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Best Places to Visit

Larnaca, a city in the eastern area of Cyprus, is the leading tourist destination, partly thanks to its large number of hotels, restaurants and bars. At its heart are many quiet streets and quaint craft stalls. There's also the main street with chain stores, but for the most part, it is a relaxed city where the new is slowly filtering in with the old.

For those after nightlife, it's hard to beat Ayia Napa. Once known for its hardcore clubbing, it's matured somewhat and is now home to many upmarket beach bars and late-night restaurants. Although you can still find some great places to party the night away, it's now mostly targeted at an older audience, with quality venues and products.

What's are holidays to Cyprus without a visit to one of the many tavernas found throughout the island? The smaller, less touristy ones often offer better service, and can give you a real taste of the local food and drink, such as wild boar or the mouth-watering lamb dishes.

Of course, Cyprus holidays are also renowned for its beaches. Thanks to the year-round sunshine, the beaches can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. Alagadi Turtle Beach, Fig Tree Bay Beach and Escape Beach are all stunning, but there are many others across the island that are perfect for a day of relaxation.

In recent years, a lot of tourists have been opting for a visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This area is less tailored for tourists as it is under developed, but still boasts stunning beaches and plenty of historic ruins.

Kavo Greko Forest Park, in the eastern area of Cyprus, is truly beautiful. With its crystal clear waters, conditions for swimming and snorkelling here are ideal. There's also horse riding and rock climbing available, with nine hiking trails. There are a lot of wild animals and birds, with many of the trails ending at the top of the cliffs, giving an amazing view of the tranquil seas.

Ancient Kourion, also found in the south of the island, near the town of Episkopi, is the site of an extensive Greco-Roman ruin. Amazingly well-preserved mosaics, public baths and a gladiator stadium mean this place is popular with tourists. For visitors, it gives a glimpse into a slightly different history of Cyprus as the bridge between the two great ancient cultures of Greece and Rome.

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Need to know

Language

The main languages in Cyprus are Greek, spoken by the Greek-Cypriot community, and Turkish, spoken by the Turkish-Cypriot community. However, thanks largely to tourism, English is widely spoken. Within the tourist industry, German and French are commonly spoken, so European visitors should find most hospitality establishments have at least one member of staff they can communicate with easily.

Currency

In 2008, the Cyprus pound was replaced by the euro. Euro banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200, and 1 and 2 euro coins, with 100 cents making up 1 euro. Every bank in Cyprus offers foreign currency exchange, as do most hotels. The majority of hotels, large shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards and travellers cheques, so access to money is not an issue, although spending on plastic abroad may incur a foreign currency transaction fee.

Visas

A valid passport grants UK and US citizens a 90-day tourist visa, although some European citizens can travel using just their national identity card, providing it has a photo. The passport used to gain entry must not be due to expire within the 90-day period otherwise entry will not be granted. Bear in mind that in the event your return journey is delayed, so you might want to allow even longer before your passport's expiration date.

Climate

Situated in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has very hot, dry summers and fairly mild winters, so it's an ideal place for a winter break. Summer starts in May and lasts through to September, with average day temperatures of 29°C in July and August. Winter is classed as the period from November through March, with daytime temperatures of around 10°C in mid-winter. During the summer, Cyprus benefits from around 15 hours of sunshine a day and there are almost year-round clear skies. At any time of year, temperatures should be up to ten degrees warmer than back home in the UK, so you should always feel the benefit of the climate when you take your first steps off the plane.

Main Airports

There are two international airports in Cyprus: Larnaca International Airport in the south-east and Paphos International Airport in the south-west. Larnaca's airport is the most popular entry point and has the most chartered flights per year, but Paphos' airport is more commonly used as part of package deals.

Flight Options

There are non-stop flights available from all major cities in Europe, including London, with many services from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Standard flight time to London is around 4 hours, 30 minutes. Be aware that flight prices can increase in August when seats sell out quickly.

Travel Advice

Those looking for a bargain should head to Cyprus in the off-season, between October and March, as fares can be considerably cheaper at this time. Visitors who travel in October or March on cheaper flights will still benefit from the pleasant weather, with most tourist places open and the waters warm enough to enjoy a dip.

Other Transport Options

Cyprus can be reached via a passenger ferry from Turkey, which docks in the north of Cyprus. Previously, there were ferries from Rhodes and Patmos in Greece's Dodecanese island group, and from Haifa in Israel. Unfortunately, these services were suspended in 2001 and have not been re-instated. Many of the ports in Cyprus cater to cruise ships and privately owned vessels.

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Feiten

  1. Cyprus is het 'derde eiland' in het Mediterrane gebied, zowel wat landoppervlak betreft als qua vaste bewoners, die wordt geschat op iets meer dan een miljoen inwoners.
  2. Niemand weet precies waarom het eiland Cyprus heet. De verklaringen variëren van een link met de boomsoort cipres, het Griekse woord 'kypros' dat 'henna' betekent, tot een oud regionaal woord voor koper.
  3. Ooit leefden er dwergolifanten en -nijlpaarden op Cyprus, maar het archeologische bewijsmateriaal duidt erop dat deze dieren uitstierven rond de tijd dat mensen voor het eerst het eiland gingen bewonen, ongeveer 10.000 jaar voor Christus.

Feiten

  1. Cyprus is het 'derde eiland' in het Mediterrane gebied, zowel wat landoppervlak betreft als qua vaste bewoners, die wordt geschat op iets meer dan een miljoen inwoners.
  2. Niemand weet precies waarom het eiland Cyprus heet. De verklaringen variëren van een link met de boomsoort cipres, het Griekse woord 'kypros' dat 'henna' betekent, tot een oud regionaal woord voor koper.
  3. Ooit leefden er dwergolifanten en -nijlpaarden op Cyprus, maar het archeologische bewijsmateriaal duidt erop dat deze dieren uitstierven rond de tijd dat mensen voor het eerst het eiland gingen bewonen, ongeveer 10.000 jaar voor Christus.

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