By: Leila Thanopoulos

A prospective future for the Eastern Mediterranean island
Some of the most common tourist attractions in Europe often include heavenly sunsets in Greece, the snowy Alpine region in Switzerland, and the authentic culture in Italy – but there is no mention of a country that combines all of these elements, and more, into one. A country where the mountains meet the sea, where culture is continuously evolving, yet old traditions never die. A country that is also considered an island; yet is one with a prospective future ahead. A place where you can find the most picturesque villages, as well as extravagant seaside resorts.

Europe’s hidden treasure is located in the Eastern Mediterranean, but is also a neighbour to the Middle East and Northern African region. So, why has this magical place gone unnoticed – or has it? A record breaking number of 3.1 million tourists visited Cyprus in 2016, which was incredibly higher than previous years. The largest source of tourism came from England and Russia, who have become regular visitors.

Reflecting upon the Cypriot economy, it was only three years ago when it underwent a severe debt crisis, along with the rest of Europe. After a $10 billion euro bailout and various austerity measures, the island has managed to regain its strength.

Although Cyprus is tucked away in the far Eastern Mediterranean, its astounding appeal is no longer a secret. This year, Cyprus is shaping up to be one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially after the city of Paphos was selected as European Cultural Capital of 2017.

A prospective future is ahead for the not so little anymore, island of Cyprus.