The Republic of Cyprus occupies the southern part of the island of Cyprus, located in the eastern Mediterranean. The capital of the country, Nicosia, is also the main city of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognized only by Turkey. The Republic of Cyprus is famous for its beaches on the coast and vineyards in the hilly interior of the island. On the coast lies the city of Paphos, which, according to Greek mythology, is the birthplace of Aphrodite. It is popular with tourists for its archaeological park with ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic villas.