If you can’t find some culture on Cyprus you’re not looking hard enough. The island strategic location made it ripe for constant invasions during the Classic Age and through the Middle Ages. And every civilization that spent time on the island has left its mark.

As a result Cyprus is an island with Greek, Roman, Byzantine, early Christian, Crusader Knight, Templar, Venetian, Muslim, Turkish and British influences! The island is home to Roman mosaics, Christian monasteries, Crusader fortresses and castles and plenty of other attractions and ruins to see.

Sadly the island is also a divided land, but today travel is possible from the Turkish-Cypriot North to the Greek-Cypriot South. Only a few years ago it was almost impossible to have access to the entire island without extreme difficulty. Visiting each half of the island will further open the possibility of taking in food, sights and culture that is just a bit different but similar enough that when things are considered it is truly of Cyprus.

The island is filled with numerous museums, including the Cyprus Museum, which is home to a variety of Cypriot antiquities from the Neolithic to the late Roman period. Additionally more of the early culture and settlements of Cyprus can be seen at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, while the Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries offers the largest collection of icons on the island, as well as paintings and maps. And the history of the independence movement can be seen at the National Struggle Museum, which includes documents, photos and other artifacts from the 1950s National Liberation Struggle.