Cyprus is a picturesque island nation lapped by the sparkling azure waters of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Currently divided into two main societies – Greek and Turkish – the island boasts a fascinating and somewhat turbulent history, hence its remarkable collection of historic sites ranging from Byzantine churches to Phoenician tombs and Roman ruins. The landscape is typically Mediterranean, composed of pine-shrouded mountains, lush vineyards, valleys and pristine beaches, and the climate is Mediterranean too, with its hot dry summers and wet, cool winters.
The capital of the country is Nicosia, a vibrant historic city which lies on the dividing line between the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus, meaning you can experience both cultures without even leaving the city. Nicosia is home to the 14th century Hammam Omerye, among other fascinating sites, and boasts a lively bar scene and many excellent restaurants.
There are so many things to see and do on the island of Cyprus, whether you are interested in history, wine tasting, hiking or water sports. History buffs should head to Pafos to marvel at its historic wonders, such as the ancient Tombs of the Kings and the fascinating Hrysopolitissa Basilica, which is home to St Paul’s Pillar. But if you prefer the bounties of nature, set your sights on the stunning Troodos Mountains, with their quaint little villages and scenic nature trails.
In the mood for adventure? Book a dive with Sunfish Divers in Agia Napa and explore the Zenobia Wreck, hike the Artemis Trail around the summit of Mount Olympus or make your way to Kyrenia and steel your nerves to try paragliding courtesy of Highline Tandem.
The two official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish but English is widely spoken and other languages such as Russian and French are also commonly spoken on the island.
A member of the European Union, the Cypriot currency is the euro (€), though in the northern Turkish-controlled portion of the country you will find Turkish lira being used as the ‘official currency’. However even here euros are widely accepted when used in tourist centres.
The time difference between Cyprus and the UK is 2 hours. The best time to visit is between April and October; this is the island’s tourist season. In order to beat the heat, it may be an idea to time your visit in the cooler months of spring. The island offers a wide range of accommodation, ranging from cheap and cheerful hotels to luxurious 5 star resorts.
What is the currency in Cyprus?
The currency used in Cyprus is the Euro
How long does it take to fly to Cyprus?
It takes around 4 hours and 29 minutes to get to Cyprus
What is the time difference in Cyprus?
Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of the UK
When is the best time to visit Cyprus?
Do I need a visa to visit Cyprus?
If you hold a British Citizen passport you don’t need a vista to travel to Cyprus on holiday. For all travel advice for Cyprus visit the FCO website here.