50 Cyprus Facts, an island rich in history and culture

Cyprus is a lovely island located in the eastern Mediterranean, rich in history and culture. In Cyprus you will enjoy the best blue waters and taste delicious Cypriot specialties that will make you want to come back.  I'm lucky that I'm living there. I've made a list with 50 interesting Cyprus facts which include points about geography, history, economy, culture, transportation, food & drinks, entertainment and myths. Although I capture my own pictures, this time I choose to feature a photo which has caught my eye a long time ago on flickr. Enjoy. General Facts Cyprus is an Island in the Mediterranean Sea Cyprus is NOT part of Greece The name of Cyprus may originate from the Mediterranean Cypress Tree (Kyparissos) or derived from copper that was discovered in Cyprus. Current population is 1,238,565 (September 2022) Spoken language is Greek and English is widely spoken The phone dialing code for Cyprus is +357 The Electricity and plug system is the same as the UK The official currency is EURO Time Zone GMT + 2:00 hours Geography Facts Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is the only capital in the world which is divided between two nations (see point 15) There are two British military zones in Cyprus, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, which are a legacy of the British occupation of Cyprus which ended in 1960 The highest peak is Mount Olympus, which reaches around 6402 ft above sea level The Akamas peninsula has a unique beauty. It’s the last coastal region on the island which remains untouched by mass tourism and development History Facts The island has been divided since 1975. A UN buffer zone (known as the Green Line) separates the self-declared Republic of Northern Cyprus (which is illegal) and the controlled South Greek. Turkey occupied 36,2% of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Cyprus and forcibly expelled from their homes about 200,000 Greek Cypriots During the Copper and Bronze Ages when the island's rich natural copper resources were exported to other countries making it one of the [...]

2022-09-12T09:32:19+03:00May 21st, 2016|

10+1 Paphos sites to see

Paphos (Pafos) is a beautiful coastal city in the southeast of Cyprus. The history of this beautiful town dates back more than 9 thousand years, from the Stone Age, to the roman times, Byzantium until today. There are a number of sites which have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Due to the fact that Pafos is the European Capital of Culture for 2017, I’m taking the opportunity to post the must Paphos sites in this beautiful town. This is the place where I grew up since I moved from the UK to Cyprus. I've lived here for 12 years (before moving to Limassol). I basically gathered the top 10+1 sites you have to see when you are visiting Pafos. What’s different in this post is the fact that most of the photos I’m using have been captured by other photographers I follow on Flickr and who have given me the permission to use their work on my post. Plan your holidays here! You can swim as early as end of March - beginning April up until October. During spring the temperatures are between 23-30 and during summer the thermometer get's close to 40(~). Depending what you like, spring, summer, autumn you can choose accordingly when to visit. However, whenever you visit make sure not to miss the following sites. Must See Paphos Sites 1. Paphos Harbour Castle is another UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the harbor. It's beautiful stone walled castle with a lot of history. It was a Byzantine fort, built to protect the harbor but was later on destroyed by the Venetians. After the Ottomans ruled, the castle was restored back to its old glory. If you enter the Castle and get on the top you’ll enjoy nice views of the harbor and the city. Admission: € 2.50 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dora1986/6114586943/in/album-72157627596040568/%20 Paphos Castle -Photo by Me 2. Archeological Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Here you'll find the more important monuments including Saranta Kolones,the Roman Oden, Agora, Asklipieion, Basilica of Chrysopolitissa, Roman mosaics at House of Theseus, Aion and Orpheus. Admission: [...]

2022-10-05T07:59:19+03:00March 27th, 2016|

Athens Walk around Acropolis

Athens is the center of Greek civilization, the capital of Greece, a contemporary city offered for history exploration, holidays, relaxation, nightlife and many more. There are a lot of things to write about Athens but I’ll do that in another post. This post is about recommending my Athens walk around Acropolis and reaching the top of Areopagus hill in order to enjoy the amazing Athens panoramic view. Start Point: Syntagma Square End Point: Monastiraki Walking Distance: 3.5 km Duration: 1 hour Cost: Free Highlights: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Odeon of Herodes, Areopagus Hill, Anafiotika, Plaka, Monastiraki So my Athens walk around Acropolis (that's how I named it) started from Syntagma Square. I walked towards Mitropoleos street and then turned left in order to walk towards Acropolis (there are signs). I walked through small pedestrian streets with small shops selling souvenirs and local things. Of course you can take an alternative route via Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias, however you’ll miss the scenic streets. After a few minutes of walking I reached the Acropolis Museum on my left. If you haven't been to the museum before, and have some free time, I recommend you to spend 1-2 hours there. It's worth visiting since you'll get to see some findings of the Acropolis archaeological site. The day I visited Acropolis was closed for construction works. However I've visited Acropolis a few years ago and it's a lifetime experience which I recommend you to do. Moving on, I walked towards the ‘Archeologikos Choros Theatro Irodou Attikou’ via the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian street. As you walk you will reach the The Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre on your right. This is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens which is still used for performances. The theatre was closed so I couldn’t go in, but I managed to capture a few pictures outside and inside. I continued my walk uphill. The path is really good for walking. Once you reach the top [...]

2022-09-02T09:37:50+03:00February 9th, 2016|
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