Cyprus Environment

Cyprus Environment :

Cyprus has the unusual history of always being an island. Many places change over the years as islands and part of other continents. This fact makes Cyprus very unique, and adds to the charm of it. Because of this there are many plants and animal species that are found no where else in the world. There are three main areas of Cyprus: mountain ranges, coastal plains, and cultivated lands.

The coastal plains are probably the most seen by visitors to Cyprus. This can be good and bad. They are irrigated by seasonal streams. These help some of the citrus orchards that are wild on the Island, but much of the rest of the flora and fauna in these areas have been displaced by the regular tourism over the years. So for those wishing to see the unique plants and animals, the plains are not the section to visit.

For those who are highly interested in this, the mountain ranges are the place to visit. There is also the Akamas Peninsula that is not a national park of Cyprus, but has survived as a conservation. The Northern part of the mountain ranges also has even more plant-life. And for those interested in animals there are griffon vultures, fruit-eating bats, sea turtles, and moufflon, a wild sheep native of Cyprus.

One of the bad things about Cyprus is the dry season where water can become so scarce, it is rationed to everyone. Otherwise the weather is perfect almost year round for any visitor at any season.