Cyprus is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite such a proud status, its area is only 224 km from west to east and 96 km from north to south.
According to legend, the goddess of beauty Aphrodite was born here from sea foam, and the fertility god Adonis chose Cyprus as his home. And this is not surprising. The fertile lands yield 3-4 times a year.
The first settlers arrived in Cyprus from Greece in the 9-10th millennium BC. Throughout its long history, the island was subordinate to Egypt, Persia, Byzantium and Great Britain. In 1960, Cyprus finally gained independence, but in 1974 a conflict broke out between the Greeks and the Turks compactly residing on the island. It led to the division of the island into 2 parts: the north – the state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the south – the Republic of Cyprus. Most resorts are located in the southern part. Continue reading