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The Castle at Kyrenia in Cyprus
Introduction, History and Information
A Brief Introduction to Cyprus
There is so much on offer in Cyprus it is difficult to know where to start. From the romantic beginnings of Cyprus, as the birthplace of Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love, to the modern day island of Cyprus of excellent beaches, golf courses and wonderful walking. The Troodos Mountains is an area of great natural beauty made up of peaks and valleys scattered with unspoilt villages, nature trails rich in fauna and flora, outdoor activities and vineyards producing the island's famous wines. Villages untouched by modern Cyprus are waiting to be discovered, and the views from Mount Olympus are truly inspiring. The ancient ruins on the coast are fascinating including the Tombs of the Kings and several UNESCO Heritage sights.
The ancient sites are a must; it is rare to see such beauty so well preserved. Ancient mosaics can be seen at the House of Dionysos, Byzantine frescos from the 12th and 15th century at the Agios Neofytos Monastery are stunning and are just a few of the many sights to see in Cyprus. The main resorts on the coast can be busier, however, there is a more relaxed pace of life in the mountains and refreshing air make them a great choice, and in the spring the blossom on the fruit trees is a spectacular sight. There are many traditional villages and monasteries to explore including Kykkos, the largest in Cyprus.
Its neighbours, including the Greeks, Turks and the Middle Eastern nations have all influenced Cypriot cuisine. To experience the full flavour of Cyprus a meze is essential and traditional tavarnas can be found in most towns and villages. A meze is a real feast consisting of up to 30 dishes including vegetables, seafood, meats and salads. Try the local salads, typically served with cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta, or souvla, spit roasted lamb. Desserts are an institution, try pastries filled with nuts and cinnamon or filled with syrup. Wine has been produced for thousands of years in Cyprus, and is enjoyed as much today, as it was by the Pharaohs of Egypt and Richard the Lionheart.