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  • All About Cyprus

    Situated at the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin, Cyprus is the third largest island in the region, with an area of 9,251 square kilometres (3,572 square miles).

    The latitude of Cyprus is 34° 33’-35° 34’ North, and its longitude is 32° 16’ – 34° 37’ East.

    Demography
    Population (de jure): 946,000 (End 2013)
    72%: Greek Cypriots (690,900)
    17.6%: Foreign residents (167,100)
    9.6%: Turkish Cypriots (91,000)

    Note: Prior to the Turkish invasion (July-August 1974), the two communities lived together in roughly the same proportions (4 Greek Cypriots: 1 Turkish Cypriot), in all six administrative districts of the island. Since the invasion, more than 58,000 Turkish Cypriots living in the occupied area have emigrated, with the result that today they constitute less than 10% of the population of Cyprus compared to 18% before July 1974.

    Cyprus Responsible Tourism

    Every year, we warmly welcome more than two million visitors from around the world to Cyprus, excitedly sharing our unique culture, hospitality and inspiring landscapes. We encourage you to explore our wonderful island and all its riches. To savour our food, to explore our natural wonders, to sample our cosmopolitan resorts, and to explore our charming communities across the island.

    Tourism supports tens of thousands of jobs in Cyprus, and is vital to our economy. As you can imagine though, a great deal of water and energy is needed to keep things going, and holidays produce considerable waste too. We hope that you’ll join us then, in supporting efforts to make sure tourism delivers memorable experiences that are ‘responsible’ at the same time.

    We’re proud of the fact that so many of the places you choose to stay, whether large hotels by the sea or small cottages in the mountains, are committed to providing experiences that go lighter on the environment, while supporting the local communities across the island. Look out for our celebrated Cyprus Breakfast at many hotels, and take time to track down the producers from across the island. Or get off the beaten path and explore our inspiring biking, hiking and wine trails.

    We want to ensure your holidays are memorable and that you return to our shores (or our mountains!) year after year. And we hope that we may just inspire you with our dedication to providing holidays that are simply better for everyone.

     

    Climate & weather

    Climate
    Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.

    Summer is a season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Isolated thunder showers are possible mainly over the mountains during early afternoons.

    Winters are mild with rain and snow on Troodos Mountains (usually starting before Christmas).

    The island enjoys abundant sunshine, and even in December and January, there is an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day, whilst over the six ‘summer’ months, there is an average of 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day.

    Temperatures and Weather Conditions
    Daily temperatures during the hottest months of July and August range between 30° C on the central plain, and 24° C on the Troodos Mountains. The average maximum temperatures for these two months range between 38° C and 27° C. In January, the coolest month, the indicative daily temperature is 10° C on the central plain, and 3° C on the higher parts of the Troodos Mountains, while the average minimum temperatures are 5° C and 0° C.

    Sea Temperatures
    The temperature in the open sea hovers above 22° C from June to November, climbing to 27° C in August. Even during the three coolest months of January to March, average sea temperature are an acceptable 16° or 17° C. Near the coast, the temperature of water three or four metres deep is similar to that of the open sea, ranging from 15° to 17°C in February and from 23° to 28° C in August. There are no significant daily fluctuations in sea water temperatures, except in very shallow waters less than one metre deep.

    Air Humidity
    During the days in winter – and at night throughout the year – humidity ranges from average to slightly low (65% – 95%). During summer it is very low near midday, ranging from 15% to 30% on the central plain. Fog is rare and typically occurs in early morning.

    Winds
    Winds over the island are relatively variable in direction and strength, depending on the elevation of the land and local temperatures.

    Weather Forecast
    You can access weather forecasts for the island through various sources:
    Radio: Weather Forecasts in English are broadcast every day from the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Programme Two’ on FM 91-1MHZ.
    Television: The weather forecast follows the news bulletin in English every day on Channel 2 (CyBC TV2) and Channel 1 (CyBC TV1).
    Newspapers: The weather forecast is published daily in the ‘Cyprus Mail’, the island’s only daily English newspaper.
    Meteorological Service Website: www.moa.gov.cy

    Clothing and Activities
    General information and suggestions on what to wear and do, according to the season, are provided below.

    April-May
    Days are pleasantly warm during this period, but can get a slightly chilly at nights. This is an excellent season for those who prefer to enjoy nature, as the countryside is green and flowers are in bloom.
    The clothing advised is:
    – Medium-weight and summer apparel.
    – Light woollies or long-sleeved cotton for the evenings.

    June-July-August
    The warmest months of summer that are Ideal for swimming and all beach/water activities.
    The clothing advised is:
    Very lightweight summer clothing.

    September-October
    This season is characterized by warm days and cool October evenings. Swimming, sunbathing and watersports are still at their best during this period.
    The clothing advised is:
    – Lightweight apparel for the day.
    – Medium-weight apparel for the evenings in October.

    November
    This month has pleasantly warm days and cool evenings. Lunch in the open–air can still be enjoyed, and even sunbathing and swimming can too, along with most outdoor sports. The weather is ideal for autumn travel.
    The clothing advised is:
    – Medium-weight apparel.
    – Light Woollies.

    December-January
    These are the winter months for Cypriots, but can be considered as autumn by foreign visitors. It may rain occasionally, yet the promise of glorious sunshine is still there. Outdoor activities and excursions can still be enjoyed.
    The clothing advised is:
    Winter clothing, but heavy coats are not required.

    February
    The weather is changeable, with the possibility of warm days and occasional rain. Whilst temperatures are the harbingers of spring, it can be quite cold in the evenings. Almond trees are in bloom and conditions are ideal for snow skiing on the Troodos mountain range.
    The clothing advised is:
    Winter apparel.

    March
    The weather is moderate, with plenty of sunshine and nature at its best. Most outdoor activities can be enjoyed, and March is an excellent period for long country walks.
    The clothing advised is:
    Winter apparel with medium–weight wear.

