Cyprus

Cyprus is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. The south and the south coast of the island is covered with plains while it is inhabited with mountains in the noth. The climate is Mediterranean so temperatures are really hot. But winters are cooler. The Capital of Cyprus is Nicosia and the currency used is Cypriot Pound.


Wrecked ship and wrevked quay, Cyprus

Culture

Languages spoken here are Greek, English and Turkish. The culture is Greek mixed with Middle East. Outsiders are welcomed with an open heart by the locals which make you feel at home by offering you something to drink. Handshakes will do fine to greet someone. When invited for dinner it is customary to offer the guest a small gift. The dress should be casually but swimsuits must be confined to beaches only.

Site Seeing

There are a lot of vineyards, 12th century buildings monasteries and orchards in Cyprus. One must be careful when taking pictures outside because it is forbidden in military areas and a special permission must be taken for taking pictures in art galleries or museums. Also most of them do not allow flash photography. To move around the big towns taxis can be hired, which charge according the goverment regulated meters, tipping the drivers is customary here.


View over a village in Cyprus

Electricity

The voltage is 240 V while the frequency is 50 Hz.

Getting There

While planning to get there you should check that you do not enter via the port of Famagusta, Kryenia and the airport of Ercan, because they have been declared as illegal ‚points of entry‘.

The national airline is Cyprus Airways which connects most of the major cities of Europe. There are forty other airlines that server at the airport of Larnaca. The airport is away 4km from Larnaka city and 50km from Nicosia. There is a lack of trains and buses but taxis can be hired to reach any destination. Other services offered at the airport of Larnaca are duty-free shops, bank, tourism and hotel information, restaurants, car hire, post office and reservation office. Pafos is the other international airport.The Pafos airport is away 15km from the city and it takes about 35 minutes to get to the city from the airport.


Roman ruins at Salamis in the north of Cyprus

Traveling by ship, the major ports are Limassol and Larnaca port which connect to other ports of Greek and the Middle East. Cruise as well as ferry services are provided here.

As Cyprus is an island it is not connected by roads to other countries but of course roadsare connecting all cities and villages in Cyprus. There are buses running on the roads except Sunday. Advanced booking is recomended if you are planning to rent a car, especially in summer as the booking is full most of the time. Like in any other country you have to carry a National driving licence or a International driving permit while driving.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:

1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
2. 1l of spirits (over 22 per cent volume) or 2l of fortified wine or sparkling wine
3. 2l of still wine; 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
4. 800 cigarettes or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco
5. 10l of spirits, 20l of fortified wine, 90l wine, 110l beer

Most of the food items and items relating to agriculture are prohibited. Explosives and fire arms are a strict no-go.