With the lively resorts all over the island, and a myriad of activities to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed all the year round, while coastal cruising and deep-water fishing are also popular.
You could even use the island as a base for a short cruise to other nearby countries.
The mountain region in Cyprus, the Troodos region, gives an alternate view of the island, a Swiss and fresh feel! an Almost 2,000 metres above sea level, the Troodos peaks a cool retreat from the heat of the coast, offers you a panoramic scenes to all corners of the island. Troodos is popular for breathing in the healthy mountain air and enjoying nature in all its majesty. Charming Villages amongst the pines or amid vineyards and orchards and painted churches. Visiting the impressive Kykkos Monastery is a must.
For activities, you can choose from:
- Mountain biking
- Playing tennis
- Angling in one of the dams
- Skiing in winter
- A series of nature trails will take you through areas of exceptional beauty among scented pines, running streams and the occasional waterfall, stopping at a shady picnic site. Some of these form part of the European path E4, an international network of long-distance walking routes crossing the whole of Europe.
In Cyprus, there are six major cities and resorts:
- Lefkosia (Nicosia) the capital in the center
- Lemesos (Limassol)
- Larnaka (Larnaca)
- Pafos (Paphos) along the southern coast
- Ayia Napa
Airports: Pafos, Larnaca
Currency: Euro € as of 1st January 2008
Country dialling code: 00357
Weights & Measures system: Metric
Electricity: 240V, 50 Hz (3 Pin)
Government type: Republic
Religions: Greek Orthodox (78%), Muslim (18%), Maronite, Armenian Apostolic and Christian (4%)
The Cyprian climate is typically Mediterranean, with very hot summers in July and August. Inland temperatures can soar over 40°C (around 105°F) but refreshing respite can be found at higher altitudes and along the coasts. Cyprus can suffer drought years and summers are usually cloudless and almost always completely dry. Winters are usually moderately wet with temperatures averaging between 5°C (42°F) and 15°C (59°F).
The Republic has airports at Larnaca and Pafos (spelled ‘Larnaca’ and ‘Paphos’ on many airline schedules), with flights from most of Europe and the Middle East.
Bus services run within and between towns every day except Sunday. Those between major southern cities are cheap, but can be infrequent and time consuming. If you want to travel on a Sunday, you’ll need to get a service taxi. They’re good for most places in the Republic, but they tend to take roundabout routes.
Nationals of the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore can stay in the Republic of Cyprus for up to three months without a visa; citizens of South Africa can stay 30 days; citizens of the EU can move and work freely in the South but are restricted in the North. The UN Green Line, which separates the Greek and Turkish Cypriot regions, is currently open and travel between the regions is legal and straightforward. EU nationals with a valid passport can cross from the north to the south at any time. Travellers may enter the Republic only through the legal ports of entry: Larnaca and Pafos international airports, or the seaports of Limassol and Pafos.