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Visit Cyprus

Cyprus has been a solid holiday destination plan for nearly 2,000 years. Part of the reason why it is such a popular destination goes beyond the nearly guaranteed sunshine and extravagant beaches that are offered. Visitors to Cyprus are also going to have a level of hospitality that goes beyond what most destinations offer. You’ll find friendliness on this island like never before. You’ll also find there’s much more to Cyprus than you might expect.

Nightlife For All Tastes

Cyprus allows you to see castles, crystal clear blue waters, and incredible scenery during the day. It also offers numerous opportunities to enjoy what the night has to offer as well. Pubs, bars, nightclubs, or even fine dining opportunities all provide visitors with something that meets their needs effectively. Add in the hospitality and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

History To Encounter

The history of Cyprus dates back beyond the Roman Empire. It is even mentioned in Christian literature 8 separate times. Just about everywhere you look there are ruins to see, museums to explore, and other places of ethnographic interest that will let you see artifacts that date back to the earliest times of what we would consider to be modern humanity.

Bring Your Clubs

There are 4 championship caliber golf courses on Cyprus to enjoy. Considering its ease of access, you can fly right in and take on 18 holes your first day there if you wish. You can also bring your walking tools to explore 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites if you prefer.

Cyprus offers visitors a tempting holiday opportunity all year long. If you’re ready to let the world pass you by for a few hours, a few days, or even longer, then this island may be the best place to let that happen. Walking, wine tours, and plenty of beach time combine with your favorite activities to create one very special experience.

Travel and vacation in Cyprus

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Cyprus. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about Cyprus. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.

Map and distances

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City Guides

Aglandjia

#Aglandjia Visit Aglandjia Located centrally on Cyprus, Aglandjia sites near the border buffer zone on the island. About half of the agricultural land has been occupied...

Argaka

#Argaka Visit Argaka Located in the Paphos District, Argaka was built in a region where rivers flowed to the sea. The sandstone foundations helped families to...

Ayia Napa

#Ayia Napa Visit Ayia Napa The sunshine of Cyprus comes alive in the resort community of Ayia Napa. Located on the eastern end of the island,...

Coral Bay

#Coral Bay Visit Coral Bay Located near the city of Paphos, Coral Bay is a popular beach resort destination on the island of Cyprus. With golden...

Dhrousha

#Dhrousha Visit Dhrousha Droushia is a small Cyprian village that is located about 10km south of Polis. It is a quiet region of the island, with...

Famagusta

#Famagusta Visit Famagusta With the deepest harbor on the island of Cyprus, Famagusta is a city that offers visitors access to its ancient roots and Medieval...

Good to know

Coronavirus & travel restrictions Cyprus

#Coronavirus Cyprus Coronavirus status - Cyprus How is the coronavirus situation in Cyprus ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

Local currency in Cyprus, Euro

Money in Cyprus (notes and coins) Cyprus legal tender is called Euro (EUR). 1 Euro = 100 cent. Coins in circulation: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent €1...

National Tourist Information Cyprus

Traveladvisor in Cyprus: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankNamePop.State
1Nicosia200,452Nicosia
2Limassol154,000Limassol
3Strovolos67,904Nicosia
4Larnaca51,468Larnaca
5Famagusta42,526Famagusta
6Lakatamia38,435Nicosia
7Kyrenia33,207Kyrenia
8Paphos32,892Paphos
9Kato Polemidhia22,369Limassol
10Aglandjia20,783Nicosia

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish
January 1New Year's Day
January 6Epiphany 
VariableClean Monday
March 25Greek Independence Day
April 1Cyprus National Day
VariableGood Friday
VariableHoly Saturday
VariableEaster Sunday
VariableEaster Monday
VariableEaster Tuesday
May 1Labour Day
VariablePentecost Monday
August 15Dormition of the Theotokos
October 1Cyprus Independence Day
October 28Greek National Day
December 24Christmas Eve
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day 

Best of Cyprus

Below you can see our recommendations for a holiday in Cyprus

Larnaca

Perfect for those looking to combine beach holidays with a lively historic town and plenty of Cypriot life. Larnaca is a relaxed easy-going town considerably smaller than Limassol and Nicosia. The bustling, friendly town has a charming promenade with impressive palm trees – a pleasant spot to enjoy a numerous variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and eateries catering for every taste.

Aside from the beaches, this friendly town is rich in history with interesting older quarters. Whilst here why not visit the museums including the 17th century fort, with its remains of the ancient city of Kition, the 9th century church of St Lazarus and the holy shrine of Hala Sultan, the holiest Moslem shrine after Mecca and Medina.

