The island of Cyprus is found in the Island of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean found in the south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece. Cyprus is the 51st largest by population in the whole world. The country has two administrations; The south is led by the Greek Cypriots and the north is led by the Turkish Cypriots. The country is divided into six districts namely; Nicosia, Larnaca, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Limassol, and Paphos. The majority of the Greek Cypriots identify themselves as Greek Orthodox and into the north, the Turkish Cypriots supports the Sunni Islam. The two official languages of Cyprus is Greek and Turkish while English is mainly used in the media and public road signs. Getting to know all about Cyprus will take you to a lot of wonders and excitement for new beginnings and excitements.
1. Famous Cyprus DishesThe island’s cuisine has a long-lasting impact from its history and from its nearby country described as Greek gastronomy. The Koupepia is the traditional food of Cyprus. The healthy food is prepared by mixing vine leaves, mixture of minced pork and beef, onions, tomatoes, rice, olive oil, black pepper, salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s a must that the vine leaves must be blanched first before filling in the mixture and to roll. The secret to the Koupepia is to cooked it in slow fire for almost 30 to 40 minutes. Most dishes in Cyprus comprises of vegetables and fruits like green peppers, okra, green beans, black eyed peas and a lot more. The Turkish Delight or loukoumi delights every visitor of the country and the entire world. You will find these in pretty boxes in a variety of flavors. Among the favorite flavors are, lemon, bergamot, mastic, chocolates and a lot more.
2. Sunny CyprusFeeling a little low and moody? Head to Cyprus for that fantastic warm sunlight to as the perfect mood buster. Cyrpus is famous for being one of the warmest climates and warmest winters in the Mediterranean. The country has a subtropical climate and a semi-arid type with very mild winters and warm to hot summers. The hot and dry summer season is expected from May to September. This is maybe the best time to visit the abundant lovely beaches of the country to enjoy the sun at its best.
3. Spectacular Beaches The island has a lot to offer for all beach lovers, whether you’re looking for a place to spend the whole day with or have great adventures. A lot of choices to swim in and relax with sunbeds, parasols for that fantastic tan. A huge variety of dive centers are available to choose from giving you the best deals of Cyprus beach life. A nice and peaceful place that will take your breathe away and the beautiful warm clear sea excellent for swimming and playing under the sun. The island has something for everyone at all ages. All coast has various things to offer like fine white sandy beaches and shallow turquoise water, blue skies, excellent marine life to discover and to camp on the beaches.
4. Hope Found on a TreeThe country is home to the famous sacred wishing tree beautifully adorned with handkerchiefs, ribbons, rags, ribbons, ties and even socks. This tradition is a pagan practice that believes to heal every pain, from the feeling of frustrations, broken promises, longing for things that can’t be given, illnesses and sorrows. It has been all over the world that wishes may be granted upon hanging of handkerchiefs in the tree. The infertile women believe that they will conceived in the nearby future. Lost people will return to their loved ones and the belief and assurance that there will be something good to happen in the next coming months or years.
5. Lively Limassol CarnivalThe most anticipated merry gathering in Cyprus is the Limassol Carnival held at the town of Limassol. It is a world-recognized folk festivity held 12 days before the Lent Season. The oldest festival is a 10-day colorful lively event represents the town’s identity and traditional cultural ritual. It is a great opportunity for the Cypriots to positively express their faith and optimism for an abundant and a progressive year. The festivity has been passed from the next generation thrrough the gathering of the Cypriots to dance, drink, children’s parade and socialized while dressed up with their colorful carnival costumes along the streets of Limassol.
6. Sweet and Healthy Cyprus Coffee Cyprus coffee is served in almost any of the restaurants in Cyprus. It made of finely ground coffee beans, small cup of cold water, sugar and heat it on the traditional coffee maker called “hovoli”. It takes an absolute skill to get the creamy froth forms to make sure that it is available for serving. The demitaase cup is the cup for serving. Today, there are modern electric ‘mbrikia’ to conveniently served this amazing Cypruss coffee. There are a lot of variations, but milk is never an added ingredient in Cyprus coffee. Aside from the amazing benefits of coffee, the Cyprus coffee is more relaxing when sipped slowly with your favorite people like family, friends and to even get to know more about the Cypriots.