A startlingly blue lagoon at Cape Greko, Cyprus


Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is a country with stunning beaches, pretty seaside villages, and an interesting, if sometimes turbulent, history. Cyprus is a divided country, half Greek and half Turkish. As such, it has two currencies, two official languages and the world's last divided capital city, Nicosia. At the same time, Cyprus is a republic, with one president responsible for the whole island, and is a member of the EU.

The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Cyprus is also known for its exceptional natural beauty. As well as numerous bays, coves and beaches, the interior has rugged mountains dotted with tiny villages. Cypriot food is heavily influenced by Arab, Greek and Turkish cuisines and trying the local dishes is a highlight of any trip.

View of Nicosia, with the Turkish side of Cyprus in background.
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