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Cyprus in the Palm of Your Hand

Legend has it that she was born emerging from the sea foam, radiant and beautiful, and that the waves gently carried her to the shore. When she arrived, flowers blossomed under her feet, and the land became fertile and full of beauty.

Aphrodite was born in Cyprus, right at the location of Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock).

It’s no wonder why this island republic is the birthplace of the goddess of beauty. Cyprus history stretches back 11,000 years, making it one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean. Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the unique geographical position of this island has played a significant role in its turbulent past, dating back to ancient times.

Cyprus owes its rich culture and history to numerous civilisations that inhabited it throughout history, from Mycenaean Greece through the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Brits. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that UNESCO has recognised and included numerous landmarks of Cyprus on its list of world heritage sites, such as Paphos, the neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, and the ten painted churches of Troodos.

The capital of Cyprus is located in the central part of the island. Nicosia is a perfect blend of history and modernity, of Europe and the Orient.

Laiki Gitonia (Laiki Geitonia) is a “traditional neighbourhood” within the pedestrian area of Nicosia’s city walls, south of the old town. It consists of 18th-century buildings combined with traditional colonial houses, craft shops, galleries, cafes, and taverns. This traditional “pedestrian quarter” is a very popular part of the city for both locals and tourists.

Cyprus is known for its wines, and some of the most famous varieties are Mavro, Xynisteri, and Maratheftiko.

Cyprus’s beaches have been ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Europe for years. Proof of this is the fact that this Mediterranean island ranks first in Europe (in terms of area) by the number of beaches awarded the Blue Flag, an internationally recognised standard of quality.

When Aphrodite stepped onto the shores of this island, they say flowers blossomed at her feet, and the land became fertile and full of beauty.