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General Information

Aside from our location and great weather, Cyprus incentives are popular due to a whole host of benefits our island provides, some of which you will find below.

 

PROFILE OF CYPRIOTS: Friendly, helpful, family-orientated, hospitable

 

MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Almost year-round sunshine, variety of things to see and do within an easily accessible geographical area, comfortable island to stay and move around in, good food and wine, blue flag beaches, safe tap water.

 

ADDED PLUS: The island is a short flight to Lebanon (25 mins) or Egypt and Israel (45 mins) which may interest groups looking at dual destination holidays.

 

DEMOGRAPHY: Population: 870 000, the greater part of which is concentrated in the island’s main cities.

Included: Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Other Minorities (Maronites, Armenians and Roman Catholics), Foreign Residents

 

GOVERNMENT AND REGIME: Cyprus is an Independent Sovereign Republic with a Presidential system of government.

It is a Member of European Union since 2004

 

CAPITAL:                                                            Nicosia

CURRENCY:                                                        Euro

LANGUAGES:                                                     Greek is the main language, English is widely spoken 

                                                                             Other European languages are often spoken

RELIGION                                                            The majority of the population is Christian Orthodox

TIME DIFFERENCE                                            GMT +2 hrs (CET +1 hr)

ELECTRICITY CURRENT                                   220 / 240 volts, sockets are usually 3-pin square (UK-type)

TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE                      + 357

 

CUISINE:  One of the main attractions of Cyprus is the cuisine, so you have to try the delicious local dishes of the island. Since antiquity, the Cypriots have produced all the ingredients needed for their daily diet. They have traditionally raised goats and sheep, hence the popularity of Cypriot cheese products like halloumi and anari. The Mediterranean climate, in combination with the soil variations between the valleys and mountainous regions, allows the island to produce a large variety of agricultural products. Tasty fruit, full of natural colours and taste is still grown here in abundance including juicy watermelons, melons, dark red cherries, strawberries, citrus fruit, pomegranates, grapes and bananas.

A myriad of olive groves produce extra virgin olive oil which, in combination with freshly- cut herbs are used to flavour foods, salads and virtually every traditional Cypriot dish.

 It is a cuisine that you can get to know very easily, just by visiting one of the hundreds of tavernas on the island - just ask for meze! It is a seemingly endless succession of different dishes brought to the table to be shared by all - it begins with freshly-cut salad, a variety of dips such as tahini, taramas and tzatziki to whet your appetite and prepare you for grilled halloumi cheese, sausage and lountza (smoked pork loin), tender lamb chops, kebab, and sheftalia (spicy sausages) accompanied by freshly-fried potatoes.

A local favourite is the kleftiko – lamb sealed in an earthenware container and slow-cooked in a wood-fired oven until it’s practically falling off the bone.

Enjoy your meal with a glass of two of local red or white wine: many Cypriot and Greek wines have been winning international awards in the last few years.

For dessert choose between the hot crunchy galatoboureko, loukoumades (deep fried dumplings or honey balls) as well as the Greek syrupy staples kataifi and baklava.

Finally sweeten up your palate with a sip or two of the world-famous local dessert wine Commandaria, made only in Cyprus since the 12th Century AD.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Travelling to Cyprus is very easy. The documentation required varies, depending on your nationality. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bonafide tourists except citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway who may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided it bears a photo. Some non-EU third country nationals require a visa.

 Further detailed information can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  

If required, A.L. Mantovani & Sons Ltd can provide you with all necessary documentation for your visa application (letter of confirmation and hotel confirmation for the participant requiring visa, etc.)

 

POINTS OF ENTRY

The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca (LCA) and Paphos (PFO) and the ports of Larnaca, Limassol, Latsi and Paphos as well as St Raphael Marina and Limassol Marina.

Please contact A.L. Mantovani & Sons Ltd for a list of airlines currently flying to Cyprus

 

HEALTH CARE

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 issued by their country's health care authorities. Holiday makers can also use their health insurance towards their medical expenses, provided the policy covers the length of their stay on the island.

In case you need more detailed information please let us know and we would be more than happy to provide you with more details.

 

SAFETY IN CYPRUS

Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place.

 

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers - starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-October - and quite mild winters with some rainy intervals from November to end March. Spring and autumn are effectively short intervals in between, characterized by smooth weather.

With almost year-round sunshine, daylight length ranges from 9.8 hours in December to 14.5 hours in June.

 

Average temperatures in Celsius & weather conditions in coastal areas for the following mid-month periods:

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mean Max Temp

17

17

19

22

26

30

34

36

32

28

22

18

Mean Min Temp

8

8

10

13

16.5

20

22

23

21

19

13

10

Average Rain Days

11.4

9

9

5

3

0.3

0

0

0.3

3.4

7.4

10

Sunrise mid-month

6:55

6:35

6:00

6:15

5:45

5:30

5:45

6:05

6:30

6:50

6:20

6:45

Sunset mid-month

17:00

17:30

17:55

19:20

19:45

20:00

20:00

19:35

18:55

18.15

16:45

16:35

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Variable Holidays (changing dates each year): Green Monday, Greek Orthodox Easter weekend, Pentecost

We will be happy to advise the exact dates each year upon request

FIXED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

1 January

New Year’s Day

6 January

Epiphany Day

25 March

Greek Independence Day

1 April

Greek Cypriot National Holiday

1 May

Labour Day

15 August

Assumption Day

1 October

Cyprus Independence Day

28 October

Greek national holiday

24 December

Christmas Eve

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

Boxing Day

Holidays falling on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday) are not moved

 

DISTANCES FROM AIRPORTS TO MAIN TOWNS

From LARNACA (LCA) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to

Larnaca Town

5 km

3 miles

Nicosia Town

50 km

31 miles

Limassol Town

70 km

43 miles

Ayia Napa Town

50 km

31 miles

Paphos Town

140 km

87 miles

From PAPHOS (PFO) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  to

Larnaca Town

130 km

81 miles

Nicosia Town

142 km

88 miles

Limassol Town

63 km

39 miles

Paphos Town

15 km

9 miles

 

Main towns & distances:

Our cities are big enough to offer modern infrastructure, small enough to make transportation quick and easy. Add to that, a population that is hospitable by nature and tradition...

 Distance between main towns (via motorway)

 

NICOSIA

LIMASSOL

PAPHOS

LARNACA

TROODOS

AGIA NAPA

PROTARAS

 

km     m

km     m

km     m

km      m

km     m

km     m

km      m

NICOSIA

-

86     54    

149   93

45    28

71     44

80      50

83    53

LIMASSOL

86     54

-

 68    42

71     44  

45     28

106    66

110   68

PAPHOS

149  93

68     42

-

139    87

113    71

175     109

179   111

LARNACA

45    28

71    44    

139   87

-

111    69

41     25

45    28

TROODOS

71   44

45    28

113   71

111   69

-

152   95

156   97

AGIA NAPA

80   50

106   66

175   109

41   25

152    95

-

9     5.5

PROTARAS

84   53

110   68

179   111  

45   28

156    97

9     5.5

-

 

 

 


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