The jewel of the Mediterranean and the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the island of Cyprus is an oasis. The island combines perfectly and harmoniously a rich cultural and archaeological heritage with great natural beauty and a welcoming population. A country gifted with golden beaches boasting clear blue waters, pine-scented forests and a superb climate. It is the sunniest country in Europe with over 300 days of sun annually.
The environment is one of the healthiest in the world according to the World Health Organization and is relatively unspoiled by industrialization. In addition to that, the economy of the country is booming and political stability has established the past thirty years.
In May 2004, the Republic of Cyprus became a member of the European Union (EU). As one of the region’s leading business centres, the island enjoys advantages in many different sectors. Some include tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, banking, and insurance. Crime and violence are rare compared to US and European standards.
Cypriots are famous for their hospitality and the warm and friendly welcome they extend to visitors and local people. Due to the geographic separation of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities, languages are divided in two major parts. The Greek language now predominates in the south and Turkish in the occupied north. However, English is widely understood on both sides of the island, especially among the younger generations.
Cyprus has some historical locations such as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite which is near the coastal cliffs near Paphos. She was very well-known as the goddess of beauty and love. Other famous ruins include the ancient Salamis near Famagusta and the Kourion theatre outside the city of Limassol. Moreover, there are ancient ruins such as the Kolossi Castle, and the Centaur floor mosaic in Paphos.
Since the dawn of recorded history, Cyprus has been one of the most sought-after areas of the region. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans, have all left a remarkable legacy for the modern visitor to explore.
Unique archaeological sites
Museums and ancient churches are met in every region providing you with essential information about the history of the country.
Cyprus is an island
An island of myths and legends. According to mythology the Goddess of Love Aphrodite was born and lived on the island Petra of Romiou or Aphrodite rock is considered Aphrodite’s birth place.
Ideal place location
You can enjoy your dinner in one of the local taverns and enjoy a variety of Cyprus dishes as well an abundance of local wines. Here you will be able to find specialized national cuisine restaurants.
Limassol is the second largest city of Cyprus with a long cultural tradition and 10,000 years of history. It is located on the island's southern coast and has a population of 235,000.
Known to many as Limassol, Lemesos is one of Cyprus’ most underrated cities for different reasons. Although fringed on its eastern edge by a glut of bland-looking developments, the core is full of character. Wrapped around a castle, the historic centre radiates out in a web of lanes where old, shuttered houses and modern boutiques lie cheek by jowl. It’s an area buzzing with cafes, bars and restaurants that are as popular with locals as with visitors.
It’s the second largest city of Cyprus with a population of around 200,000 people. It is geographically situated on the southern coast of the island of Cyprus. The skyline of Limassol has covered most of its historical past and has given rise to a modern, cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, The Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting.
Added to the above, this city is Cyprus’ international business centre. Despite the financial woes of recent years, there’s again a sense of optimism in the air. Its flashy marina has introduced an atmosphere of glamour and grittier areas of the town are being revamped. For travellers looking for a holiday that takes in more than sun and sea, Lemesos lies at the very heart of one of the island’s richest areas for exploration.
The port of the city is the largest in the Mediterranean transit trade and is considered to be an excellent base for those companies doing business with the Middle East, North Africa or Eastern Europe. Limassol’s infrastructure is constantly upgraded from all aspects (way of living, education, public construction projects, etc) with the most distinct project of this sort being the Limassol Marina, an exclusive waterfront development combining elegant residences and a full-service marina, with its own shopping and dining area in the heart of Limassol.
In recent years Limassol has progressed as one of the largest commercial ports in the Mediterranean region and it is now considered as one of the most important centres of tourism, trade and offshore companies.
The city is also the business and financial centre of Cyprus as hundreds of international shipping and financial companies have their headquarters here.
Limassol is famous for its cultural events like Wine Festival and Carnival and for the overall mood of the people who are hospitable and friendly.