We are proud to say that Cyprus is a work of art mosaic that forms the perfect destination for any season and any type of traveler.

Cyprus is widely known in the media as the Island of Aphrodite, the “Bridge” between 3 continents, the country who entered European Union as a half. Cyprus is situated in the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea and it is the third largest island of the Mediterranean Basin. Thanks to the good infrastructure and high standard services, Cyprus is an easily accessible island which at the same time preserves its natural beauty and wilderness.

With a history that spans back to around 8,000 BC, Cyprus has a rich history and cultural diversity for the modern visitor to explore and admire. The Mediterranean climate of the island that geared to the outdoors guarantees 320 days of clear blue skies. Locals and tourists can enjoy about 48 renowned EU Blue Flag beaches and at the same time admire the breathtaking and picturesque mountains. The love of Cypriots for the good food and nightlife has led to the creation of traditional taverns with local Mediterranean dishes but also international restaurants and clubs that offer a widen variety of dishes for the more demanding ones. Cypriots are very proud to continue the tradition of filoksenia (=hospitality) that dates back from the ancient times, making feel at home any visitor on the island.
Nicosia or Lefkosia (in Greek), combines the diverse cultural and historic wealth with the modern business center and everyday life.
Lemesos is a cosmopolitan coastal city with a unique identity that responds perfectly to several preferences and tastes and more importantly it meets all budgets. 
Harmonious combination of historical sites, wonderful countryside culture and contemporary life.
“Gateway of the Republic of Cyprus”, makes it a perfect starting point from which to explore Cyprus. Larnaca region is known for recreation activities, religious tourism and villages offering agro tourism opportunities.
Popular destination for the sea lovers with white sand beaches, crystal blue tranquil waters, vibrant nightlife and high standard hotels and services.
Troodos Mountains offers an alternate view of the island. A paradise for birdwatchers, botanists, geologists, ramblers, bikers, skiers, photographers and nature lovers.
Good to Know
The population in the Government controlled area is estimated at 865, 9 thousands (Cyprus Statistical Service 2012).
The main languages spoken by Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities respectively are Greek and Turkish. English is widely spoken on the island as a second language since the country was a British colony. Also many Greek Cypriots have lived and worked or been educated in the UK. Russian, French and German are also well spoken within the tourist industry.
Fauna & Flora
The climate, geographical and geological structure enables Cyprus to have a rich flora and fauna, turning the island to a paradise for nature lovers. On the island you can find approximately 1.800 species, subspecies and varieties of flowering plants. About 140 different species and subspecies - are endemic. The Cyclamen (Cyclamen cyprium) has been declared Cyprus' national plant while the Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia) has become the island's national tree. The fauna includes 7 species of land mammals, 26 species of amphibians and reptiles, 365 species of birds, and a great variety of insects. The Cyprus mouflon, a rare type of wild sheep that can only be found in Cyprus, is the largest wild animal of the island.The coastal waters of the island give shelter to 197 fish species and various species of crabs, sponges and echinodermata.
Cuisine & Products
Cypriot cuisine is based on the Mediterranean gastronomy with a hint of the Middle East and Asia Minor. Locals give an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, a pungent mix of herbs and spices and a light spattering of olive oil while they avoid using sauces and canned sauces. Local herbs and spices such as oregano, mint, thyme and cinnamon, give a unique aroma and taste to the local dishes..
Cyprus enjoys a high level of freedom of worship. The majority of Greek-Cypriots are Greek-Orthodox Christians. Other denominations are represented on the island, including Armenians, Maronites and Roman Catholics. The Turkish-Cypriot community is predominantly Muslim.
Distance in km

  Nicosia Limassol Pafos Larnaca Ayia Napa Larnaca Airport Pafos Airport Troodos
Nicosia - 86 149 45 80 50 142 71
Limassol 86 - 68 71 106 70 60 45
Pafos 149 68 - 139 175 140 15 113*
Larnaca 45 71 139 - 41 5 130 111*
Ayia Napa 80 106 175 41 - 55 169 152*
Larnaca Airport 51 70 140 5 55 - 125 111*
Pafos Airport 142 60 15 130 169 125 - 100*
Troodos 71 45 113* 111* 152* 111* 100* -

Temperature during the year:
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average Temperature during the day 17 17 19 22 29 34 37 37 33 29 23 19
Average Temperature during the night 8 8 9 12 16 18 21 22 20 16 13 9
Average Temperature of the sea 17 17 18 20 21 24 26 27 26 24 21 19

Cyprus enjoys a purely intense Mediterranean climate with almost year-round clear skies and sunshine. Daylight length ranges from 9.8 hours in December to 14.5 hours in June. The summer period is hot, dry and extensive starting mid-May and lasting until mid-September. Autumn and spring are characterized by their short duration, the smooth weather with no intense rain or heat. The winters last from November to mid-March and they are quite mild. The average humidity levels are approximately 30% to 60%. Some days during winter and summer the humidity levels increase at approximately 80% to 90%. Visibility is most of the times good to excellent except in rare cases during spring when dust appears from African and Arabian countries.
Planning your Trip
Currency & Cost
As from 1st January 2008 the Cyprus pound has been replaced by the Euro as the legal tender money of Cyprus.

There are seven denominations in Euro banknotes, all with different color and size, with the higher denomination to have the bigger size: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro.

