Travelstick South Cyprus
Republic of Cyprus
The Republic of Cyprus has a long history of being conquered by various powerful rulers. Many ancient civilizations left their mark on the island. Evidence of human activity dates back as far as human records go. Stone age villages existed and hunter-gatherers once roamed the island. Egyptians, Romans, Byzantine and Crusaders, just to name a few, left their fingerprints all over the island in the form of buildings and artworks. Early Christian churches and the alleged burial site of the foster mother of the Prophet Mohamed make the island a melting pot of cultures.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey. The international community considers it part of the Republic of Cyprus. The conflict started in 1974 when the Greeks attempted to annex the island, prompting the Turkish to invade Cyprus. In 1983 the North declared its independence, although this independence was, and is, not recognized by the international community. This is why Northern Cyprus is heavily dependent on Turkey for economic, political and military support. There are no direct international flights to Northern Cyprus, you will have to travel via Turkey. However, cheap flights to South Cyprus are a good option. You can then cross into North Cyprus overland by one of the many checkpoints. If you rent a car in south Cyprus ask your rental service if you are allowed to take your car into North Cyprus.