History of Cyprus
Cyprus is a stunningly beautiful island in the Mediterranean. Also known as the island of the goddess Aphrodite. Legend has it, Aphrodite, born of sea foam, took her first steps on this island. Perhaps because of this, or maybe due to the circumstances, this place looks like paradise. The island is home to ancient secrets, architectural monuments, a stunning blue sea, white sand beaches, a cuisine with many culinary secrets, and the sincere smiles of the locals.
Divided capital of Cyprus:
Nicosia became the capital of Cyprus in the ninth century. It is the only capital in the world divided into two parts and belonging to two countries, Cyprus and Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus. In the north, the city is called Lefkosia.
Cyprus – the island of love:
Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, is believed to have been born in Cyprus. Therefore, the place is known as the island of love. The birthplace of Aphrodite, a favorite of visitors, is in the western part of Cyprus, near the Paphos resort. Among other things, it has the rock of Petra tou Romiou.
The highest point in Cyprus is Mount Olympus, which stretches for almost 2,000 meters in the Troodos Mountains. The site is very popular among holidaymakers. The top of the mountain offers breathtaking views. At the foot of Mount Olympus, there are ski slopes with lifts. Interestingly, the highest mountain in mainland Greece is also called Olympus. This peak reaches 2919 m.
The island of Cyprus was ruled by the British from 1878 to 1960. Their legacy survived to this day. In Cyprus, as in England, traffic is on the left side of the road. One can easily communicate with the people of Cyprus in English, although the official languages of the country are Greek and Turkish.
Cypriot winemaking traditions:
Wine lovers visiting Cyprus must try the exceptional Commandaria wine made at the foot of the Troodos Mountains. It is the oldest wine in the world, its production tradition dates back 5,000 years. The Wine Museum, located in the village of Erimi near Limassol, will introduce you to the traditions and history of winemaking in Cyprus.