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About Gran Canary

The volcanic island of Gran Canaria, is the third largest of the Canary Islands (off the northwest coast of Africa), but currently commands about half their population. Those visiting Gran Canaria are immediately impressed by its varied landscape – white sand beaches along its southern coast, a rural mountainous interior (especially the island’s center – […]

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About Gomera

The volcanic island of La Gomera is among the smallest of the Canary Islands (along with El Hierro). Located off the North African coast, it has a small population of just 21,136 inhabitants. La Gomera was colonized by the Spanish crown in the early 1400s. The island already made history then when Christopher Columbus made […]

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About Fuerteventura

The volcanic island of Fuerteventura (Spanish for “strong fortune”) is the second-largest of the Canary Islands (after Tenerife). Located about 100 km. off the North African coast, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands – blessed with having the longest white sand beaches within that archipelago. The Spaniards first settled in Fuerteventura during […]

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About El Hierro

The volcanic island of El Hierro is the smallest of the Canary Islands (at just 268 square kilometers, with a population of just 10,798 inhabitants). This island was colonized in the early 1400s by the same explorer (Jean de Bethencourt) who also founded the neighboring Canary Island of Fuerteventura on behalf of the Spanish crown. […]

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CROATIA

The former Yugoslavian republic of Croatia has a history that goes back to the days when portions of that country were made part of the Roman Empire as the province of Illyricum (c 32 BC).  After that Empire’s fall, the country eventually became the Kingdom of Croatia (925-1102 AD) – the origin of its current […]

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CAR RENTALS

CAR RENTALS – The following car rental agencies operate in Nicosia: Avis: +357 22 713 333 Europcar: +357 22 878 380 Hertz: +357 22 208 888 Sixt: +357 25 312 345 Thrifty: +357 22 860 000

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About Cyprus

The eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, which is south of Turkey and west of Syria, has a history that goes back to Ancient Greece, with waves of Greek settlers arriving there. No doubt, due to its proximate location to the Middle East, it went through periods of invasion by nearby Assyrians, Persians, Egyptians, Romans, […]

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About Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the western Mediterranean sea, near mainland Spain’s east coast. The four largest islands are: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. With these islands’ official language being Catalan and Spanish, they are considered an autonomous community. Given their location in the Mediterranean, the history of these islands go far […]

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Metro (Mallorca)

Metro (Mallorca) – since 2007, Palma (Mallorca’s capital) has an underground train line that connects Plaça d’Espanya (in Palma) with the industrial park of Son Castelló and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). See the following website for more details (and train line map): http://www.tib.org/portal/es/web/ctm/metro

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About Wales

The country known as Wales has a national identity which goes back before medieval times – after the Romans took over the country by AD 78 and introduced Christianity afterwards. By the time the Romans withdrew from Britain in the 5th century AD, Wales was emerging as a Celtic British country. With periodic Viking raids […]