlement from the dawn of civilization.

Also, be sure to enjoy the beautiful floors of the Roman villas with their mosaic tiles that depict the ancient gods and goddesses. The Tombs of the Kings, carved out of rock and Roman amphitheaters that still feature ancient Greek plays are also popular tourist destinations.

Be sure to view some of the beautiful Byzantine churches of Cyprus. Their colorful paintings and adornments date back thousands of years. Cyprian museums feature many other ancient artifacts from the island nation's rich history.

Another big reason that Cyprus is such a popular travel destination is its cuisine. Cyprian food is made from some of the freshest ingredients in the world, based on culinary traditions almost as ancient as civilization itself.

Imagine fresh Greek herbs and spices combining with a hint of citrus and a splash of olive oil and throw in some of the flavors of Africa and Asia Minor. Sun ripened fresh vegetables will delight the palate of every person that visits Cyprian shores.

Start your dining adventure by ordering a "mezedes" at a Cyprian restaurant. But be sure to come hungry, for 20 or more dishes will soon be taking you on a culinary trip through the flavors of the island.

The island is also credited with creating halloumi cheese, made with both sheep and goat milk. It's unique flavor is delicious with watermelon in the summer. It is also served battered and fried, as well as grilled. Enjoy it with some artisan bread and cracked green olives.

Cyprian wine is some of the finest in the world. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians coveted wine from Cyprus for its delicious flavor. Thanks to the sunny weather and mountainous landscape, Cyprian grapes make outstanding and distinctive wine. Be sure to sample some of the local varieties.
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The Cyprus weather and for new visitors a Cyprus map are included in the details.
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