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About Cyprus

Welcome to our sunny island,

Cyprus… We are sure that you will enjoy your stay here since Cyprus has something for everyone, whether you are sun seeker, explorer or someone looking for a relaxing holiday with great scenery.

Cyprus offers a magical blend of romance, history, and relaxation in a superb setting that helps make the island a perfect year round destination. Indulge in your passions and special interests while at the same time relaxing and enjoy all that Z&X Companies can offer!

History Of Cyprus

The island’s privileged geography position, explains both its tumultuous history and the fact that Cyprus has played an important role in the Eastern Mediterranean, through the ages. The first traces of civilization date back more than 9000 years to the Neolithic period. Subsequent cultural phases developed during the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age periods until the end of the 2nd millennium BC.

The island’s privileged geography position, explains both its tumultuous history and the fact that Cyprus has played an important role in the Eastern Mediterranean, through the ages. The first traces of civilization date back more than 9000 years to the Neolithic period. Subsequent cultural phases developed during the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age periods until the end of the 2nd millennium BC. But the most important event in the history of Cyprus was the arrival of Achaean Greek settlers in the 12th and 11th centuries BC, who decisively determined its cultural identity. Greek language, religion, arts and traditions were introduced, and towns founded which still exist today.Well-known to the ancients for its copper mines and forests, Cyprus was an object of contest among the great powers of the Mediterranean region. Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians conquered and ruled the island until it was liberated in 333 BC by Alexander the Great.Under the Ptolemies, a Cypriot philosopher, Zenon of Kition, founded the Stoic school of Philosophy in Athens, which spread throughout the ancient world.Important events during the Roman period (58 BC – 330 AD) were the missionary journeys of Apostles Paul and of the Cypriot born Barnabas, who converted the Roman proconsul to Christianity. Cyprus became the world’s first Christian-ruled land and the Cypriots are the first Europeans to have become Christians. After the division of the Roman Empire, the glorious Byzantine era began when some of the most beautiful churches and renowned monasteries were established. On his way to the Holy Land, Richard the Lion-Heart, leader of the 3rd crusade, conquered the island (1191), soon sold it to the Knights Templar who in turn bestowed it on Guy de Lusignan, the ex Frankish King of Jerusalem. His family, originally from Poitiers of France, established a Catholic monarchy and ruled Cyprus for 3 centuries. Caterina Cornaro from Venice, the last Lusignan queen, was forced to yield her rights to the Venetians after the death of her husband who used Cyprus as a bulwark, so securing their commercial and strategic inter-ests against the Ottomans from 1489 till 1571.They, however, conquered the island and started a very oppressive rule lasting for 3 centuries, when Cyprus’ connections with Europe were severed. The latins were expelled but eventually the Greek-Orthodox Church which had been oppressed during the period of Lusignan and Venetian rule, recovered its autocephaly (jurisdictional independence).With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, Cyprus’ connections with Europe strategic value became even greater. With this in mind, in 1878 Great Britain took over administration of the British crown colony. After a four year liberation struggle, Cyprus became an independent republic in 1960. In 1974, Turkish forces invaded the north of the island turning one third of the population into refugees. The continued violation of the fundamental human rights of the people of Cyprus has been condemned by international bodies, but to date Turkey has refused to withdraw from Cyprus and maintains the island’s division by the force of arms. Although the invasion has dealt a tremendous blow to the economy of the island, Cyprus has managed to sustain a policy of reconstruction and economic development. Economically and politically, Cyprus has aligned itself with the European Union and aspires to become a full member in the near future. As from May 1, 2004 the Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union.

thing to do in cyprus

Cyprus is the most famous island on the Mediterranean Sea, with Paphos area easily capturing the interest of holidaymaker, thanks to the great variety of things to do in Paphos. There is something for everyone!

Paphos Bird Park

Visit the Paphos Bird Park and that relax and reconnect with Mother Nature.You will see birds and animals from all over the world ! You will be educated at the Amphitheater about various wildlife in the Park and you will see wildlife documentaries!We are sure that you will enjoy the daily Parrot and Owl shows which will educate you how agile and clever these birds are.

Paphos Aphrodite Water Park

A cool way to spend a hot day:Aphrodite Water Park ! If you are looking for pulse-pounding excitement, slippery challenges relaxing activities and sunbathing, or a combination of all three, there’s something for everyone at Aphrodite Waterpark. The Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark – A cool way to spend a hot day!

Mazotos Camel Park

Enjoy a camel caravan through the surrounding countryside of Mazotos village (Larnaca). The whole family can join the Camel caravan for a ride we promise you a lot of fun. Your children can enjoy themselves playing at the Luna Park. We can also enjoy your lunch at the restaurant, watching the camels. Swim, sunbathe or relax by the pool with a cocktail from the pool bar.

Paphos Go Karts

Paphos & Polis Go Karts offer 1,500 metres of Karting track. The main track has Bambino, Cadet, Pro Karts, Super Karts, Twin Engine Karts and Thunder Karts. There is also a kiddie’s track with four types of karts: Turbo Turtle, Quad Bikes, Super Wheels and Safari Jeeps.The centre also offers a Cafe, rest room, Snack Bar and Crazy Golf for the whole family!

sports to do in cyprus

The safe, clear and warm waters means that Sports in Cyprus can be enjoyed all year round ,making Cyprus an ideal destination for those who enjoying swimming, sailing, yachting, surfing, diving and watersports.

*Scuba Diving: Discover excitement and adventure, freedom and serenity. In order to get into the scuba diving world, this course has three simple steps. First you will see a short video explaining the basics of scuba gear. Before you know it you will be in the sea practicing the skills and enjoying your first sea dive! We also have programs for those that already familiar with diving and for kids, so they won’t miss anything from Cyprus and its beauties! You can choose the program that suits you:Snorkerling,DSD,Intro Dives, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Adventure Diver, Advanced Diver,Bubblemaker and more.

*Cycling: For those who prefer wheels to walking Cyprus can be discovered by cycling along many interest rails! You will be provided with a mountain bike that will be adapted to suit your size. There are many routes that you can choose from and you will have the company of a professional, so you will no get lost:

Level 1 Troodos Cycling Tour, Diarizos Cycling Tour, Coast to Coast Cycling, Ayios Neophytos
Level 2 Kykkos Monastery, Pafos Circle, Cedra Valley, Akamas, Chryssorrogiatissa

*Hiking: The best seasons are spring and autumn but winter can be a good choice thanks to its mild temperatures. In the Troodos Mountain range there are numerous hiking trails winding through pine woods and vinegards offering a variety of vast panoramic views and scenery. Choose Cedar Valley and you will be rewarded by the memorable sight of some 200.000 massive and majestic trees. There are more hiking trails in Akamas peninsula near Polis,in Cape Greco near Ayia Napa and in the region around Paphos,such as the Avakas Gorge.Do not forget to bring you walking shoes!

*Swimming: Cyprus promotes clean and environmentally friendly beaches and has been awarded the ‘Blue Flag’ by the independent Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).