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Petrol Stations

Petrol stations are numerous in all towns and tourist resorts but only few in mountainous areas and villages. So if you are planning such...

Car Hire

Major self-drive car rental firms have offices in all towns, as well as at the Larnaka and Pafos International Airports. Self-drive cars are also known...

Parking Facilities

Parking places (both municipal and private) are found in town centres, charging approximately €2 - €3 for a half day’s parking. Parking in central city...

Own Vehicles

Aside from renting vehicles, visitors wishing to bring their own car to Cyprus can do so, providing they secure the relevant authorization by the...

Emergency Breakdown Service

Private companies offer 24-hour breakdown service all over the island. There are emergency phones placed all along the motorway. Any of the car breakdown...

Driving License

Visitors in Cyprus can drive using a valid International Driving Licence, or their National Driving Licence, provided it is valid for the class of...

Driving on the island

Please note the following for driving on the island: - Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right. - International road...

Motorcycle Hire

Firms hiring motorcycles, mopeds and autocycles can be found in all towns and holiday resorts. If you are going to drive a motorcycle or moped...

Insurance Issues

Insurance is charged extra. Drivers under 25 years of age holding a driving license for less than three (3) years at the time of...

Vehicle Hire

Cars and motorcycles can be easily hired on the island, which is serviced by fairly good surfaced roads that comply with international traffic requirements,...

About Cyprus

Situated at the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin, Cyprus is the third largest island in the region, with an area of 9,251 square...

Entry requirements

Passports and Visas Admission and Transit Restrictions Entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. A passport is required...

Languages & Religions

Languages The official languages of the island are Greek and Turkish, whilst English is widely spoken. French, German and Russian are also spoken within the...

Climate, Weather forecast, Temperatures

Climate Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which are separated...

Health & Safety

Safety in Cyprus Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place. You can help keep it that way. A few basic...

Time, Working Hours & Holidays

Time Cyprus Time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +2 hours. Time difference from other countries Country Hours fast or slow on GMT Austria +1 Bahrain +3 Belgium +1 Canada -5 China +8 Cyprus +2 Denmark +1 France +1 Germany +1 Greece +2 Hong Kong +8 India +5.30 Iraq +3 Italy +1 Daylight Saving Time Each year on the...

Money & Currency

Currency On January 01, 2008, the Republic of Cyprus introduced the Euro (€) as its official currency, replacing the Cyprus pound (CY£) as the legal...

Communications

Telecommunications Providers Since the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in 2003, both national and international fixed / mobile voice services, Internet access and data services...

Cyprus Short Escapes

Cyprus Short Escapes, Great Discoveries Escape for the Weekend With so many different and unique experiences to enjoy on the island, a short getaway offers the...

Troodos

Ten Byzantine period churches from Troodos are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Stavros tou Ayiasmati, Panayia tou Araka, Timios Stavros at Pelendri, Ayios Nikolaos...

Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa

Set in a valley of mature trees, the Ayii Anargyri Spa resort offers a unique retreat, a place of profound calm and the opportunity to...

Top Stories

Five new corona virus cases detected out of 2,581 tests

According to the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health 5 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected out of a total...

Ministry of Interior on obtaining a Special Entry Permit to the Republic of Cyprus

The Ministry of Interior announced that the requirement for obtaining a Special Entry Permit to the Republic of Cyprus applies only to persons coming...

Measures taken at Cyprus’ airports to reduce passenger congestion

A number of measures were decided on Monday in order to avoid passenger congestion observed at the airports, Yiannis Karousos, Minister of Transport, Communications...

New yellow alert for extremely high temperatures for Tuesday

Yet another yellow alert for extremely high temperatures for Tuesday issued – in effect from 1pm to 5pm. Temperatures are expected to rise to 40°C,...

Mother who killed 12-year-old son in 2019 acquitted by way of insanity

The 40-year-old woman who stabbed her 12-year-old son to death in August 2019 was found innocent by way of insanity and was acquitted by...

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...