According to the legend, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, was born on the island of Cyprus. This is why it is sometimes named "the island of love". A holiday in Cyprus is a mix of relaxation and a trip back in time. The country has rich history. Inhabited since the beginnings of antiquity, it became a stronghold of Greek culture, a bastion of the Knights Hospitallers in the middle ages, it came under Ottoman and British rule before becoming independent in 1960. Cypriot landscapes are varied, the centre of the island has mountains with hiking routes among the pines, as for the coast, one can lounge around on the beaches of sand or pebbles. The urban charm of the cities reflects all past influences, Orthodox monasteries themselves are worth an entire visit. However, keep in mind, during a visit to Cyprus, the island is divided between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish side in the North. The buffer zone between the two States is a place to avoid. Despite this partition, the Cypriots are very friendly, always ready to offer you a glass of ouzo or introduce you to the rich gastronomy of the island.
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Holidays in Cyprus offer a mix between cultural visits and outdoor activities. The capital, Nicosia, although split into two (it is sometimes called "the Berlin of the Mediterranean") is a modern and vibrant city. The old cities are full of buildings from past centuries and have several museums. The area Laika Yitonia is perfect for shopping. The coasts of the island have many resorts with beautiful beaches, including the Lara Beach near the town of Paphos. Here you can also admire the ruins of a city dating back to the fourth century BCE. In the centre of Cyprus, the Troodos Mountains covered with pine forests full of waterfalls, steep cliffs and sparkling rivers. This mountain is home to fauna, flora and geology of great wealth and you can take beautiful walks while exploring the Byzantine churches nestled in the hills. With its warm, clear waters harboring underwater caves, reefs and shoals, the island is a paradise for divers on holiday in Cyprus.