Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and lies at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. Cyprus known as the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’ is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient goddess of love and beauty.
Cyprus describes itself as the year-round island, where each season brings something new and wonderful for visitors to discover, from swimming in the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, to taking a walk in pine-scented forests, skiing on the snowy mountain peaks, cycling through the countryside and wandering around the ancient Greek temples and magnificent Byzantine churches.
Life is meant to be enjoyed in Cyprus. The country is renowned for its excellent quality of life and offers real European lifestyle, culture and amenities. Cafe culture predominates, with both business and social meetings taking place over a leisurely frappe (iced coffee) in the numerous cafes in every city.
As with most Mediterranean cultures, food, both the preparation and the eating, plays a vital role. Meze is a delicious way to acquaint yourself with the local cuisine. Heavily influenced by Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine, Cypriot food includes some culinary stars exclusive to the island, including halloumi cheese, sheftalia, and kebabs. The desserts, ranging from creamy rice puddings to splendidly sticky baklava are irresistible.