Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is
situated at the crossroads between Europe, Asia en Africa. According to
legend Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of fertility, love and physical
beauty, was born here. When see set foot on Cyprus, flowers blossomed
under her feet. This beautiful and sunny island has a lot to offer:
hospitability, beautiful beaches and a rich past.
The capital of the Greek part of Cyprus
is Nicosia, in Greek "Lefkosia". In this divided city one can
feel the recent history of the island. Other important cities are :
Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos. The most beautiful beaches are on the
eastern part of the island, in Ayia Napa. Nature also offers a lot of
surprises on Cyprus. The Troodos Mountains with their pine forests
certainly serve the visitor who wants to get away from the beaches. In
the interior of the country fruit plantations, vineyards and vast
heather plains abound.
The island is very large. There are
several possibilities for excursions. Those who want to learn more about
Ancient Greek culture and history should certainly visit the
archeological sites in Paphos.
THE BIRTH OF
Alongside the road between Paphos and Lemesos, 25 km south-east of
Paphos, some rocks can be seen in the sea. This place is called
"Petra Tou Romiou". It was here that, according to legend,
Aphrodite came out of the sea. The Greek name Petra Tou Romiou ( rock of
the Greeks) is related to the story of Digenis Akritas, the legendary
Byzantine keeper of the frontier. He managed to keep the plundering
Saracens at a distance. With remarkable force he threw the immense rock
on their ships, thereby destroying them.
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