This site has been created to help people who wish to come to Cyprus or want to know more about this country. In 1960 Cyprus became independent from Britain (it had been a crown colony since 192 as the Republic of Cyprus). Today, Cyprus is a popular tourist destination for European visitors, 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 lies about 65km south of Turkey, 100km west of Syria and 770km southeast of Greece.
Settled for more than 10 millennia, Cyprus lies at a cultural, linguistic and historical crossroads between Europe and Asia. The rugged island of Cyprus resembles a saucepan, with the handle extending northeast from the main part. The Turkish Cypriot state made a unilateral declaration of independence in 1983 and adopted the name Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Cyprus, in Greek Kípros, in Turkish Kıbrıs, an island in the eastern Mediterranean known since ancient times for its mineral wealth, its superb wines and produce, and its natural beauty.
A "golden green leaf cast into the sea and a land of "wild climate and volcanoes, in the words of the Greek Cypriot poet Leonidas Malenis, Cyprus comprises high mountains, fertile valleys and wide beaches.