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Cyprus Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean, 70 miles away from Turkey.


While the island lies in Asia, because of its large Greek population, it is considered to be a European country and is a member of the European Union.

Cyprus is a divided nation with the southern part of the island, which is under Greek Cypriot control, known as the Republic of Cyprus (internationally recognized), while the Turkish Cypriot area, in the northern part of the island, refers to itself as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC, recognized only by Turkey).

The two regions are completely separate for travel.

Cyprus was already settled in prehistory at the Stone Age, going back to the aceramic Neolithic. Cyprus is the legendary birthplace of the goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Southern Cyprus's main airport is Larnaca International Airport.

The cities of Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol (all in the Greek controlled area), are the main centers in Cyprus. Many archaeological sites can be found all over the island, from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire. One of the main travel attractions in Cyprus is the beautiful coastline of the island, still quite unspoiled in many places. Cypriot wine, often known as Commandaria is strong, sweet and similar to Port wine. Lacework from the village of Lefkara is another specialty.

Cyprus is a major beach and family holiday area. Holiday resorts of all sorts abound.

See the official website of Cyprus Tourism Organisation

The mountainous island of Cyprus, covering 3,570 square miles, lies 60 miles from the coast of Syria. Formerly a British colony, Cyprus became an independent republic within the commonwealth in 1960. The valleys are cultivated. Crops include wheat and barley, potatoes, oranges, olives, and grapes which are pressed for wine or dried for raisins. Mining is important. Copper and iron pyrites are the main exports, followed by oranges, wine, carobbeans, and asbestos. The chief towns are Nicosia, the capital in the centre of the island, and the ports of Limassol, Famagusta, and Larnaca.

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