Destination Cyprus, a guide to the Mediterranean island between the Middle East and Europe.
The island, geographically already part of Asia (Middle East), is located about 80 km (50 mi) south of the coast of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt and east of Greece.
The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea has a land area of 9,251 km², including the Republic of Cyprus, Northern Cyprus (a country only recognized by Turkey), and the British Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
The official name of the country that occupies the southern part of the island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea is Republic of Cyprus.
The Republic of Cyprus has a population of 848,300 (in 2015), about 1.1 million people live on the island. Capital and largest city is Nicosia, spoken languages are Greek and Turkish.
Cyprus is famous for:
Aphrodite, the Rock of the Greek, legend has it that the Greek goddess of love and beauty was born there. The solid rock Tombs of the Kings and the Roman ruins with mosaics of Nea Paphos official website. Wreck diving (Zenobia wreck). Haloumi cheese and Commandaria, the sweet dessert wine from Cyprus and Limassol carnival.