Cyprus – Island of Aphrodite in Mediterranean Sea

Cyprus is a sunny island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located 70 kilometers below Turkey and 105 kilometers west of Syria. There are interesting archaeological sites on the island where Roman ruins tell about the history of the area and there are beautiful monasteries to visit. The folklore is fantastic to see and experience. Cyprus is the island of Aphrodite, but unfortunately the island is also torn apart. It consists of two parts and despite attempts, a reunion continues to fail. Source: Dimitrisvetsikas1969, Pixabay

Sunny island in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Cyprus
  • Island of Aphrodite
  • Northern Cyprus and Greek Cyprus
  • Mount Olympus
  • Reunification of Greek and Turkish Cyprus
  • Nicosia



The island of Cyprus is located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most sunny destinations in Europe and yet the island is not overrun by tourists and sun worshipers. Only a few tens of thousands of Dutch tourists visit the island every year. To see and do everything in Cyprus you have to travel quite a few kilometers, because it is a large island.
Cyprus offers:

  • Sun;
  • beautiful beaches;
  • authentic towns and villages;
  • culture;
  • sights;
  • to put away;
  • entertainment venues;
  • good hotels;
  • wonderful restaurants.


Island of Aphrodite

The story goes that Aphrodite, goddess of love, sexuality and fertility, was born in Cyprus. According to myth, Aphrodite was created from the silver foam of the sea. The goddess was born when the waves of the sea were fertilized by falling drops of blood from the god-king Uranus, after he had been castrated with a diamond sickle by his son Kronos and deprived of his rule. Aphrodite rose from the waves of the sea as the fairest of all women. She was white as the foam of the sea and looked lovely and lovely. Her name Aphrodite means ‘the foam-born’ , or Anadyomene, ‘the emerging one’. Aphrodite first floated over the waters to the island of Kythira and then she went to the island of Cyprus.
On the island is the Rock of Aphrodite, which is located about 25 kilometers east of Paphos. Cyprus is also called the
island of Aphrodite .

Northern Cyprus and Greek Cyprus

Cyprus is also an island of conflict. The north has been suffering from this for years. Turkey has occupied Northern Cyprus since 1974 and declared it the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). No country in the world, except Turkey, recognizes this part as an independent state. It is officially considered occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus. The conflict is complex and several resolution attempts have failed. When the Republic of Cyprus is mentioned, Greek Cyprus is often incorrectly referred to. The capital is Nicosia, so beautifully sung by the Singer Without Name.
Nicosia / Source: A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace), Wikimedia Commons (FAL) Greek and Turkish
Several languages are spoken in Cyprus:

  • Greek;
  • Turkish;
  • English.

of the population

  • 77% Greek;
  • 18% Turkish;
  • 5% other.


Mount Olympus

  • More than 1 million people live in Cyprus;
  • the area of the island is 9,251 km²;
  • the coastline is 648 kilometers;
  • highest mountain is Mount Olympus, 1951 meters high;
  • currency: euro.


Reunification of Greek and Turkish Cyprus

In May 2013, European Commissioner Olli Rehn (Monetary Affairs) proposed in the European Parliament that Cyprus should make a new attempt at reunification. It would benefit the economic and social development of Cyprus. An attempt to reunite the Greek and Turkish parts of the island failed in 2004: the Greek Cypriots rejected the reunification. In 2017, negotiations for reunification failed again.

Crisis in Cyprus

Cypriot economy is having a hard time in 2013 and is shrinking. Financial experts predict that recovery will only occur in 2015. In 2013, the euro countries and the IMF previously promised Cyprus 10 billion euros in emergency loans, of which 6.3 billion was ultimately paid out.


Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus. It is a divided city due to the split into a Turkish and Greek part. A UN buffer zone, the so-called ‘green line’ , runs through the middle of the city. Nicosia has many apartment buildings from four to ten floors high that do not exactly give the city a nice appearance. Yet Nicosia has charming sides. There are beautiful churches and interesting museums:

  • Cyprus Museum;
  • Icon museum.

Nicosia was sung by the Singer Without Name: Mandolins in Nicosia.
Mandolins in Nicosia
Mandolins sang softly in Nicosia
In the midnight hour under an azure skyMandolins sang softly in NicosiaTheir exotic music, in a night full of romanceMandomandolins in NicosiaMandomandolins for Mary
The grape pickers traveled through the landAndrea took Mary by the handThey danced and they drank a few glassesMaria soon fell into ecstasyIt became a night full of passion and full of fireUntil the early morning hour

But grape pickers always move on
And seek their happiness from place to place Mary now lies waiting in vain at night Tormented by desperate thoughtsAndreas has his new adventureSomewhere in a grape barn

Mandomandolins in Nicosia
Mandomandolins for Maria…

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