The part in dark greek at the top is occupied by Turkey.

If you visit you will soon see why so many battles were fought over Cyprus – with Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans, all leaving their mark there.

The island is in the Mediterranean sea, it’s 9,250 – and has a coastline of around 400 miles with some amazing beaches.

It’s a really interesting shape too – just like a guitar.

Even so he is said to have named Othello after a lieutenant-governor of the island from 1506-8.

His name was Cristoforo Moro, and it’s because of him that a citadel in Famagusta (in the North of the Island) is known as Othello’s Tower.

The main language there is Greek (Cyprus lies between Greece and Turkey) and it’s thought that people first lived on the island more than 12,000 years ago.

Cyprus used to be controlled by Great Britain but gained independence in 1960.

So said Othello in Shakespeare’s famous play, and it’s no wonder that he chose the island as the stage for some of the best action in it.

For not only is Cyprus like an open-air museum but there are loads of opportunities to make an action-packed story of your own.

Mine involves castles, mountains and donkeys – and a good look at the history of my favourite Mediterranean island.

Apparently Shakespeare didn’t know much about Cyprus and had never actually been there!