The two military bases Akrotiri and Dhekelia were important bases of the British Empire throughout its reign over the island, and were retained as a compromise upon independence, because Britain had been reluctant to grant independence to Cyprus as it had been one of its most important naval bases up to that point.
Although Akrotiri and Dhekelia are primarily military bases, the area is generally accessible from the Republic of Cyprus and has a few interesting places within its territory.
The visa policy is the same as for Cyprus, which follows the visa policy of the Schengen Area. However, stays longer than 28 days per 12-month period require a permit. The territory has open borders with Cyprus, but maintains border checks with Northern Cyprus.
- 1 Kourion. world heritage site with acropolis ruins
- St Nicholas' Monastery of the Cats (Akrotiri village).
- The Sanctuary Of Apollo.
- 2 Xylophagou Tower.
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Despite being British possessions, the euro is the official currency in the base area.