About Cyprus – The Island of Love

Fall in love with Aphrodite’s isle, where legend has it the goddess of love arose from the waves, and discover ancient UNESCO-listed sites, beautiful beaches, and crystal clear waters. Although compact, this attractive island offers various landscapes, from pine-clad mountains to golden sandy beaches. 

Even if you’ve been here before, there’s always a new world to discover. Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents, where East meets West, and a unique experience awaits you under the sun every day. Where Championship Golf courses, inviting beaches, and breathtaking mountain trails lie around luxurious hotels. 

Its area is 9,250 square km, stretching 240 km from West to East and 96 km from north to south. The population of Cyprus is approximately 818,200. Almost 2.7  million tourists visit the island each year. The 10,000 years of tumultuous history in  Cyprus, entwined with mythology, have created a country with character and traditions. It is also an island of great scenic beauty. A startling variety of landscapes veer from sandy beaches to charming unspoiled villages nestling in vine-clad foothills, from fertile citrus and olive groves to lofty pine and cedar forests. 

Cyprus has undergone significant modernization following its entry into the European  Union. A modern country with an ancient history, its stone villages, glitzy resorts,  scented citrus groves, and perfumed mountains are waiting to be discovered. 

Cyprus Culture, Weather, and History 

Renowned for its healthy and pleasant climate, Cyprus enjoys dry summers and mild winters. The sun shines for more than 300 days per year. Minimum temperatures in the winter are six °C to 13°C and warmest temperatures in the summer vary between  21°C to occasionally 40°C. It is the consensus that the island’s natural beauties,  unspoiled environment and archaeological wealth, and the traditional hospitality of its people make Cyprus an ideal place for holidays, relaxation, and retirement. 

Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment. The Cyprus mystique is as much a product of its legendary beauty as it is of millennia of competing empires, all unable to resist the strategic allure of the island. The perfect location, of course, always stays in style. But close as 

Cyprus may be to the world’s center stage, it is a distinctive place that can feel blissfully apart from it all. 

Abundant copper in antiquity put tiny Cyprus on the map. Cyprus (Kypros in Greek)  gave copper its Latin name: Cuprum. In the late Bronze Age, Mycenaean Greeks settled on Cyprus and established trade links with Egypt and the Aegean islands. This is also the period when ceramic art first flourished. As centuries passed, the island came under Persian, Assyrian, Egyptian, and Roman rule. During the latter era, Marc  Antony, enraptured by the island’s sweet wines, gave Cyprus to his lover, the matchless Cleopatra. After a long period of Byzantine domination, European awareness of Cyprus surged with the Crusades. In 1191 a fierce sea storm led Richard the Lionheart to put his ship into port at Lemesos. He claimed the island as his own. From 1489 to 1571, the flag of Venice flew in Cyprus until the Ottoman Turks moved in. That era ended in 1878 when Cyprus became part of the British Empire. Despite a  turbulent past, or perhaps because of it, the Cypriots are resilient. They have always remained a distinct culture – different from their closest cousins, the Greeks – and retained their unique character. The Republic of Cyprus achieved independence in  1960 and is now a member of the European Union. 

From independent travelers to honeymooners, archaeology aficionados to friends of nature, every visitor to Cyprus finds the island offers layer upon layer of discovery.  Food lovers delight in farm-fresh halloumi cheese and delectable meze, the local specialty appetizers that mix Western ingredients with Eastern zest. Add it all up, and you have an ideally-situated island with no equal value. A place that measures up to its mystique: Cyprus. 

Government and Regime 


Cyprus is an independent sovereign Republic with a presidential system of government. Under the 1960 Constitution, executive power is exercised by the  President of the Republic, elected by universal suffrage for a five-year term of office.  The President exercises administrative control through a Council of Ministers appointed by him. Ministers may be chosen from outside the House of  Representatives.

Cyprus is a member of the United Nations and U.N. Agencies. It is also a member of the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth, the Organisation for Security and  Cooperation in Europe, and many other international Organisations. 

Following the signing of the E.U. Enlargement Treaty in Athens on April 16, 2003,  and its subsequent ratification by the Cypriot House of Representatives, Cyprus officially joined the E.U. on May 1, 2004.

Health & Safety / Inoculations 

Medical Services and Hospitals Dialysis Units 

Medical care needs in Cyprus are met through: 

Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals 

Government General Hospitals and Private clinics/hospitals are primarily concentrated in urban areas. At the same time, health centers, sub-centers, and dispensaries function in rural areas, providing a network to meet the medical needs of the whole population. 

All Government General Hospitals, as well as some private clinics, have Accident and Emergency Departments for emergency cases. (See also title “Emergencies”). Medical treatment and assistance are offered free to international tourists in case of health emergencies at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government  Hospitals/Institutions. Out-patient and in-patient treatment is provided against payment of the prescribed fees, except for E.U. citizens who produce form E111,  issued by their country’s healthcare authorities. 

Holiday-makers can also use their health insurance, which covers medical expenses,  provided that this insurance covers the length of their stay on the island. 

Almost all brands of manufactured medicines are available in Cyprus. Local newspapers list pharmacies open during the night and on weekends/holidays and the names of doctors on call on weekends/holidays.

The following telephone numbers give information on private doctors on call on  weekends/holidays: 

Lefkosia: 90901422 Pafos: 90901426 

Lemesos: 90901425 Ammochostos: 90901423 

Larnaca: 90901424 

Most hotels make arrangements for Medical services for their guests upon request.  The majority of doctors are English-speaking. 

Private doctors’ visiting hours (on weekdays): 09:00-13:00 hrs and 16:00-19:00 hrs. 


In Cyprus, food and drinking water quality safety 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-bore diseases occur. 

Water is safe to drink in Cyprus, as water pollution is negligible, and every home has fresh, running drinking water. 

All the District Water Boards collaborate with the Government Health Services and the General Laboratory to prevent any toxicological and bacteriological water infection in Cyprus. Tap water in hotels, restaurants, public premises, etc., is safe to drink. Cyprus is also free from dangerous infectious diseases—no vaccination requirements for any international traveler. 

Business / Shopping Hours 

Public Service Hours 

Winter Period (September 1 – June 30) 

Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 15:00 

Summer Period (July 1 – August 31) 

Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 15:00


Winter Period (November 1 – March 31) 

Mon, Tue, Thu: up to 19:00 hrs 

Wednesday: up to 14:00 hrs 

Friday: up to 20:00 hrs 

Saturday: up to 15:00 hrs 

Summer Period (April 1 – October 31) 

Mon, Tue, Thu: up to 20:00 hrs 

Wednesday: up to 14:00 hrs 

Friday: up to 20:30 hrs 

Saturday: up to 17:00 hrs 

Summer afternoon recess 

Mon, Tue, Thu, and Friday (June 15-August 31) from 14:00-17:00 hrs OFFICES HOURS 

September 15 – May 31 

Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 13:00, 15:00 – 18:00 

June 1 – September 14 

Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 13:00, 16:00 – 19:00 

Banking hours for the public: 

Monday – Friday: 08:15 – 13:30 

Monday: 15:15 – 16:45. 

(May, June, July, August: Monday – Friday: 08:15 – 13:30) 

Centrally located Banks provide “afternoon tourist services.” 

Banks at the Larnaka and Pafos International Airports provide services in the daytime, as well as a night service for most flights. 

Banking facilities are also available at the Lemesos (Limassol) Harbour. Bank holidays are the same as Public Holidays, plus Easter Tuesday. Christmas Eve is a  working day for banks.

Several Automatic Exchange Machines operate on a 24hrs basis in central places of all towns and the main tourist resorts Agia Napa and Paralimni. Most currencies and denominations are acceptable. 

