Photogallery: Cyprus: From Antiquity to the Present
Cyprus: From Antiquity to the Present
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No. of pictures: 45 pictures
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is divided into Turkish and Greek parts by the so-called Green Line. It passes, among other things, the capital of Nicosia. We recommend renting a car and visiting as much as possible. But beware, in Cyprus you drive on the left! Come and see what sights await you here.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photos: Sylvie Halouzková
Few days before our vacation we still had no plan where to go. Our funds were limited, thus we thought really carefully about some affordable accommodation, fun and night life. We wanted to design it that it wouldn’t ruin us. Seemingly, distant Cyprus is not a good choice, but the opposite was true.
Cyprus is the third largest island next to Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. You can find it just south from Turkey. Since 1974 it has been splitted into two parts by the Green Line. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is in the north. The Cyprus Republic is in the southwest. The latter is a EU member.
We got perfectly rested on a beach devoted to the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite. Now we can continue in exploring sights and nature of the Republic of Cyprus.
You need to go to Cyprus, had you not been there yet. The island is amazing and it will charm you. Its mountains, antiquity, or picturesque towns are perhaps its most magical features. For what its worth, the variety of experiences there are unlike anything you can experience somewhere else.
I leave Nikosia, the capital, for Kyrenia (Girne). We are headed to the mountains. Then we cross the mountains, and take in the view of the sea and Cyprus' nrothern shoreline. Kyrenia, a pleasant town with beautiful harbor and castle, is situated below us.
This time, I leave Famagusta for Salamina which is about 10 kilometers away. Salamina is what remained of an ancient city. I can see the ancient columns and buildings right upon going through the main gate. The sea borders the ruins on the left. I pass by beautiful fountain decorated with statues up to the agora. On the opposite site, there is a pool and next to it a luxurious spa decorated with mosaics and frescoes.
Famagusta or Gazimagusa was the name of Ammochostos meaning "buried in sand". Local terrein is flat yet fertile. Visible are green pipeline leading here water underwater from Turkey. It has been operating only since 2016. Water is scarce on Cyprus.
Karpaz is a point of rest for migratory birds. In addition, there are over 40 orchid species. There are also 7 snake species, yet only three are poisonous. Karpaz is also place famous for turtles and wild donkeys.