Cyprus' waterparks are some of the largest in Europe.
Discover the scenic Troodos Mountains and visit the home of the island's
loggerhead turtles on a Cyprus Jeep Safari.
The ancient ruins of Paphos and the Kourion amphitheatre.
Language:The languages spoken in
Cyprus are Greek and Turkish.
Currency:The currency used in Cyprus
is the Euro (€).
Local time:Cyprus is 2 hours ahead
of UK time (3 hours during the summer).
Fly to:Paphos International Airport
(PFO) is in western Cyprus, about 145km from the capital, Nicosia. Larnaca International
Airport (LCA) is 50km south east of Nicosia.
Flight time from UK:4-5
Tourist Information:Further Cyprus
tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health:Before you travel,
recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cyprus.
Temperature:30°C and upwards in
Best time to visit Cyprus:Spring or
autumn when it’s sunny but comfortable.
Cyprus enjoys some of the warmest weather in the Mediterranean. Summers
are hot and dry. During the winter months, Cyprus weather is pleasant and mild, with
temperatures settling in the high teens (°C).
By bus:Buses in Cyprus don’t run to
a set schedule, but they are cheap and comfortable. They make a great option if you’re on a
budget and just want to visit the island’s main attractions.
By hire car: If you fancy exploring
rural Cyprus then it’s worth hiring a car. Take a leisurely drive to the Venetian watchtower at
Potamos Liopetriou or the wineries of Lania.
Flower power: In May, fresh flowers
fill the town of Paphos for the Anthestiria Festival. Floats decorated with brightly coloured
blooms travel through the streets in a celebration of spring and nature’s rebirth.
For opera lovers:At the end of
summer, an international theatre troupe performs a world famous opera for the Aphrodite
Festival. The opera is performed outside Paphos’ medieval castle and is one of the most popular
annual events on the island.
Wine tasting:Taking place around the
same time is the Limassol Wine Festival. Have a glass or two with the locals as you enjoy live
theatre and traditional Cypriot music.
An enchanting island, steeped in myth and romance. Cyprus has been
welcoming visitors for thousands of years – Romans, Greeks and Arabs have all added to the
island's culture. And now, holidays in Cyprus offer superb beaches, secluded villages and
cosmopolitan resorts to thousands of British visitors.
From lively resorts like Ayia Napa, where you can
dance the night away, to traditional Cypriot villages high up in the Troodos Mountains, you’ll
find cobbled streets sharply contrasted with modern beachfront hotels. If you want to simply
unwind and relax in the idyllic climate, then experience the friendly tavernas and traditional
Cypriot welcome in the village of Latchi or stroll the palm-lined promenade in Larnaca, the oldest town
on the island. On the south-west coast, Paphos is the place to explore the
island’s ancient history. For immaculate soft sand beaches, head east to Nissi Bay.
Once the capital of Cyprus, this lush and colourful resort also offers
quiet coves and sandy bays. The market is held in Old Paphos where many historical sites sit
alongside the modern part of town. Here you'll find the harbour with its inviting tavernas,
clubs and bars.
One of the finest sandy beaches in Cyprus, located west of the harbour
at Ayia Napa. Popular with anyone who likes a lively atmosphere both on the beach and in
resort, with plenty of watersports and a good choice of bars and restaurants.
Located on Cyprus’ southern coast, Larnaca is the oldest town on the
island. It’s modern and traditional at the same time, with the 10th century stone church of
Agios Lazaros just a few minutes’ walk from the elegant palm-tree lined promenade. Stop at a
nearby café and watch the boats in the glistening marina.