Hotels, large shops, restaurants, etc., usually accept traveler’s cheques and major credit cards. Exchange rates are published daily in the local press and broadcast at the  10:00 News Bulletins by the C.B.C. (except Sundays) on Second Radio Channel on  91.1FM. 


Locally produced items, popular with visitors, include leather goods, woven goods  (curtains and tablecloths), ceramics, copperware, silverware (especially filigree),  baskets, and the famous traditional hand-made Lefkaritika lace. These can be purchased from the many souvenir shops on the island and the Cyprus Handicraft  Centres. 

Cyprus wines and spirits, famous for centuries, are also high on visitors’ shopping lists and can be purchased from supermarkets or grocery shops. Shoes, shirts, imported textiles, and spectacles are good value for money. In most tourist areas, souvenir shops and supermarkets remain open until late in the evenings and all day on Sunday. 

In towns, shops close at 19.00hrs during the Winter period (November-March) and at  20:30 hrs during the Summer period (April-October). From June 15 to August 31,  town shops close between 14:00 and 17:00 hrs for the summer afternoon break. 

On Sundays, shops in towns are closed. On Wednesday and Saturday, shops close at  14:00 hrs. 

Before Christmas and Easter, shops usually remain open until late evening.  Supermarkets close one hour later on Friday evening. 


They stay open during shopping hours. The daily papers list chemists’ names,  addresses, and telephone numbers, which stay open until late on Public  Holidays and Sundays.

They can also be traced through the following automatic telephones: Lefkosia: 90 90 14 12 

Lemesos: 90 90 14 15 

Larnaka 90 90 14 14 

Pafos: 90 90 14 16 

Ammochostos: 90 90 14 13. 


Children are required to attend school until they are age 15. Most stay on until 18 and gain a high-school diploma, which is necessary before they can apply for university or a job. All free schools are Greek-speaking. The Cyprus Government wishes to ensure that children from other E.U. countries continue their education in Cyprus. 

To facilitate this, children with other native languages who do not speak Greek can receive special lessons to attend a state school. 

There are also more than 30 private English-speaking schools of varying quality. 

Greek-language state schools and private schools operating in other languages offer preschool education. It is provided for children aged three to five years and eight months. Attendance is voluntary. There are also private and state baby nurseries for children up to three years of age. 

Primary education is free at state schools for children aged five years and eight months to 11 years and eight months. Age is the only criterion for the entry of children into primary education. The school year is divided into three terms of three months, with attendance on five days of the week. The system of afternoon attendance is being extended to primary schools. 

Currency / Banking Hours / Credit Cards 

Cyprus Currency

The currency of the Republic of Cyprus is the Euro (€). It is divided into 100 Euro cents (¢). 

Notes and coins currently in circulation are as follows: 

Banknotes: €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5 

Coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro, 2 euros 


Commercial banks in Cyprus offer a wide range of banking services in Cyprus pounds, as well as in foreign currencies, and have correspondents in most major cities worldwide. They also comprise the Society for Worldwide Interbrain  Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). Commercial banking is based on U.K.  banking law and practice, and the Central Bank of Cyprus supervises commercial banks. 

Banking hours for the public 

  • September 

Monday-Friday 08:15 – 13:00 

Monday 15:15 – 16:45 

  • October to April 

Monday-Friday 08:30 – 13:00 

Monday 15:15 – 16:45 

  • May to August 

Monday-Friday 08:15 – 13:00 

Banks are closed at weekends and on public holidays, and Easter Tuesday. Christmas  Eve is a working day for banks. 

Banks at Larnaka and Pafos International Airports provide exchange bureaux services on a 24-hour basis. Similar facilities are also available at Lemesos Harbor.

There are many Automated Teller Machines (A.T.M.s) outside most branches of banks in all towns and in the main tourist resorts of Agia Napa and Paralimni. 