This lively town is a great base from which to explore central and eastern Cyprus, and a trip would not be complete without a visit to one of the more traditional Cypriot villages like Lefkara, which is famous for its lace, or Kiti with its superb Byzantine church, and the fabulous Stavrovouni monastery.

Paphos

Thanks to its wealth of historical and cultural attractions, Paphos is an excellent choice if you want to do plenty of sightseeing. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s close to some of the island’s most famous archaeological attractions.

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa and Nissi Bay are great holiday hotspots. By day, most holiday-makers head off for Nissi beach, a fabled stretch of silvery sand. Scattered around there are other beaches too, all offering terrific watersports. Ayia Napa is nearby and the fountain in the town square is a lively meeting place, as is the main waterfront, with its restaurants, bars and clubs, responsible for the resort’s legendary night-life. When you need to re-charge your batteries, creep away to the one of the pretty little coves along the coast.

Protaras

The resort itself spreads over 16 kms of coastline, most of it fringed by stunning bays and little idyllic coves. Watersports and scuba-diving are permanent fixtures, although generally the air is one of unbroken relaxation and tranquillity. You’ll find shops, restaurants and tavernas aplenty. A number of pubs, lively bars and two discos are the source of some friendly night-life. The friendly, family atmosphere strikes an appealing balance between relaxation and buzz making Protaras an appealing holiday hotspot.

More about Cyprus

Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 113 km south of Turkey and 120 km west of the Syrian coast. The metal “copper” in English stems from the Latin work Cyprus. Large deposits of copper are found on the island. Geographically, Cyprus is in Western Asia.
Historically, Cyprus has been a bridgehead between Europe and Asia. It has interchanging periods of Levantine, Anatolian and Greek influences.

Where else does 24-hour partying sit alongside ancient archaeological sites? Where else can you find inaccessible mountains and wide sandy beaches, full-on resorts and tiny traditional villages?

For some, Cyprus is a haven of sun, sand and social life, where a week of partying is the objective and it’s one that’s easily fulfilled. For the more adventurous tourist, Cyprus is a real island of contrasts and the fascination is in comparing its many faces.

Forty percent of the island of Cyprus is occupied by Turkey, and has been for over 30 years. This part of the island is largely barren and suffers from very poor economic growth. The remaining sixty percent is unoccupied and welcomes tourists with open arms, resulting in a very healthy economy, that’s sustained year-round by visitors from abroad. Most of these visitors remain largely unaware of the occupation, despite the fact that one of the island’s best-known party resorts – Aiya Napa is less than 10 miles from the UN Buffer Zone.

Cyprus benefits from warm coastal weather all year round, but its central region is rugged and mountainous; with the Troodor mountain range providing excellent skiing during the winter, whilst off-peak tourists are sunning themselves on the beaches. A well-planned winter holiday can see you snowboarding one day and windsurfing the next – the perfect way to make the most of the contrasts in landscape.

If you’re willing to take a drive, you can also experience traditional Cypriot life by visiting some of the more remote, rural villages. Here, people rarely move far outside the immediate vicinity and concentrate on traditional crafts and cuisine. Take a car, a map and a basic language guide and experience the “real” Cyprus that the main resorts just can’t give you. On your way back, visit some of the most impressive archaeological sites in Europe – from Greco-Roman through Byzantine and Medieval, Cyprus is steeped in history – and you can relax on the beach later, safe in the knowledge that you have explored some of the contracts that Cyprus can offer.

Understand Cyprus and the culture

It was in only in 1960 that Cyprus gained independence from the United Kingdom. Still, U.K., Greece and Turkey retained limited rights to intervene in Cyprus’ internal affairs.

The Republic of Cyprus is the government of the island which is internationally recognized and controls the southern two-thirds of the island. Almost all foreign governments recognize the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over all of Cyprus.
Turkish Cypriots, together with Turkey, oppose the Republic’s rule over Cyprus and call it the “Greek Authority of Southern Cyprus”. They control the northern part of the island followed by a military invasion by Turkey in the year 1974.

Since 1974, the Republic of Cyprus controls the southern two-thirds of the island and the Turkish-Cypriot controls the northern one-third. In reality the governments’ power extends only to the Greek Cypriot controlled areas though it is an internationally recognized authority.
Even economically, the island is divided into Cyprus government areas and northern Turkish Cypriot administered areas. The Greek Cypriot economy is prosperous, but is highly susceptible to external shocks. There were erratic growth rates in 1990s which reflect the economy’s vulnerability to swings in tourism, caused by political instability and economic conditions in Western Europe.

