Cyprus in a nutshell


The island of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Geographically it belongs to Asia, but geopolitically it is placed under Europe.

Cyprus boasts up to 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a paradise for sea and sun lovers. The coastline is lined with some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and water sports enthusiasts will be in for a treat. The cliffs and coves will reveal unforgettable views. If it gets too warm for you, head to the mountains and enjoy a souvlaki in one of the many mountain villages.

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Cyprus can be enjoyed by disco lovers and history buffs alike. Cyprus is also renowned for its excellent cuisine and wine.

This guide covers the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus. If you are travelling to the unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, read our guide to Northern Cyprus.

Population Area Name Maltese/English Time zone
925 000 316 km2 Κύπρος / Cyprus UTC +1

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