There are many flights between Greece and Cyprus, although relatively few travellers include both nations in the same trip. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sardinia and Sicily, and ahead of Crete. Although Northern Cyprus will officially continue to use the Turkish lira, in practice its merchants and hoteliers have been accepting a wide variety of currencies for years and will continue to do so. 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.
It is called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but is only recognised as legitimate by Turkey itself. The southern part is an independent republic called the Republic of Cyprus, sometimes referred to as Greek Cyprus, although this is misleading. Settled for more than 10 millennia, Cyprus is at a cultural, linguistic and historical crossroads between Europe and Asia. Cyprus is served by several international airlines as well as charter airlines, mainly from the UK, during the summer.
Access between the two parts of Cyprus has often been restricted, but in recent years has been generally unproblematic. Cyprus, "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, comprises high mountains, fertile valleys and wide beaches. In 1960, Cyprus became independent from Britain (it had been a crown colony since 192) as the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus, sometimes spelled Kypros, is a large island in the eastern Aegean in the Mediterranean.
The rugged island of Cyprus resembles a saucepan, with the handle extending northeastward from the main part. Cyprus, in Greek Kípros, in Turkish Kıbrıs, is an island in the eastern Mediterranean known since ancient times for its mineral wealth, its superb wines and produce, and its natural beauty. The Turkish Cypriot state made a unilateral declaration of independence in 1983 and adopted the name Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. 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.