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About Cyprus

 Cyprus is situated in the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean, at the meeting point of Europe, Asia and Africa. Since the dawn of history, Cyprus has been one of the most interesting areas of the region and has a rich and visible cultural history.

Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans have all left a powerful legacy for the modern visitor to see and admire.
Cyprus is endowed with golden beaches, virgin green forests and other natural wonders. The environment is one of the healthiest in the world, free from pollution and the other ill-effects of industrialized countries. Crime is almost non-existent.

Cyprus enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate. Apart from the light rainy season between November and March, Cyprus is sunny all the time. Main temperatures range from 42C (80F), during the coldest month of December, to 35C (96F) during the hottest month of August.

The weather, however, is not the only attractive feature of the island the Cypriot people are equally famous for the warm and friendly welcome they extend to visitors.

In May 2004, Cyprus officially became a member of the European Union and thus bridged Europe to the Middle East and the rest of the world. Having emerged as one of the region's leading business and financial centers, the island enjoys competitive advantages in areas such as tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, banking, and insurance.

Cyprus provides an ideal setting for higher learning, it is no wonder that it has become a major international education centre, attracting scholars and students from all over the world.

 

About Larnaka

 Larnaca has a population of around 75,000 (2001 poll) and is the easternmost frontier of the EU. It is located in a strategic position between the 2 major cities of the Republic-of-Cyprus, Nicosia and Limassol. Also, an Island which is situated at the crossroads of 3 continents - Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Larnaca itself is known as the "Gateway to the Republic-of-Cyprus" compliments of its outstanding state-of-the-art International Airport able to handle up to 9 million passengers, commercial and Cruise Ship Port - about to receive a major investment of up to 1.5 billion euro in the first phase, and pleasant Yachting Marina.

The city features a fascinating and uninterrupted continuous history, extending for a staggering 4000 years. In the terms of ancient times, Larnaca known as a centre, and the whole of Ancient-Cyprus was referred to Larnaca as Kition, expressed in Latin as Citium.

The Phinikoudes Palm tree-Lined Boulevard is deemed by many to be Larnaca’s principle tourist attraction and in the summer month in particular visitors from all over the Republic-of-Cyprus and people of different cultures from overseas flock towards this attractive row of cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants, running parallel to the beach.

The religious centre is St. Lazarus church located in the heart of the city. Larnaca celebrates is affiliation with the water boasting a variety of clean, Blue Flag certified sandy beaches, with clear blue waters and the mesmerizing Salt Lake, which once provided the salt for the Venetian Empire and is the winter retreat for flocks of pink Flamingos.

The Muslim mosque of Hala Sultan is located in the centre of a spectacular garden on the west bank of the Salt Lake, approximately 6 km southwest of Larnaka. It is the main Muslim pilgrimage site of Cyprus and among the most important holy places of Islam.