CYPRUS

Summary: Cyprus is in the Middle East, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey, and is a central plain with mountains to the north and south, and scattered but significant plains along southern coast, with a UN controlled buffer zone between northern and southern halves. The Greek Cypriot economy is prosperous but highly susceptible to external shocks such as swings in tourist arrivals, and remains based on agriculture and Turkish-funded economic development.
Capital: Nicosia
Time Zone: DST +0300 UTC
Population: 792,604
Languages: Greek, Turkish, English
Power: 240 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Cypriot Pound – Currently 1 CYP = 2.2870 USD $
Climate: Cyprus has a temperate and Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cooler winters. – Currently 63º, Larnaca Airport Weather

Nicosia: Although embroiled in turmoil and cut by the Green Line, which separates Greek South from Turkish North, Nicosia offers 12th century buildings and shrines, venetian city walls, and a number of museums celebrating the history of the country, like the Leventis Municipal Museum, the Dragoman Hadzigeorgakis and the Byzantine Museum. Nearby, the Troodos Mountains offer relaxation in the resorts, or head back to Nicosia to relax in the world famous Büyük Hammam – a Turkish bath.

Limassol: Wine aficionados will love Limassol, with frequent festivals, the biggest of which is the September Wine Festival. In addition to the grapes, the Folk Art Museum, where you can shop for local handicrafts, and the Cyprus Medieval Museum, housed in the 14th century Limassol Castle, are places to keep you busy, other than the beaches and the nearby Troodos Mountains. In the nearby villages of Amathus, you can watch as excavation sites are worked.

Paphos: Once home to a cult of Aphrodite, Paphos or Pafos offers Roman, Christian and Byzantine architecture, like the Tombs of the Kings, with more than a mile of tunnels and tombs to explore, along with many beautiful mosaics dedicated to Dionysus. The city has beaches to enjoy, but not many hotels, making Paphos better as a daytrip destination or seen on package tours.
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