The Turkish Cypriot economy faces problems like arranging foreign financing because it is only recognized by Turkey. Foreign firms are also hesitant to invest there. It has one-fifth of the population and one-third of per capita GDP of the south. The economy remains heavily dependent on agriculture and government services, which together employs half of the work force. To compensate for the economy’s weakness, Turkey provides direct and indirect aid to tourism, education, industry etc.

The Cypriots are among the most prosperous people in the Mediterranean region. The island promotes its image as a “bridge” between East and West, its educated English-speaking population, moderate local costs, good airline connections and telecommunications.
Greek is predominantly spoken in the south and Turkish in the north. Historically, Greek (its Cypriot dialect) was spoken by nearly 82% of the population of Cyprus. Along with Greek and Turkish, English is also widely used in Cyprus.

Music in Cyprus has a variety of classical, folk and popular genres. Folk music in Cyprus is similar to the folk music of Greece and includes dances like sousta, syrtos, zeimbekikos, dachas, and the kartsilamdhes.

As Cyprus was an important outpost of Christianity and European civilization during the Crusades, a variety of styles, including music from Armenia, France, Greece and Arabs, got merged with the island’s own culture. Cyprus has retained its grandeur through the years of turmoil and remains a great tourist destination in spite of political upheavals. It is a unique place to visit with a distinct history and culture.

