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Cyprus, officially called the Republic of Cyprus, is an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest and most populous island in the Mediterranean, and is located south of Turkey; west of Syria; northwest of Lebanon, Israel and the Gaza Strip; north of Egypt; and southeast of Greece. The birthplace, according to legend, of the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, Cyprus's modern history has instead been dominated by tensions between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants. The rugged island of Cyprus resembles a saucepan, with the handle extending northeast from the main part.

Located in the southwest of Cyprus, Paphos attracts holidaymakers with its nightclubs, ancient ruins and old town. A "golden green leaf cast into the sea and a land of "wild weather and volcanoes, in the words of Greek Cypriot poet Leonidas Malenis, Cyprus comprises high mountains, fertile valleys and wide beaches. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island supported by the Greek government. Cyprus lies about 40 miles (65 km) south of Turkey, 60 miles (100 km) west of Syria and 480 miles (770 km) southeast of mainland Greece.

In 2003 he founded the Peace and Democracy Movement in support of the UN Annan Plan for a united Cyprus within the European Union, and has also advocated a policy of greater political independence for Turkey. Wine tours, launched by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, allow travellers to sip their way through the various wine regions. One cannot talk about Cyprus without mentioning the partition, namely the Turkish-occupied territory covering 37 percent of the north of the island. The State Department classifies Cyprus as a Level 1 country, the lowest threat level on its travel advisory scale; however, it warns Americans to enter and leave Cyprus only through southern airports (Larnaca and Paphos) and seaports.

Known for its hot summers, mild winters and clear skies, Cyprus receives more than 300 days of sunshine a year. In 1960 Cyprus gained independence from Britain (it had been a crown colony since 192 as the Republic of Cyprus). In many ways it resembles most cities, until you see the UN buffer zone separating the Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus (a state recognised only by Turkey). The Turkish Cypriot state made a unilateral declaration of independence in 1983 and adopted the name Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Today, Cyprus is a popular tourist destination for visitors from Europe, favoured by honeymooners (as befits the legendary home of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love), birdwatchers attracted by the island's diversity of migratory species and other holidaymakers. Cyprus, Kípros in Greek, Kıbrıs in Turkish, is an eastern Mediterranean island known since ancient times for its mineral wealth, its excellent wines and produce, and its natural beauty.

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