Cyprus is well known as the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, who, according to legend, was born there. Cyprus is well known as the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty , who , according to legend, was born there. Κύπρος Cyprus
<ul><li>Το νησί μας είναι το τρίτο σε μέγεθος νησί της Μεσογείου . Βρίσκεται στο σταυροδρόμι τριών ηπείρων, της Ευρώπης, της Ασίας και της Αφρικής. Η γεωγραφική του θέση καθόρισε από τα πανάρχαια χρόνια την ιστορική του μοίρα. </li></ul><ul><li>Cyprus has long been a crossing point between Europe, Asia and Africa and still has many traces of successive civilisations – Roman theatres and villas, Byzantine churches and monasteries, Crusader castles and pre-historic habitats. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Cyprus is the largest island in the eastern Mediterranean . The two main mountain ranges are the Pentadactylos in the north and the Troodos in central and south-western part of the island, with the fertile plain of Messaoria in between. </li></ul>
The local dishes are the traditional meze which is served as a whole meal, the halloumi cheese and the zivania schnapps.
The island’s main economic activities are tourism, clothing and craft exports and merchant shipping. Traditional crafts include embroidery, pottery and copper-work.
Since Turkey occupied the north of the island in 1974, the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities have been separated by the so-called Green Line .