planning your trip
Our local partners will be there for you during your stay and as a result we can help you with the logistical aspect of your Cyprus holiday and customize it to your tastes. We can arrange for you to visit a different area of the island beyond the confines of your resort while giving you the knowledge to explore more of the island. During your stay, our local partners will be at your disposal.
Visa and passport requirements
If you are a citizen of the UK or Ireland, a visa is not required to travel to Cyprus.
Please note that as of January 1, 2021, the rules governing travel to most European countries (including Cyprus) have changed following the Brexit transition period.
According to EU regulations, all people arriving from non-EU countries must have at least six months remaining on their passport on the day of travel. From now on, this will include visitors with UK passports, as well as those issued by Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. However, the extra months on your passport over ten years may not count towards the six months that should be left for travel to most countries in Europe.
what to pack
Depending on when you go, you will need different things. In the Cyprus summer, it gets quite hot, so bring light, cool clothing, as well as plenty of sun protection. Temperatures remain comfortable in the fall and winter, and the packing layers allow for flexibility during both the hottest midday hours and the cooler morning and evening temperatures.
When visiting religious places like monasteries or churches, men should wear long pants. Women are expected to wear skirts that reach the floor, but if you wear shorts or pants, most places will have wrap skirts available for you to borrow. Both men and women should make sure their shoulders are covered.
As for power outlets, Cyprus uses the European standard of 230V and has plugs that fit the UK-style three-pin type G plug.
Greek is the official language of Cyprus, but it is mainly spoken by Greek Cypriots. Since British rule lasted on the island, English has become increasingly popular, especially in areas frequented by tourists. Turkish is mainly spoken in North Cyprus by the Turks who live there, although this represents a small fraction of the population. Street names and other signs are generally written in Greek and English, with a few exceptions (for example, airport signs). Turkish is spoken in North Cyprus by Turks residing there; however, this constitutes only a small percentage of the population. Most of the street signs and other signs in public places are written in Greek and English.
Cyprus has two international airports for arriving visitors: Paphos and Larnaca. In a private vehicle and driver, we can transport you throughout the island; however, autonomous driving is also an option. Cyprus is a small island and can be crossed in about two to three hours by car. While many hotels are independent, others are conveniently located near cities. Taxis are widely available in the main coastal cities and are generally safe and reliable. The Green Line is a buffer zone separating the Turkish Cypriot north from the Greek Cypriot south, with numerous border crossings along its length. Although we have concentrated on the southern part of the island, visitors can cross over to the north as often as they like.
Keep in contact
+357 is the international dialing code for Cyprus. Although it can be expensive to call abroad from hotel phones, virtually all hotels, as well as many restaurants and cafes, offer free Wi-Fi. It’s also a good idea to contact your mobile phone service provider to find out if there are any costs associated with making and receiving calls abroad. If you want to use your phone’s mobile data on the go, you may want to consider purchasing a data roaming plan so you can access the internet on the go.
customs and etiquette
Locals in Cyprus welcome travelers and tolerate minor breaches of Cypriot social norms, but we urge you to adhere to cultural traditions and etiquette wherever possible. In Cyprus, people are hospitable and it is not uncommon for locals to offer food or drink. If this happens, it is always polite to accept. The elderly in Cyprus are revered and treated with great respect both at home and in public.
It is not uncommon for Cypriots to ask about your personal life and career. Usually this comes from a genuine place of interest, so feel free to ask them about their situation as well. However, the politics surrounding the partition of Cyprus can be tricky. Although tour guides are likely to mention this during tours, it would be best to approach the subject with caution so as not to say anything that might seem critical.
food and drink
Traditional Cypriot cuisine is similar to Greek food in many ways. Some of the most popular dishes include souvlaki (seasoned pieces of meat grilled on skewers and served in pita bread), stuffed vine leaves and vegetables, rabbit stew (called stifado), and a meat stew called kleftiko. Halloumi cheese is also a well-known local food of Cyprus that has gained popularity all over the world. A delicious way to sample various local dishes is to order meze style, as it is called in Cyprus. This method of ordering multiple dishes to share around the table and eat as a family allows you to savor a little of everything instead of just one main course.
In Cyprus, coffee is usually served strong, sweetened, with milk or black. The country has roots in winemaking despite not exporting much wine globally; however, many restaurants serve locally produced options. And for something stronger like alcohol, the traditional anise-based ouzo is quite popular with the locals.
Events, holidays and festivals
Both religious and secular celebrations are commemorated as public holidays in Cyprus, many of which have their roots in the Greek Orthodox Church or honor historically significant days for both Greece and Cyprus.
Common traditional festivities include elaborate meals with friends and family, as well as parades. The most notable holiday of the year is Orthodox Easter, which usually falls during April or May; two full days are designated as national holidays, while an entire week is set aside to celebrate various religious aspects before Easter Sunday, followed by Easter Monday. Cyprus has many annual festivals, including those that precede the Lenten carnival celebrations. The best known are the Limassol Carnival parade and party. In May, there is the Anthestiria festival which features floats made of flowers followed by a grand parade in Limassol. Finally, in early summer the Kataklysmos Water Festival is held celebrating Noah’s biblical salvation from swimming races and water games.
Resorts are the most popular type of hotel in Cyprus, and for good reason. They offer spacious grounds, plenty of amenities, several on-site restaurants, and a wide range of room options, all while being located by the water so you can enjoy stunning ocean views. If you’re looking to get away from the crowded beach areas and experience a more authentic Cypriot culture, consider staying in one of the characterful properties nestled in the mountains.
|Despite their larger size, we choose resorts that provide a high level of service and personalized attention. Many people who visit Cyprus prefer to stay in one area rather than travel around the island from hotel to hotel, so we work to ensure hotels are comfortable and convenient for longer stays. With child-specific facilities and services, many hotels cater particularly well to families. Some are for adults only, with the aim of providing relaxation.