    Population of Main Towns
    As of end of 2013, the population of the island’s main towns is as follows:
    – Lefkosia (Nicosia): 333,800 (part of Lefkosia in the Government controlled area)
    – Lemesos (Limassol): 239,700
    – Larnaka (Larnaca): 145,900
    – Pafos (Paphos): 91,200
    – Ammochostos (Free Famagusta) rural area: 47,400

    Entry requirements

    Passports and Visas

    Admission and Transit Restrictions
    Entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

    A passport is required by all travellers, except for holders of:
    – Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations.
    – Document issued to stateless persons and recognised refugees.

    Further to the above, citizens of the European Union (EU) countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card, provided there is a photograph.

    The Government of the Republic of Cyprus refuses admission to:
    Holders of ‘passports’ issued illegally by the secessionist entity, the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC).

    Visas
    A list of countries requiring a Visa to enter Cyprus can be found on the webpage: www.mfa.gov.cy

    Work Visas
    For those intending to be employed in Cyprus, the issue of an employment permit by the Civil Archive and Migration Office is required, and thereby no visa is required in order to travel to Cyprus.

    For detailed information on Visa Application Procedure and Documents Required please contact:

    Consular Department, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus
    Presidential Palace Avenue
    1447 Lefkosia
    Cyprus
    Tel: (+357) 22 651 000
    Fax: (+357) 22 661 881
    Email: consular@mfa.gov.cy  /  info@mfa.gov.cy (general information)

    Communications

    Telecommunications Providers
    Since the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in 2003, both national and international fixed / mobile voice services, Internet access and data services (both narrowband and broadband) in Cyprus are offered by a number of providers.

    Visitors are invited to check the specific services offered by the licensed operators on the island, who are listed in the Directory of Licensed Operators, which can be found on the webpage of the Office of the Regulator for Electronic Communication and Postal Regulation: www.ocecpr.org.cy

    Phone Calls

    Making Calls
    In order to make a phone call to Cyprus from abroad, dial 00357, and then the eight-digit phone number.

    Calling within Cyprus simply requires dialing the eight-digit telephone number.

    If you wish to make a phone call abroad while in Cyprus, dial 00, followed by the country code and the telephone number. International calls can be made from public telephones available at various central locations in all cities and villages, as well as at international airports, harbours and elsewhere.

    International Dialling Codes
    – Australia: 0061
    – Austria: 0043
    – Bahrain: 00973
    – Belgium: 0032
    – Brazil: 0055
    – Canada: 001
    – Croatia: 00385
    – Cyprus: 00357
    – Denmark: 0045
    – Finland: 00358
    – France: 0033
    – Germany: 0049
    – Greece: 0030
    –  Hong Kong: 00852
    – Hungary: 0036
    – Ireland: 00353
    – Israel: 00972
    – Italy: 0039
    – Japan: 0081
    – Luxembourg: 00352
    – Malta:00356

    Directory Inquiries
    A 24-hour service for directory inquiries in Cyprus is available by dialling: 11892 or 11822 or 11800 or 11833 or 11811.

    Information for foreign customers, country codes and area codes can be obtained by dialling: 11894.

    Payphones
    There are two types of public payphones: coin-operated and card-phones, both of which are usually found in public telephone booths, or at easily accessible private locations.

    Public payphones can be used for both national and international calls. Telecards can be purchased at post offices, kiosks and other retail shops. Dialling instructions, as well as rates, are displayed in all payphones.

    Internet Connection
    Various establishments, including phone centres, Internet cafes and hotels, offer Internet connection services of various speeds and types. Depending on the establishment, the service offered is wired or wireless and is usually charged by the hour.

    WiFi (wireless) Internet access can be found in many places across the island – in public areas and private establishments. Some establishments (like hotels) may charge a fee based on usage through an Internet card, whilst others offer the service for free to their customers. At some venues, a password is required, which is given to customers, whilst in others – as well as in public wireless ‘hotspots’ – a direct connection is possible without the use of a password.

    To find out where you can connect to wireless Internet access for free, visit:
    – www.cyta.com.cy/cytanet-wireless-zone-hotspots/en
    – http://www.mtn.com.cy/en/hotspots/
    – http://wifi.primetel.com.cy/redwifi/info/hotspots

    Postal and Courier Services

    Post Offices
    You can send mail from post offices located throughout the island and at the airports, or using the yellow mailboxes on the street. Stamps may be purchased from all post offices, postal agencies, as well as from many hotels, newsstands, kiosks, etc.

    All post offices across the island offer the following services:
    – Airmail (letter, post items and parcels) with all countries.
    – Money orders with most European countries.
    – EPG parcels.
    – Parcel24 service.
    – EMS / DATAPOST – courier service with more than 123 countries.
    – SAL (surface air lifted service) for letter, post items and parcels.
    – Quick Post – premium courier
    – Post Express – local courier
    – Personalized stamps.
    – Money Gram – money transfer.
    – International Money Transfer.
    – Mobile telephony.
    – Packaging material.

    Post offices offering Poste Restante service (holding mail service):
    – Lefkosia (Nicosia): Plateia Eleftherias, Tel: (+357) 22 872 450
    – Lemesos (Limassol): Gladstonos 3, Tel: (+357) 25 802 259
    – Larnaka (Larnaca): Plateia Vasileos Pavlou, Tel: (+357) 24 802 406
    – Pafos (Paphos): Nikodimou Mylona, Tel: (+357) 26 306 221

    Post offices operating hours are subject to changes, depending on the season. As a general rule, the district post offices for each major town, along with Eleftheria Square Post Office in Lefkosia are open during the whole of the day, all year round, Monday – Friday, whereas all other post offices across the island do not open daily in the afternoons. All post offices remain closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

    For more details, visit the Cyprus Post website: www.mcw.gov.cy

    Current postal rates can be found on: www.mcw.gov.cy

    The Cyprus Post Call Centre can be contacted by dialling: (+357) 77 778 013.

    Courier Services
    Courier Services are available by the relevant section of the Postal Services, and by private companies, in all towns.

    Whilst airmail letters take approximately three to four days to Europe, courier services offer a speedier ‘next day or sooner’ delivery service.

    Time, Working Hours & Holidays

    Time
    Cyprus Time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +2 hours.

