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Population and language:
In Cyprus, there are two main religions: Greek Orthodox (78% of the population) and Muslim (18% of the population). The official languages are Greek and Turkish, but 76% of the people also speak English. The culture is a combination of Greek and Turk.
Women should dress modestly, especially in the North.
Major cities and tourist destinations:
Lemesos (Limassol) – This city is the busiest port in Cyprus with a population of just over 100,000. East of the city you will find the ruins of Amathus where free concerts are sometimes held in the summer, and west of town you will find miles of beaches. In town, you will find the Lemesos Medieval Castle, which was built in the 14th century over Byzantine ruins, and the Cyprus Wine Museum, which gives a history of winemaking in Cyprus.
Petra tou Romiou – This hotspot is along the southern coast. It is one of the two supposed sites where Aphrodite arose from the sea (the other is in Greece). If you want a good photograph, park your car about 1.5 km to the east of it.
Larnaka – This city, with a population of about 51,000, is the site of one of the three international airports. The Pierides Archaeological Foundation houses artifacts of Cyprus in the 19th century Pierides mansion. You can also see what is left of Ancient Kitron, including its five temples.
Choirokoitia – This is the first settlement in ancient Cyprus and has been dated to 7000 BC. Visit the remains of the mudstone dwellings or look through the reconstructed cylindrical huts to step back into history.
Famagusta – This town was originally a massive trade center. Now, it has dwindled to a population of 43,000. Check out the history of the Othello Tower (The Citadel) or visit the prison of Namik Kemal, a Turkish poet who dared offend the Sultan. Just north of the city are the ruins of ancient Salamis and ancient Enkomi.
Pafos (Paphos) – Although the city has a population of 33,000, the ancient settlement ruins have been well excavated. You can view many mosaics, the agora (theatre), and the asklipieion (healing center). As you continue north, you can visit the well-preserved Tombs of the Kings.
Kyrenia – Called the Jewel of Levant because of its beauty, it has a population of 27,000. The Kyrenia Castle is complete with its own torture chamber, shipwreck museum, and a gallery of tomb finds while the Old Town has a delightful combination of Greek and Ottoman ruins.
St. Hilarion Castle – These castle ruins are everything you could ask for in a fairy castle. There are hidden rooms and overgrown gardens. Although the actual history is not as magical, the rumors are that it once housed a fairy queen.
The roads are excellent and well marked, which ensures driving is easy. If you hire a car, you will have the best experience with a 4WD convertible.
Taxis are expensive, but often the only transportation readily available outside of car hire, especially in the North.
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