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25 Interesting Facts about Cyprus

25 Interesting Facts about Cyprus

Cyprus is an interesting island with a rich heritage that offer many exceptional places to visit. The island is well known for its beauty and hospitality and there are many interesting facts about Cyprus that you probably did not know. There are many exciting events, customs, activities and places to visit on the island.

  • Cyprus is known as the playground of the gods in ancient mythology. It is the birthplace of Aphrodite who was the goddess of love and beauty, that is why Cyprus is known as the island of love
  • Cyprus has a wonderful climate with over 32o days of sunshine per year. On an average it only rains about 40 days of the year. The island is ideal for summer holidays that could stretch from Spring to Autumn
  • Cyprus was a British Colony until 1960 when it became independent and was named the Republic of Cyprus. Independence day is celebrated every year on the 1st October
  • Early human activity on the island can be traced back to 10,000BC. Archaeological sites have made discoveries over the years that prove that ancient civilizations were active as early as this
  • The oldest water wells were also discovered in Cyprus and they were built over 9,000 years ago
  • The oldest wine label, Commandaria, was made in Cyprus since 800BC on the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It is said the King Richard drank this wine at his wedding in 1191
  • The richest Cypriot citizen with a fortune of over 7 billion dollars in John Fredriksen who is also listed as the 228th riches person in the world
  • There is evidence that the first domesticated cat was found in Cyprus. An ancient gravesite that was excavated in 2004 found a human buried with a cat. This gravesite is said to be 9,500 years old
  • The most expensive mansion in Cyprus is built on the southern coast and is said to have cost over $35 million. This impressive home is built on 5 levels and has 7 bedrooms
  • Nicosia is placed 42nd in the list of the most expensive cities in the world
  • Cyprus has one of the lowest murder rates in the world making it one of the safest places on earth to live
  • There are 140 flowering plants that can only be found in Cyprus. These include the Cyprus tulip and crocus
  • Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and has the only divided city in the world. Nicosia has been a divided city since the Turkish invasion in 1974
  • There are still some coffee shops in the villages of Cyprus that only allow men to attend
  • The whole town of Paphos has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • There are Christian catacombs in Paphos that has a tree at its entrance that is supposed to fulfill wishes. This tree has a multitude of handkerchiefs and ribbons tied to its branches by people making wishes
  • Cyprus is the first country that was governed by a member of the Orthodox Church, Archbishop Makarios
  • Cyprus is a multilingual country with Greek and English spoken by most of its population
  • Cyprus is a multicultural country and practices freedom of religion for all its population
  • There are 371 migratory birds on the island and 10 rare species of orchids
  • There are several British military bases on the island
  • The Cyprus mouflon is indigenous to the island and is rarely seen outside the countryside of the Troodos Mountains
  • Easter is the most important religious event of the year
  • Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Cyprus at over 6402 feet above sea level
  • Cyprus is one of only 4 countries in the EU that drives on the left