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> Starter Kit for the Island of CYPRUS, General Information, Tips and Comments
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post Jun 3 2009, 01:13 PM
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Starter kit for the Island of Cyprus.

Cyprus is officially the REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS. It is a Eurasian island situated in the eastern Mediterranean, east of Greece, west of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, north of Egypt and south of Turkey.

It is called the “ Aphrodite’s Island”

Rising from the sea like a goddess itself, the island nation of Cyprus combines the more recent presence of Turkey with a strong and pure Greek culture.
Cyprus is proudly reclaiming its ancient honor of being the birthplace of the goddess APHRODITE, and even is offering a tasteful re-creation of her ancient rites. The supreme goddess of love and beauty know what she was doing when she chose the lovely Cyprus as the site of her emergence from the seafoam.

It is the Mediterranean’s largest Island, and one of the most popular tourist destinations attracting 2.4 million tourists per year. A former British colony, it became an independent republic in 1960 and a member of the Commonwealth in 1961. The Republic of Cyprus is one of the advanced economies in the region, and has been a member of the European Union since May 2004.

In 1974, following years of intercommunal violence between ethnic Greeks and Turks, Turkey invated and occupied one third of the island. This led to the displacement of thousands of Cypriots and the establishment of a separate Turkish Cypriot political entity in the north. This event and its resulting political situation are matters of ongoing dispute.

The Republic of Cyprus, is internationally recognized as a State.

GOVERNMENT : Cyprus is a Presidential Republic.

POPULATION: Slightly over One Million.

DISTRICTS: Larnaca, Limasol, Nicosia, and Paphos.
Famagusta and Kyrenia are inhabited by Turks.
ECONOMY: The Cypriot economy is prosperous and has diversified in recent
years.
RELIGION: Cypriots are members of the Greek Orthodox Church, whereas
most Turkish Cypriots are Muslim.
TRANSPORTATION: Traffic moves on the LEFT hand –side of the road, NOT on
the right.
ROADS AND MOTORWAYS :

A1 Nicosia to Limasol
A2 connects A1 NEAR Pera Chorio with A3 by Larnaca.
A3 Larnaca to Agia Napa
A5 connects A1 near Kofinou with A3 by Larnaca.
A6 Paphos to Limassol

CLIMATE: Mediterranean climate.

Larnaca International Airport:
Full Airport Name: Larnaca International Airport
Address: P.O.Box 3001, Larnaca.
Airport Code: LCA
There is another airport in Paphos.

COUNTRY CODE: 357, Telephone (024) 816 130

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TAXI: Transport from the airport to Larnaca city and the beachfront hotels is
mainly by private taxi, available 24 hours a day (journey time – 15min.
A board displaying fares can be found in Arrivals.
COACH: Transfer coaches are available for passengers on chartered flights.

MOUNTAINS: TROODOS MOUNTAIN
It is the biggest mountain range of Cyprus, located
in the centre of the island. Troodos’ highest peak is MOUNT OLYMPUS
at 1.952 metres.
Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of
Cyprus. There are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries
and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and picturesque
mountain villages clinging to terraced hill slopes.

CURRENCY: Euro
CAPITAL: Nicosia
LANGUAGE: Greek – official, English, Turkish.
TIME: Cyprus is two hours ahead of GMT
ELECTRICITY: 240v, 50HZ Plugs are the same as in the United Kingdom.

Healthcare and Medical services:
No specific vaccinations are required.
Other:
- Skin protection against the strong sun should be used at all times.
- It is forbidden to remove antiquities from the bottom of the sea.
- All the publications (maps, leaflets etc) provided by Cyprus Tourism Organization are distributed free of charge.
- Avoid shorts and wear suitable clothing when you are visiting churches and Monasteries.
- The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of Cultural Heritage.
- The tap water is drinkable.
- CYPRUS CITY AREA TELEPHONE CODES.
- +357 23 Famagusta
- +357 24 Larnaca
- +357 23 Lefkonico
- +357 25 Limassol
- +357 22 Nicosia
- +357 26 Paphos
- +357 25 Platres
- +357 26 Polis

Cyprus Emergency Telephone Numbers
199/112- Ambulance
199/112 – Police
199/112 - Fire Service


CYPRUS is the Island that HAS IT ALL!!

The Island of the legends offers 300 days per year of sunshine
APHRODITE’S ISLAND is the IDEAL holiday destination all year round combining fantastic beaches with plenty of historical sites, a great collection of museums and a very well developed network of tourist services and resorts.

The Island has managed to maintain its natural and traditional beauty despite the tourist development and this adds up to the whole since, there is nothing you might seek for your holiday that cannot be found in Cyprus.







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post Jun 3 2009, 01:18 PM
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Awesome, I think this will help lots of people going to Cyprus, thanks.


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post Jun 4 2009, 06:14 PM
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Very informative. Thank you!
I have now added Cyprus to my list of 100 places to see before I die... :-)


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post Jun 6 2009, 10:57 PM
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Thanks semi-backpacker.
I would recommend Cyprus to be listed in your 20 places to see because it is worth it, and not the 100!!!
I have already counted yours in my list a couple of years ago.


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Well, Santorini is in my top 10 :-)

And, this weekend I saw "My Life in Ruins" with Nia Vardalos and it really made me want to book a trip to Greece! They scenes showcased Athens and other beautiful cities.


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