One euro is divided into 100 cent. There are eight euro coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, €1 and €2. The designs on one side of the coins are common to all the countries of the euro area, while the other side reflects national identities. All euro coins can be used in all euro area countries, irrespective of their national side.

Concerning currency exchanges, all banks operating in Cyprus offer foreign currency exchange services and quote the exchange rates of the Euro against all major foreign currencies daily. Foreign currency can also be exchanged at hotels.

Other payment methods in hotels, large shops and restaurants are credit cards, travellers' cheques, Eurocheques and banknotes of major foreign currencies.
Below is an indicative price list of products and services in Cyprus. Please note that the below list may vary depending on the season and location:
- A single bus ticket costs around € 1.50
- A glass of beer costs between € 3.50 and € 5
- A ticket to the cinema costs around € 8 for adults and €6 for children
- A ticket to the theatre costs between € 17 and € 25
- A ticket to a concert or opera can cost between € 25 and € 77
- Continental breakfast costs between € 3.40 and € 6
- Lunch – a fixed menu costs between € 10 and € 13.50
- Dinner at a local tavern (meze, including beer or cold drink) costs around € 20
Since a 10% service charge is levied in hotels and restaurants, tipping is not obligatory but is always welcome and appreciated.
Health & Safety
Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place. A few basic precautions can be enough to protect your belongings.
Cyprus has no dangerous infectious diseases. Visitors do not require any vaccinations to travel to Cyprus. Medical treatment and assistance in Cyprus is offered free of charge to international tourists in cases of emergency at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals and Health Institutions. EU citizens must produce an E111 form or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by their country's health care authorities to obtain additional health care. Holiday makers can also use their health insurance towards their medical expenses, provided the policy covers the length of their stay on the island. More detailed information can be obtained from the Cyprus Ministry of Health
Medicine can be purchased at pharmacies on presentation of a doctor's prescription. Almost all brands of medicine are available in Cyprus. Pharmacies are all marked with a green cross.
How to come
Legal airports and ports to enter the Republic of Cyprus and which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus are:
Larnaca International Airport
Pafos International Airport
Port of Larnaca
Port of Limassol
Port of Pafos
Port of Latsi

*Please note that entering into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other airport or port which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied areas) is illegal.

Entry Requirements (Visa & Passport)
The documentation required to enter the Republic of Cyprus varies, depending on your nationality. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bonafide tourists except citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway who may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided it bears a photo. Some non-EU third country nationals require a visa. Further detailed information can be obtained from the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The electricity supply in Cyprus is 230 volts, a.c. 50 Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp, square pin in most buildings. More than one low current rating appliance may be operated from the same supply point by using an adaptor (i.e. radios, electric clocks etc.). The use of adaptors for operating high current rating appliances is not recommended (i.e. electric heaters, toasters, irons etc.). Many hotels provide adaptors upon request from the reception. Adaptors can be purchased from electricians, supermarkets, grocery shops, etc.
Time zone
Cyprus Time is GMT +2.
Calling Code
Calling code for Cyprus is +357.
While in Cyprus
Working Hours & Public Holidays
- Public sector operating days and hours are:
Monday to Friday between starting between 7h30-8h30 and closing between 15h00-16h00

- Private sector operation days and hours are:
September – May: 8h00-13h00 and 15h00-18h00 Monday to Friday
June – September: 8h00-13h00 and 16h00-19h00 Monday to Friday
Shop operating days and times may vary according to location and type. Shops normally open between 07h00 and 09h00 and close at 19h30 and 20h00 according to the season. . For the period April 1st – October 31st shops close at 15h00 on Wednesday. During the period June 15th – August 31st there is an optional three hour afternoon break from14h00 – 17h00.
Special shopping hours apply for Christmas and Easter. From December 1st to December 31st, shops may remain open until 20:00 throughout the week, but must close by 18:00 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Shops can also remain open until 20:00 10 days before Easter Sunday, but must close by 18:00 on Good Friday.
The days listed below are public holidays in Cyprus. All public services, private enterprises, banks and shops are closed on public holidays though many shops and certain services remain open in resorts and coastal areas. Banks are closed on Easter Tuesday but not on Christmas Eve.
- January 1st - New Year's Day
- January 6th - Epiphany Day
- March 25th - Greek National Day
- April 1st - National Anniversary Day
- May 1st - Labour Day
- August 15th - Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- October 1st - Cyprus Independence Day
- October 28th - Greek National Anniversary Day
- December 24th - Christmas Eve
- December 25th - Christmas Day
- December 26th - Boxing Day
- Variable - Green Monday (50 Days before Greek Orthodox Easter)
- Variable - Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church)
- Variable - Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Church)
- Variable - Pentecost - Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood)
Getting around
Getting around in Cyprus is very easy. The road infrastructure is good and all road are well signposted. Traffic moves smoothly and without the excesses and unpredictability sometimes found in other countries in the Middle East or Mediterranean Europe. Four-lane motorways links the 5 regions of Cyprus, Nicosia, Lemesos and Larnaca, Pafos and east to Agia Napa. Always remember that in Cyprus we drive on left-side. Public transport is limited to buses and service taxis.
Emergency Numbers
Ambulance - Police - Fire Service - 199/112.
Call 112 to reach all emergency services - medical, fire or police - from anywhere in Europe. This Pan-European emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile cellular phone). Calls are free. Operators in Cyprus speak English. If you do not know your location they are able to geo-locate you. Please note; only use the numbers above for life threatening situations always ring local numbers for any other circumstances.