50 Fascinating Facts About Cyprus

Cyprus, the third most significant island in the Mediterranean, is a natural splendors and mythology region. It is the birthplace of Aphrodite and contains Neolithic and Bronze Age homes and graves. It welcomes approximately three million tourists each year and introduces them to the hospitable Cypriot way of life, ranking Cyprus as the world's 40th most popular tourist spot. Or maybe you have fallen in love with the island and join the millions of visitors who visit each year to appreciate its naturally diversified environment. If such is the case, you may believe that you know just about everything about the island, but we discovered eight lesser-known facts that may surprise you. Cyprus is among the most intriguing European countries and has historically served as a crossroads of civilizations. The following are some fascinating facts about the island:

Fascinating Facts

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Cyprus is home to the world's oldest manufactured wine. Command aria is a delicious dessert wine that dates to 2000BC.
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Cyprus is the Mediterranean's third biggest and third populous island.
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Formally the Republic of Cyprus, Cyprus is a Mediterranean island nation located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
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Cyprus has approximately 320 days of sunshine per year. The Mediterranean Island is renowned for its subtropical environment, making it one of the most incredible vacation spots for vitamin D replenishment.
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Cyprus won its first Olympic medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Cyprus has significant copper reserves, and the name may be related to Eteocypriot, an ancient pre-Indo-European language spoken in Iron Age Cyprus that derives from the Sumerian word for copper.
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Cyprus has a total land area nearly three times Cornwall — 3,572 square miles or 9,251 square kilometres.
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Greater Nicosia is the only region of Cyprus to have been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age.
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Cyprus' population is equivalent to 0.02 per cent of the world's total population, and the country ranks 158th in terms of population.
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Nicosia, Cyprus' capital city, is 47 square miles (122 square kilometres) in area.
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Cyprus is home to some of the world's oldest water wells. The stone-age wells discovered in Kissonerga, Paphos, have been researched and are believed to have existed for approximately 10,500 years. They exemplify the affluence of Neolithic settlers.
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Cyprus was previously given as a gift by Roman General Mark Antony to Queen Cleopatra of Egypt.
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One hundred forty of the world's 1950 flowering plant species are found in Cyprus.
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Chirokitia is renowned as one of the Eastern Mediterranean's most significant and best-preserved prehistoric monuments.
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Cyprus's Mediterranean climate is ideal, with hot, dry summers and mild winters! Indeed, Cyprus's weather follows a distinct seasonal pattern.
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The Cypriot Orthodox Church owns the country's largest bank. Additionally, the church plays a significant role in the island's social and political life.
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The Cyprus Moufflon (a rare breed of sheep) is unique in the world.
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Cyprus is geographically closer to the Middle East; nonetheless, it has been a member of the EU single market and eurozone monetary union since 2004.
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For the last decade, Cyprus' beaches have been consistently ranked among the cleanest in Europe.
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In 2016, a total of 64 local coastlines were awarded the Blue Flag.
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Orchid species are extremely rare. Cyprus is home to over 20 rare orchid species, which is excellent news for any flower enthusiasts out there.
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Cyprus enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
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Cyprus is Europe's ninth smallest country.
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Cyprus' renowned halloumi cheese extends back to the Byzantine era in the Middle Ages.
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It's interesting to note that the island is separated into two sections! Turkey controls the northern half of the country, while the southern half is self-governing.
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Cyprus is home to an entire UNESCO World Heritage Site! Paphos's ancient tombs, fortifications, and palaces will delight history buffs.
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Alexander the Great conquered the island in 333 BC, defeating the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians.
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On the island of Cyprus, it is stated that there are more cats than people.
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Off the coast of Larnaca, Cyprus is home to one of the world's most famous wreck diving locations, the Zenobia.
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Cyprus, like Korea, is an island and a country divided in two. Cyprus is a country divided culturally between Eastern and Western values and geographically between north and south.
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Nicosia, Cyprus' capital, was officially renamed Ledra in Ancient Times.
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Adrenaline seekers will rejoice to learn that Cyprus is home to Europe's southernmost ski lifts! Indeed, Cyprus is home to Europe's most southerly lifts.
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On August 16, 1960, Cyprus declared independence from the British. They do, however, observe their Independence Day on October 1 each year.
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Cyprus is the only country outside of the United Kingdom to have hosted a British royal wedding.
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Cyprus is the first nation to incorporate the country's shape into its flag.
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The Greek Army attempted to conquer the island in 1974. The Turks replied by invading and capturing around one-third of Northern Cyprus.
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Cyprus is one of the most southerly ski resorts in Europe.
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Cyprus' official currency is the Euro, a member of the EU's eurozone monetary union.
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Cyprus discovered the world's oldest perfume.
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Cyprus has two official languages: Greek and Turkish.
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During the Copper and Bronze Ages, the island nation reached its zenith. At the time, the country was one of the wealthiest nations on the planet.
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It is home to one of the world's most popular dive sites. The Zenobia is one of the world's ten most significant shipwrecks.
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Cyprus has around 45 beaches that have earned the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety.
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Nicosia is Cyprus' capital city. It is situated alongside the Pedieos River.
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Cyprus had one of the most significant life expectancies in Europe, at 82.2 years.
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In Cyprus, taxi drivers do not give change. They retain change as a gratuity. An easy tip for saving money in Cyprus is to give the taxi driver precise change.
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Choirokoitia, a Neolithic settlement in Cyprus, is one of the most significant Neolithic sites in Europe.
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More than 4 million visitors visit Cyprus each year; nevertheless, less than 10% seek to enter Northern Cyprus.
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Cypriots are food connoisseurs. The average Cypriot enjoys dining at their favourite restaurant once a week.
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While anybody who resides in Cyprus is referred to be a Cypriot, there are disparities between the northern and southern. If you live in the south, you may be referred to as a Greek Cypriot; if you live in the north, you may be a Turkish Cypriot.

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