8 amazing facts about Cyprus
Cyprus attracts tourists from all over the world thanks to its luxurious resorts and ideal beaches. More than 45 of them are considered the best beaches in Europe. But how much more interesting and surprising this island is fraught with! We have collected 8 little-known facts about Cyprus that will be of interest to you. And after traveling to Cyprus, you can replenish this list yourself.
1. Cyprus – a true island of love
Legend has it that the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite is a Cypriot. She came out of the sea foam off the coast of the Cypriot city of Paphos.
2. Cyprus – today the only place outside of England where the wedding of the English king took place
It was the wedding of King Richard the Lionheart and Princess Berengaria of Navarre. It took place in the St. George Chapel of Limassol on May 12, 1191.
3. Cyprus has the richest art collection of the Byzantine era
The Byzantine Museum in Nicosia has been open since 1982. Today it has the most impressive collection of Byzantine art. The museum’s special pride is the collection of 12th century icons – the “golden age” of Byzantine icon painting.
4. Cyprus – the southernmost ski resort in Europe
Mount Olympus – the peak of Cyprus (1951 m.). There is one of the best ski resorts in Europe – Troodos. Tourists are offered 4 lifts and 12 runs. The ski season lasts from December to April.
5. In fact, Cyprus is the ocean floor
From a geological point of view, the Troodos mountain complex in Cyprus is the ocean floor that has risen above the surface of the water under the influence of natural factors. In scientific terms, this is called the ophiolite complex.
6. The capital of Cyprus is at the same time the capital of two states
Nicosia is also the capital of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (a partially recognized state). It is the only divided capital in the world.
7.3% of the island is controlled by the British
Cyprus is so beautiful that many states dream of it. And, although Cyprus gained independence from England in 1960, the British still control 3% of Cyprus land. English military bases are located on this territory.
8. 100 years in a row Cyprus belonged to Venice
In the 7th century, Cyprus was presented to the Republic of Venice by Queen Katerina Kornaro. She became the last queen of the Kingdom of Cyprus. Venice has owned Cyprus for 100 years. Shakespeare described this period in the Othello tragedy. And Desdemona was allegedly killed in the castle of the Cypriot city of Famagusta. Now it is called the Othello Tower.
The organization of holidays sometimes brings no less pleasure than the rest itself. And if you study in advance the general rules of preparation for the trip, pack your suitcase and complete work, days in anticipation of a long-awaited trip will fly by even faster.
Make a travel plan
Whatever vacation you are planning – beach, sightseeing, active, it is important to study information about the destination in advance. View the weather forecast for vacation dates, check the calendar of events and festivals, read about the proposed leisure options. Download offline maps and mark the attractions you want to visit.
With the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and EU countries, car trips have become very popular. In this case, the preparation of the car for the trip should include a technical inspection, the purchase of tools and spare parts in case of force majeure, the registration of a “green card”.
Gathering things: what should you take with you to the sea?
If you fly to a popular tourist resort, you don’t have to worry about forgetting flip flops or a swimsuit – they can be purchased on site. The main thing to put in a bag:
Documents, as well as their copies.
Money – although almost everywhere you can pay with a card, a little cash in local currency will come in handy, for example, for tips. It is best to change money at the bank, directly at the resort.
Medicines – painkillers, antipyretic and antihistamines, enterosorbents.
Personal hygiene products.
When planning an excursion visit, be prepared for the walking route. Bring comfortable running shoes, covered clothing and mosquito spray with you. Make a list of things that you need to take, and collect your suitcase, follow it. Do not forget to leave a place for gifts and souvenirs.
Preparing for a trip to the sea in an exotic country also includes visiting a doctor and getting vaccinated.
Think over every “trifle”
Experienced travelers know that sometimes it’s the details that initially seem completely insignificant, determine how the vacation goes. In order to avoid unpleasant force majeure, preparation for the trip should begin in a travel agency. If you plan an active vacation: trekking in the highlands, surfing, parasailing and other extreme sports, ask the manager to buy you extended insurance. This is also true for families with children.