Nearly one million British people visit Cyprus on a yearly basis. Cyprus is an island south of Turkey and West of Lebanon but a full member of Europe and the EU. It gained independence in 1960 from the UK. This Island was split in to two in 1974 with Turkish speaking north and Greek speaking South.
Visiting Greek Cyprus
The capital of Greek Cyprus is Nicosia, it has a population of 310,000. Nicosia’s roots date back 4000 years and ancient monuments around the city give clues to its past. Despite its age, Nicosia is a modern city, with bars, restaurants, clubs and everything else you’d expect from a capital.
Those wanting to see ancient ruins will not be disappointed – Cyprus has it in abundance. Salamis was the ancient capital of Cyprus. Under the Romans, the city was the commercial centre of Eastern Europe.
Cyprus has some of the best nightlife anywhere in Europe with places like Larnaca, Paphoas and Ayia Napa which are world renowned for their clubs. Famous DJ’s play regular host in clubs across the Cyprus coast, and even large beech parties are rather common.
Why should you visitCyprus?
The place has a historic appeal. Roman ruins, museums, archaeological sites and ancient tombs can be found in ample. For the one who loves to discover history, this place is a fabulous.
The place offers you some really tantalising food that would tickle you taste buds. Influenced by Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine, the food will leave you wanting for more.
The place offers you some excellent water sports including scuba diving, windsurfing and more. For those who love adventure, Cyprus would be a destination to look forward to.
The landscape beauty of the island country will take your breath away. The earthy raw feeling of the place goes with its traditional character and culture. The mountain villages have a raw charm that can be experienced by visiting this beautiful place.
When is the best time to visit Cyprus?
The tourist season starts from June to August, when temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees. Make sure that you book things in advance as this is the time when you face 30% price hike in hotel bookings.
If you do not love crowd and want it to be peaceful then travel to Cyprus during March to June and September to October. It’s the best time to enjoy the outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
November to February is a low tourist season when you may find main restaurants and hotels closed. The weather would be wet and pleasantly mild.
Must visit tourist attractions in Cyprus:
Pafos archaeological site
Tombs of the Kings
Leventis Municipal Museum
AG Leventis Gallery
Panagia tou Moutoulla
Socrates Traditional House
Cyprus has a subtropical climate with semi-arid regions which means mild winters and warm hot summers. Snow can occur but only on the mountains of Troodos. The wettest months are during the winter with summer being quite dry.
Annual temperature ranges from a low of 17oC to highs of 30-40oC in the summer. Even in winter Cyprus experiences 5-6 hours of sunshine a day, making it an ideal get away during the winter blues.
Within Cyprus, you can use cars, taxis, bicycles, scooters, motor bikes, quad bikes and public transport. Although, hiring a car would be the best way to travel to the small villages of this place.
Nationals of EU members and Switzerland need just their national identity card to travel to Cyprus. UK citizens need full pass port as they do not allow visitor passports. Same with people from all other nationalities, they need a valid full passport. For more details on the visa procedures you should check http://www.cyprusvisa.eu/
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