Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus

Its official name is the Republic of Cyprus, located in the Mediterranean east of Greece and south of Turkey. There are two official languages, Greek and Turkish, but other languages spoken include: Armenian, Cypriot Arabic, and Cypriot Greek. The capital, Nicosia, is located near the center of the island.

Human activity on the island can be dated back to 10,000 BC. The island is full of archeological sites, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Special thanks to the following companies for their help with the filming of our Cyprus show:

Accomodation:

Europa Hotel, Nicosia
Flamingo Beach Hotel, Larnaca
St Raphael Resort, Limassol
White Pearl Hotel

Activities:

Bike Trek Cyprus
Cressi Sub – Navimed Yachting
Octopus Diving Centre
Uptownevents

Food & Drink:
Sunshine Restaurant

Organisations & People:
Radio Napa – Nathan Morley

Xervis Georgakis

Tourist Boards:

Cyprus Tourism Organisation
North Cyprus Tourism Centre

Transport:
Ajet Airways
Astra Self Drive Cars Ltd

Accommodation:

Aris Hotel, Paleohora
Halepa Hotel, Hania
Madares Hotel, Loutro
Nostos Hotel, Hania
Oasis, Hania

Attractions:
Maleme Cemetery
Souda Cemetery

Museums:
Historical Archives, Hania
Historical Museum of Crete
Maritime Museum of Crete
War Museum, Askifou Plateau

Organisations:

British Consulate, Crete
Flop Films Ltd
Psiloritis Dancers
The UK Crete Veterans & Friends’ Society

Tourist Boards & Agencies
Crete Tourist Board
Greek Tourist Board

Alpine Travel
Bob Tait

Transport:
Evagelos Cruise Lines
Monarch Airlines
Zorbas Rent A Car

PRACTICAL INFO

Currency: Euro

  • US $1= .74 Euro
  • GBP £1= 1.19 Euro
  • Exchange rate at time of writing.
  • Use xe.com for the most up-to-date exchange rate.

Language(s): Greek and Turkish are both official languages

Population: 1.129 million

Don’t Forget to Pack:

  • Swimsuit
  • Cool clothing
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Good walking shoes

MUST SEE & DO

  • Beaches- it’s an island, enjoy it!
  • Baths of Aphrodite
  • Tombs of the Kings- a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Kolossi Castle
  • Monastery of Apostolos and Andreas
  • Troodos Mountain- the biggest range in Cyprus and home to Mount Olympus
  • Ancient Kourion- Greco Roman ruins
  • Enjoy the local food- similar to Greek cuisine with other influences as well.

WHEN TO GO

The subtropical climate provides Cyprus with mild winters and warm to hot summers. The average temperature is 24 °C/ 75 °F with cooler nights. The height of tourist season is around the month of August.

For budget minded travelers, it is best to avoid the summer months because prices tend to be higher. The off-peak season is during the winter and spring.

FOOD & DRINK

Because of the proximity and connections to Greece, there is a Greek influence to the cuisine in Cyprus. The most used spices include oregano, thyme, and parsley.

Try local meals such as Mezedes. A plethora of small dishes eaten in order of texture and taste. The idea is similar to enjoying a multi-course meal.

Seafood is also an important food staple. Visitors can enjoy calamari, cuttlefish, red mullet, and sea bass, just to name a few.

A traditional drink of Cyprus is Aryani. It is non-alcoholic and made from milk. The most popular acoholic beverages are Brandy and Zivania, a beer.

TRAVEL

Do not plan on trains while traveling in Cyprus because there is no train network.

Buses are available as reliable transit. It is one of the cheapest ways to get around, however the buses may appear outdated by decades.

Driving a car is one of the best methods of transportation around the island.  Roads are good and traffic is easy going.

DRESS

Generally there is no dress code to follow while in Cyprus, but plan to wear modest clothing -covering legs and arms- when visiting monasteries or churches.

VISAS

A passport is valid for stays up to three months. Passports are not required by European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway who may enter using a  national identity card with a valid photo. Some non-EU countries require Visas.

It is advisable to check visa requirements because changes may occur.

By Casey Thompson

Famagusta

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