Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. A story past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus and travelers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.
Today Cyprus is a modern country that combines European culture with ancient enchantment. One of the benefits of being a Mediterranean island is plentiful sunshine throughout the year, and Cyprus is no exception. In fact, Cyprus epitomizes the ideal weather of the region with sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day. Extremes of temperatures are rare, meaning Cyprus has something to offer every month of the year, whether it's swimming (as late as November) or enjoying cultural sites and festivals (all year long).
The European Union's Council of Ministers has approved the entry of Cyprus into the Eurozone.
European finance ministers (collectively known as Ecofin) set fixed rates of one euro to 0.585274 Cypriot pounds and the euro is the official currency used in Cyprus since January 1, 2008.
The design of the Cypriot euro coins:
|Depiction of Cypriot euro coinage | Obverse side|
|€ 0.01||€ 0.02||€ 0.05||€ 0.10||€ 0.20||€ 0.50|
|The Mouflon||The Kyrenia ship|
|€ 1.00||€ 2.00|
|The Idol of Pomos|