Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.
As a strategic location in the Middle East, it has a grand history. Coveted by empires across the centuries, Cyprus’ enviable position has made it a prize possession for all who rose to power in the Eastern Mediterranean. Today, people still flock here, but it’s now to seek out the island’s beaches, archaeological sites, fine Byzantine churches, monasteries and museums galore. It’s also a wonderful place to go hiking, with an incredible wealth of unique flora and fauna.
Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With an advanced, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the eurozone