Island in the Mediterranean sea
Cyprus is an island nation located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean sea. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean sea.
Many visitors to Cyprus fall in love with its climate and its people, and they choose to buy their own holiday home and establish themselves in some way as part of the community rather than simply holidaying.
The population of Cyprus is approximately 750,000 and the island covers a total area of only 9251 square Kilometres or 3572 square miles.
All travelling distances in Cyprus are relatively close. Car and motor-bike hire is easily arranged. Maps are clearly marked with the different types of roads available.
Cyprus has a relatively low crime rate compared to other European countries. Homes are often left unlocked in the villages, whether they are in or out of their home. This means that generally you can feel very safe here and children are more easily able to play outside and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. We have some of the best beaches in the mediterranean, this is one of the reasons that tourists enjoy themselves so much. There are 48 beaches to choose from that have the Blue flag award.
Paphos benefits from 11 blue flag beaches which can be found at: Pissouri, Kalymnos, Akti Olympion, Aphrodite, Castella, Vouppa, Armonia, Loures, Onisilos, Santa Barbara and Aoratoi.
Conquered by foreign powers throughout its long history, the island is like a large open air museum where you can see evidence of its chequered past. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Venetians, Ottomans and British all left their mark, making the island a mosaic of different cultures and periods. Famous for its copper in antiquity, Cyprus (‘Kypros’ in Greek) may even have given the metal its Latin name, cuprum. The cult of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek mythological goddess of love and beauty, flourished here and people came from miles around to take part in celebrations in her name.
The island was the first country the apostles Paul and Barnabas visited in their mission to spread Christianity and the first to come under Christian administration. When Cyprus became part of the Byzantine Empire, art and architecture flourished here, especially in the 12th century, considered to be the Golden Age of Byzantine painting in Cyprus. As a distant outpost of Byzantium, Cyprus escaped the iconoclastic decrees of the 8th century and much of its Byzantine art has survived here.
Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine year round. Cyprus Weather long dry summers and mild winters are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. Summer is a time of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Winters are mild, with some rain and snow on Troodos Mountains. Larnaca enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine year round. Long dry summers and mild winters are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. Summer is a time of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas.