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About Cyprus

About Cyprus

Cypriot Food & Eating out In Cyprus
Driving In Cyprus
Four Seasons of Cyprus
Larnaca Beaches
Lifestyle in Cyprus
Cyprus and the European community
Transport & Telecommunications

Cypriot Food & Eating out in Cyprus

For the past 3,000 years, invaders, foreign settlers and traders have brought their varied cuisines to the island. Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Italy, France and even Britain have all contributed to the Cypriot diet, so expect anything - including chips.

The excellent Cyprus climate means that a wide variety of foods can be grown here and due to the short distance travelled, almost everything is served fresh. A good introduction to the local food is to enjoy a "meze" at one of the many tavernas.

Don't be tempted to finish every dish, try them all, but be warned you may be served up to 30 dishes! They start fairly simply with the arrival of dips and salad. You will also be served an abundance of bread and pitas to include local yogurt, working their way through a variety of vegetable dishes.

Fish could arrive next, perhaps marida - a small sardine type fish - or kalamari - deep fried rings of battered squid. Grilled halloumi cheese and lounza - smoked pork loin - are followed by keftedhes - meat balls.
Smoked wine-flavoured sausages are followed by casseroles such as afelia and moussaks. Don't worry, the last dishes are approaching and will most likely be souvlakia - barbecued pork and/or chicken, and melt-in-the-mouth lamb cooked in a special clay oven. The above can be complimented with fine Cypriot wines or local beers.

After the food comes the in season fruits then Greek coffee. Every Taverna has its own speciality so please try different ones. If you like fish there are a number of fish tavernas to try. If there is anything you don’t like when you order a meze, don’t worry the next course will arrive shortly. All the above should cost around €17 per head.

Eating out is a family affair, when you go into a taverna / restaurant and you see a table of 20 persons they are all family and friends socialising together over good food. There could be 3 generations from the same family at that table.

There is one rule to remember when eating out in Cyprus.
Take Your Time & Enjoy. 

Driving In Cyprus

Driving in Cyprus is exactly like driving in the UK. They drive on the Left hand side of the road which is the same side as the United Kingdom and the driving laws are the same.

There is one major difference; the traffic is not as bad as the UK. The major roads are called high ways they are the same as United Kingdom motorway. The High ways get you were you want to go very quickly but are not very pictures. If you prefer a more leisurely slower drive you can take the more scenic, leisurely routes, to where ever you want to go. Larnaca is ideally positioned and has good road links which allow you to access most of Cyprus easily. All road signs and highway boards are written in English as well as Greek.

To hire a car, motorcycle or scooter you will need a valid full U.K. driving licence and must be over 21 years of age, at a few hire firms you need to be over 25 years of age.

Car hire rates differ and are dependant on the season. Low season rates start from€21 per day for a small very low grade car up to €55 per day for a semi luxury car. High season the same low grade car can cost you €32 per day, up to €75 per day for a luxury car.

If you decide to hire a car whilst on holiday make sure you hire from a reputable hire company. Most companies are reputable but like everything else you need to take care. When hiring from a hire company make sure you get a proper hire agreement which outlines the hire and insurance terms. If hiring privately make sure you’re issued with a insurance cover note or certificate.

Air conditioning is a must even in the so called winter. (Temperatures inside a car can reach 25 centigrade during winter days.) Make sure all seatbelts are functional as they are compulsory. Check tyres, lights and indicators. Make sure you have a contact number in case of breakdowns. If possible paying by credit card gives you added protection. If hiring from a car hire company make sure the vehicle number plates are red and the registration commences with a Z.

Fuel is relatively cheap and most petrol station have attendants who fill the car for you. After 1 pm nearly all stations are completely unmanned and are self service, you pay for your fuel at a machine before you fill up. 95% all machines have instruction in English and a very simple to use.

Four Seasons of Cyprus

Plentiful sunshine throughout the year is one of the benefits of being a Mediterranean island, and Cyprus is no exception. In fact, Cyprus boosts ideal weather with sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day of the year. Cyprus has something to offer every season of the year, whether it's swimming, as late as November or enjoying cultural sites and festivals, all year long. While seasonal fluctuations are not drastic, they are different. 

Summer

Summer stretches from end of April to mid October. Summer in Cyprus means high temperatures, cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the sea. It's the ideal season for swimming, sunbathing and a whole range of water sports from sailing to scuba diving. It's always a good idea to bring along sun protection, good quality sunscreen and a hat or cap is always a good thing. In the height of summer when it's 34C + degrees at the beach and warmer inland, temperatures in the Troodos mountains are refreshingly cooler, making the mountains an ideal place for a relaxing hike. If touring or exploring sites, this is best done early in the morning or in late afternoon, avoiding the hottest part of the day.

