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History of Cyprus

Cyprus is the third largest island in Mediterranean, and the ideal destination for great holidays. A history of 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go; from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra, the byzantines, Lusignans, Venitians, the arabs, the turks, the british.
Learn about the Prehistoric Cyprus (the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, the Bronze and the Iron Age), the Ancient History of Cyprus (the Assyrians, the Persian, the Hellenistic, the Roman Period, the Christianization), Cyprus in the Middle Ages (the Byzantine period, the Arab conquest and the Byzantine reconquest, the Crusades - Lusignan and the Venetian period), the Ottoman Empire (the social history, the Greek independence movement) and the Modern History of Cyprus (Cyprus as a protectorate of the British Empire, the proposed Union with Greece, the independence, the Turkish Invasion in 1974, the post invasion and present days).

Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus, and travellers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.

Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly joins European culture with ancient enchantment. As a Mediterranean island Cyprus is a plentiful sunshine country. In fact, the island epitomizes the ideal weather of the region with sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day.


Cyprus has one of the most agreeable climates in Europe, with 11 out of 12 months a year enjoying brilliant sunshine. In May, the average temperature is 260C with a maximum of 290C and a minimum of 150C. Average rain days in May:1

Very cool, cotton clothes are recommended for the hot summer months. Jackets and light sweaters may be required for the evenings during May.

Do not forget your sunglasses while in Cyprus.

Avoid being exposed in direct sunlight when in beach.

Cyprus has something to offer every month of the year, whether it's swimming (as late as November) or enjoying cultural sites and festivals (all year long).

Enjoy the sun, the sandy beaches, the golden and clean waters, the nature and the hospitality of the locals. Visit either cosmopolitan cities; Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia, Ayia Napa and Larnaca, or timeless villages and in the unspoilt countryside.

Quick Information
  • As of May 2004 Cyprus is a full member of the European Community
  • Greek is the official language but English is the second language and is widely spoken. A greater Knowledge of French and German is increasingly noticeable. As of the increasing number of tourists and business activities, Russian and even Chinese are also in fashion
  • The currency of the Republic is the Euro
  • Banks in Cyprus open for the, public from 08:30 to 13:30 midday. Certain banks in tourist areas open during the afternoon.
  • The voltage on the island is 240 Socket outlets are of flat 3 pin-type.
  • All types of medication are available in well stocked pharmacies all over Cyprus.
  • Telephone : Cyprus automatic telephone dialling system reaches 206 countries. Telecards can be purchased from Post Offices, kiosks and souvenir shops.
  • There are two international airports in Cyprus, at Larnaca and Paphos.
  • The two main ports are in Lemesos and Larnaca.
  • ·Around 30 airlines connect Cyprus directly with most European and Middle-East countries, which provide ongoing services to anywhere in the world
Universities in Cyprus

University of Cyprus
niversity of Nicosia
European University
yprus University of Technology
rederic University

Research Centres in Cyprus

Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics

Pharmaceutical Companies in Cyprus


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