- a place to visit,
- a place to spend unforgettable holidays,
- a place to invest... and why not, a place to live
Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean sea, is the eastern-most corner of the European Union, a strategic post throughout the centuries, the hub uniting Asia Africa and Europe, a country with a wonderful Mediterranean weather, with golden beaches surrounded by a clean blue sea having as its main characteristic the hospitality of its people.
Cyprus has a strong, free-market economy supported by a stable democracy and driven by a diverse, well-educated skilled workforce along with an excellent telecommunications and infrastructure system and the lowest tax regime in the European Union. The currency in Cyprus is the Euro.
Cyprus - History
People visiting Cyprus can never find enough time to visit all its historical monuments. The recorded history of Cyprus extends to the 8th century BC. Its ancient history begins with the Greek Mycenaean settlements, gives evidence of the Phoenician presence, and then (700 BC) of Assyrian domination. Later, Cyprus came under Egyptian domination (a favourite place of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt) then under Persian domination and later part of the empire of Alexander the Great. After the Ptolemaic rule, Cyprus became a Roman province and later part of the Byzantine empire. In 1570 Cyprus was conquered by the Ottoman turks and in 1878 Cyprus came under the control of the United Kingdom and in 1914 annexed as a British colony. Cyprus gained its independence in 1960.
In Cyprus the family (nuclear family and extended family) is considered to be the center of the Social Structure and in almost all families always help their relatives. Elders are respected and children expect to take care of their parents when they become old. Cypriots are extremely respectful of hierarchy, people are respected of their age and position and older people are viewed as wise and granted respect. Friendship is also highly honoured in Cyprus. Freedom of religion is safeguarded by the Cyprus constitution and the majority of Greek Cypriots belong to the Greek Orthodox church. The main characteristic of the Cypriots is their openness and warm hospitality. It is well known that foreign tourists (strangers)visiting villages may be warmly invited in Cyprus houses for supper.
If there is one element that characterizes the Cypriot cuisine, it is its freshness. The other is the variety of dishes that one can enjoy in Cyprus since the Cypriot cuisine due to its Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern influences offers some unique dishes and culinary experiences. Amongst the dishes that you would expect to be served in most of the Cypriot Restaurants are: The Cyprus ‘meze’ that consists of around 30 different dishes, meat or fish based. ‘Afelia’, a variety of pork marinated in wine and coriander. ‘Sheftalia’ grilled spiced mince balls, ‘Koupepia’ grape leaves stuffed with mince meat and rice, ‘Stifado’ beef stew casseroled with wine, ‘Loukanika’ sausages soaked inred wine and smoked, ‘Kleftiko’ lamb slowly cooked in a sealed clay oven, ‘Lountza’ smoked pork done in a very Cypriot way, ‘Halloumi’ white cheese made of sheep or goat milk, sometimes even served grilled, ‘Talatouri’ a much tastier version ofthe Greek Tzatziki with fresh mint and garlic, and many others accompanied by Cyprus beer or different varieties of world famous wine.