    Time difference from other countries

    Country Hours fast or slow on GMT
    Austria +1
    Bahrain +3
    Belgium +1
    Canada -5
    China +8
    Cyprus +2
    Denmark +1
    France +1
    Germany +1
    Greece +2
    Hong Kong +8
    India +5.30
    Iraq +3
    Italy +1

    Daylight Saving Time
    Each year on the last Sunday of March at 01:00 GMT (03:00 Local Time), Daylight Saving Time comes into effect in Cyprus and all clocks are advanced by one hour.

    On the last Sunday in October at 01:00 GMT (04:00 Local Time), Cyprus reverts to Standard Time.

    Sunrise and Sunset Times
    Sunrise and sunset times are given for the 15th of each month with the hours and minutes at 5 minutes approximation.

    Month Sunrise Sunset
    January 6:55 17:00
    February 6:35 17:30
    March 6:00 17:55
    April 6:15 19:20
    May 5:45 19:45
    June 5:30 20:00
    July 5:45 20:00
    August 6:05 19:35
    September 6:30 18:55
    October 6:50 18:15
    November 6:20 16:45
    December 6:45 16:35

    Working Hours
    Government offices, private businesses and shops do not keep the same hours. Below is a general guide to office, shopping and banking hours.

    Public Service Hours
    Public service operating hours are flexible all year round. Operating days are from Monday to Friday, starting between 07:30 – 08:30 and closing between 15:00 – 16:00.

    Private Sector Hours
    Each company keeps its own hours, but generally, office hours are 08:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday for the period September 15th – May 31st, and 08:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday, for the period June 1st – September 14th.

    Shop Opening Hours
    Shop opening hours vary depending on their type and location and whether they are located in urban, tourist or rural areas.

    Generally, shops will open between 07:00 – 21:00 on Monday – Saturday, but this can vary an hour or two either way, depending on the type of shop and the area it is located in. On Sunday, opening times are later, typically around 11:00, and closing times vary from 14:00 – 22:00, again depending on the type of outlet and its area.

    Some shops still observe a half-day closing on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and close on Sunday, although in most of the tourist areas of Cyprus, both shops and supermarkets stay open till late at night, and are also open on Sundays.

    During the period June 15th – August 31st there is an optional three-hour afternoon break/rest from 14:00 – 17:00 (siesta).

    Special shopping hours apply for Christmas and Easter with shops permitted to stay open later during the run-up to the events, but must be closed by 18:00 on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and by 18:00 on Good Friday.

    Eating Hours
    Breakfast is usually served between 07:00 and 10:00, lunch is served in restaurants between 12:00 and 15:00, and dinner is served from 19:00 till late in the evening.

    Public Holidays
    The days listed below are Public Holidays in Cyprus. All public services, private enterprises, banks and shops are closed on Public Holidays, although many shops and certain services remain open in resorts and coastal areas. Banks are closed on Easter Tuesday but not on Christmas Eve.

    – January 1st – New Year’s Day
    – January 6th – Epiphany Day
    – March 25th – Greek National Day
    – April 1st – National Anniversary Day
    – May 1st – Labour Day
    – August 15th – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
    – October 1st – Cyprus Independence Day
    – October 28th – Greek National Anniversary Day
    – December 24th – Christmas Eve
    – December 25th – Christmas Day
    – December 26th – Boxing Day
    – Variable – Green Monday (50 Days before Greek Orthodox Easter)
    – Variable – Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church)
    – Variable – Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Church)
    – Variable – Pentecost – Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood)

    Variable Public Holidays for the period 2016-2019

    2016 2017 2018 2019
    Green Monday 14/03 27/02 19/02 11/03
    Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church) 29/04 14/04 06/04 26/04
    Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox Church) 01/05 16/04 08/04 28/04
    Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Church) 02/05 17/04 09/04 29/04
    Monday of Pentecost (Kataklysmos) 20/06 05/06 28/05 17/06
    Catholic Easter Sunday 27/03 16/04 01/04 21/04

     

    Health & Safety

    Safety in Cyprus
    Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place. You can help keep it that way. A few basic precautions can be enough to protect your belongings.

    Crime in Cyprus is, comparatively, at a very low level. The Police Force is always ready to provide any assistance to persons who need help. Dial the telephone numbers below for the various police departments:
    – In case of emergency:  112.
    – For complaints:  1460
    – For drugs information:  1498 (Policy Drug Law Enforcement Unit)

    Emergencies / Hospitals
    In case of emergency, immediate response is given by the following telephone numbers, where English is spoken:

    Island-wide:
    – Ambulance:  112
    – Fire Service:  112
    – Police:  112
    – Night Pharmacies:  11892
    – Night Pharmacies automatic recording for Lefkosia (Nicosia):  +357 90 901 412
    – Night Pharmacies automatic recording Lemesos (Limassol):  +357 90 901 415
    – Night Pharmacies automatic recording Larnaka (Larnaca):  +357 90 901 414
    – Night Pharmacies automatic recording Pafos (Paphos):  +357 90 901 416
    – Night Pharmacies automatic recording Ammochostos (Famagusta):  +357 90 901 413
    – AIDS Advisory Centre:  +357 22 305 155
    – Narcotics Emergency Service:  Information
    – Centre for drugs and Poisoning:  +357 90 901 401
    – Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (Naval and Air Accidents): 1441

    Regional Hospitals:
    – Lefkosia General Hospital:  +357 22 603 000 (Accidents & Emergency)
    – Makareio Hospital:  +357 22 405 000
    – Lemesos General l Hospital:  +357 25 801 100
    – Lemesos Old General Hospital:  +357 25 305 333
    – Larnaka General Hospital:  +357 24 800 500
    – Larnaka Old General Hospital:  +357 24 630 312
    – Pafos General Hospital:  +357 26 803 100
    – Paralimni Hospital:  +357 23 200 000
    – Platres Hospital:  +357 25 422 224
    – Polis Hospital:  +357 26 821 800
    – Kyperounta Hospital:  +357 25 806 700
    – Agros Rural Health Centre:  +357 25 521 317

    Medical Services
    Medical care needs in Cyprus are met through Government General Hospitals (as listed under the Emergencies/Hospitals section), and Private Clinics / Hospitals. The majority of doctors can converse in English, whilst nursing staff speak a range of languages.

    Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals are mostly concentrated in urban areas, while health centres, sub centres, and dispensaries function in the rural areas, providing a network to meet the medical needs of the whole population.

    All Government General Hospitals as well as some private clinics have Accident and Emergency Departments for emergency cases.

    Holidaymakers can also make use of their health insurance, which covers medical expenses, provided that this insurance covers the length of their stay on the island.

    The visiting hours for private doctors (on weekdays) are: 09:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00.

    Information on private doctors on call on weekends/Public Holidays is given by the following telephone numbers in ENGLISH:
    – Lefkosia:  +357 90 901 432
    – Lemesos:  +357 90 901 435
    – Larnaka:  +357 90 901 434
    – Pafos:  +357 90 901 436
    – Ammochostos:  +357 90 901 433

    Most hotels make arrangements for Medical Services for their guests upon request.

    Almost all brands of manufactured medicines are available in Cyprus. Local newspapers and the internet list pharmacies which are open during the night and on weekends/Public Holidays, as well as the names of doctors who are on call on weekends/Public Holidays.

    For more detailed information on the healthcare system and the medical services available on the island, visit the Ministry of Health.

    Chemists / Pharmacies
    Medicine can be purchased at pharmacies on presentation of a doctor’s prescription. Almost all brands of medicine are available in Cyprus. Pharmacies are all marked with a green cross.

    The names, addresses and telephone numbers of pharmacies that remain open till late at night (in winter till 22:00 and in summer till 23:00), and on Public Holidays / weekends are listed in the daily papers and on the internet. Information is also given through the following automatic telephone numbers in ENGLISH:
    – Lefkosia:  +357 90 901 412
    – Lemesos:  +357 90 901 415
    – Larnaka:  +357 90 901 414
    – Pafos:  +357 90 901 416
    – Ammochostos:  +357 90 901 413

    Opening hours are as follows:

    – May – September:
    Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 13:30 / 16:00 – 19:30
    Wednesday and Saturday: 08:00 – 13:30

    – October – April:
    Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 13:30 / 15:00 – 18:30
    Wednesday and Saturday: 08:00 – 13:30

    Food Safety and Drinking Water Quality
    The safety of food and drinking water quality in Cyprus is monitored by the Health Inspectors of the Medical and Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health and the Local Authorities.

    Food and drinking water are of high quality, absolutely safe and no food or water-borne diseases occur.

    Cyprus is also free from dangerous infectious diseases. There are no vaccination requirements for any international travellers.

    Climate-climatic conditions in Cyprus can be termed as excellent from a health point of view. Therefore, the climate is ideal for holiday travellers throughout the year.

    Driving Safely on the Island
    Please note the following for driving safely on the island:
    – Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right.
    – International road traffic signs are in use, and placed along the roads and highways, on the left hand-side.
    – Distances and road speed limits are posted in kilometres and kilometres -per hour (km/h) respectively.
    – The maximum speed limit on the motorways is 100 km/h and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h.
    – On all other roads the general speed limit is 80 km/h, unless a lower one is indicated.
    – In built-up areas, the speed limit is generally 50km/h, unless a different one is indicated.
    – The use of seat–belts is compulsory (front and back).
    – Children must use the child restraint appropriate for their weight.
    – Children can travel in the rear and use an adult belt in a taxi if the right child restraint is not available.
    – Rear facing baby seats must NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air bag unless the air bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.
    – Rush hours in the towns are approximately between 07:30 – 08:00 / 13:00 – 15:30 and in late afternoon 17:00 – 18:00 in winter, or 18:00 – 19:00 in summer.
    – Due to the intense brightness of the clear Mediterranean sky, drivers are advised to wear sunglasses.
    – Driving, or being in charge of a motor vehicle or pedal cycle with alcohol concentration in breath or blood above the prescribed limit, is an offence. The permissible limit in the blood is 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (BAC 0,5mg/ml). The permissible limit in breath is up to 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of exhaled air.
    – In case of an accident, call 112 immediately.
    – Hands free during driving is mandatory. During driving, the driver should take all necessary measures to ensure that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle. Therefore the use of a mobile phone is strictly prohibited.

    Pedestrians
    Pedestrians must remember that traffic moves on the LEFT side of the road. Therefore you must always:
    – Walk on the pavement. If there is no pavement, walk on the right side of the road.  (ie. towards the oncoming traffic).
    – Look both to your right and left before crossing any road.
    – Pedestrians are not allowed to enter motorways, nor are they allowed to walk on the edge of the motorway.

    Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Cyprus
    Should you need to contact your country’s embassy on the island, detailed information concerning foreign Embassies and High Commissions in Cyprus can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Useful Advice for Embarking on a Coastal Passenger Boat Cruise
    The following information is intended to serve as a safety guide for passengers opting to embark on a cruise with a coastal passenger boat:
    – Before boarding, ensure that the vessel has a valid certificate.
    – The crew onboard should demonstrate how to use all lifesaving equipment in the event of an emergency. If a demonstration does not take place, passengers have the right to insist on a demonstration.
    – Do not swim after consuming food or alcohol.
    – Avoid jumping into the sea from the upper decks of the vessel or from unsuitable springboards.
    – Do not throw rubbish into the sea.
    – Do not enter areas that are intended only for crewmembers.
    – Remain seated when the boat is moving at high speed and follow the instructions issued by the Skipper and crew.
    – Notify family and friends of your intended return time.
    – In the event of a medical or non-medical issue, inform the crew and the Skipper of the vessel immediately.

