About Cyprus
Wonderful Cyprus

Wonderful Cyprus

The beautiful island of Cyprus is situated at the crossroads of three continents; Europe, Asia and Africa. The intense Mediterranean climate of the island offers balmy summers, fantastic sea temperatures with year round swimming and the warmest winter temperatures in Europe. Cyprus boasts some of Europe’s finest Blue flag beaches, the Paphos area has 4 champions... read more
A history lesson

A history lesson

After the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974, the island has been divided into the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot parts. The demarcation line, monitored by British troops and the UN, runs across the island and through the capital Nicosia. Whether a reunion is possible remains to be seen; much depends on developments in the ongoing negotiations on Turkey's possib... read more
Vretsia - one of the abandoned villages of Cyprus

Vretsia - one of the abandoned villages of Cyprus

Cyprus has more than its fair share of abandoned villages. The troubles in 1974 caused the displacement of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.The environment itself has caused other villages to be abandoned for reasons of safety. Whatever the reason, the abandonment caused emotional pain and suffering to the affected people. Cyprus is a land built on antiquities, and thes... read more
General Georgios Grivas - controversial freedom fighter

General Georgios Grivas - controversial freedom fighter

By Thanasis Gavos - London General Grivas, the man that led EOKA’s armed struggle against the British in Cyprus during the second half of the fifties using the nom de guerre ‘Digenis’, kept the whole of the British security apparatus quite concerned over his plans even after the 1959 end to his organisation’s activities. Secret documents kept in six fi... read more
Mouflon - the magnificent wild sheep of Cyprus

Mouflon - the magnificent wild sheep of Cyprus

The mouflon, or “Agrino” as they are called locally, are the largest animals in the Cypriot fauna. They are originally a kind of wild sheep that probably arrived in Cyprus several thousand years ago as livestock when man first settled on the island. Other mouflon species are found in other Mediterranean countries, as Turkey, Syria and on the island of Sardinia. The... read more
Tourists express full satisfaction with holidays in Cyprus

Tourists express full satisfaction with holidays in Cyprus

More than seventy percent of the tourists who participated in a survey commissioned by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said they were completely satisfied with their stay in Cyprus between July and October 2017, the CTO reports. At the same time, the number of those who cited security matters for choosing Cyprus has increased.   The reasons cited by tourists for choosing C... read more
Carob - the black gold of Aphrodite´s island

Carob - the black gold of Aphrodite´s island

By Pany Galanis The Carob tree’s botanical name is Ceratonia Siliqua, also known as St John’s bread or Locust Bean, (not to be confused with the African Locust Bean). In Greece the Carobs are known as “Haroupia” or “Ksilokeratia” and are also referred to as “Teratsia” by Greek-Cypriots. The ripe, dried pod has been traded since ... read more
Frangipani - you see these wonderful trees everywhere

Frangipani - you see these wonderful trees everywhere

In Cyprus you see a lot of Frangipani trees with their rather unusual branches, dark green long, narrow leaves and fragrant white and yellow flowers. Absolutely beautiful and we immediately knew, after having moved into our new Kamares bungalow many years ago, that we wanted to have one in our garden. English speakers often call the tree Plumeria and it grows in many parts of t... read more
Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus

Many Europeans have purchased property in the so called Republic of Northern Cyprus, despite the fact that this part of the island has been occupied by the Turks since 1974. The world has condemned the Turkish rape of the north, and the only country in the world that has recognised the Republic of Northern Cyprus is, of course, Turkey.   Property is cheap in the nort... read more
Water is life

Water is life

Without water Cyprus cannot exist and the island is quite dependent on rainfalls which normally occur during the winter months. Water consumption increases with growth in housing construction, new golf courses etc., adding to the water predicament. Since the economy is counting on residential development, the authorities will at all times do what is needed to solve water s... read more