One of the first aspects of the Cyprus culture experienced by foreigners to Cyprus is the warm welcome. Cypriots are known worldwide for the genuine and sincere hospitality and friendliness. The words 'Kalosorisate' (Welcome!) and 'Kopiaste' (Come join us!) are frequently called to locals and foreigners alike.

Leisure - Beaches Sea and Water

Cyprus is a favourite year-round beach holiday destination. Although the winter months are much quieter, and you won't see many locals on the beach, foreigners generally still find the climate amicable for sun bathing during many of the winter months. It should be noted that some beaches have strong currents, and so care should be taken to look for warning signs before swimming. Currently Cyprus has 53 beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag status. Cyprus also has some of the cleanest coastal bathing water in Europe. Beaches vary from being small quiet shingle beaches to very popular long sandy beaches. Blue Flag beaches must adhere to the safety requirement of providing sufficient lifeguards or lifesaving equipment to ensure response to an emergency anywhere on the Blue Flag beach. There are many beach and water activities available:

• Sunbathing • Swimming• Parasailing• Paragliding• Kite-surfing• Snorkeling• Scuba diving• Windsurfing• Speed boating• Dinghy sailing• Canoeing • Water ski• Jet ski• Banana boat ride• Tube ride• Relaxing boat cruises• Party
boat cruises• Sea fishing trips• Yacht trips• Glass bottom boat trips• Submarine trips• Undersea walks• Basketball• Volleyball• Football• Mini football. 

There is also a good selection of water parks around Cyprus which offer a variety of fun water slides, wave pools and shutes to keep both adults and children entertained during the hot summer months.

Climate and Weather
Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September and rainy, quite mild winters from November to mid-March. Spring and autumn are effectively short intervals in between, characterised by smooth weather. With almost year-round clear skies and sunshine, daylight length ranges from 9.8 hours in December to 14.5 hours in June.
Cyprus enjoys a very sunny climate compared with most countries with 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day over the six summer months. Even during the months of December and January, there is 5.5 hours of sunshine.

Eating out around Cyprus can mean a simple tasty economical meal such as kebabs or burgers, to a gastronomic feast. International cuisine is widespread throughout all districts and of a reasonably high calibre. The most popular of foods in Cyprus to eat out is of course souvla, cooked outside on the bbq, and there is hardly a street to be found in Cyprus that doesn't have a kebab shop with the mouth watering smell of kebabs wafting down the streets.

Greek is the main language spoken by the Greek-Cypriot. English is widely spoken. French and German are also well spoken within the tourist industry.

Cyprus enjoys an exceedingly high level of freedom of worship. While the majority of Greek-Cypriots are Greek- Orthodox Christians.

The currency of the Republic used to be the Cyprus pound - CY£. As from 1st January 2008 the Cyprus pound has been replaced by the Euro as the legal tender money of Cyprus.

Driving in Cyprus
Driving in Cyprus is most advisable as regular transport service is not available to all remote areas where many places of interest are to be found. Fairly good surfaced roads complying with international traffic requirements link the towns and the various villages. Four lane motorways connect the capital, Lefkosia with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaka and Pafos.

Health and Safety
Medical Services and Hospitals Dialysis Units
Medical care-needs in Cyprus are met through Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals

Government General Hospitals and Private clinics/hospitals are mostly concentrated in urban areas, while health centres, subcentres, 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. Medical treatment and assistance is offered free of charge to international tourists in case of health emergencies at the
Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals/Institutions. Out-patient and in-patient treatment is provided against payment of the prescribed fees. Holiday-makers 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.Almost all brands of manufactured medicines are available in Cyprus.

Study in Cyprus
The Universities in Cyprus is committed in maintaining and developing international standards of excellence in teaching and research at both undergraduate and graduate levels. With a multicultural perspective, Cyprus provides a unique intellectual and cultural environment, where scholars of diverse nationalities and cultures can meet and
freely exchange information and ideas, while learning in an exciting atmosphere of experimentation and scholarship.

Contact Info

  • K&P Christou
  • 13 Piliou Str, 6037, Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Free Phone: 8000 82 83
  • Telephone: (+357) 24 428 170
  • Fax: (+357) 24 428 190
  • E-mail:info@kpchristou.com