    Useful Advice for Renting a High Speed Boat or Jet Ski 
    The following information is intended to serve as a safety guide when renting a high speed boat (HSB) or jet ski (JS):
    – Do not rent a HSB or JS after consuming alcohol.
    – Ensure that you only rent a HSB or JS from an authorised watersports facility.
    – Check that the HSB or JS has a valid license.
    – Before you set out, ensure that you are familiar with the HSB or JS.
    – The operation of a HSB or JS should be fully demonstrated to you before you set out, along with its lifesaving, fire fighting, lighting, communications, and medical equipment.
    – If you do not hold a valid powerboat operators license, ensure that you and the owner/operator have both signed the binding declaration.
    – Ensure that you have fully understood the rules of navigation, as well as the dangers to be avoided.
    – Ensure that you have the kill switch lanyard attached to your hands at all times.
    – Keep constant watch of the HSB or JS course.
    – Operate the HSB or JS at a safe speed at all times.
    – Take care to navigate outside the marked bathers’ area, and be aware of swimmers or divers outside the marked bathers’ area.
    – Always avoid dangerous manoeuvres or abrupt course changes that may cause a collision with another HSB or JS, or can create waves that may cause imbalance to passengers of another HBS or JS, or result in bodily harm or injury to swimmers or divers.
    – Ensure that you do not exceed the number of persons permitted in/on the HSB or JS; as stated on the license.
    – Ensure that all persons in/on the HBS or JS remain seated at all times and are wearing life jackets of at least 100N buoyancy.
    – Avoid smoking near the fuel tank.
    – If you need to use a fire extinguisher, firstly consider the wind direction.
    – In the event of an engine problem on a HSB, remain calm; throw down your anchor so as to minimise the drift of your boat by the water currents, and then call The Search and Rescue Coordination Centre, or the nearest Marine Police Station using either the VHF/FM channel 16 or the Emergency Number 1441.
    – Do not throw rubbish into the sea.
    – If you are going to participate in water sports such as parasailing, inflatable banana or water ski, ensure that the boat and its equipment have a valid circulation license, and that the boat operator holds a valid operator’s license.
    – Notify family and friends of your intended return time.

    Transportation

    Cyprus Domestic Transportation Services

    Aside from moving around on foot and by bike, you can also travel around the island by bus or taxi. Cyprus does not have a train or underground transport system.

    Visitors are advised to always confirm itineraries and prices with the appropriate company before travelling, as these are subject to alterations.

    Bus Service Facilities

    There are four types of bus service in Cyprus:
    – Airport Transfer Buses:  linking all the towns to the island’s two airports of Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos).
    – Interurban buses:  linking all major towns on a daily basis, and with frequent routes.
    – Urban buses:  linking different areas within the towns and operating frequently during daytime. In certain tourist areas, during the summer period, their routes are extended till late in the evening.
    – Rural buses:  linking almost all villages with the nearest town, but with limited frequency.

    New website for Public Transport Service by Bus in Cyprus (Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works): http://motionbuscard.org.cy/

    Airport Transfer Buses

    Kapnos & Sons Transport Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 77 771 477 / (+357) 24 008 718
    Website: www.Kapnosairportshuttle.com
    Routes available:
    – Lefkosia-Larnaka Airport, Larnaka Airport-Lefkosia
    – Lefkosia-Pafos Airport, Pafos Airport-Lefkosia
    – Larnaka-Pafos Airport, Pafos Airport-Larnaka
    – Ammochostos-Larnaka Airport, Larnaka Airport-Ammochostos

    Transport Company for Limassol District (EMEL) Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 77 778 121 / (+357) 77 777 075 / (+357) 97 779 090
    Website: www.airportshuttlebus.eu
    Routes available:
    – Lemesos-Larnaka Airport, Larnaka Airport-Lemesos
    – Lemesos-Pafos Airport, Pafos Airport–Lemesos

    Interurban buses
    All the major towns are linked by bus with routes at specified intervals. For more information concerning timetables you may contact the operating company:

    L.L.L.A. Intercity Buses Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 70 007 789 / (+357) 24 643 493
    Website: www.intercity-buses.com
    Routes available:
    – Lefkosia-Lemesos, Lemesos-Lefkosia
    – Lefkosia-Larnaka, Larnaka-Lefkosia
    – Lefkosia-Protaras / Paralimni
    – Agia Napa-Protaras/Paralimni
    – Agia Napa-Lefkosia
    – Lefkosia-Pafos, Pafos-Lefkosia
    – Lemesos-Pafos, Pafos-Lemesos
    – Larnaka-Lemesos, Lemesos-Larnaka
    – Larnaka-Protaras / Paralimni
    – Agia Napa-Protaras / Paralimni
    – Agia Napa–Larnaka
    – Paralimni-Agia Napa-Larnaka-Pafos, Pafos-Larnaka-Agia Napa-Paralimni

    Urban Buses
    These operate in all major towns, and run frequently during daytime, whilst in certain areas, they are extended till midnight. For more information concerning timetables you may contact the operating companies:

    Intercity:
    L.L.L.A Intercity Buses Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 24 643 493 / (+357) 80 007 789
    Website: www.intercity-buses.com

    Lefkosia (Nicosia):
    Transport Organisation for Nicosia District (OSEL) Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 77 777 755 / (+357) 22 468 088
    Website: www.osel.com.cy

    Lemesos (Limassol):
    Transport Company for Limassol District (EMEL) Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 77 778 121 / (+357) 25 343 201
    Website: www.limassolbuses.com

    Larnaka (Larnaca):
    Larnaka Buses Zenonas Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 80 007 744 / (+357)  24 665 531
    Website: www.zinonasbuses.com

    Pafos (Paphos):
    Pafos Transport Organisation Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 80 005 588 / (+357) 26 934 410
    Website: www.pafosbuses.com

    Paralimni / Protaras & Agia Napa:
    M.E. Ammochostos Buses Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 23 819 090 / (+357) 80 005 200
    Website: www.osea.com.cy

    Rural Buses

    Rural buses operate less frequently than urban and interurban buses, typically running two or three times a day on both weekdays and weekends. For more information concerning timetables you may contact the operating companies.

