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Cyprus

Welcome to the wonderful world of Cyprus.  If the thought of sinking your toes into warm sand and your skin being kissed by the sun is what your after, look no further, Cyprus is the place for you. Enjoyed by many throughout the year, with 7 beaches to choose from. Cyprus is the ultimate destination for all the family.

Situated in the North East end of the Mediterranean, Cyprus remains the third largest island in that region. Birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love, Cyprus have been drawing holidaymakers to this beautiful country for years. To explore its legendary beaches, climate and scenery.

Fun for all the family

South Cyprus:  The sandy beaches along the south coast are what most families come here for. Hiring a car and traveling to the more quieter spots within the island could not be easier. You can escape the heat and discover the Troodos Massif which means hot and cold weather for skiing in the winter months. Having the opportunity to explore the mountains is amazing during the spring months when wild flowers are in bloom.

North Cyprus: Nicosia, the friendliest and relaxing place to visit. The children will be more drawn to the harbour town of Kyrenia, where there is more to explore. The great castle, and a shipwreck museum which would amuse even the fussiest of toddlers.

Time Zone:  GMT +2

Capital:  Nicosia

Language:  Greek and Turkish

Currency: Euro

Climate: Subtropical climate

Flight Time from England:  4 hours, 46 minutes

Visas: Citizens of the European Union (EU) countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card, provided there is a photograph.

Vaccinations:  Ideally, leave 4-6 weeks before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. When traveling in Cyprus, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans. When traveling if you are spending a large proportion of time outdoors or planning to sleep outside, rabies are present in bats in Cyprus but pose no risk to most travelers. However it is always advisable to seek medical advice before you travel.

Health and Safety

Health Care in Cyprus are Government Hospitals. The majority of doctors can speak English, whilst nursing staff speak a range of languages.

Holidaymakers can also make use of their health insurance, which covers medical expenses, as long as the insurance covers the full length of their stay on the island.

Driving Safely on the Island:

  • Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right.
  • The maximum speed limit on the motorways is 100 km/h and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h.
  • The use of seat–belts is compulsory (front and back).
  • Children must use the child restraint appropriate for their weight.
  • Children can travel in the rear and use an adult belt in a taxi if the right child restraint is not available.
  • Rear facing baby seats must NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air bag unless the air bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians must remember that traffic moves on the LEFT side of the road. You should:

  • Walk on the pavement. If there is no pavement, walk on the right side of the road
  • Look both to your right and left before crossing any road.
  • Pedestrians are not allowed to enter motorways, nor are they allowed to walk on the edge of the motorway.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police departments: 112
  • Ambulance:  112
  • Fire Service:  112
  • Night Pharmacies:  11892

Festivals Days and Events

  • Epiphany: The children of the island love this religious festival as part of the celebrations is diving into the cold sea and retrieving the cross the Priests throw in to bless the sea.
  • Lemesos (Limassol) Carnival: The largest and most colorful of all carnivals in Cyprus and lasts for an amazing eleven days.
  • Greek Easter: This Greek Easter is the most important festivals in the Greek calendar. Making a must to visit when it falls in the months of March, April or May.
  • Pafos Aphrodite Festival: The Pafos Aphrodite Festival of international opera. Held every year in September under the stars at The Medieval Pafos Castle in Pafos Harbour, for seating of up to 2,500.
  • Afamia Grape Festival: The Koilani Village, 30km north of Limassol Town. Is the mark of the end of the grape harvest. Enjoy wine tasting and the traditional sweet palouze grape blancmange which is made from grape juice and cornflour. There will also be markets and traditional folk dancing.