Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is deservedly considered to be one of the most attractive places for living, leisure, and business. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from all around the world come here every year to enjoy the excellent climate, relax on one of the comfortable fully-equipped beaches, and to immerse themselves in the luxurious atmosphere and comfort of 5-star hotels.
Since ancient times, despite its relatively small size, Cyprus has been of an outstanding historical significance. Due to its favourable geographical location in the Mediterranean, the island has been passed from hand to hand, while remaining on the edge of various empires throughout the course of history.
Having gained independence in 1960, Cyprus was factually divided into Greek and Turkish territories by 1974. The Greek territory, the Republic of Cyprus, has officially been a member of the European Union since 2004.