GREEK AND TURKISH VILLAGES
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Cyprus has a lot of beautiful villages all worth visiting. According to the area, the village will have a different climate, scene, activities and attractions. While most villages are near mountains, there are also villages near the sea. Most villages have a lot of history to offer, so there will be also ancient monuments or attractions.

Cyprus is a small island with a long history and a rich culture that spans 10,000 years, making it one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean - as evidenced by the many fascinating cultural sights, museums, monuments and galleries. Situated at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa - the island’s unique geographic position has played an important part in its turbulent past since antiquity. Its Prehistoric Age inhabitants were joined 3500 years ago by the Mycenaean Greeks, who introduced and established their civilisation, thus permanently instilling the island’s Greek roots. Many other cultures followed thereafter, including Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Romans, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans and British, who all left behind visible remnants of their passage, and have thus created a mosaic of different cultures and periods.

Cyprus’ history is one of wars and invasions – a penalty of being in such a strategic location in the Eastern Mediterranean. As recently as 1974 the north of the island was invaded by Turkey – even today the news in Cyprus is dominated by what hope there is for a reunited island. A consequence of the 1974 invasion was many Turkish Cypriots fled north whilst Greek Cypriots fled south. In some cases, entire village populations fled to avoid being in the wrong place and the catastrophic effects this could have on their futures. The southern part of Cyprus has respected the fact the Turkish Cypriots fled.  Their properties remain, waiting for them to return someday. The situation in the north is rather different.  Greek Cypriot land there has been sold on, making it impossible for the original owners ever to return.  Just one of the many difficult barriers to eventual re-unification of the island. The result is there remain several deserted villages in the southern part of Cyprus, silently waiting for their owners to return one day. For anybody interested in recent history, visiting one of Cyprus's deserted villages is a must.