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Bellapais Abbey

Bellapais Abbey / © cips/vidaluzEmbedded in the mountainous region and visible over a long distance lays the ‘Abbey of Peace’ – Abbaye de la Paix, later called Bellapais. The contrast between its Gothic arcs and the environment, lined with palms and cypresses, emphasises the charm of the monastery, which was donated in the 12th century. Popular ist he International Bellapais Music Festival with classical concerts held in the magnificent Bellapais Abbey Refectory Hall.


Hundreds of flamingos overwinter every year in in Cyprus. Their most favourite spot is the salt lake in Larnaca next to the runways of the Larnaca Airport. In December 2011 even a total of 12,093 flamingos were spotted there, way more than the 3,500 spotted in 2010 and the most since 2000, when only 1,692 were seen. Generally Cyprus is a major staging post used twice a year as migratory birds move between Africa, Europe and Eurasia. Over 200 species occur as regular passage migrants in varying numbers, where as the resident species are quite low in number, some 50 odd species, with a further 40 or more species that are migrants, which regularly or occasionally breed. The Cyprus list currently stands at 379 species. Cyprus has two endemic species, the Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and the Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). In addition there are four endemic subspecies, Cyprus Scops Owl (Otus scops cyprius), Coal Tit (Parus ater cypriotes), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae) and Cyprus Jay (Garrulus glandarius glaszneri).


BirdLife Cyprus


Book and Film Tips

  • Lawrence Durrell: "Bitter Lemons“ (1957)
  • Charles Foley: „Island in Revolt“ (1962)
  • Charles Foley: „Legacy of strife: Cyprus from rebellion to civil war“ (1964)
  • Türkan Aziz: „The Death of Friendship“ (2000)
  • Antonis Angastiniotis: "Voice of Blood" (Documentary, 2004)
  • Panicos Chrysanthou: "Akamas" (Movie, 2005)
  • Tabitha Morgan: "Sweet and Bitter Island" (2010)

  • Buffer Zone

    Following the hostilities of July and August 1974, the Security Council adopted a number of resolutions which have affected the functioning of UNFICYP and have required the Force to perform certain additional functions relating, in particular, to the maintenance of the ceasefire. Following the de facto ceasefire, UNFICYP inspected the deployment of the Cyprus National Guard and the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces, and ceasefire lines and a buffer zone were established between the areas controlled by the opposing forces. The United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus runs for more than 180.5 kilometres (112.2 mi) along what is known as the Green Line and has an area of 346 square kilometres (134 sq mi).