About Cyprus

Smoking

Legislation was introduced in Cyprus in 1st January, 2010 making it illegal to smoke in public areas including cinemas, theatres, medical centres, schools, offices, shopping centres, kiosks, as well as recreational locales such as restaurants, hotels and bars. and where requested elsewhere. Smokers are able to light up in external areas. All Busy Bee holiday let properties are non-smoking.  Please refrain from smoking inside the properties.  It is illegal in Cyprus to smoke inside enclosed public areas as we are a full member of the... Read More

Sports & Activities

Sports Governing bodies of sport in Cyprus include the Cyprus Automobile Association, Cyprus Badminton Federation, Cyprus Basketball Federation, Cyprus Cricket Association, Cyprus Football Association, Cyprus Rugby Federation and the Cyprus Volleyball Federation. Marcos Baghdatis is one of the most successful tennis players on the international stage.  He reached the Wimbledon semi-final in 2006.  Kyriakos Ioannou, a Cypriot high-jumper born in Limassol, achieved a jump of 2.35 m at the 11th IAAF World Championsh... Read More

Sunbathing

Here are some helpful facts about sunbathing, which you may already know but which are always good to keep in mind. Cyprus experiences around 322 days of sun a year, which is great for us, but not so great for our skin.  As ultra-violet (UV) rays penetrate our skin, a formulation of melanin (darker pigmentation of the skin) begin to appear, which may provide an attractive tan, but in the long run shows damage has been done to your skin.  The skin forms this melanin as a way of protecting itself, but at the same time it is indicates t... Read More

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are included with some of the properties; if not, it will be an investment to have one.  This will not only give your property the luxurious touch, but also be a convenience for the lazy days where leaving your home does not appeal. N.B.:  the sun-beds without apartment numbers belong to the complex and are for residents' use. If you have any further queries on this subject, please contact us.... Read More

Taxis

Taxis are a convenient, if less cheap, form of transport.  But some precautions are worth considering. If you are not already familiar with the taxi and its driver check that they are licensed (the licence should be displayed with the driver's name and photograph); and either insist on the meter being started or negotiate the price with the driver before setting out on your journey. For more information on this check out the article on "Taxis" in the "About Paphos" section or open the following link: http://www.busybeerentals.com... Read More

Ten Best Things about Cyprus

There are hundreds of things about Cyprus that we love.  But here are a few of the best things, in no particular order, handpicked to entice you to choose Cyprus as a destination, or to create a home here away from home.  There will be more information on these topics in the "About Cyprus" and "About Paphos" sections.   riding around the island by bicycle the castles of the Kyrenia (Girne) range The Byzantine frescos in the churches of the Troodos hiking in the Troodos mountains Cypriot hospitality the Karpas (Kirpasa) p... Read More

Top Villages & Towns to Visit

Latchi is a small fishing village 3km from Polis, on the north-western coast of the island opposite Paphos.  Latchi has a small fishing harbour/marina which has just recently been renovated with lots of natural stone to give it a truly traditional Cypriot feel.  In the evenings, Latchi marina is buzzing with life with locals and tourists alike enjoying the freshly-caught fish of the day.  With the baths of Aphrodite being a short 5-minute drive away, and the local wineries, sand and pebble beaches, forests, cycle rides and m... Read More

VAT

VAT is charged on every supply of goods or services at the standard rate of nineteen per cent (19%). The reduced rate of 5% is imposed on the supply of coffins, services supplied by undertakers, services of writers, artists, on the supply of fertilizers, foodstuff for animal, live animals, seeds, non bottled water, newspapers, books, periodicals, certain products for persons with special need, ice cream, certain types of nuts (salted etc), transport of passengers and their accompanying luggage with urban and rural buses, the letting of camping ... Read More

Weather in Cyprus

Summer  Summer lasts from mid-May to mid-September.  Temperatures can reach 33ºC. on the coast and well above that in the interior of the island.  As the humidity is relatively low this season is ideal for sunbathing and for water sports (see our article on Sports & Activities).  It is recommended to check out the main tourist attractions such as archeological centres in the morning, when it will be a little cooler, rather than at midday, and to avoid the intense sun from 12 to 3pm.  Later in the summer the hum... Read More

Wild Flowers of Cyprus

Cyprus Flora Those visiting the mediterranean island of Cyprus at the peak of its hot summer days may think all there is to it is sandy beaches and beautiful scenery.  If they come in the spring or late autumn, however, they will discover a whole new side to the island. Southern Europe managed to escape the effects of the catastrophic ice age experienced by Northern and Central Europe and as a result Cyprus now enjoys flourishing wild-life, notwithstanding the hot dry conditions that prevail for much of the year. There are around ... Read More
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