Cyprus Info


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I’ll keep adding to this page as and when I think of something that might be useful to anyone thinking of visiting Cyprus. Feel free to ask questions at the foot of this page, or suggest something that might be useful.

If you’re thinking of moving here permanently, or just want to know a bit more about life on the island, then Living In Cyprus is well worth taking the time to peruse.

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Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean (3,572 square miles) and lies at the eastern end, about 60 miles from Syria to the east, with Turkey about 35 miles to the north.

Main towns: Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, and the capital Nicosia (half of it anyway!)

Airports: Cyprus has two international airports – Larnaca and Paphos

There are two airports, Ercan (just outside Nicosia) and Lefkonico (just outside Famagusta), in the Turkish-occupied northern part of the island, but flights to these two airports are forbidden by international law, and are considered illegal points of entry

Trains: There are no trains in Cyprus

Buses: [pending]

Taxis: [pending]

Population: about 785,000 – well, 785,001 for now, but I promise to be good and not to take up too much space while I’m here

Climate: The sun shines at least 300 days a year. Rainfall is minimal and occurs mostly in December and January

Winters are cold.

It can get very hot in July and August. The hottest temperature ever officially recorded in Cyprus is 44.4º in Nicosia – 41.1º in Larnaca. But speak to anyone here, and they’ll all tell you that it can often reach 50º at its peak.

At certain times of year, you can either sunbathe on the beach or ski in the Troodos mountains

Beaches: Cyprus has 49 Blue Flag beaches. The authorities have gone to a lot of trouble to make it that way. The water is clean and unpolluted, and as good as you’ll find anywhere in the Mediterranean.

Language: The official languages are Greek and Turkish. The main spoken language is Greek, although 90% of Cypriots also speak English. Most signs/menus etc. are written in both Greek and English 

Time: 2 hours ahead of GMT. Clocks change on the same dates as the UK (but 2 hours earlier!)

Money: Currency is Cyprus Pounds (CYP) – coins are cents

Current Exchange Rate – depends where you shop, but as a rough guide £1 Sterling will buy you around 85 Cyprus cents. Or to put it another way, £1 CYP = about £1.20 Sterling with a bit of change

Cyprus joined the EU on 1st May 2004. The Central Bank Of Cyprus intends to adopt the Euro from January 1st 2008

Driving: They drive on the left (most of them, anyway!)

Distances are measured in kilometres. Fuel is measured in litres.

Petrol is around 50 cents per litre (tbc) diesel –

Electricity: 240volt – plugs are square-pin – same as the UK

Beer: cheapest bar I’ve found so far is 90 cents a pint, but generally about 1.50 a pint. That’s for a very acceptable locally-brewed, pilsner-type lager called KEO (pronounced kay-o). It’s worth clicking on the link just to hear their jingle! Most imported beers and spirits are not much cheaper than the UK, although you can buy a perfectly acceptable bottle of Scotch for around 4 quid

Tobacco: packet of 20 – 1.60 upwards depending on brand. Rolling tobacco is equivalently cheap compared to the UK

Women: all beautiful

Older Women: not so much!

Cypriot Women: not sure, but I think you have to marry them first

Other Nationalities: free-for-all

Men: what can I say? Men are men wherever you go!

Golf: There are currently four courses on the island, with a fifth one on the way. To anyone thinking of playing golf in Cyprus, this link will take you to a site which in turn has links to all four courses on the island. Golf In Cyprus has some useful information, but the location map is inaccurate.


Recent History: Cyprus became an independent country in 1960 under the presidency of Archbishop Makarios

The UK still retains two Sovereign Territory air-bases – Akrotiri and Dhekelia

The northern 37% of the island, including half of the capital Nicosia, has been illegally occupied by Turkey since they invaded Cyprus in 1974

In 1983 Turkey renamed the occupied territory as the Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus, but it has never received official recognition from any country other than Turkey. Not to be outdone, Turkey does not officially recognise the Republic Of Cyprus

uncyprus.jpgThere has been a UN peace-keeping force (UNFICYP) in Cyprus since 1964

There is a Buffer Zone between Cyprus and the illegally occupied North, patrolled and controlled by the United Nations peace-keeping force – see Map

So you now have a situation whereby part of an EU member country (Republic Of Cyprus) is illegally occupied by another country seeking EU membership (Turkey)!

The illegal occupation by Turkey represents no threat to anyone visiting the island. Parts of the border are now open and you can move freely between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish-occupied North

Talks are in progress between Cyprus and Turkey for the settlement of the Cyprus Issue, as it is called, and for the reunification of the island. I’d love to see them achieve it, but don’t hold your breath!

20 Responses to Cyprus Info

  1. tony mactaggart says:

    i just thought id thank you for this great site.
    some very helpful tips.
    i was wondering if you have any info on coming to live in cyprus (larnaka)?
    im 27 and live in london. im a plumber and was just wondering if id have trouble finding work. any help would be great.
    thanks a lot.x.

