CYPRUS

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.

PETRA TOU ROMIOU 
THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE
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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