You perhaps already know that Cyprus is the 40th most popular tourist destination in the entire world and the third largest island in the Mediterranean.
You perhaps already know that Cyprus is the 40th most popular tourist destination in the entire world and the third largest island in the Mediterranean. You may also know that the island is full of fascinating historic and archaeological sites. But do you know these 10 interesting facts about Cyprus?
1 – The world’s oldest wine is made in Cyprus
Commandaria dates back to at least 2000 BC making it the oldest wine in the world. Its production has changed little since then and you can enjoy a glass of this sweet dessert wine to this day. But be warned, it is rather strong!
2 – The whole of Paphos is a UNESCO world heritage site
Yes, the entire town is a designated UNESCO world heritage site, basically making Paphos one huge open-air museum, and it’s certainly an amazing place to explore, with the Tombs of the Kings being one of the most popular historic attractions in the area.
3 – Leonardo da Vinci once visited Lefkara village
Quiet and charming, Lefkara village is famous for its beautiful and intricate lace, which is still made locally if you’re looking for a unique souvenir of your trip. It is said that Leonardo da Vinci visited Lefkara in the 15th century to buy lace for the altar at the cathedral in Milan.
4 – Cyprus benefits from year-round sunshine
It’s likely that you know Cyprus is a sunshine holiday destination, but did you know that there are on average 320 sunny days in Cyprus every year? Take a trip to Cyprus and you can rest assured that it won’t be spoiled by bad weather.
5 – Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite
You’ll find many references to Aphrodite in Cyprus such as Aphrodite’s Rock, Aphrodite’s Beach, and the Baths of Aphrodite. That’s because legend has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, was born right here in Cyprus. It’s no wonder the island is a popular wedding venue, and the perfect location to propose.
6 – One of the world’s most popular dive sites is just off shore
The shipwreck of the Zenobia is listed as one of the world’s ten most important shipwrecks. More than 40,000 people visit the wreck every year.
7 – Cyprus was the first country to depict a map on its flag
It’s pretty unusual to have a map on an official country flag. There are only two countries in the world that do this, and Cyprus was the first.
8 – Halloumi cheese actually dates back to the Medieval Byzantine period
Cyprus is well known for being the home of delicious halloumi cheese, but most people don’t know that it dates right back to the Medieval Byzantine period. References to halloumi have been found in an Egyptian cookery book from the 14th century.
9 – Cleopatra was given Cyprus as a gift
What says “I love you” more than an entire island? Roman General Mark Anthony gifted Cyprus to Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt during the early days of their relationship. That’s certainly more impressive than a bunch of roses.
10 – The world’s oldest perfume was discovered in Cyprus
Archaeologists in Cyprus made a fascinating find when they unearthed evidence of perfume production in the bronze age, making this 4000-year-old perfume the oldest in the world.
Are you ready to learn more?
Would you like to discover more about Cyprus? Why not plan a trip to this beautiful island and combine a holiday with your medical treatment? Cyprus is a popular destination for medical tourists, offering great value alongside high-quality treatment, in a relaxing environment. If you’d like more information about health and well-being trips to Cyprus, do get in touch with us here at the Cyprus Health Services Promotion Board, we’re here to help and support you every step of the way.
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