Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean. Its landscapes are varied and encompass a variety of rough coastlines, rocky hills, forest-covered mountains and white, sandy beaches with clear blue surrounding waters, making it an ideal holiday destination. The Troodos Mountains in the centre of the island are its definitive characteristic, along with the lush Mesaoria Plain which sits north of them. The country is a mix of unique historical towns and popular modern holiday resorts.
Language and Currency
Around 80% speak a Greek dialect, but there are approximately 20% of the island who speak Turkish. Tourist areas generally speak English, French and German too. The Euro is used across the Island.
With a warm Mediterranean climate Cyprus receives hot, dry summers and mild winters, during which rainfall is common.Typical temperatures range from around 15'c in January to 30'c in August when the sea warms to around 25'c!
Cyprus offers a huge variety of activities, and there will be something to suit all tastes. From rowdy clubbing in Ayia Napa, to the ancient ruins of Salamis, Cyprus has it covered.
The Islands' long, rich history means that there are a huge number of important archaeological sites, churches and museums to visit. Particularly notable is Paphos on the south-west corner of the island, the whole town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with "Old Paphos" supposedly being the birthplace of Greek Goddess, Aphrodite. The Byzantine rule has left a series of unusual churches dotted around the island. The intrepid will enjoy hiring a car and seeking out these hidden treasures.
The aforementioned Troodos Mountains form a central spine of the island and are also accessible by car; they offer hiking and biking trails, nature walks with awe-inspiring scenery.
For a more relaxed break, head to the iconic Nissi Beach for sunbathing upon white sands with clear, warm water lapping at your toes.
Local goods are never far from reach in Cyprus and for an authentic souvenir, opt to purchase handmade lace, silks, woven baskets and pottery. Jewellery making is traditional to the island, and jewellers produce contemporary and traditional style pieces. Lefkara Lace is famous throughout the world and originates from the village Lefkara, situated on a hill on the Nicosia-Limassol road.
The local wines and spirits, particularly brandy, are also good buys. Imported goods sell at competitive prices, including cameras, perfume, porcelain and crystal.
Dining out and Nightlife
Although most Cypriot cuisine is unique, you'll find that it is also influenced by Italian, Turkish and and French dishes.Souvla, a Charcoal grilled meat dish is very popular, as is fresh seafood. Island favourites include Dolmades which consist of vine leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice, Halloumi Cheese, usually fried in butter, Bamies which is Okra cooked with tomatoes and oil and for dessert, try the Baklava, a sweet pastry, laced with honey and nuts.
Cyprus produces excellent wines, spirits and beer, including of course Zivania a strong spirit distilled form grapes
Cyprus is home to the iconic nightspot of Ayia Napa. Here you will find a plethora of bars surrounding some of the biggest nightclubs in Europe including Black n White, Club Ice and newest spot Shuffle.
For a quieter evening, head to Rialto Theatre in Limassol to catch a stage show or dine in a local restaurant whilst listening to folk music and watching street performers.
- The Blood alcohol limit in Cyprus is 49mg for drivers who have been on the road for more than 2 years. New Drivers and those on Mopeds should be aware there is a ZERO Tolerance policy that applies to them.
- You should drive on the left and overtake on the right.
- It is compulsory to carry two warning triangles.
- Seatbelts are compulsory the driver and all passengers if they have been fitted.
- Dipped headlights should be used in built-up areas after sunset.
- You should only use the horn in emergencies.
- Parking is strictly prohibited at all times when a single yellow line is shown.
If you are considering hiring a car for your trip, it's handy to know the following;
Tourist informationOfficial Cyprian Tourist Office: www.visitcyprus.org.cy
Other Contact:Tel: +357 22 69 11 00 Fax: +357 22 33 46 96 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org