As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with its unique proximity to Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus has been coveted, won and lost by countless civilisations over the centuries.
Since the Mycenaean Greeks settled here over 3,000 years ago establishing the Greek civilisation on the island, we have seen Phoenicians, Romans, Crusaders, Franks, Venetians and other conquerors who have all left their mark here and helped to shape the island's special character.
Aphrodite, mythological goddess of beauty, was born in the foam of our warm seas, and spawned a huge cult in pagan times. Cyprus is an island of great beauty and endless variety. Golden beaches and rugged coastline are contrasted by the impressive backdrop of unusual mountain ranges.
Greek temples, roman remains, Byzantine churches and crusader castles inspire fascinating excursions.
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