Cyprus is the third-largest country in the Mediterranean Sea. It combines both romantic harbors and ancient ruins of its glorious past. This West Asian island country lies north of Egypt. It is northwest of both Israel and Palestine and is south of Turkey. It is also southeast of Greece and west of Syria and Lebanon.
Cyprus is de-facto divided into two parts. 59% of its territory is under the control of the Republic, while the northern part of the island is administrated by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. By the international community, this part of the island is considered to be the Republic of Cyprus territory, illegally occupied by the Turkish forces. There is also a small UN buffer zone between these two parts of the island. Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus, if you have been to the Republic of Northern Cyprus, and have a stamp in your passport acknowledging it.
There are two official languages in the country, Greek, and Turkish. English is also widely spoken, present in signs, public notices, and advertisements.
The official currency is Euro. The currency exchange is available in banks throughout the island. Large shops, restaurants, and hotels accept all major credit cards. There are also ATMs available in all towns and tourist areas.
There are three types of taxis in Cyprus: urban, trans-urban, and rural. They are all safe and relatively cheap. Urban cabs have meters. Trans-urban shared taxis operate every 30 minutes between all major cities. Rural taxis do not have meters.
The best way to explore the island is by car. Road infrastructure is excellent. Car hire is available in numerous airports and towns. Minimum driving age is 18 years. However, to hire a car, you usually need to be over 21 and have a valid driver’s permit for a minimum of three years. Cars drive on the left side of the road here.
In Cyprus, they use electric sockets and plugs of type G. The standard voltage is 240V.
Travelers will enjoy exploring outdoors. Beaches abound in Cyprus, from wildly popular spots to private and relaxing beach destinations. There’s plenty to keep you occupied, including scuba diving, swimming, and windsurfing. Inland, you’ll find pine-rich mountains, rolling valleys, and lush vineyards, also perfect for hiking and biking adventures.
Other places to visit include the Akamas Peninsula, Ayia Napa, Troodos Mountains, and Lefkara in the foothills.
For foodies, this country offers a culinary feast. Savor the tasty hummus, creamy rice pudding, spicy grilled sausage, sticky baklava, and other local dishes that will wow your taste buds.
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