Tourism information for visitors to Cyprus

sea cave in Cyprus

 

Location

Cyprus is an island country in the Mediterranean. It is bounded by Turkey on the southern side, Syria, and Lebanon on the Western Side and northwest of Israel. In the northwest, you can locate Egypt and in the southeast, you can locate Greece. It is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. Cyprus is an independent country that has extensive contacts with European and Asian countries. Visiting Cyprus is on  top of the bucket list  for the must-visit  among the tourists

 

Best time to visit

In a typical tourist season, all attractions, restaurants, and other event centers are open. This period is from April to October. The hottest month is noted to be August where one should make sure to keep cool. The best time to visit Cyprus is in spring which starts in February – May. At this period, the air becomes warm and balmy, the outdoors bloom at its finest making it the ideal time for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and swimming. If you come in September to October, then you are in for a mildly warm weather but there are fewer visitors.

 

Best Experiences

 

Sun-kissed beaches and more

There are hundreds of miles of the coastline in Cyprus yet these beaches and resorts offer you not just a swimming and diving. Be ready for an amazing water sports experience, cliff jumping and even exploration of sea caves. Explore shipwrecks and At night, be entertained by pubs and cafes so you can party the night away. The more popular beaches are   Pissouri bay, Nissi Beach, and Ayia Napa.

 

Great for historical tours

 

Cyprus is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. So, this is a great reason to visit the island a re-live the love and passions of the great goddess. Aside from this, there are many archeological remains from the Roman period like the palaces, theaters, and fortresses. Explore the Tombs of the Kings, the museum in Nicosia and the amphitheater in Paphos.

 

 

Must visit boutique wineries

Get into the wine tasting fever as Cyprus has the oldest – wine producing boutique wineries. The grapes get enough warmth from the sun and the best of what the islands can offer. Cyprus boasts of more than 50 wineries, some them have already won international awards for the best wines. Beers are also available for those who do not like wines. Come to the wineries for the breathtaking views of the mountains!

Hospitality that abounds

 

 

There are many tourists who came back to this island just for the hospitality of the people of Cyprus. The Cypriots are known for their warm welcome with a smile as warm as the sunbeam. You will also have your reason to come back once you have experienced Cyprus.

As a new tourist to the area, you might want to start out with a location in Cyprus with a cosmopolitan jive. It is best to start your journey in Limassol as this is also a touristy area.  This is a great place to make as a base while you head off to other destination. Shopping is also great in this area. Wherever you head out in Cyprus, there’s a lot in the island to make visiting Cyprus a truly memorable experience.

 

 

Cyprus geography

illustrative map of Cyprus

illustrative map of Cyprus

While geographically an island situated closer to the Middle East than to Europe, Cyprus is unquestionably European. The island of Cyprus is divided into two. The Republic of Cyprus, to the south and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the north. The island lies in the far East of the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by Greece (to the west), Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq (to the east), Turkey (to the north) and Israel and Egypt (to the south).

The resources of Cyprus

Cyprus encompasses an area of over 9,250 square kilometers with its coastline approximately 650 kilometers in length. Despite being a small country by world standards, the island is the third largest in the Mediterranean. It is an island rich in natural resources and there are over 200 operational quarries currently excavating a range of materials including limestone, marble, gypsum, ochre, and umber.

Cypriot population

The Republic of Cyprus (the southern part of the island) is home to over 800,000 people. Greek is the native language in this region although over 90% of these residents are capable of speaking English which makes it a desirable travel destination for native English speakers. In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, there are about 200,000 people residing, with Turkish the commonly spoken language and English not as commonly spoken in these parts.

The three major cities in the Republic

The Republic of Cyprus is home to the three largest cities on the island and these are the areas most commonly visited by tourists. To the west is Limassol, with its glorious marina and coastline and is the most popular destination in the summertime. To the east is Larnaca, a city also situated on the coast and is a favorite location for young families and students. Towards the north sits Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus and a highly desirable travel destination for visitors seeking a more traditional Cypriot experience.

The Cyprus Climate

sunrise in larnaca

The island of Cyprus is renowned for its glorious weather. It has a warmer climate than all the member countries of the European Union. The average temperature in Cyprus is 24 degrees Celsius during the day and 14 degrees Celsius at night. Usually, the warm temperature season lasts for between 8 and 9 months beginning in April and ending in November. During the other 3-4 months of the year, temperatures are mild but not undesirable with days over 20 degrees Celsius not uncommon.

