It’s my archaeological heaven park. I love strolling anywhere where I can feel under my feets and around me that thousands years ago there were beautiful life here. Unique nature and perfect water for sports combine with amazing night life created dream destination.
Language: Greek and Turkish / Population: 1,117,000 / Currency: Euro
Climate Cyprus has a subtropical climate – Mediterranean and semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of island), with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos mountains in the central part of the island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.
Suggested Clothing: Light weight summer clothing and long sleeve linen top or shirt for evenings. It is always a wise idea to use sun protection, such as hats, sunscreen and sunglasses. Have plenty of sun cream with you as well as a bottle of water.
Cuisine Cypriot cuisine is closely related to Greek cuisine and Turkish cuisine. The cuisine is based on fresh vegetables, meat goat, lamb, pork and fruits sea (calamari, octopus, cuttlefish, parpouni red mullet, sea bass lavraki, and gilt-head bream). If you will be in cyprus, ask about Meze. Meze is large selection of dishes with small helpings of varied foods.
Foreign Relations member of the United Nations and member of European Union since 2004.
1. Visit Free attractions Visit all the free attractions you can find. Hike on trails like the ones found in the Akamas Peninsula and near Platres in the Troodos mountains. Spend the day at the beaches of Aphrodite’s Rock, Ayia Napa, Protaras, and Lara Bay. Locate landmarks void of admission fees. A lot of statues and monuments are free to visit. Take lots of pictures and capture the beauty and history of Cyprus. Avoid overpopulated areas of the city. Although there’s a lot to see and experience there, you won’t be able to truly get a feel for the country if you’re pushing your way through crowded streets and museums in the hottest months of the year.
2. Go Local When eating out, seek out tavernas the locals go to. You’ll enjoy the experience more and it’ll be better value. You’ll be able to enjoy real Cypriot cooking with fresh ingredients rather than something from microwave.
3. Look for supermakets If you self catering, buy from the bigger supermarkets rather than the corner kiosks Lidl (for me cheapest), Alpha-Mega, Phillipos or Carrefour will save you a lot of money and the choices are much better. For fruit and vegetables, try the fruit markets – they’re a fantastic experience and you’ll get some great bargains.
4. Coffee choices Avoid the cafes in the prime tourist locations when stopping for a coffee. A coffee by the harbour in Paphos will have a great view, but it’s super expensive even twice more than other places in the city.
Expense report for Cyprus travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ 3,69|
|Bread||€ from 1,20|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 6,00|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 11,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 1,20|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 4,50|
|Kato paphos||€ 4,50|
|Bus Ticket (Daily from 04:00 until 23:00)||€ 1,50|
|Hotel (**** double room)||€ from 90,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room)||€ from 40,00|
|Hostel||€ from 20,00|
I wrote as well article Top 10 Sights in Cyprus, if you interested have a look.
1. Paphos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Pafos District.Paphos holds its status as the culture capital of Cyprus without doubt, owing much of this to its rich cultural heritage and dated architectural landscapes. You have a big choice of main attractions: the Tombs of the Kings, Adonis Baths Waterfalls, Ayios Neophytos Monastery, and the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park.
2. Larnaca is known for its palm-tree seafront, the Church of Saint Lazarus, the Hala Sultan Tekke, the Kamares Aqueduct, medieval fort. Very close to Larnaca you can discover Hala Sultan Tekke complex is composed of a mosque, mausoleum, minaret, cemetery, and living quarters for men and women. The present-day complex lies in a serene setting on the shores of the Larnaca Salt Lake, which appears to be an important site also in prehistory.
3. Nicosia capital and largest city on the island of Cyprus, as well as its main business centre. I always recommend walking, you can discover Larnaca on foot very well going to observatory on the eleventh floor of the Shakolas Tower.As well Hadigeorgakis Kornesios is the most beautiful building in the city – also known as the House of the Dragoman – built in the fifteenth century.
4. Ayia Napa Situated in the south-eastern region of Cyprus, well known for being the world’s second largest clubbing district (for party people) it encompasses a honeypot location for a grade-A style club-life holiday. Cyprus travel guide recommend unveil this unspoiled beaches (Nissi Beach is wanderful) and warm waters – perfect for an appetite of bathing, tanning, and water sports. ‘The Square’ is Ayia Napa’s famous clubbing district filled with restaurants and night clubs including ‘The Castle Club’ – the largest club in Cyprus and one of its most popular night time destinations.
5. Limassol The skyline of Limassol has left behind very little evidence of its historical past and given way instead to a modern, cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, The Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting. Limassol is the second largest urban area in Cyprus, with an urban population of 160,000-176,700.
6. Cedar Valley Why Cedar Valley gets its name – it’s home to over 200,000 indigenous Cyprus cedars! You can get to Cedar Valley via a winding and unpaved road from Pano Panagia or you can approach from the Kykkos side where the road is signposted, but still unpaved. Cedar Valley is also home to the moufflon, a species of wild sheep native to Cyprus. They also happen to be its national symbol.It’s a great place to hike!
7. Platres Mountainous village in Cyprus. It is located on the southern slopes of the Troödos Mountains. Platres are the starting point for many nature trails as well as the Troodos Cycling Routes. Through the path of the Troodos Cycling routes, as well as some of other hiking trails is the area of Ayia Irini (located in the northeast of the village on the road leading from Psilodentro Area to Mesa Potamos). From the rock of Ayia Irini you can see Platres village and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty.
1. Hiking and Trekking When I visited Cyprus I hiked Adonis Nature Trail which I strongly reccomend. Beautiful views and enjoyable walk. You can visit there fountain of Aphrodite. Take big bottle of water it can be very hot.
2. Segway? I never did but I know people who did… and according to their recommendations I think it’s a great fun.
3. Horse Riding Fantastic opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside when you have your Cyprus travel time as well areas or mountains. Riding horses across spectacular varied country – from forest tracks to deserted Turkish villages, mountains and valleys, wide open plains to deep gorges, sea views and places where the entire vista is forest and nothing man made can be seen.
4. Diving Zenobia is proof that Cyprus have plenty of accessible destinations. With water temperatures remaining pleasantly above 25C well into October, Cyprus has a longer diving season than most of its competitors nearby. The clarity of the sea, often vital to good diving, is also excellent. Visibility of more than 30 metres is not uncommon. Seas are usually calm, meaning there is rarely any current to contend with, and making the diving benign and manageable for people of all abilities.
5. Bus or Jeep You can buy tour and experience is mainstream adventure. You get to see all the beauties you heard about but you also get to see hidden treasures that you wouldn’t elsewhere. The destination is always important but the journey is always what matters the most.
The European emergency number 112 is not the only one. Cyprus travel guide suggest that you can use as well 199.
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