BC: I'd like to visit Cyprus with great pleasure. It's wonderful place for relax, entertainment and rest. Don't even think, travel to Cyprus!;)
FC: Welcome to Cyprus
1: Cyprus has a mild climate all through the year and this is one of the reasons it is a popular year round holiday destination. The climate in Cyprus is Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters.
2: Cyprus, a former British colony, became independent in 1960. The official name of Cyprus is The Republic of Cyprus.
3: A brief account of the rich history of Cyprus from the Neolithic period to its present date.
4: The government and people of Cyprus are today actively and intensely promoting the Cypriot culture and making it available to all. Art, literature, music, traditional dance, theater, cinema are some aspects where particular emphasis is placed.
5: Apart from the many religious customs and traditions that can be traced back to the origins of Greek Orthodoxy and are evident during Easter, Christmas, the festival of the flood (kataklysmos), Saint Paul's feast and other religious celebrations, there are many more relating to music dancing and wine.
8: the Wine Festival of Limassol taking place every year during the month of September, where wine is free flowing for ten to twelve days
9: Where music and dance are concerned, Cyprus has quite distinct traditions from those of Greece
10: The Anthestiria Festival is a celebration of spring and nature's rebirth. | A parade of flower floats and people carrying beautiful, fresh flowers travels down Poseidon Avenue and fills the old harbour (Kato Paphos) of Paphos.
11: The festivities date back to ancient Greek times, when feasts were organised in Athens every four years to honour the god of theatre and parties, Dionysus.
12: Anthestiria were also the festivals of souls, plants and flowers, celebrating the rebirth of man and nature. | The contemporary celebrations of Anthestiria in Cyprus have a theme similar to that of the ancient feasts.
13: The word Anthestiria derives from the Greek word anthos, meaning flower.
14: Afelia - Pork marinated in wine and coriander. | Sheftalia - Grilled spiced mince balls.
16: If there is one main element that characterizes the Cypriot cuisine, it is its freshness. The other is the variety of dishes that you will find in Cyprus. The Cypriot cuisine due to its Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern influences offers some unique dishes and culinary experiences.
18: The sweet desert wine of Commandaria is one of the oldest wines in the world.
19: Cyprus has it's own brand of Ouzo and Brandy and a very popular cocktail using brandy is called 'Brandy Sour'.
20: Cyprus Beaches
21: AYIA NAPA BEACHES
22: Ayia Napa is famous for the lovely and very popular Nissi Beach. The waters are calm and turquoise blue and the beach is golden soft sand so ideal for all the family.
23: There's a tiny island about 50-100m from the shore which people love to swim to.
24: Protaras Beaches
25: Fig Tree Bay and and Sirena Bay are very popular beaches with shallow and clear waters. Fig Tree Bay is the larger of the two and edged with hotels and restaurants. | More secluded is Konnon Bay which is 2km north of Cavo Greko.
26: Cyprus Cities and Towns
27: The capital of Cyprus is Nicosia (in Greek Lefkosia). It's the largest city in Cyprus with a modern city center, tree-lined avenues and a lovely Old Quarter. The city is full of restaurants and clubs and is the only divided city in the world.
28: Larnaca | A bust of the Greek stoic philosopher Zeno (who came from the ancient city of Kition - now Larnaca) is on Finikoudes beach in Larnaca. This is the third largest city in Cyprus and where the islands main international airport is located.
29: The famous Finikoudes beach is lined with palm trees, cafes and restaurants and the city has many historical attractions.
31: The second largest city on the island is Limassol with the largest port on the island. It's known as the largest wine producing area on the island with some of the best wine coming from the southern slopes of the Troodos mountain range.
32: Ayia Napa
33: Once a small fishing village, Ayia Napa is now one of the most popular resorts on the island. Fantastic nightlife and fabulous sandy beaches have made this area a playground of fun for many years.
34: How to travel to Cyprus
35: Cyprus travel with flights to Cyprus takes approximately 4-5 hours and you arrive at either Larnaca (main international airport on the island) or Paphos International Airport.