20 facts about Cyprus

  1. Mount Olympus is the highest point in Cyprus.
  2. The city of Paphos in Cyprus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  3. One of the main dishes of Cyprus is fish, but the Cypriots themselves do not like fishing.
  4. The largest bank is managed by the Cyprus Orthodox Church.
  5. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean.
  6. The capital of Cyprus is divided into Northern and Southern parts.
  7. About 10,000 pink flamingos come to Lake Larnaca every year.
  8. Cyprus declared independence from Britain in 1960.
  9. Legend has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love, was born on the island of
  10. Cyprus is home to the oldest wine producer Commandaria. It is believed to be the oldest wine in the world, first produced in 2000 BC.
  11. People of Cyprus, although it is an independent country, are called Turkish Cypriots in one region and Greek Cypriots in another.
  12. Cyprus has some 20 rare species of orchids.
  13. Cyprus has an average of 40 rainy days a year.
  14. Cyprus has the lowest crime rate in the world.
  15. The island of Cyprus has 340 sunny days a year. Summer can last up to 8 months.
  16. Up to several thousand guests gather for a Cypriot wedding.
  17. Cyprus has no freshwater resources. Drinking water is stored in mountain water reservoirs and is produced artificially in a plant.
  18. The island of Cyprus has 371 different species of birds.
  19. Cyprus has not been affected by the last ice age, so the island has a number of rare plant species.
  20. The mountaintops in Cyprus are covered in snow until late spring, so you can go skiing in the morning and then spend your afternoon sunbathing by the pool or swimming in the Mediterranean.