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Cyprus


The Cypriots wear summer clothes (short sleeves and sandals) from May till October.
Avoid shorts and wear suitable clothing when you are visiting churches and Monasteries.
Do not forget your sunglasses while in Cyprus. They are indispensable due to the intense brightness of our sunshine.

Between 1300-1600 hrs is siesta time in summer. (May-Sept.)
It is forbidden to remove antiquities from the bottom of the sea.
A small tip in restaurants, taxis etc is always welcome.
Accommodation with local families does not exist in Cyprus.
Voltage: 240V A C throughout the island, Sockets outlets and sockets of flat 3 pin type are used.
Dhekelia (east of Larnaca) and Akrotiri-Episkopi (west of Limassol) are the two British bases in Cyprus.
In Cyprus there are 127 endemic flower varieties, that is growing nowhere else in the world but in Cyprus.

Easter is the main religious feast in Cyprus.

"Lefkaritika" is the local embroidery.
The shops are closed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
The most important Museums of the island are in Nicosia.
The town of Pafos is included in the official Unesco list of Cultural Heritage.
A Greek Drama in an ancient theatre is a memorable experience.
Due to the mild winters Northern European athletes and football teams use Cyprus as their training ground.

Currency
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.
The Cyprus pound is divided into 100 cents.
Centrally located banks offer special afternoon facilities for tourists.
The Tourist Information office at Larnaka Airport provides 24hrs service 365 days.
Medical & Health
No vaccination is required for any International traveller.
Nearly all drug and medicines are available on the island.
The Police, Fire Brigade and Emergency Medical Services operate from a single co-ordinated telephone number. This is 199.
Most doctors on the island speak good English, as they will have been trained abroad in an English speaking country
There is always a late night chemist open in every town, they take it in turns and you can find a list in any newspaper.


Getting Around
Driving is on the left side of the road.
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.
The transurban service taxis are shared taxis connecting all main towns (only during day time).
Private taxis are also widely available.
Various buses link all major towns, but do not operate on Sundays and Public Holidays. A frequent local bus service also operates in each town. Almost all villages are connected with the nearest town by local buses but are limited to once or twice a day.
Life in Cyprus
The people of Cyprus owe their individuality and warmth to the fact that they are the product of an amazingly colorful history. This sun drenched island has been at the crossroads of world events for centuries. Roman, Byzantine, Greek and British influences (to name just a few) have all had a bearing on life in Cyprus.

Perhaps that's why Cypriots have a special knack of making visitors feel at home as soon as they step off the plane or ship. That warm welcome, plus the unhurried pace of daily life, makes Cyprus an instant favorite of anyone who goes there.
The island nation is a fascinating land of contrasts. It has some of the most sophisticated cities in the region, and yet, a short distance away, you can feel as if you have stepped back into a previous century, not just the 19th, but far back to a time when people pursued simpler pleasures. Drop into almost any country taverna, or join the locals at a town market, and you will feel the atmosphere of a way of life that has remained essentially the same for centuries.
The island has proved irresistible to many famous historical personalities, such as Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Leonard da Vinci and Richard the Lion Heart. When Richard freed his imprisoned bride-to-be, Berengaria of Navarre, in 1191, Cypriots all across the island seized on the opportunity to have a party!
As you can see, a delight in having a good time is at the heart of the Cypriot personality. Observe the fun Cypriots have when they go out - perhaps in large family groups - to eat and drink, and you will see how important a lust for life is on this enchanted island. Get to know the people, and you will probably be invited back to a Cypriot home to enjoy a meal of meze. Then, you'll truly learn the meaning of the word "hospitality".
Cyprus is deservedly called the "Island of Love." Come and find out for yourself!

 

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