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Cyprus Travel and Tourism

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Cyprus , officially the Republic of Cyprus , is a Eurasian island country situated in the eastern Mediterranean, south of Turkey, west of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, east of Greece, and north of Egypt. Cyprus is the Mediterranean's third largest island, and one of its most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 2.4 million tourists per year. A former British colony, it became an independent republic in 1960 and a member of the Commonwealth in 1961. The Republic of Cyprus is one of the advanced economies in the region, and has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004. In 1974, following 11 years of intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and an attempted coup d'état by Greek Cypriot nationalists who aimed at annexing the island to Greece and were backed by the Greek military junta then in power in Athens, Turkey invaded and occupied 37% of the island. The Turkish military intervention was secretly backed by the United States and NATO. This led to the displacement of thousands of Cypriots and the establishment of a separate Turkish Cypriot political entity in the north. This event and its resulting political situation are matters of ongoing dispute. The Republic of Cyprus, the internationally recognised state, has de jure sovereignty over the entire island of Cyprus and its surrounding waters except small portions that are allocated by treaty to the United Kingdom as sovereign military bases. The island is de facto partitioned into four main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus, comprising about 59% of the island's area in the south; the Turkish-occupied area in the north, calling itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 37% of the island's area and recognised only by Turkey; the United Nations-controlled Green Line, separating the two, covering about 3% of the island's area; and two British Sovereign Base Areas , covering about 3% of the island's area.

   
 
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Music of Cyprus - Nicosia
Music of Cyprus The music of Cyprus includes a variety of classical, folk and popular genres. Recent trends have seen the rise of Agia Napa, a resort, as a home for UK garage music, similar in its evolution to that of the island Ibiza . Cyprus changed hands numerous times prior to the medieval era, and was an important outpost of Christianity and European civilization during the Crusades . The tumultuous history introduced a variety of styles, including music from Armenia , France , Greece and Arabs . The island's peak as a cultural capital of Europe occurred from 1359 to 1432 . During that peak, Pierre 1 de Lusignan made a three year tour of Europe, bringing with him an entourage of musicians that so impressed Charles V in R...

Cyprus An Island Magic And Romance - Nicosia
Cyprus An Island Magic And Romance Along with entertainment within cosmopolitan cities that have a modern infrastructure, Cyprus is an island of diversified heredity, combining a charismatic mixture of romance and antiquity. Fresh air, warm hearted people and an awareness of tradition as well as history, combined an excellent climate with altering seasons make it a safe and scenic island. The community are welcoming; they drive on the left and because of the island's protracted association with the British and considering that Cyprus is within the EU, mean that English is observed in all places. Brits may live, find employment and own property in Cyprus freely within the southern part. It has transformed into one of the incomparably fashionable dest...

Cyprus Boat Trips For Another View Of Cyprus - Nicosia
Cyprus Boat Trips For Another View Of Cyprus Why are Cyprus boat trips so popular? An intrinsic part of the Cyprus life style is the sea and Cyprus is fortunate to be surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean ocean. The waters are warm and stay that way right through from the end of May until the end of October whilst never dropping much below 16c even in the short Cyprus winter. Most Cyprus families possess a boat of some kind or at least has a relative who owns one and during the summer months they will make the maximum use of them. The small marinas and harbors that have sprung up all over the Island are an indication of the increasing popularity of this fun filled pastime involving Cyprus boat trips. It is no surprise therefore that the there is a huge se...

The Secret of Cyprus - Argaka
The Secret of Cyprus The magnificent pine forest which covers approximately 1/3 of the western side of the island. There are hundreds of miles of well maintained forest trails as well as some EXCELLENT new tarmac roads winding through the various forest regions like the Tilliria, Marathasa and Solea valleys, all leading to the more well known alpine region of the Troodos mountains. Keen road cyclists will love the alpine style roads winding up, down and through the forest regions and marvel at the lack of cars as they enjoy their own personal training ground. The more adventurous walker or mountain biker can explore the forest more deeply on the off road trails and, if lucky, will spot the shy Agrino or Mouflon (the indiginous...