Whether you’re a new visitor to Cyprus or have been here before, there’s always something new to discover.
Take a look at our travel guide and learn all you need to know to help plan your stay and make it more enjoyable.
Check out our helpful facts and tips to help get organized before you arrive. Get an idea of average temperatures and what clothes to bring. Discover how easy is to get around the island by car, bus or taxi. Plan ahead to see when local public holidays are.
The days below are a list of public holidays in Cyprus. All public services, banks and shops are closed on public holidays though many shops and certain services remain open in the resort and coastal areas. Banks are closed on Easter Tuesday but not on Christmas Eve.
Cypriot food is essentially Mediterranean, similar to that of Greece and with a hint of the Middle East and Asia Minor. With emphasis on fresh local ingredients, a powerful mix of herbs and spices and a light drizzle of olive oil, if there is one main element that describes the Cypriot cuisine, it is its freshness.
Tavernas and restaurants offer a host of international menus but take pride in preparing fresh Cypriot food and specialties from recipes which have been passed down through generations.
These are some of the Cypriot dishes, which delight both tourists and locals alike and that you would expect to be served in most of the Cypriot restaurants:
Meze-The finest introduction to Cypriot food – A Meze consists of 20- 30 different dishes, meat or fish based. A unique eating experience, and a must try for every visitor to Cyprus.
Afelia - Pork marinated in wine and coriander.
Sheftalia - Grilled spiced mince balls.
Koupepia - Grape leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice.
Loukanika - Sausages soaked in red wine and smoked.
Kleftiko - Lamb slowly cooked in a sealed clay oven and seasoned with bay leaves and other spices.
Halloumi - White cheese made from sheep's milk, spiced with peppermint and normally served grilled.
Cyprus of course being a Mediterranean island has a lot of fresh fish dishes to offer including red mullet, octopus cooked in whine, kalamari, white bait, sea bass and many more.
Cyprus has a lot unique offerings on the sweet and savoury front as well. Some sweets you should try on your visit to Cyprus are:
Loukoumades -Deep fried doughnuts drizzled with honey syrup.
Daktyla - Pastry in the shape of fingers with walnut or almond, cinnamon and syrup.
Cyprus Delight - Cubes of gelatin flavoured with rose water and topped with powdered sugar.
Shoushouko - Grape juice solidified filled with almonds or walnuts, formed in a shape of long rods.
Koupes - Fried cracked wheat filled with mince mint and spices.
The history of winemaking in Cyprus is very old, dating back to around 2000 BC. There are over 100 varieties of grapes cultivated in Cyprus and most of these are in Limassol and Paphos districts and on the foothills of Mount Olympus.
Probably the most famous wine is the dessert wine called Commandaria, made from the Nama grape variety and dating back a few tens of hundreds of years:
Local Cypriot spirits include Zivania, a strong distilled drink similar to Raki normally served cold. Cyprus Brandy is another high quality spirit produced locally, the most well-known being Five Kings Brandy which comes from the Xynisteri grape and aged for at least 15 years before bottling.
Hiring a car is definitely the best way to explore Cyprus whilst on holiday. As there is no regular transport option which covers the whole island, driving is definitely the best way to get around.
Fairly well surfaced roads complying with international traffic requirements link the main towns and the various villages, whilst 2-3 lane motorways connect the capital, Nicosia with the main coastal towns of Ayia Napa, Protaras, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos.
Here is an overview of the main road rules and regulations that will help you on your travels around the island:
Cyprus is fortunate to have one of the most pleasant climates in Europe, enjoying on average 340 days a year of brilliant sunshine.
The island enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September, providing perfect conditions for swimming, sailing and all water activities.
Autumn days are still warm with sea temperatures high after the long hot summer, and for some it is the best time of year to visit.
Winter is from November to mid-March and offers milder weather. This season brings some much-needed rain to the island, but most days are still bright and sunny, and there is a short snow season on the Troodos Mountains from January to March.
Spring offers warm weather and is a paradise for nature lovers. An ideal season for walks, picnics and generally enjoying the beauty of the island as the days lengthen.
Clothing requirements in Cyprus, largely depend on the length and period of your visit.
December and January are the coldest months, although it often feels more like autumn for most visitors. It may rain occasionally but the sun is never far away. Winter clothing is necessary, but heavy clothing and thick coats are rarely required.
February and March bring fairly mild days along with occasional rainfall and cold nights, so warmer clothes and layers are recommended, especially if visiting the mountain areas.
During April and May, days are pleasantly warm, but temperatures may drop at night. Light clothing for the daytime and long sleeved tops or light jackets for the evenings are recommended.
From June to the end of August, very light summer clothing is a must, not forgetting plenty of swimwear.
September and October bring warm to hot days and cooler evenings. Light clothing for the daytime and longer sleeves for the evenings in October is recommended.
November has pleasantly warm days that can be enjoyed in t-shirts and light jackets with long sleeves recommended for the evenings.
If you don’t plan on hiring a car during your holiday to Cyprus, taxi’s and buses are readily available in all towns and resort areas.
There are four types of buses in Cyprus that can help you move around:
Bus timetables and schedules for the Protaras and Ayia Napa areas are available from tourist offices, directly from the bus companies and at the following website http://www.osea.com.cy
There are three types of taxi services available, covering the entire island:
Medical treatment and assistance in Cyprus is offered free of charge to international tourists in cases of emergency at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals and Health Institutions. EU citizens must produce an E111 form or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by their country's health care authorities to obtain additional health care. Holiday makers can also use their health insurance towards their medical expenses, provided the policy covers the length of their stay on the island. More detailed information can be obtained from the Cyprus Ministry of Health
Cyprus has no dangerous infectious diseases. Visitors do not require any vaccinations to travel to Cyprus.
In Cyprus the safety of food and drinking water quality is monitored by the Health Inspectors of the Medical and Public Services of the Ministry of Health and the Local Authorities. Food and drinking water are of high quality, absolutely safe and no food or water-borne diseases occur.
Water is safe to drink in Cyprus, as water pollution is negligible and every home has fresh running drinking-water. Tap-water in hotels, restaurants, public premises, etc. is safe to drink.
Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place with crime at a comparatively low level. The Police are always ready to assist anyone who needs help. In case of emergency, one may telephone 199 or 112 (in all towns).
Medicine can be purchased at pharmacies on presentation of a doctor's prescription. Almost all brands of medicine are available in Cyprus. Pharmacies are all marked with a green cross.
In case of emergency, immediate response is given by the following telephone numbers, where English is spoken:
ALL OVER THE ISLAND
Night Pharmacies: 192
or automatic recording for: