Cyprus an island in the Mediterranean, bordering Turkey, Greece … but with the less fortunate in attracting tourists, why? I do not know, but visit there and spend a few days worth doing, as well as in the Greek islands, Malta and Turkey.
The languages spoken are Greek and Turkish, but do not panic because most of its one million inhabitants speak English (from 1914 until 1960 was the British).
It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and if you think we going to do a tour of the most interesting places of this beautiful country. A tip: the best way is to go by car, so I advise you to hire one because if you will not be difficult to access some parts of the island. A car in Cyprus will cost about 30-35 euros per day.
The capital of Cyprus is Nicosia, is located in the center of the island and has a Royal Palace and over 50 churches. The heart of the city is surrounded by Venetian walls and inside museums, medieval buildings, old churches … The modern city has grown out of the wall and has wide streets and boulevards business. There are three entrances to this ancient city of narrow streets and old houses, mostly in yellow. Ah! and if you like shopping the old town is full of them.
In the interior of the island are the Troodos Mountains that have a height of 2,000 meters and so there are areas with snow in winter. For instance, Mount Olympus offers lovers of skiing tracks where you can play good golf.
It is a beautiful area where you can visit some villages do not even seem to have real treasures of the Byzantine period. One is Laghoudera where there is a twelfth century church with a few paintings over the years that I have not even believe how well they are preserved. Other villages are the heart of Cyprus and Peristerona Kalopanayotis where you will find the Monastery of San Juan, although the largest monastery of the island is to Kykkos with wonderful frescoes and sculptures. In fact one of these pieces of art painted himself the apostle Luke.
In these villages do not lack the typical taverns of the island to stop doing something while you travel by car these beautiful people.
We set course towards the coast and arrive in Larnaca, a town born of the most important Greek philosophers: Zenon, the father of the Stoic school, and in Larnaca, Lazarus had his second home after being resurrected by Jesus.
On the coast road we arrived at Limassol, the island first port and center of the wine industry. In this city in September held a festival of wine and that means that all day you can drink wine and eat without paying anything Would you questions that will give you to eat? yo te lo digo: kebabs of lamb or roast Dolmades, vine leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice.
And the other place is essential to Paphos Cyprus, a place in the official list of Cultural and Natural Treasures of the World Heritage of UNESCO, almost anything. And it is here, born Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
It is a fishing village that had been the capital of the island and where the bulk of tourism in Cyprus. In this place there are archaeological ruins like anywhere else there are bars you can visit homes preserved Roman mosaics in the floor with pictures of gods, animals … and of course: the Tomb of the Kings.
The region of Paphos surrounded, moreover, villages full of charm, with a coastline that will captivate you from the start.
Cyprus is a place to keep in mind whether you like the beach and the mountains, advisable to spend a relaxing Semanita as not to feed the culture and art.
Risk to stick pulled without any car traveling on the road prompted body is sure to discover something new.