Autumn

At the end of October beginning of November evenings have started to get cooler. However in Cyprus even mid-November can feel like summer and it is still possible to enjoy swimming, while inland excursions to villages and vineyards for wine tasting can be very enjoyable this time of year
In October and through November the leaves change colour in Troodos mountains. Autumn also brings with it annual festival, throughout venues in Cyprus there are local and international musical and dramatic performances.

Winter

December and January are the winter months in Cyprus. Winter brings the possibility of rain. In the winter months of Cyprus there is still an average of six hours of bright sunshine a day. Unlike Cyprus, this is the time of year when smaller Mediterranean destinations shut down for the season. Early February there is often snow in Troodos mountains which is ideal for skiing.

Spring

In Cyprus the first orchids bloom in January, and by mid-February the countryside is already alive with fresh green meadows and almond trees in bloom. March days can still be cool, daytime temperatures around 19C down to 9C at night but steadily moderate. Early spring is a wonderful time to visit Cyprus, with pleasant daytime temperatures this is the ideal time to visit all the ancient ruins. This time of the year is very beautiful in Cyprus, everywhere is flowering with many attractions and valleys framed by a carpet of red anemones and other wildflowers. Spring is the time to relish the natural beauty of Cyprus. It is a paradise island in bloom.

Larnaca Beaches

► Phinikoudes beach

Phinikoudes beach is the main beach that fronts Larnaca promenade.

Phinikoudes beach offers water sports and a variety of other activities. There are beach restaurants and sun loungers.

► McKenzie Beach

McKenzie Beach is well known for its beautiful white sandy beach and refreshing waters. Here you can enjoy the water sports facilities, which include scuba diving. Mackenzie Beach offers a great choice of restaurants famous for their Cyprus cuisine and fresh fish.

► Dasoudi Beach

Here you can participate in windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, or simply lying in the sun. The beach offers all the facilities and services to the bathers including a beach side café and sun loungers.

► Dhekelia Beach

Offers water sports and a variety of other activities. There are beach restaurants and sun loungers.

Warning: All the beaches in Larnaca are superb and if you are going to sun-bathe please make sure you use a good high factor sun cream, the Cypriot sun is very hot.

Larnaca Night Life Bars & Discos

There are many lively bars in Larnaca, many lining the sea front promenade. There are also a number of good night clubs. Club life is very active, it starts early and goes on all night into the early hours of the next day.

You don’t really have to leave Larnaca to find a good club. But if you like clubbing there is a number of clubs you should visit, all within easy driving distances.

From Larnaca 20 minutes drive gets you to Agia Napa. In Agia Napa there are more than 20 clubs, some of which are open until 8am.

From Larnaca 25 minutes drive gets you to Nicosia. Nicosia is a cosmopolitan city with a buzz to it. It houses an abundance of clubs, discos and funky nightspots with chrome bars and intimate dance floors so if you're staying in a resort and fancy an alternative night out, drive inland to the capital and sample its delights.

Cyprus and the European community

On the 1st of May 2004 Cyprus joined the European Union. The benefits to Cyprus as a whole from membership of the EU are quite substantial, with the whole population of the island benefiting from political, economic, social, environmental and other advantages. The EU is Cyprus 's main trading partner accounting for approximately 50% of total trade, the United Kingdom being Cyprus ' main export destination. Further, Cyprus is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the British Commonwealth and also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Transport & Telecommunications

In an island like Cyprus, where tourism is one of the main industries, transport and telecommunications systems are certainly of a high standard. There is public transport service with regular connections between cities with scheduled taxi services and comfortable coaches. Private taxis and rental cars are readily available.

Cyprus ranks third (3rd) in the world in having modern telecommunications facilities. CYTA (Cyprus Telecommunication Authority) provides the highest level of services by enabling participants to have direct dial access to over 200 countries.
These excellent communications have contributed to a great degree in the progressive development of the island. Our two international airports in Larnaca and Paphos as well as the ports of Limassol and Larnaca, connect Cyprus with all countries of the world. More than 40 airlines operate over 260 flights weekly to and from Cyprus. More than 60 charter airlines fly to Cyprus. Both airports of the island are among the most frequented in the Eastern Mediterranean.