    Lefkosia:
    Transport Organisation for Nicosia District (OSEL) Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 77 777 755 / (+357) 22 468 088
    Website: www.osel.com.cy

    Lemesos:
    Transport Company for Limassol District (EMEL) Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 77 778 121 / (+357) 25 343 201
    Website: www.limassolbuses.com

    Larnaka:
    Larnaka Buses Zenonas Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 80 007 744 / (+357) 24 665 531
    Website: www.zinonasbuses.com

    Pafos:
    Pafos Transport Organisation Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 80 005 588 / (+357) 26 934 410
    Website: www.pafosbuses.com

    Paralimni / Protaras & Agia Napa:
    M.E. Ammochostos Buses Ltd
    Tel: (+357) 23 819 090 / (+357) 80 005 200
    Website: www.osea.com.cy

    Taxi Service Facilities

    There are three types of taxi services available, covering the entire island:
    – Interurban: a shared service that provides a daily connection between all major towns of the island.
    – Urban: operating within the major towns.
    – Rural: operating in village areas.

    Interurban Service (shared) Taxis
    This service offers the opportunity to share a taxi with 4 – 8 other passengers to make the journey more cost effective for the customer. It provides connections between all major towns of Cyprus (Lefkosia, Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos, Paralimni and Agia Napa) – every half hour, Monday-Friday 06:00 – 18:00, Saturday and Sunday 07:00 – 17:00.

    Seats can be booked by phone or online from the providing companies, and passengers can be collected from – and dropped off at – any location they wish, within the municipal boundaries.

    One-way fares range from €8,50 – €14,20 depending on the route, and whether passengers have luggage.

    Please note:  This service does not operate on Public Holidays, and does not operate between the airports and the towns, or the towns and villages.

    For more information and reservations contact:

    Pagkypria Eteria Yperastikon Taxi Ltd (Cyprus Interurban Taxi Co Ltd)

    Travel & Express
    Tel: (+357) 77 777 474
    Email: taxi@travelexpress.com.cy

    Lefkosia:
    Leoforos Salaminos, MunicipalParking Place (Kolokasi) – Tel: (+357) 22 730 888

    Lemesos:
    Gonia Kavazoglou & Misiaouli – Tel:  (+357) 25 877 666

    Larnaka:
    a) Gonia Papakyriakou & Marsellou / b) Kimonos 2 – Tel: (+357) 24 661 010

    Pafos:
    Kinyras 34 – Tel: (+357) 26 923 800

    Paralimni:
    Griva Digeni 105 – Tel: (+357) 23 826 061

    Urban Taxis
    This is a 24-hour service provided in all towns. Taxis can be booked by phone, or hired directly from the street, and are equipped with taximeters – the use of which is obligatory.
    Charging commences upon the passenger entering the taxi, and is based on the following chart:

    Tariff 1
    06:01 – 20:30
    Tariff 2
    20:31 – 06:00
    Initial charge   €3,42   €4,36
    Fare per km   €0,73   €0,85
    Delay or waiting time per hour €13,66 €15,71
    For each piece of luggage   €1,20   €1,20
    Public Holidays Surcharge   €1,96   €1,96

    Please note: Taxis charge an extra supplement of €1,96 per ride during the following Public Holidays:
    – December 24, 25, 26 & 31
    – January 01
    – Good Friday & Good Saturday
    – Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
    – May 01

    Please note: There is an increase of 20% for carrying five (5) passengers, and an increase of 40% for carrying six (6) passengers.

    Please note: The transport of pets is allowed only when they are carried in small pet-carrying boxes and incurs an additional charge.

    Taxis are strictly regulated. Should you feel you need to make a complaint regarding a taxi service or driver, please forward your complaints to the Road Traffic Department of the relevant town as per below, or to the police on: (+357) 22 802 020.

    Lefkosia:
    Vasileos Pavlou 17
    1425, Engomi
    Tel: (+357) 22 807 000, Fax: (+357) 22 354 030

    Lemesos:
    Korivou – Kampos Polemidion
    3112, Polemidia
    Tel: (+357) 25 870 426, Fax: (+357) 25 305 674

    Larnaka:
    Acropoleos 13
    Aradippou Industrial Area
    7101, Aradipou
    Tel: (+357) 24 828 253, Fax: (+357) 24 659 714

    Pafos:
    Industrial area Mesogi
    P.O. Box 62191
    8061, Pafos
    Tel: (+357) 26 821 335 / (+357) 26 821 347, Fax: (+357) 26 821 353

    Rural Taxis
    Rural taxis operate in village areas and can only be hired from and to their base station. An exception is permitted when hiring is made at the airport or seaport, where the taxi driver must present such document proving the collection of certain customers.

    These taxis are not equipped with taximeters and charging is instead based on a kilometre/tariff rate. The minimum charge is €3,64.

    Charging commences upon the passenger entering the taxi, and is based on the following chart:

    Tariff 1
    06:01 – 20:30
    Tariff 2
    20:31 – 06:00
      Single trip per km    €0,63  €0,75
      Return trip per km  €0,49   €0,63
      Delay or waiting time per hour €14,45 €18,82
      For each piece of luggage weighing more than 12kg  €1,20   €1,96

    Vehicle Hire

    Cars and motorcycles can be easily hired on the island, which is serviced by fairly good surfaced roads that comply with international traffic requirements, and link the towns and the various villages.

    Four lane motorways connect the capital, Lefkosia, with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos and Agia Napa.

    Minor roads and forest roads are still largely not surfaced, but in good to fair condition. Appropriate care should be taken when using these roads, especially during wet weather.

    Please note:  Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right.

    Car Hire

    Major self-drive car rental firms have offices in all towns, as well as at the Larnaka and Pafos International Airports.

    Self-drive cars are also known as ‘Z cars’ because their registration number, which is shown on red plates, often starts with the letter ‘Z’.

    Rates vary according to the category of the car, period of rental, period of the year and extras.

    Use of the rental car is for unlimited mileage. The rental car is usually delivered to the customer with a full tank, paid for by the customer. If the car is returned with a full tank, the customer receives a refund, unless stated otherwise in the contract.

    Rental cars can be delivered and collected at the island’s two airports by prior arrangement.

     

     

    Insurance Issues

    Insurance is charged extra. Drivers under 25 years of age holding a driving license for less than three (3) years at the time of rental must inform the car rental company, so that under-age insurance coverage is provided.

    In the event of damages sustained to the rental car, the customer is responsible for a certain amount, depending on the category of car.