Hotels, large shops, and restaurants usually accept credit cards and traveler’s cheques.  Banknotes of major foreign currencies are also acceptable. Exchange rates are published daily in the local press and broadcast through the media. 

Further information on Cyprus’s banking system is available at the Central Bank’s website, www.centralbank.gov.cy, or the website of commercial banks. 

  • Credit Card 

Visitors in possession of any of the following international credit cards may contact the appropriate bank for the withdrawal of cash. 

  • VISA Card 
  1. Bank of Cyprus Ltd. 
  2. Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd. 
  3. Hellenic Bank 
  4. Alpha Bank Limited 
  5. National Bank of Greece 
  6. Arab Bank 
  7. Commercial Bank 
  8. Co-Op branches. 
  10. CARTE BLANCHE: Bank of Cyprus Ltd 
  1. Bank of Cyprus Ltd. 
  2. Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd. 
  3. National Bank of Greece 
  4. Hellenic Bank 
  5. Alpha Bank 
  6. Co-Op branches. 
  1. Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd. 

More than 15.000 shops, restaurants, and hotels accept at least one of the above  Credit Cards. Establishments with P.O.S. also accept VISA ELECTRON and  MAESTRO. Usually, the Card symbol is displayed in the shop window or at the reception. All banks, shops, restaurants, etc., also accept Eurocheques and traveler’s cheques. 

The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has provided this information. 


The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) is a corporate body established by law and is responsible for the provision, maintenance, and development of telecommunications facilities, both local and overseas. Since the beginning of 2003,  the telecommunications market has been liberalized, so it is now open to other telecommunication providers. 

Services provided by CYTA include fixed telephony, mobile telephony (pay monthly and pay as you go), data transmission, telegraphy, maritime, T.V. transmission/  reception, private leased circuits, audio text, video conferencing, ISDN, DSL,  Internet, and A.T.M./Frame Relay.

Fixed Telephony Services 

Customers can access from Cyprus essentially all countries in the world through telephone and telefax (for countries that do not support telefax service, telex is also available). 

Off-peak Telephone Rates 

CYTA offers reduced telephone rates (fixed telephony) for national and international  calls during off-peak hours as follows: 

– National calls: 20:00-07:00 during weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays,  and Public Holidays. 

– International calls: 21:00-08:00 during weekdays and all day on Saturdays,  Sundays, and Public Holidays. 

Directory Inquiries 

By calling the number 192, you can get a 24-hour service for directory inquiries regarding customers in Cyprus, whereas, for foreign customers, country codes, and area codes, you can get information by dialing 194. 

Public Card phones and Payphones 

Public telephones CYTA are installed at various central locations in all towns and villages and at International airports, harbors, and other areas. There are three types  of public telephones: 

  1. Coin phones 
  2. Outdoor card phones
  3. Indoor card phones 

All public payphones can be used for both national and international calls. In all payphones, dialing instructions as well as charges rates are posted. 

Tele-cards can be purchased at any CYTA shop, bank, post office, kiosks, and other shops. 

Public telephones of other providers are also installed at various central locations. 

Prepaid calling cards (CYTA COMMcard) 

CYTA COMMcard is a prepaid calling card that allows you to make calls from your mobile phone, hotel phone, or any other fixed telephone and charge the calls to the card instead of the phone you are calling from. Using the service is very simple, as you are guided through a series of friendly prompts. 

Visitors Yellow Pages 

The Cyprus Visitors Yellow Pages is a new guide designed to give easy access to any information visitors might need during their stay in Cyprus. In the guide, a visitor can find useful tourist information, plenty of ideas for entertainment and leisure, maps,  and a comprehensive classified directory that can be used as a complete shopping guide. In the guide, the “Visitors Discount Card” is also included. This discount card can be used in a wide range of shops and enterprises that advertise in the guide,  allowing you to obtain reduced prices for your purchases. The focus is available free of charge in most hotel rooms.

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