Cyprus consists of two mountainous regions, separated by the Mesaoria plain. The Troodos, the southern mountain group, is taller with the highest peak, Mount Olympus, rising 1952 metres above sea level. The Kyrenia mountain group, in the north, is about half as high. A somewhat fertile plain crosses the center of the island, with Nicosia at the southern end.
Nicosia, the capital city, is located centrally on the island. It is divided into two sections, with Turkish and Greek communities separated by a fortified border.