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Quick Info-Tips

  • C.T.O. = Cyprus Tourism Organisation.
  • Driving Is on the left side of the road.
  • Between 1300-1600 hrs is siesta-time in summer. (May-Sept.)
  • The International Airports are at Larnaka and Pafos.
  • Centrally located banks offer special afternoon facilities for tourists.
  • The Cyprus pound is divided into 100 cents.
  • Voltage: 240V A C throughout the island, Sockets outlets and sockets of flat 3 pin type are used.
  • The population of Cyprus is approximately 706.000.
  • A small tip in restaurants taxis etc is always welcome.
  • The typical take away is "souvlaki stin pitta"-kebab in a special envelope – type.
  • Nearly all drug and medicines are availabie on the island.
  • "Lefkaritika" is the local embroidery.
  • It is forbidden to remove antiquities from the bottom of the sea.
  • In Cyprus there are 127 endemic flower varieties, that is growing nowhere else in the world but in Cyprus.
  • The Tourist Information office at Larnaka Airport provides 24hrs service 365 days.
  • Cyprus is a member of the Commonwealth.
  • "Commandaria" is the local sweet fortified.
  • The transurban service-taxis are shared taxis connecting all main towns (only during day time)
  • Hallourmi: Is the local cheese. It can be served plain or grilled.
  • No vaccination is required for any International traveller.
  • All the publications (maps, leaflets etc) provided by CTO are distributed free of charge.
  • The Supermarket basket in Cyprus is considered among the cheapest in Europe.
  • The shops are closed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
  • Dhekelia (east of Larnaca) and Akrotiri-Episkopi (west of Limassol) are the two British bases in Cyprus.
  • Avoid shorts and wear suitable clothing when you are visiting churches and Monasteries.
  • More than 30 airlines connect Cyprus directly with most European and Middle East Countries.
  • The town of Pafos is included in the official Unesco list of Cultural Heritage.
  • If you drive a car in Cyprus do not hesitate to use the "horn" if required, (not during night time).
  • The tap water is drinkable.
  • The average day temperature in summer is 32 C and In winter 16 C.
  • Cyprus automatic telephone dialling system reaches over 184 countries.
  • Easter is the main religious feast in Cyprus.
  • A Greek Drama in an ancient theater is a memorable experience.
  • 30 minutes after sunset darkness has fallen.
  • The average sea temperature in April is 18.6 C and in October 25 C.
  • "Koulouri" is the typical sesame bread, excellent with green olives.
  • Do not forget your sunglasses while in Cyprus. They are indispensable due to the intense brightness of our sunshine.
  • The Cypriots wear summer clothes (short sleeves and sandals) from May till October.
  • There are two Marinas in Cyprus, one in Larnaka and one in Limassol.
  • Accommodation with local families does not exist in Cyprus.
  • Due to the mild winters Northern European athletes and football teams use Cyprus as their training ground.
  • The most important Museums of the island are in Nicosia.
  • On Sundays petrol stations are open on a rotation basis. Most petrol stations provide twenty-four hours service either by attendance service or by pay-terminals.
  • Citizens from most of the European countries, U S A, Canada, Australia, Japan etc can enter Cyprus with a valid passport and do not require a visa.
  • Cyprus occupies one of the highest places internationally in terms of third level students.
  • There is no limit on bringing in cheques, travellers cheques and other negotiable documents.
  • Amount of foreign exchange in excess of the equivalent of US 1000 dollars should be declared at the customs.
  • Flying time: From London is 5 hours, from Frankfurt 4 hrs, from Bahrain 2 hrs 35 minutes, from Stockhuolm 4 1/2 hours.
  • Parakalo means: please.
  • Kalimera means: goodmorning.
  • Metrios: is the local coffee with sugar.
  • Efharisto: means thank you.

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