Cyprus is situated at the maritime crossroads of the eastern Mediterranean basin, and has a rich and varied history. Many invaders, settlers and immigrants have come here over the centuries, and the island has seen Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Genoese, Venetians, Ottomans, British and Turks seek to take a part of Cyprus for themselves. Cypriots, are proud of their nation and feel a strong sense of joy when people come to visit this Mediterranean paradise. Offering so much more than just sea & sand, Cyprus is still a place to come and spend some quality time with family & friends.
People of Cyprus
Hospitality, accompanied by authentic smiles and friendly faces, is what characterizes Cypriot people. Loyal to family bonds, traditions and culture, lovers of nice food and endless entertainment, Cypriots are always friendly and approachable. In fact, the word hospitality in Greek is called “filoksenia” which has two stems namely, “filos” meaning “friend” and “ksenos” meaning “guest”. Cypriots regard visitors as their guests, so don’t be surprised when they want to strike up and inquisitive conversation, they just want to get to know you better.
Award winning beaches
Cyprus has picked up a record number of ‘Blue Flag’ in 2014. Blue Flags are awarded each year in recognition of the quality, safety and eco status of its beaches. This year Cyprus has lifted an extra beach award, putting Cyprus in the top rank of countries with the cleanest beaches in Europe. Since the scheme was first launched in Cyprus the number of holiday beaches getting the Blue Flag seal of approval has risen each year. If you just want to relax and soak up the sun, or fancy being a little more energetic, Cyprus beaches are not only clean & safe, they are surely a place where lasting holiday memories are made.
History & Culture
The History and Culture of Cyprus is among the oldest in the world. The first signs of civilization traced in archaeological excavations and research date back 9,000 years to the 7th millennium BC. This rich cultural landscape involves hundreds of archaeological sites scattered throughout the island, representing various historical periods in the island’s evolution. The discovery of copper in Cyprus in the 3rd millennium BC brought wealth to the island and attracted trade from its trading neighbours. Yet, although geographically placed at the crossroads of three continents Europe, Asia and Africa and a meeting point of great world civilizations, Cyprus has developed and for centuries maintained, its own civilization. It remained a center of Greek culture with Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, French, Venetian, Ottoman and British influences. During your stay here in Cyprus you have the opportunity to visit numerous archaeological sites and discover the wonders of history for your self.
Food is an essential element of any and every social occasion in Cyprus. A conversation rarely takes place without coffee, beer or brandy being offered, customarily accompanied by a small snack. Cypriots love food, so it is does not come as a surprise that the country’s cuisine is so expansive. The island’s geographical position and its history have resulted in a very interesting merge of Greek, Turkish, Arabic and English culinary influences. This style of dining comes from the Cypriot preference for meze (which means “mixture”), which consists of many small dishes with a little of everything that is available on the day in that taverna or restaurant. There is no better way to sample Cypriot cuisine than the meze, as you can literally enjoy the widest variety of local food in one sitting. In Cyprus you will find restaurants to suit all palates and budgets. Prices range according to the type of food served and the location. Waiters always speak English, which helps make your visit a culinary experience to remember. The best way to get acquainted with Cypriot food is to order a meze, in one of the many Cypriot tavernas and restaurants. In the summer you can enjoy your meal at one of the many an open air tavernas, usually decorated with vines and, in some instances, offering live Cypriot music. If Cypriot food is something you don’t want to stick to during your whole visit, there is nothing to worry about, as in the whole of Cyprus you can find plenty of restaurants which offer a wide variety of international cuisine, going from Mexican to Chinese. Most of the international fast food chains have outlets in Cyprus, and you will also find local versions serving kebabs or more traditional dishes.
Cyprus is fortunate to have one of the most agreeable climates in Europe , with 11 out of 12 months a year enjoying brilliant sunshine. Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September and quite mild winters from November to mid-March. Spring and autumn are effectively short intervals in between, characterized by smooth weather. With almost year-round clear skies and sunshine, daylight length ranges from 9.8 hours in December to 14.5 hours in June. In broad lines, Cyprus’s climate is characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Daily temperatures during the hottest months of July and August, range between 29° C on the central plain and 22° C on the Troodos Mountains . The average maximum temperatures for these two months range between 36° C and 27°. The temperature in the open sea hovers above 22° C from June to November, climbing to 27° C in August. Even during the three coolest months of January to March, average sea temperature are an acceptable 16° or 17° C. Cyprus enjoys a very sunny climate compared with most countries with 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day over the six summer months. Even during the months of December and January, there is 5.5 hours of sunshine.
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