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Cyprus is an Eastern Mediterranean island nation located just off the southwest corner of Turkey. It is considered to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the greek goddess of love and beauty, and the origin of many ancient myths. With its rich history, diverse culture, stunning coastline, and amazing local food, Cyprus is an ideal tourist destination.

The largest cities in Cyprus include Nicosia (the capital city), Limassol, and Larnaca. All three are popular tourist destinations for their cultural attractions, great restaurants and bars, vibrant nightlife scenes, beautiful beaches, and historical architecture.

The climate in Cyprus is generally very pleasant with temperatures ranging from around 8C in the winter to around 35C in the summer. The best time to visit Cyprus is usually between May and October when the temperatures are mild but still enjoyable.

Cypriot cuisine is renowned all across Europe for its fresh ingredients and bold flavours. Dishes often feature a blend of traditional Greek ingredients combined with local specialities such as dill weed, dried oregano, lemons, olives, peppers, feta cheese, yoghurt, olive oil, tahini, honey and almonds.

Cyprus has a population of just over one million people of many different ethnic backgrounds including Cypriots, Greeks, Armenians, Turks and British nationals. The official languages spoken by the majority of citizens are Greek and Turkish.

The area of Cyprus is roughly 9,251 square miles making it one of the smallest countries in the world.

Cyprus uses the euro as its currency although the British pound sterling is widely accepted in some regions due to the number of British tourists that travel there every year. In terms of expense level it is moderately priced compared to other European countries - not especially expensive but not budget either.

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Attractions in Cyprus

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Bellapais Abbey

Bellapais Abbey (also spelled Bellapaïs) is the ruin of a monastery

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Larnaca Salt Lake

Larnaca Salt Lake (Ελληνικά. Αλυκή Λάρνακας, Türkçe. Larnaka Tuz

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Church of Ayios Lazaros, Larnaca

The Church of Ayios Lazaros (Greek: Ιερός Ναός Αγίου Λαζάρου, also

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Kykkos Monastery

The Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos (Greek:Ιερά Μον

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Kyrenia Castle

Kyrenia Castle (Greek: Κάστρο της Κερύνειας) also Girne Castle, at

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Paphos Archaeological Park

Paphos Archaeological Park (also Kato Pafos Archaeological Park)

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Mount Olympus (Cyprus)

Olympus, at 1,952 metres (6,400 ft), is the highest point of

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Baths of Aphrodite

Baths of Aphrodite is a tourist attraction, one of the Lakes in Neo

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Finikoudes Beach

Finikoudes Beach is a tourist attraction, one of the Beaches in

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Agios Neophytos Monastery

Saint Neophytos Monastery (Greek: Ιερά Μονή Αγίου Νεοφύτου) li

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Büyük Han

Buyuk Han (the Great Inn) is the largest caravansarai on the island of

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MS Zenobia

MS Zenobia was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched

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Cape Greco

Cape Greco, also known as Cavo Greco (Italian; Ελληνικά. Κάβο Γκ

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Nissi beach

Nissi beach, is a well-known sandy beach in the resort of Ayia Napa,

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Mackenzy Beach

Mackenzy Beach is a tourist attraction, one of the Beaches in

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Avakas Gorge

Avakas Gorge - high sheer cliffs which come closer together until they

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Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

Selimiye Mosque (Türkçe. Selimiye Camii), also known as Agia Sofia C

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Hotels in Nicosia

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pedieos guest house

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Holiday Inn Nicosia City Centre Hotel

starting $120

Centrum Hotel - City Center

starting $99

Castelli Hotel

starting $84

Royiatiko Hotel

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Gul Hanim House

starting $74