After experiencing Cyprus’s beauties Ely Sakhai stated that this country offers a magical mix of nature and relaxation, like in a dream. Its spectacular landscapes and climate, gives every tourist a chance to experience something new. This is a magical island, but also a country of contrasts. Despite the sunny beaches and luxury hotels, there are also plenty of mountains covered with pine trees and picturesque mountain villages in Cyprus. This is a small country, but is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia.
The Island is located in the North-eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, 75 km on the south of Turkey, 90 km on the west of Syria and 385 km on the north of Egypt. It can be named as Mediterranean, European and Asian country. Actually, Cyprus belongs to Asia Minor, in geological aspect, but in the cultural aspect, this island belongs to Europe.
Relief and Climate
The relief of the island is mostly mountainous. There are two mountain ranges that extend form west to east. Trodos extends to the entire south-western and southern part of the island, rising to the top of Mount Olympus at 1,951 meters above sea level. Kirenija, is a very narrow, sharp and intersected limestone ridge situated on the North side of the island. Between these two magnificent mountain ranges, stretches a fertile plain. The coastline is very low in the north-east and west parts of the island. This island has great number of beaches: rocky, gravel and sand. Cyprus also possesses two large salt lakes.
Cyprus has very diverse flora and fauna, so this is a paradise for nature lovers. It is famous for its Mediterranean climate. The summer is very hot with an average temperature (in July) about 29 ⁰C, but the winter is mild and rainy with temperatures about 10 ⁰C. The snow begins to fall in December; the ski season begins in January and finishes in March. Cyprus has the highest number of sunny days per year. Click here to see more images.