Cyprus

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Cyprus is a Eurasian island country in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey (Anatolia).The climate is temperate and Mediterranean with dry summers and variably rainy winters. Historically, politically and culturally, however, it is closely aligned with Europe – the Greek Cypriots in the internationally recognised Government controlled area with Greece and the Turkish Cypriots in the occupied North with Turkey. Historically, Cyprus has been at the crossroads between Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa, with lengthy periods of mainly Greek and intermittent Anatolian, Levantine, and British influences. Thus, it is generally considered a transcontinental island.

Along the route that leads from the port city of Lemesos (Limassol) to Pafos, the roadway opens up to reveal a magnificent stretch of coastline where chalky white cliffs stand watch over a dazzling aquamarine sea. Throughout Cyprus, the typically Mediterranean landscape is still blessed with antiquity. There are crusader fortresses framed by tall cypress trees, Greco-Roman theatres carved out of cliffs and Byzantine monasteries perched improbably on mountaintops. Sophisticated cities successfully balance the ancient and modern. The capital, Lefkosia (Nicosia), is surrounded by Venetian walls with heart-shaped bastions; Larnaka, site of the major international airport, is also home to St. Lazarus Church and the crypt of the eponymous saint resurrected by Christ. Near the animated harbor at Pafos are the Roman floor mosaics of the Houses of Aion, Achilles and Dionysus, their depictions of mythological scenes amazingly well preserved. Nestled into the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a veritable crossroads of three continents, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and an ideal starting point for the discovery of other exotic locales such as the Greek Islands, Egypt and the Middle From independent travellers to honeymooners, archaeology aficionados to friends of nature, every visitor to Cyprus finds the island offers layer upon layer of discovery. Food lovers delight in farm-fresh halloumi cheese and delectable meze, the local specialty appetizers that mix Western ingredients with Eastern zest.The Cruise Centre of the Eastern Mediterranean
Cyprus is among the premier cruising destinations in the Mediterranean.
As the easternmost island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a natural point of departure for exploring this amazingly diverse region. Throughout the year locally based cruise lines help locals and tourist alike get a first hand perspective of the splendors of ancient Egypt, major attractions in Israel and Lebanon and, of course, the Greek Islands. Many international cruise ships utilize Cyprus as a major port of call on their international European and Mediterranean itineraries.
Typical products
Halloumi: cheese made of goat or sheep milk, curdling agent (pythkia), salt, mint and water. One of the most important elements for the success of this product is cleanliness.

Wine: Cyprus has a long history and tradition in wine making.
The dominant varieties of wine grapes of Cyprus are the indigenous, mavro-red, xinisteri-white and ofthalmo-red followed by maratheftiko, lefkas and malaga while other international varieties like the cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, mattaro, semillion, shiraz, grenache, carignan noir, palomino, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, are making stronger appearance and gain significant importance in the Cypriot vineyard.

Anari: is a fresh mild cheese produced in Cyprus. Traditionally this cheese is made by adding milk after the preparation of the Halloumi cheese. If it is not consumed while is still fresh, the cheese becomes dry and salted. The dry Anari is used in pastas and pies to add an exceptional taste.

Kefaloturi: is a traditional Cyprus hard cheese that is made of from 100% pasteurized sheep milk. It is one of the best and most expensive cheeses and its preparation is quite complicated. It contains up to 38% moisture, up to 48% fat and 2,5% salt. It is kept in a place of 5 C temperature.

Useful Links
http://www.cyprus.gov.cy/
http://www.visitcyprus.org.cy/

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