This island country is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located south of Turkey and north of Egypt, this big island is the third smallest country in the European Union, after Malta and Luxembourg.
Considered to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, this island is more than just a beach-time resort. Cyprus has lured and inspired generations of visitors. With a chaotic past and history, Cyprus has being under control of many empires and civilizations. Greeks, Persians, Crusaders, Ottoman pashas and, more recently, British and Russian all have left their stamp.
Culture and traditions are there, but Cyprus is full of natural wonders. Breathtaking beaches with shiny blue seas, endless sunlight and dazzling food and wines are an open invitation for tourist from all over the world all year long. British travelers are particularly attracted to this island due to its proximity with the Queen Land.
Where to go? What to do?
The most common destinations are the cities of Larnaka, Lemesos and Pafos with their old towns, promenades and beaches. But look further north and you will see the Trodos Massif, a large rocky mountain with a long strip of green. Declared a national park in 1992 with the diverse nature it’s a fun place to go hiking and explore. Heading northwest is the Akamas Peninsula, an inhabitant area of the island. The rugged coast is a playground for walkers, mountain bikers and off-road drivers.
The St. Hilarion castle is a scenic building sited on a rocky cliff. The most popular, complete and accessible castle of the region was responsible for inspiring Disney’s magic kingdom. Spring is the best time for your visit.
In the Cities
Back to the cities for traditional holidays with sun and sea, there is an extensive list of options. Protaras and Agia Napa, south of Larnaka, are family friendly beaches with child orientated attractions. Ocean Aquarium, the Magical Dancing Waters, Water Park, mini golf courses and amusement arcades are some of the attractions to enjoy with family.
Coral Bay, a cheerful seaside town in Cyprus, with sandy beach, rustic taverns and cocktail bars, this popular tourist resort is definitely a place worth checking. It is important to mention that the Coral Bay beach carries an EU blue flag certification, what means they are up to all standards, rules and regulations required by the pertinent committee of the European Union. The Coral Bay is a 15-minute drive to Pafos town, where you can visit the Kato Pafos Archeological Park, the Pafos Castle and the Tomb of The kings. At night hit the Agiou Antoniou Street, choose one of the quieter taverns and try a glass of Keo beer. LOT flight to Cyprus will take you closer to the sun.
Looking for the holiday resort? Book plane tickets to Cyprus offered by LOT Polish Airlines and relax on the one of the amazing sandy beaches! Cyprus is a beautiful island located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea about 100 kilometers from Syria and 70 km south of Turkey. You can expect here great weather, mild climate, developed hotel infrastructure and wonderful clean beaches. The crystal clear water encourages for swimming and landscapes to blissful relaxation. In Cyprus, anyone can feel like in the lost paradise.
Coast of Cyprus is created by both rocky cliffs and long sandy beaches. The main tourist centers are located in the southern part of the island, although in recent years the North also is gaining popularity. The main resorts of Cyprus are Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca and Ayia Napa. International flights to Cyprus are served by one of the two commercial airports of the country. Smaller, the Paphos International Airport is located on the island's southwestern coast and the bigger one near Larnaca, the capital city of the country.
Larnaca International Airport (LCA, LCLK) is located just 4 km from the city center and is the largest and busiest commercial airport and the main international gateway in Cyprus. The capacity of the airport is over 5.3 million passengers a year. Larnaca International Airport consists of one passenger terminal. Old terminal exist as a “VIP terminal”. The faculties at the airport include banks and a post office in the main hall and in the arrivals area. The Wi-Fi internet in the building is free of charge. The food court consists of café in the public concourse and a bar and restaurant in Departures area. You will find here a gift shop, a bookshop and a newsagent. Duty-free store is available for travellers leaving the EU. You can use one of the two executive, providing business facilities like a conference room, PCs, fax and scanner services and Wi-Fi internet access.
Larnaca International airport is located close to the city center, so getting there is quick and easy.
You can hire a taxi, rent a car or use the public transport system. Buses available at the airport are running to various locations around the city. You can also get to both Limassol International Airport and Nicosia Airport using shuttle bus system.
The second International Airport of the country is located 6.5 km from Paphos city center and it is commonly used by tourists going on vacations in western part of the country, providing access to popular resorts such as Coral Bay, Limassol and Paphos itself. The airport handles over 2 million passengers a year.
The airport facilities include small food court with a café serving a range of light meals and a terrace bar where you can observe planes landing and taking off. There is also the exchange point and few ATMs at the terminal.
The public transport provides busses running to various destinations around the coast. You will find connections to Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia and even Larnaca.
Cyprus main cities
Since the country is divided between two majority groups (Greeks and Turkeys), some different regulations are common and it’s important to get familiar with some of the basic distinctions. As a rule you shouldn’t face any kind of problem and travelling from North to South and back again is allowed to any EU passport holders with a ‘TRNC’ stamp, others nationalities should check what are the needed requirements. Crimes against travelers are not common, but keeping passports, documents, money and any other valuables safe is a basic rule, no matter where you go.
The population of Cyprus has always been diverse and dispersed all over the island. Greeks and Turkeys are the majority and for that reason those are the two official languages in the island. Armenians and many other nationalities from Europe are also part of the ethnic diversity. If you don’t speak one of the local languages, don’t worry, english is widely spoken and getting information is easy.
With the warmest climate and winters in the Mediterranean part of the European Union, Cyprus is a, running away from winter, option any time of the year. Snow is very rare, but possible in the Troodos Mountains. Holidays seasons last for almost 8 months when the average temperatures are about 24⁰C during the day and 14⁰C at night. Over this period you will have hotter days (up to 33⁰C) in the middle of the summer. Cyprus is part of the European Union and Euro is the local currency. In the Turkish side (north) Lira is also used. The cost of visiting Cyprus has always been cheaper comparing to other western countries from Europe and despite the banking crisis, it still an affordable holiday option. There are many restaurants, bars and accommodations, be sure to fit them on your budget. North and south have different prices, if going shopping check before buying.
Public Transport System
Moving around Cyprus is not an impossible task, but definitely not easy. Buses are the only option, there are no subway, trams or trains, and the service is still being improved. Four types of buses are available to get you around. Trans urban buses, connecting towns on a daily basis. Rural buses running villages from the nearest city. These buses work on a narrow schedule, once or twice a day. Urban buses work linking all the areas within the city, they operate often during the day and have their routes prolonged till later during summer periods. Buses for airport transfers, connecting the cities to international airports.
Taxis are an option for those who want to get around faster or more conveniently. Trans urban taxis provide connections through all the major cities in Cyprus. They work every half an hour and it is possible to share with other passengers. The rural service function only in village areas and with a fixed route, from and to their stations. In the cities you have a 24 hours urban services, you can book or hire on the streets. Legally they have to operate with taximeters. This sunny island has and will continue being a holiday paradise.
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