Why Cyprus

The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus stretches 150 miles(240 Klm) from the west coast to its easternmost tip and 60 miles(96 kms) from north to south. Two imposing mountain ranges act as a dramatic backcloth to the sweeping central Mesaoria plain. There are six major towns. Nicosia, the capital situated inland in the middle of the Mesaoria plain, and the 5 coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaka, Pafos, Kyrenia and Famagusta. The latter two, in the north and east respectively, have been under Turkish occupation since 1974 and are inaccessible to visitors. The whole island(including the occupied part) is full of archeological sites with Greek culture. 


Many civilizations left their history-stamp in the island but no one is so clear and obvious as the Greek one. Archeological, historic, religion monuments are mostly Greek. Ancient theatres, temples, very old Byzantine churches and monasteries (well maintained), are scattered all over the island. In Cyprus you find tow main nations: Greek Cypriots (about 60%), Turkish Cypriots (about 20%). There are also thee main minorities: The Armenians, the Latins and the Maronites, (the rest percentage). After Cyprus joined The European Union there is a big and serious effort from all sides for a better communication and contact between the nationalities, cultures and religions. 


The locals are proud of their tradition in music and dances, customs, family, religion, food so they are always ready to protect it with all costs. Cyprus landscape is one of infinite contrasts, from its fertile central plain to the cool vive-clad foothills; The majesty of the cedar valley in which wild indigenous moufflon roam. Mile after mile of sandy shores with secluded beaches to seek out and hundreds of Villages to explore each with with its own tradition and charm. Leafy carob and attractive olive trees abound while plantation of citrus and bananas and the endless profusion of vines add variety to an island where everything seems to flourish and blossom.