  2. Priapus says:

    Hi Tony
    Work is not easy for non-Cypriots to find in Cyprus, even for skilled labour. And wages are very poor. The market has been flooded recently with cheap labour from Eastern Europe. I heard about an unskilled job recently working six 12-hour shifts per week for just over £500 a month!

    But it’s not impossible. I wouldn’t wish to put you off the idea. I know a guy whose skill is refrigeration who came over here and found himself a job quite easily. I also know an electrician who can only find part-time work; and he’s been trying for a few months. It’s probably all about being in the right place at the right time.

    The only thing to do is to come over here for a couple of weeks and suss out the situation for yourself. If nothing else, you’ll have a great holiday.

  3. tony mactaggart says:

    thanks priapus some good advice mate. i just hope all will go well because my girl friend wants to come back so in a year il be theil. just looking for a place to live.
    thanks again.

  4. Priapus says:

    You’re very welcome. No need to bring your girlfriend though unless it’s absolutely vital. There’s a plentiful supply here. Coals to Newcastle…

  5. Barry Brown says:

    i am gan to cyprus tomoz morning to ayia nappa for two weeks just wondering if its cheap drink and weather ya know how much them booze cruises are thanks

  6. Priapus says:

    I haven’t spent any time in Ayia Napa, even though it’s not far from Larnaca. But I’ve heard a lot about it from people who have been there, and no-one complains about the price of drinks. Quite the opposite. There are cheap drinks and shots to be had in the squares. I imagine the clubs will pile it on a bit though, just as they do here in Larnaca.

    Booze Cruise will set you back about 25 to 30 CYP. Well worth it by all accounts. But take care. People have been known to fall off the boats and never be heard of again!

    The best advice I can give you is – Always, always, always look both ways before crossing a one-way street! You’ll live longer…

    Have fun!

  7. Donna Gray says:

    Can you tell me how long it takes to drive from Paphos airport to Larnaca Airport as I have to pick up my neice from Larnaca and Im in Paphos.

    is there a bus? or how much will a cab cost?


    • kev says:

      depends how fast you go.
      Watch out for traffic cops cus the speed cameras must only work on aliens and tourist because when i slow down for them to around 110 kmph the Cypriot Merc and beema pilots pass me as though i am standing still.
      Also be aware that the special Cyprus import cars have had their indicators disconected and a couple of extra horns fitted instead.
      Happy motoring

  8. Priapus says:

    You need to allow between 90 mins and 2 hours for Paphos to Larnaca by car.

    There is a bus but it goes all round the houses instead of taking the motorway and takes forever. Costs about 10 euros I think.

    Taxi from Limassol to Larnaca is around 50 euros, so I’m guessing that Paphos to Larnaca will be around 85 to 90 euros.

  9. Louisa says:


    Please can you tell me how far it is from Paphos to Kyrenia in the North?


  10. gemma says:

    i think it fab lol!!!

  11. gemma says:

    i really need to know what the best part of cyprus is please help me please please i really need it il give you a smile face

  12. Jim Morrissey says:

    We are looking to visit family next year. The airline we may be using flies to Pahos and then to Larnaca. I have been told to stay away from this flight as sometimes they do not fly and put everyone on a bus. How true is this?

  13. Priapus says:

    To be honest I didn’t know that there was such a flight, but I would have no trouble at all believing that they’d take the easy option and transfer everyone to Larnaca by bus. Definitely best to find a direct flight to Larnaca I would say.

  14. AJ says:

    It is incredible that how you announce Turkey or Turkish people being terrorist and illegally occupied the Island! Do not you forget how much Turkish people were forced to leave the Island in 1969and when they did not leave, they were killed by Greek people! Seriously I am really curious about the nationality who lives in south- Cyprus.
    You are making discrimination! It should better end! As a foreign I found the repetition of “illegally occupied” ridiculous! We watched, you were the part not want to agree with the Turkish people in the election!
    What is going on now?

  15. aellison says:

    Hi there,
    My bf and I are considering driving our van over to Cyprus from England in early Dec 09. The car ferry travels from Turkey into Northern Cyprus, where we would have to cross over into Southern Cyprus to get to our destination. Our only question would be how easy / difficult is it to get firstly into Cyprus with a vehicle, and then crossing over the border with a vehicle?
    Any help will be well appreciated!!

  16. Angerer Josef says:

    Dear Sirs and Mams,
    I want to go from Paphos to Larnaca-Airport by bus and I bring a bicycle with me.When and where I have to start, if I want the airport-Larnaca at 13.00 on 25th Okt.
    Do I need a reservation for me and my bicycle?
    best regards

  17. Martin says:

    Basically the country ie the Republic of Paphos Car Hire is laid-back relax and soothing.

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