Cyprus travel guide

Weather & Climate

Temperature: 13-26 (°C) 

Summertime highs of 30°C and plenty of sunshine makes this the perfect time to head to the beach. In spring and autumn, temperatures average between the mid-teens to high 20s, offering more comfortable conditions for exploring all the historic sights. Although the winter months tend to be wetter than the rest of the year, the temperatures still rarely drop below 13°C. 

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Cyprus is best for...

Families: From gently shelving beaches to some of the largest water parks in Europe, it’s ideal for beach-based family fun. 

Nature lovers: Join a Cyprus Jeep Safari to catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle, or marvel at the stunning scenery in the Troodos Mountains. 

History fans: Discover the ancient ruins in and around Paphos and the Kourion Amphitheatre.

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Fast facts

Language: The languages spoken are Greek, Turkish and English.

Currency: The currency used in Cyprus is the Euro (€).

Local time: Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Paphos International Airport or Larnaca International Airport. From Larnaca, it's 1 hour to Nissi Bay, Ayia Napa, Limassol and Protaras. From Paphos Airport, it's 30 minutes to Paphos.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Cyprus is 4–5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found here.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

Holiday destinations related to Cyprus:

  • Ayia Napa
  • Larnaca
  • Limassol
  • Nissi Bay
  • Paphos
  • Protaras
  • Getting around

    By bus: You can explore most of the island’s main attractions by bus. They’re cheap and relatively comfortable, although they rarely run to a set schedule.

    By hire car: There are plenty of options for hiring a car, which will give you more freedom to explore at your own pace. Take a leisurely drive to the Troodos Mountains, stopping off at the picturesque villages of Omodos and Lania along the way. It’s also an easy way to visit Cyprus’ wine villages and popular archaeological sites, such as the Kourion in Limassol and Mosaics in Paphos.

    Events

    European Capital of Culture: As the European Capital of Culture for 2017, Paphos will be hosting a range of cultural events throughout the year. Find out how you can get involved online.

    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: Each year an international theatre troupe performs an opera outside Paphos’ medieval castle. Part of the famous Aphrodite Festival, it’s a popular spectacle for culture-vultures that’s not to be missed.

    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. 

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Cyprus, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/safety-and-security