    Please note: When hiring a car, the insurance is only valid within the area under the control of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Motorcycle Hire

    Firms hiring motorcycles, mopeds and autocycles can be found in all towns and holiday resorts.

    If you are going to drive a motorcycle or moped you need to bear the following in mind:

    – The law states that both the driver and passenger must wear a helmet. Rental agencies should supply helmet(s) at the time of rental, upon request.

    – A passenger can be carried on appropriate motorcycles/ mopeds provided that he/she is over 12-years-old and sits astride the seat.

    – Rates vary according to the category of the motorcycle, the number of days and period of the year.

    – Insurance is charged extra.

    – Rental is for unlimited mileage.

    – The International Motorcycle-Driving License is valid in Cyprus. Visitors may also drive vehicles using their national Motorcycle-Driving License, provided this is valid in their own country for the class of vehicle they wish to drive.

    – Persons who are 17 years of age may not drive any vehicles, other than the Auto Cycles (49cc).

    – Persons who are over 18 years of age may drive motorcycles depending on the type of license they hold.

    Driving on the island

    Please note the following for driving on the island:

    – Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right.

    – International road traffic signs are in use, and placed along the roads and highways, on the left hand-side.

    – Distances and road speed limits are posted in kilometres and kilometres -per hour (km/h) respectively.

    – The maximum speed limit on the motorways is 100 km/h and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h.

    – On all other roads the general speed limit is 80 km/h, unless a lower one is indicated.

    – In built-up areas, the speed limit is generally 50km/h, unless a different one is indicated.

    – The use of seat–belts is compulsory (front and back).

    – Children must use the child restraint appropriate for their weight.

    – Children can travel in the rear and use an adult belt in a taxi if the right child restraint is not available.

    – Rear facing baby seats must NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air bag unless the air bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.

    – Rush hours in the towns are approximately between 07:30-08:00 / 13:00–15:30 and in late afternoon 17:00 – 18:00 in winter, or 18:00 – 19:00 in summer.

    – Due to the intense brightness of the clear Mediterranean sky, drivers are advised to wear sunglasses.

    – Driving, or being in charge of a motor vehicle or pedal cycle with alcohol concentration in breath or blood above the prescribed limit, is an offence. The permissible limit in the blood is 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (BAC 0,5mg/ml). The permissible limit in breath is up to 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of exhaled air.

    – In case of an accident, call 112 immediately.

    – Hands free during driving is mandatory. During driving, the driver should take all necessary measures to ensure that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle. Therefore the use of a mobile phone is strictly prohibited.

    Driving License

    Visitors in Cyprus can drive using a valid International Driving Licence, or their National Driving Licence, provided it is valid for the class of vehicle they wish to drive.

    The cost of a Cyprus Driving Licence is €40,00 for people aged up to 65, and free over the age of 65.

    European driving licences are recognized officially by legislation (Law 94 (1)/2001).

    Driving licences issued by the following countries must be replaced after a period of six (6) months:
    – Norway
    – Island
    – Lichtenstein
    – Australia
    – Switzerland
    – Zimbabwe
    – United States of America
    – Japan
    – Canada
    – New Zealand
    – South Africa
    – Russia
    – Georgia
    – Ukraine
    – South Korea
    – Serbia

    Non-European citizens and citizens who come from any country other than the above mentioned countries are allowed to drive holding their particular nation’s Driving License for a period of around 30 days (this period is not strictly restricted). If they are holders of an International Driving License, they are allowed to drive, provided their license is valid.

    Please note: A valid Driving Licence is a licence that has not been expired or cancelled, or repealed by the court or by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

    Emergency Breakdown Service

    Private companies offer 24-hour breakdown service all over the island. There are emergency phones placed all along the motorway. Any of the car breakdown services can be contacted through the operator.

    The Cyprus Automobile Association is the only organization in Cyprus that is a member of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA – International Federation of Automobiles), to which all the recognised automobile associations of the world belong to, with over 100 million members.

    The association also offers to its members and the members of sister clubs around the world the following services:
    – Towing / breakdown assistance – battery problems, tyre problems
    – Technical advice
    – Legal advice

    For more information, contact:

    Cyprus Automobile Association
    Chr. Mylona 12, CY 2014, Lefkosia
    P.O. Box, 22279, CY 1519 Lefkosia
    Tel: (+357) 22 313 233, Fax: (+357) 22 313 482
    Website: www.caa.com.cy

    Own Vehicles

    Aside from renting vehicles, visitors wishing to bring their own car to Cyprus can do so, providing they secure the relevant authorization by the Department of Customs and Excise. For further information contact:

    Customs & Excise Department
    M. Karaoli & Gr. Afxentiou
    1096 Lefkosia
    Tel: (+357) 22 601 713, Fax: (+357) 22 302 031
    Email: headquarters@customs.mof.gov.cy
    Website: www.mof.gov.cy

    If bringing your own vehicle to the island, please note that drivers from the territory of the EU should not be intercepted at the point of entry in Cyprus for proof of insurance cover, as it is presumed that the driver and car are covered by insurance in the country that issued their license plates, even if they may not be so covered.

    In the latter case, the International Insurance Bureau of the driver’s country will be held responsible to compensate the claimant as a result of the Guarantee Agreement in force. (Unified Agreement or Internal Regulations).

    If a foreign visitor brings a motor vehicle bearing a registration plate not belonging to one of the EU territory countries into Cyprus , then the Cyprus Authorities should check whether the foreign motorist has a valid Green Card In force for Cyprus. For further information please contact:

    Motor Insurer’s Fund
    Zinonos Sozou, 23, CY 1075, Lefkosia
    P.O.Box: 22025, CY 1516, Lefkosia
    Tel: (+357) 22 763 913, Fax: (+357) 22 761 007
    Email: mif@cytanet.com.cy
    Website: www.mif.org.cy

    Parking Facilities

    Parking places (both municipal and private) are found in town centres, charging approximately €2 – €3 for a half day’s parking.

    Parking in central city areas is parking meter controlled. The cost per hour is €1 – €2 on weekdays, during office hours. Parking meters do not operate on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public Holidays.

    Parking and waiting is prohibited along a double yellow line. Along a single yellow line, loading and unloading is allowed, but parking is prohibited at all times.

