About Cyprus

Distances

Distances KM Nicosia Limassol Pafos Larnaka Troodos Agia Napa Paralimni / Protaras Polis Larnaka Airport Pafos Airport Nicosia 0 83 146 45 71 80 84 176 50 142 Limassol 83 0 68 66 45 106 110 98 70 63 Pafos 146 68 0 135 113 175 179 35 140 15 Larnaka 45 66 135 0 111 41 ... Read More

Banks

There are a number of bank branches on the main coastal roads as well as on most main roads.  They provide money exchange services where, for example you can change pounds sterling to Euros.  The counter staff will usually be able to attend to you in English.   If you are not an account holder at the bank you will normally be required to show identification - passport or identity card. List of Banks around Cyprus Alpha Bank Arab Bank Bank of Cyprus - largest bank in Cyprus Credit Lyonnais Emporiki Bank Hellenic Bank USB ... Read More

Bars

Cyprus has plenty to do during the day and an active night-life.  Well-known locations for this are Ayia Napa and the capital, Nicosia, which can be reached in a 90-minute drive from Paphos. The local press, both newspapers and magazines, carry listings of activities, bars, clubs and restaurants. Or you can click on the link below to take you straight there: http://www.busybeerentals.com/articles/about-paphos/bars-1... Read More

Crime

Cyprus is considered to be a very safe place to live in, with a very low crime rate.  This is illustrated by the latest figures, showing that there are only 6.44 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless there is no point in inviting problems.  We recommend that you use common sense and take precautions wherever you are.  Do not to leave valuables on view in your car to tempt opportunists.  Lock your car doors and boot.  Feel free to use the key safe to store the key to the property when you're out and lock your valua... Read More

Cuisine

Cuisine  Halloumi, a popular cheese made from a mixture of goat's and sheep's milk, originates from Cyprus and is commonly served sliced, either fresh or grilled, as an appetiser.  Seafood and fish dishes of Cyprus include squid, octopus, red mullet and sea bass.  Cucumber and tomato are used widely in salads.  Common vegetable preparations include potatoes in olive oil and parsley, pickled cauliflower and beets, asparagus and kolokassi.  Other traditional delicacies of the island are meat marinated in dried coriander, ... Read More

Culture

Cyprus has a long-standing cultural tradition.  Name days (the saint's day whose name coincides with that of the person concerned), weddings and funerals all have great significance.  After the church or civil ceremony an important part of weddings is the ensuing eating, drinking and dancing, which may go on for more than a day.   In villages it is very common to invite the whole village.  Greek Cypriots tend to be quite superstitious; for example, Tuesdays are believed to be unlucky, so no plans or trips are made this day ... Read More

Cycling Routes

Cyprus is a cyclist's paradise and not just because of the guaranteed sunshine and excellent weather conditions prevailing on the island throughout most of the year.  In contrast to other European or Mediterranean countries, strong headwinds are rare. It is the island's compact nature that is a major attraction, offering rapid changes of terrain and scenery on even the shortest of bike trails.  Within the space of 10 km you can go from rock to clay and steep to flat, enabling you to experience all surfaces within a short period of ti... Read More

Cyprus

Cyprus is the 3rd largest island of the eastern Mediterranean, attracting 2.4 million tourists annually.  Situated south of Turkey and west of Syria, Lebanon and Israel, east of Greece and Europe, it is in a strategic location and has attracted many invaders over the years.  A variety of nationalities flock here as it is the gateway between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Cyprus has two international airports and a seaport and excellent connections with the rest of the world.  With relics from its colonial days it... Read More

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

In 1996 the European Union standardised an EU-wide summer-time, or Daylight Saving Time (DST).  Cyprus falls into the time zone EET (Eastern European Time) and goes on to Eastern European Summer Time, with the clocks changing on the same dates as they do throughout Europe. Thus on the last Sunday in March the clocks go forward by 1 hour at 3 a.m. and on the last Sunday in October the clocks go back by 1 hour at 3 a.m.... Read More

Demographics

According to the first population census after the declaration of independence, carried out in December 1960 and covering the entire island, Cyprus had a total population of 573,566, with Greek Cypriots comprising 77% of the island's population and Turkish Cypriots 18% (other nationals accounted for the remaining 5%).  According to the last census covering the entire island (April 1973), the population of Cyprus was 631,778 with the Turkish Cypriots estimated at 19% of the total (about 120,000). In 2008 the Republic of Cyprus Statistical ... Read More
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