Cyprus - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- Where are the best beaches?
- Is it cheap to eat out?
- What's the best way to book excursions?
When is the best time to go?
You can travel to Cyprus all year round, with the island typically experiencing hot, dry summers and rainy, mild winters. The Mediterranean climate means temperatures average between 27 and 36 degrees Celsius during the summer (from mid-May to mid-September), while during the winter temperatures can fall below ten degrees Celsius. Cyprus is also known for its sunshine, with an average of 11.5 hours per day in the summer and 10 hours per day in the winter. To avoid the worst of the heat, travel in late spring or early autumn.
Do you need a visa?
As a member state of the European Union, British citizens don't need a visa to enter Cyprus and can stay for up to three months without having to contact the Cypriot immigration authorities.
How can I get there?
There are numerous airlines that offer direct flights to Cyprus from various cities across the UK. The average flight time from London is around four and a half hours. There are two main airports in Cyprus - one Paphos and the other in Larnaca.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the Euro, but it's easy to exchange sterling in Cyprus. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted across the island.
What is there to see and do?
Cyprus is renowned for its wonderful coastline and there are many beautiful beaches all around the island. Its cities are full of cultural attractions too, with Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos all being home to museums and galleries that are worth visiting. There are also lots of historical sites on the island - including the UNESCO protected Tombs of the Kings. The Kourion Archaeological Site is where you'll find some of the most impressive ruins on Cyprus, with these remains dating as far back as the 2nd century BC. Evidence of Roman, Greek and early Christian civilisation has been found here. Within Cyprus's interior, there are some wonderful hiking and cycling routes, particularly around the Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula. On the coast, you can try various water sports including sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing.
Where are the best beaches?
The beaches on Cyprus's east coast are generally considered to be its best and it's here that you'll typically find stretches of fine golden sands. The likes of Fig Tree Bay, Phinikoudes Beach and Kapparis Beach are some of the nicest spots in the east. Close to Paphos in the west, you have many lovely sandy and pebbly seaside stretches, including Faros Beach and Dasoudi Beach, while the Akamas Peninsula to the north and west of Paphos is where you'll find undeveloped coves and bays. In the south around Limassol are lots of lovely sandy bays, including Aphrodite Beach, which is linked to the Greek goddess of love.
Is it cheap to eat out?
Depending on where you choose to go, eating out in Cyprus can be very affordable. Stick to local restaurants for the best prices.
What's the best way to book excursions?
Spaces on excursions, especially to Cyprus's most popular attractions, can be limited. This means it is best to book your excursions before you leave to avoid disappointment. Let one of our friendly travel advisors handle your travel arrangements and tour bookings.
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