Did you know?
2016 was the most successful year for tourism ever recorded in Cyprus. Arrivals in 2016 increased by 19.8% from 2015, a total of around 3.2 million!
The population of Cyprus is a little larger than that of Leeds in the UK, and it is just under half the size of Wales. In 1992 only 4.2% of the population were non-Cypriot, in 2011 the figure stood at 21.4%. Of all countries in the EU, only Luxembourg and Malta have smaller populations than Cyprus.
Cyprus is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia. In the world ranking, it stands as the 81st largest island.
The word alphabet comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’.
Value Penguin voted Cyprus as 5th safest country in the world in 2015.
Cyprus has abundant sunshine for almost 300 days every year.
The ‘fasting’ calendar of the orthodox church is 48 days before Easter, 40 days before Christmas & lesser fasting periods throughout the year – in total, half the year is taken up by fasting.
King Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre at Limassol Castle on May 12, 1191. to date it is the only Royal wedding not to have taken place in the UK.
Cyprus has the most Blue Flag beaches per capita and per coastline length in the whole world.
There is a map of Cyprus on its flag, the only nation to do so until Kosovo did the same in 2008.
Paphos, alongside Aarhus in Denmark, is the European Capital of Culture for 2017. The town is also included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage.
Copper has been mined in Cyprus for thousands of years. the name Cyprus probably derives from the Greek for copper – kypros.