Cyprus will transport you in the middle of the Byzantine and Hellenic civilisation. Mythology will accompany you throughout your stay in Cyprus, between Byzantine churches, orthodoxe monasteries and Greek vestiges. Its capital, Nicosie, are shared into two: the Greek side and its old working where many Byzantine churches preach, and the Turkish side and its Holy cathedral Sophie become mosque. A trip to Cyprus will dazzle you by the diversity of its landscapes, between mountains, countryside and sea.
Cyprus holds its name “island of the love” of an old legend according to which Aphrodite, goddess of the love, were born from scum in a point where the sea is thrown on rocks of the coast of Paphos. Cyprus is a sun ground which guarantees a total expatriation all the year with the great diversity of its landscapes. The mountains at the vertiginous tops are interlaced with sandy beaches ends, frays that and there of authentic rural landscapes. But to claim to appreciate the island in its totality, it is not enough to have done lot of mileage of Ayia Napa to Polishes, of Is in West. It is necessary to take the time to discover the treasures of which it abounds and to visit them one by one: old castles, stations of mountains, monasteries, forests.
Cyprus also has three sites classified with the World heritage of UNESCO: the Neolithic site of Choirokoitia, but also the area of Troodos and its painted churches, as well as the site of Paphos. Lastly, a travel to Cyprus, it is the warranty to get in touch with people cordial and smiling which never fail to testify his hospitality by offering a ouzo. Smiles and calms characterize these inhabitants in spite of the tensions which reign in their country divided into two.
Deep mixture between modernity and the past, the Cypriot culture is proud of a heritage of more than 9,000 years, whose traces are still visible today. Thus, the island abounds in Roman temples, mosaics and other frescos of the 15th century, which point out the many influences that she knew.
Two great religions occupy Cyprus today, and the religious demarcation is done by famous “the green line” which separates the island into two. On a side the inhabitants of North, close to Turkey, are mainly Sunni Muslims, and other, the Cypriot ones of the South, are especially of Greek orthodoxe confession.
The Cypriot kitchen is a scientist mixes of all the Mediterranean gastronomies. It knew to take best each one of its neighbors, to make a tasty melting-pot of it. Everywhere in Cyprus, one can taste the delicious one mezzés, sets of Eastern entries, but also of the roast lamb “kleftiko”, without forgetting the Greek coffee, been useful with his marc, and of the ouzo, an alcohol scented with anise.
In Cyprus, the folklore in a very important place, with a strong repertoire of songs and other traditional dances. According to the part of the island, one approaches to the Greek culture or the Turkish culture, and one can admire many choreographies to the sound of violi and of the ludo, a lute with four double cords.
The Cypriot climate is of Mediterranean type dry and lenient all the year. Spring and the autumn can be a good compromise to profit from a strong sunning without suffering from heat.