    Parking for the registered disabled is free.

    Petrol

    Petrol is unleaded and 95 and 98 octane fuel is available. There are other more expensive fuels, but you are unlikely to need them.

    Diesel fuel sold for motor vehicles is the cleaner Euro diesel. Fuel is sold by the litre.

    Petrol Stations

    Petrol stations are numerous in all towns and tourist resorts but only few in mountainous areas and villages. So if you are planning such a trip, be sure you have enough fuel to get you there and back.

    Many major stations have shops where you can buy auto accessories and food.

    Opening hours:
    – Monday-Friday: 06:00 – 19:00 (April 1 – September 30)
    – Monday-Friday: 06:00 – 18:00 (October 1 – March 31)
    – Saturday: 06:00 – 15:00

    Most petrol stations are closed for attendant service on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday afternoon in Lefkosia area). This is not usually a problem though, as petrol stations are equipped with petrol vending machines that accept banknotes and credit cards. Vending machines operate during non-working hours, on weekends and on Public Holidays.

    Airports

    The Republic of Cyprus is the sole sovereign authority under International Law with exclusive jurisdiction to determine which of its airports on its territory are open and functioning.

    Visitors arriving in Cyprus by air, may enter the Republic of Cyprus only through the International Airports of Larnaka and Pafos. Entry via any other airport is illegal. The operation of airports built in the areas of Cyprus which are under Turkish military occupation since 1974, has never been authorised by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

    These airports are, consequently, illegal points of entry into the Republic of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus maintains the right to impose penalties on those who violate the law by using illegal airports. The penalties are very strict and provide for imprisonment for no more than twelve months, or payment of a fine for no more than €1,700, or both.

    The so-called ‘Ercan’ airport is not recognized by ICAO, which is the highest international authority on legal issues relating to civil aviation in general. ICAO’s policy on matters relating to Cyprus is in conformity with that of the United Nations and the international community. Consequently, ICAO recognizes only the Republic of Cyprus and its Government as the sole representative of the whole island.

    It should also be stressed that according to the ICAO decision of 1974, 1975 and 1977, a country not exercising temporarily effective control over its territory by reason of military occupation, does not lose its sovereign rights over such territory and the airspace above it.

    Furthermore, Turkey, in violation of the Chigaco Convention on the International Civil Aviation, the constitutional instrument of ICAO, and its Annexes, to which 188 countries, including the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey are States-Parties to, and following a number of illegal acts after the Turkish invasion, proclaimed the establishment of ‘Ercan advisory service’ which lies in the northern part of Nicosia FIR. At this airport the entry, clearance, immigration, customs, quarantine regulations, aviation security and conditions for passengers, mail and cargo, as required by the Republic of Cyprus are not observed. Hence, the security and safety of passengers and cargo is not guaranteed.

    Larnaka International Airport

    The airport is:
    – 8 km (3 miles) from Larnaka town
    – 50 km (31 miles) from Lefkosia
    – 70 km (43 miles) from Lemesos
    – 50 km (31 miles) from Agia Napa
    – 140 km (87 miles) from Pafos

    Services offered to travellers at Larnaka Airport include:
    – Automated Flight information (24-hour service).
    – Pancyprian Telephone Number: (+357) 77 778 833.
    – Live agents available from 08:00-23:00, daily.
    – Hotel reservations can also be arranged.
    – Customer Service Desk, offering 24-hour service. For assistance please call: (+357) 24 816 400.
    – ATM machines/banks (open daily 07:30 – 23:30).
    – Card telephones.
    – Duty Free shops.
    – Food & Beverage – wide variety of outlets.
    – Luggage storage service.
    – Newsstand, kiosk and souvenir shop.
    – Taxis with rates based on a taximeter.
    – Shuttle buses to different towns.
    – Car rental offices.
    – VAT Refund Office (located before passport control).
    – Special Assistance Facilities.
    – Post Office – open 07:30 – 15:30 (except Sundays and Public Holidays). Tel: (+357) 24 008 748.
    – Health Inspector’s Office.
    – Car park facilities. Car park rates and facilities for advance booking can be found online at: www.hermesairports.com/en/airlines/car-parking

    Pafos International Airport

    The airport is:
    – 15 km (9 miles) east of Pafos town
    – 63 km (39 miles) from Lemesos
    – 130 km (81 miles) from Larnaka
    – 50 km (28 miles) from Polis
    – 142 km (88 miles) from Lefkosia

    Services offered to travellers at Pafos International Airport include:
    – Hotel Reservations can also be arranged.
    – ATM machines.
    – Card telephones.
    – Duty Free shops.
    – Food & Beverage – wide variety of outlets.
    – Newsstands, kiosk and souvenir shop.
    – Taxis with rates based on a taximeter.
    – Shuttle buses to different towns.
    – Car rental offices.
    – Special Assistance Facilities.
    – Car parking facilities. Car park rates and facilities for advance booking can be found online at: http://www.hermesairports.com/easyconsole.cfm/page/pafoshome/site/pafos/lang/en/

    Cruises & Boat Trips

    A number of short cruises sail from Cyprus, with trips lasting typically between two-to-five days onboard large and comfortable ships. You can either book a trip while on holiday in Cyprus, or through tour operators abroad who feature the cruises in their holiday brochures.

    There are also a large variety of short boat trips available from and to various destinations around the island, sailing from almost all marinas and fishing shelters on different size and style vessels.

    With weather permitting, boats trips sail from May to October, and usually include drinks and snacks onboard, with lunch or dinner served either onboard, or at a seaside restaurant.

    Indicative itineraries are as follows:
    – From Lemesos old Harbour to Lady’s Mile beach and Cape Gata.
    – From Pafos Harbour to Coral Bay, Pegeia area, Lara Beach and Geroskipou Beach.
    – From Polis (Latsi) along the Akamas coast.
    – From Agia Napa to Paralimni and Protaras area.
    – From Larnaka Marina along Larnaka, Agia Napa and Protaras coast.

    Please note: For the time being there is no ferry boat connection between Cyprus and other countries.