Cyprus - Traveler's Infomation

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General Information

Cyprus is known as “the island of Aphrodite” due to its ancient mythological connection to the Goddess of love and beauty. Sunny Cyprus has distinguished itself as a sporting adventure island with a high level hotel and excellent gastronomy. Long beaches, wild cliffs and two prominent mountain ranges attract as well as getting to know the relics of a 9000-year history. Gothic cathedrals, mosques, caravanserais, byzantine churches, monasteries and Crusader castles belong to the cultural heritage of the island, where, according to legend, the beautiful love goddess Aphrodite was home. A good highway system allows day trips to all parts of the island, well-marked trails invite for long walks. Being close to the Orient, there is also a pleasant warm climate. During the winter months, it has an average temperature of 18 °C and in summer approx. about 32 °C. In total the island enjoys 340 sunny days a year.

May it be the wildflowers covering the island, the incredible culture of the people, the pleasantly warm climate or the glittering clear sea, Cyprus will take your breath away.

Traveller's Infomation

The Republic

Cyprus has been a Republic since 1960. In April 2003 an accession treaty was signed with the European Union of which Cyprus became a full member of on 1st May 2004.

Location

Cyprus is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean and it’s situated at the eastern end of its basin.

Language

Greek is the main language with English spoken almost everywhere. German, French and Russian is also widely spoken.

Climate

With an average winter temperature of 18˚C (65˚F), Cyprus is the warmest island in the Mediterranean and one of the hottest in the summer months, easily reaching 32˚C (90˚F) and averaging 340 days of sunshine a year.

Time Difference

Cyprus lies in the time zone of GMT+2 hours.

Driving

Visitors can drive in Cyprus if they are in possession of a valid driving licence. Third party insurance is compulsory. Traffic moves on the left of the road and international traffic signs are in Greek and English. Distances and road speed limits are in kilometres. The use of seatbelts for front and back seat passengers is compulsory and the use of mobile telephones whilst driving is illegal.

Distances within Cyprus

Distances between towns are in kilometres and are approximate.

Banking Hours & Use of Credit Cards

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:15-13:00 hrs. Afternoon service is available Monday afternoons 13:15-16:45 hrs – September to May. ATMs are widely available and in operation 24 hours. Banks at Larnaca and Paphos airports provide services throughout the day and a night service for most flights. Hotels, restaurants and department stores accept all major international credit cards and exchange rates are published daily in the local press.

Business & Shopping Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00 - 19:00 hrs (lunch break between 13:00 - 16:00 hrs)
Wednesday, Saturday 09:00 - 14:00 hrs
Sunday Closed

The above opening hours apply to the commercial sector but recognised tourist areas are exempt from this restriction offering longer business hours. Currency

*The currency of Cyprus is the Euro (€) as of 1st January 2008. Notes consist of € 100 € 20, € 10 and € 5 denominations and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 cents. Indicative exchange rate as of 24/04/2008: GBP£1 = € 1.25 and € 1 = GBP 0.79

Telecommunications

Telecard or coin operated public telephones are installed at central locations in all towns and villages. Telecards may be purchased from banks, post offices, souvenir shops and kiosks. All public card- and payphones may be used for national/international calls. GSM cellular phone service is available with all European, Middle Eastern and North American countries. The number for the local operator is 192.

Electric Current

The electricity supply is 220-240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. Sockets are 5amp or 13amp, square pin.

Travelling Documents

Entry formalities into the Republic of Cyprus are limited to a minimum. Citizens of Country Members of the Council of Europe do not need a visa. All citizens of EU-member countries may enter Cyprus on presentation of their identity card provided it bears a picture of the holder.

Tipping

There is a 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants and a tip therefore is not obligatory. However, taxi drivers, tour guides and waiters always appreciate some small change.

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