Living in Cyprus - travel tips & worth knowing

Cyprus is famous worldwide as a year-round sunny vacation paradise with gorgeous beaches, blue skies and warm waters. Yet the fabulous island has much more to offer: Traditional villages, idyllic vineyards, chapels decorated with frescoes, remote monasteries, ancient churches and inhabitants who welcome their guests with open arms.

In the course of its eventful past, many Mediterranean cultures have left their traces on the island of Cyprus. Let yourself be inspired by the still preserved originality of this diverse vacation island!

Discover Cyprus with its beautiful sandy beaches and its unique sights, or plan online your next Cyprus last minute vacation and book interesting excursions and tours.

Did you know about Cyprus already, ...

  • ...that wine has been grown there for over 5,500 years?
  • ...that many tourists only come to the island to have their teeth restored by dental specialists?
  • ...that in the winter months countless flamingos populate the salt lake of Larnaka?
  • ...that Cyprus' beaches are among the cleanest in Europe?
  • ...that in Cyprus you can ski in the morning and lie by the pool in the afternoon?

Facts & Figures of Cyprus

Übersichtskarte Zypern
Geo-LocationEastern Mediterranean Sea
Length225 km
Width90 km
Area9 251 km²
Highest PointOlympos (1952m)
Population1.244 Million
CapitalNicosia

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Cyprus at a Glance - FAQs for Tourists & Emigrants

  • Is Cyprus Greek or Turkish?

    The northern part is considered the Turkish part of Cyprus, but is not recognized as a legitimate country internationally. The southern part of the island is known as the Republic of Cyprus and is part of the European Union. The southern part is predominantly populated by people of Greek origin, which is why it is generally considered the Greek part of Cyprus.

  • Is Cyprus a good travel destination?

    Yes, Cyprus is a popular vacation destination due to its beautiful beaches, historical sites and warm climate. It also offers a variety of activities such as hiking, water sports and cultural explorations.

  • What is special about Cyprus?

    Cyprus is especially known for its rich history and culture, as well as its picturesque landscape. It is also a popular tourist destination because of its beaches and its proximity to the Middle East and Europe.

  • When is the best time to visit Cyprus?

    The best time to visit Cyprus is from May to October, as the weather is warm and sunny and the temperatures are pleasant. However, it should be noted that the summer months of July and August can be very hot.

  • Is a vacation in Cyprus expensive?

    A vacation in Cyprus can vary in price depending on the time of travel and the type of travel. In general, however, Cyprus is considered a relatively inexpensive destination, especially compared to other European countries.

  • Can you use Euro in Cyprus?

    Yes, in Cyprus you can pay with Euro. The Euro is the official currency in Cyprus and is accepted in all stores and restaurants. In Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, the Turkish lira is the currency used.

Most important sights in Cyprus

Tombs of the kings

Tombs of the Kings

The excavation site in Paphos, a port city in southwestern Cyprus, offers a very special sight. There you can marvel at magnificent tombs dating back to the 3rd century BC, which were probably built for high-ranking Egyptian officials. The name "royal tomb" probably refers to the luxurious appearance of the tombs rather than the people buried there.
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Troodos Mountains

The Troodos Mountains in Cyprus enchants with its unspoiled nature and picturesque traditional villages. It is the highest mountain range on the island and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Here you can find a variety of hiking trails that lead through forests, meadows and gorges to experience the beauty of nature first hand. A visit to the Troodos Mountains is a must for all nature lovers and culture enthusiasts.
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View on top of the Troodos Mountains
Aphrodite's Rock seen from the nearby beach

Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)

The Rock of Aphrodite in Cyprus is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. The legendary place, where the goddess of beauty and love is said to have originated, offers breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. A visit is especially worthwhile early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the sun bathes the rock in warm light. Experience the magic of the place and be enchanted by the beauty of nature.
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Kourion Archaeological Site

The theater in Kourion, which is about 70 meters deep, offers an amazing view of the sea in the surrounding area. It dates back to the 2nd century BC, so it is one of the most impressive ancient buildings on the island. While gladiators and animals used to fight for their lives, today operas and other events are performed there.
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Tourists are visiting Kourion Archaeological Site
Cliffs and the sea near Cape Greco

Capo Greco

Cape Greco, is an unspoiled paradise on the southeast coast of Cyprus full of breathtaking views, crystal clear waters and countless opportunities to relax and explore. Experience the beauty of the cliffs that extend into the turquoise sea and explore the unspoiled nature with its numerous hiking trails and nearby traditional fishing villages.
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Pictures from Cyprus

  • aerial view of fig tree bay
    Skyline of Nicosia
    akamas halbinsel
    Strandpromenade von Paphos mit Palmen und Geschäften
    traditionelles gericht mezze in den troodos dörfern
    Höhle auf Zypern

Things to know about Cyprus & its history

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. The island is located east of Crete and south of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Since 1974 Cyprus is divided into North and South Cyprus. While the southern part belongs to the Republic of Cyprus, the northern part is under the Turkish flag. Between the two parts lies the "Green Line", a kind of buffer zone between the two halves of the island and the city of Nicosia.

The Republic of Cyprus (Southern Cyprus) has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004. The best way to reach the island is by plane. The main airports are located in Larnaca and Paphos. To enter the Republic of Cyprus, EU citizens and Swiss citizens only need a valid identity card or passport. For children under the age of 16, a child's ID card or an entry in the parents' passport is required. For the northern part of the island of Cyprus you need a valid passport, unless you enter via the "Green Line". In this case an identity card is sufficient.

Since January 1, 2008, the Euro (€) is the official currency in the Republic of Cyprus (Southern Cyprus) and has replaced the former Cypriot Lira. In the northern part of Cyprus, the Turkish lira (TRY) is the official currency. In most parts, however, the euro is also accepted.

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Road traffic in Cyprus

Cyprus is a left-hand traffic country! You drive on the left, the road signs and signposts are in Greek and English and the traffic circle always has the right of way. You should honk at curves with limited visibility!
Cyprus has a well-developed road network that is constantly being expanded and improved. Highways connect the largest cities. There are no railroads, but there are inexpensive shared cabs and buses. If you want to rent a car, you will find a wide choice at the airport or in the cities and resorts.

Weather in Cyprus - The sunniest island in Europe

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summer months and mild winters. Precipitation falls mainly in the months of December to April. In summer, a mostly hot desert wind blows across the sea. On the Mediterranean island you will find the warmest water temperatures in the Mediterranean with up to 28°C. Cyprus is a year-round destination. Among nature lovers, the months of April and May are particularly popular because of the splendor of the flowers.

Excursions to the island's sights can be booked on the spot at the hotel, with the tour guide, with local operators or online in advance. The excursions take place in modern, air-conditioned buses and under expert guidance. Here are some tour recommendations and sightseeing in Cyprus.
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