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> Visiting the Island of CYPRUS, TIPS for travellers who plan to visit the island
greekcypriot
post May 16 2009, 10:35 PM
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A TRAVELLER'S 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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post May 17 2009, 10:31 PM
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Wow! Thanks for the extensive list of tips and advice!


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post May 20 2009, 12:55 PM
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For people who are going to travel to Cyprus I just want to add that as from this coming Christmas, the currency in Cypurs is EURO.

This is good news for Europeans.....no need to change euro into pounds.

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post Oct 19 2009, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for the info about cyprus do you commute from Cyprus much? i am looking to find a good airline to travel regular with from the UK to Cyprus… do you have any recommendations?

...ive looked at this website, it lists the most popular flight, holiday and hotel destinations. It has resort information and has a search feature to find the latest deals on offer.

ive heared Cheap flights to Cyprus is one of the most popular hot spot for winter sun at the moment...

are sites like these the best place to get good deals or does anyone have any recommendations?

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post Oct 19 2009, 09:51 AM
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greekcypriot, thank you for really useful information. Besides, I am going to visit this amazing country. Again thanks! smile.gif
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