The average temperature at sea around Cyprus is 22 degrees Celsius. This ranges from a low of 17 in February to 28 in August. From May to November, the average sea temperature is greater than 20 degrees in all 7 months.
Cyprus receives an average of 2700-3450 hours of sunshine per year, or 326 sunshine days. This is twice as much sunshine as is experienced by countries in the North of Europe such as England. In the height of summer visitors can expect 13 hours of sunshine, whilst in winter the average amount of sunshine per day is approximately 6 hours. The humidity reading on the island is high. With the relative humidity of approximately 70% in winter and 50% in summer.

Relative to other countries in the EU, Cyprus experiences minimal rainfall. The island experiences about 500mm of total rainfall in a year. During the winter period, as expected, rainfall is most likely with December, January, and February the rainiest months of the year. You can expect about 20 days of rain in this 92-day period. Between June and August rain is considerably rare. It has not been uncommon in past years for an entire summer season to be devoid of rain. Yet with that said you can generally expect a day or two of rain in this 90-day period, but not enough to worry about packing an umbrella though!

Hotel picks

birds eye view of limassol

An important decision to make for any traveler is where to stay when visiting. Below are our tips for the best hotels to book into when visiting the Republic of Cyprus.

Limassol- Crown Plaza

Situated near the beach, this centrally located hotel is a wonderful choice amongst tourists. The staff are exceptionally friendly and will cater to all your requests as best they can. The Crown Plaza is close to desirable outdoor shopping markets and near many nice restaurants and cafes.

Paphos – Louis Phaethon

If seeking a hotel in Paphos then we strongly encourage staying at the Louis Phaethon. We have not experienced better hospitality than when staying at this wonderful venue (and considering the brilliance of Cypriot hospitality, that is saying a lot!). Upon arrival do not be surprised if you are greeted with prepared drinks and snacks. The food at the hotel restaurant is of the highest standard and in the lounge, staff will constantly approach you to ensure you are comfortable and are on offer to take your drinks order.

Larnaca- Golden Bay Beach Hotel

The major appeal of situating yourself in wonderful Larnaca is the ability to wake to a glorious sunrise. The Golden Bay Beach hotel offers sensational seaside views in addition to a glorious pool set-up that will have you considering staying at the resort and not even bothering to venture out. The catering on-site offers a wide variety of local and international food. There are gym facilities and the front of house staff are very attentive and enthusiastic to help with any questions you may have.

Nicosia – Semeli Hotel

When headed inland to the capital consider Semeli Hotel. This wonderful establishment offers terrific service by polite and helpful staff. Room service is prompt and breakfast always fresh and tasty enough to get you going in the morning. A prime choice of location if you are in town for business.

Things to do

photo of mosaic tiles in paphos

 

photo of mosaic tiles in paphos

Cyprus offers a variety of things to do for those visiting the country. Below is a list of what we consider to be the best things to do when visiting this beautiful Mediterranean island.

Historic attractions

Hala Sultan Tekke

Built in 648 A.D this ancient mosque is considered to be one of the most important places of worship for those of the Muslim faith. It is open to everyone and there is no admission fee.

Paphos Mosaics

Dated between the 3rd and 5th century A.D, the Paphos Mosaics are some of the most intact and preserved mosaic floors in the world.

Church of Saint Lazarus

Situated deep inside Larnaka City, the 9th-century church is a spectacular site. Made predominantly of stone, this building is a wonderful piece of Byzantine architecture.

Amathus

This ancient royal city dates back to 1100 B.C and its location, just 11km from the city of Limassol makes it an easy attraction to reach. There is a small admission fee but given the different areas open to visitors (fountain complex, baths, market etc.) you should give yourselves a few hours to fully explore the city.

Fun things to do

Millomeris Waterfalls

Located near the village of Pano Platres this beautiful site is a perfect place for tourists to relax and embrace the serenity of their surroundings. There is no admission fee to visit the falls.

Avakas Gorge

Stroll along the 7km walking trail that cuts through the beautiful Avakas Gorge. With limestone walls reaching up to 28m in height this is a lovely activity to indulge in while visiting Cyprus. Please note though that due to the terrain in parts the hike can be quite a challenge.

Makenzy Beach

Party the night away in the summer heat along Makenzy beach in Larnaca. With DJs pumping out the beats and crowds of people enjoying the sun and drinks you will have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the Cypriot nightlife. Be warned though that in the midst of the Cypriot Summer, this beach strip is absolutely jam-packed so if rubbing shoulders with the locals is not your thing then it may be best to steer clear!