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Afghanistan
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2,451
4,015
Albania
113,580
1,956
35,737
Algeria
114,234
3,013
32,157
Andorra
11,042
112
304
Angola
21,086
514
925
Anguilla
18
0
0
Antigua and Barbuda
848
21
417
Argentina
2,149,636
52,880
150,940
Armenia
175,016
3,225
6,837
Aruba
8,110
77
205
Australia
29,046
909
1,942
Austria
476,980
8,732
23,216
Azerbaijan
236,963
3,247
3,927
Bahamas
8,600
181
1,004
Bahrain
126,602
472
6,359
Bangladesh
551,175
8,476
38,579
Barbados
3,285
37
433
Belarus
296,441
2,047
7,197
Belgium
787,891
22,261
712,113
Belize
12,335
315
94
Benin
6,338
81
874
Bermuda
722
12
22
Bhutan
868
1
1
Bolivia
254,273
11,823
44,214
Bosnia
137,291
5,297
13,274
Botswana
31,746
359
4,627
Brazil
11,019,344
265,500
996,666
British Virgin Islands
153
1
21
Brunei
190
3
5
Bulgaria
260,308
10,614
36,807
Burkina Faso
12,181
143
222
Burundi
2,319
3
1,543
Cabo Verde
15,782
154
588
Cambodia
1,011
0
494
Cameroon
35,714
551
2,569
Canada
886,574
22,239
30,268
Caribbean Netherlands
540
5
92
Cayman Islands
451
2
23
Central African Republic
5,021
63
38
Chad
4,177
140
369
Channel Islands
4,041
86
7
Chile
860,533
21,163
29,429
China
89,994
4,636
183
Colombia
2,276,656
60,503
38,954
Comoros
3,596
146
40
Congo
9,179
131
1,534
Costa Rica
206,640
2,833
16,323
Croatia
246,514
5,590
3,743
Cuba
56,566
350
4,507
Curaçao
4,807
22
112
Cyprus
36,878
233
34,588
Czechia
1,325,291
21,882
168,158
Côte d'Ivoire
35,187
202
2,277
DRC
26,627
712
3,483
Denmark
215,264
2,381
7,051
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
6,157
63
159
Dominica
144
0
14
Dominican Republic
243,526
3,179
41,961
Ecuador
294,503
16,039
22,455
Egypt
186,503
10,995
31,489
El Salvador
60,800
1,915
2,078
Equatorial Guinea
6,371
96
536
Eritrea
2,944
7
501
Estonia
76,183
667
19,875
Ethiopia
166,138
2,429
25,209
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
54
0
3
Faroe Islands
660
1
2
Fiji
66
2
7
Finland
62,522
774
15,748
France
3,909,560
88,933
3,554,531
French Guiana
16,693
87
6,611
French Polynesia
18,459
140
13,477
Gabon
16,015
91
1,877
Gambia
4,759
152
464
Georgia
272,998
3,591
2,521
Germany
2,511,234
72,591
127,743
Ghana
86,465
647
4,866
Gibraltar
4,249
93
22
Greece
206,281
6,797
23,406
Greenland
31
0
1
Grenada
148
1
0
Guadeloupe
10,149
162
7,745
Guatemala
178,560
6,473
7,147
Guinea
16,670
95
1,394
Guinea-Bissau
3,312
49
592
Guyana
8,807
201
492
Haiti
12,536
250
2,458
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
173,729
4,260
101,480
Hong Kong
11,100
202
262
Hungary
468,713
15,988
115,981
Iceland
6,064
29
15
India
11,244,092
157,964
189,153
Indonesia
1,386,556
37,547
145,628
Iran
1,698,005
60,786
187,869
Iraq
731,016
13,596
52,959
Ireland
223,651
4,422
195,865
Isle of Man
757
25
315
Israel
803,260
5,899
37,698
Italy
3,081,368
100,103
472,533
Jamaica
26,904
454
12,003
Japan
439,992
8,253
12,510
Jordan
435,130
4,987
58,689
Kazakhstan
218,754
2,812
13,712
Kenya
109,164
1,879
19,662
Kuwait
201,898
1,133
13,643
Kyrgyzstan
86,583
1,473
1,535
Lao People's Democratic Republic
47
0
5
Latvia
90,525
1,699
8,579
Lebanon
397,887
5,089
80,051
Lesotho
10,523
307
6,328
Liberia
2,024
85
47
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
139,658
2,288
10,492
Liechtenstein
2,592
54
19
Lithuania
202,430
3,336
10,849
Luxembourg
56,677
663
2,774
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
48
0
1
Macedonia
107,163
3,195
9,239
Madagascar
20,155
300
312
Malawi
32,442
1,069
9,000
Malaysia
314,989
1,177
19,778
Maldives
20,794
64
2,606
Mali
8,580
358
1,781
Malta
24,599
334
3,178
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
6,818
46
6,674
Mauritania
17,322
442
210
Mauritius
641
10
43
Mayotte
18,315
128
15,223
Mexico
2,128,600
190,604
267,565
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
195,602
4,129
19,231
Monaco
2,023
26
162
Mongolia
3,336
3
745
Montenegro
80,191
1,085
8,969
Montserrat
20
1
5
Morocco
486,325
8,683
5,098
Mozambique
62,520
693
15,406
Myanmar
142,045
3,200
7,166
Namibia
40,187
439
2,170
Nepal
274,810
3,011
872
Netherlands
1,123,909
15,861
1,108,048
New Caledonia
67
0
9
New Zealand
2,405
26
78
Nicaragua
6,489
174
2,090
Niger
4,822
177
240
Nigeria
158,506
1,969
18,647
Norway
75,304
632
8,658
Oman
144,404
1,594
8,126
Pakistan
592,100
13,227
18,415
Palestine
198,554
2,157
19,890
Panama
344,834
5,923
7,149
Papua New Guinea
1,670
16
808
Paraguay
168,043
3,318
24,164
Peru
1,371,176
47,854
47,077
Philippines
597,763
12,521
39,330
Poland
1,801,083
45,317
261,683
Portugal
810,459
16,565
61,548
Qatar
167,417
263
10,855
Romania
830,563
20,963
47,969
Russia
4,333,029
89,473
321,310
Rwanda
19,551
268
1,443
Réunion
13,125
59
1,110
S. Korea
92,817
1,642
7,701
Saint Kitts and Nevis
41
0
0
Saint Lucia
3,866
43
260
Saint Martin
1,571
12
160
Saint Pierre Miquelon
24
0
1
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1,663
8
632
Samoa
3
0
1
San Marino
3,922
76
420
Sao Tome and Principe
1,950
32
356
Saudi Arabia
380,182
6,534
2,616
Senegal
35,959
925
4,119
Serbia
489,530
4,579
84,604
Seychelles
2,979
15
316
Sierra Leone
3,920
79
1,141
Singapore
60,046
29
117
Sint Maarten
2,070
27
17
Slovakia
323,786
7,921
60,565
Slovenia
195,678
3,897
10,758
Solomon Islands
18
0
4
Somalia
8,438
307
4,199
South Africa
1,521,068
50,678
29,516
South Sudan
8,870
102
3,854
Spain
3,160,970
71,436
278,705
Sri Lanka
85,695
502
2,680
St. Barth
638
1
175
Sudan
28,605
1,895
3,554
Suriname
8,977
175
333
Swaziland
17,184
658
1,250
Sweden
684,961
13,003
671,958
Switzerland
565,034
10,052
33,070
Syrian Arab Republic
15,981
1,063
4,544
Taiwan
976
10
34
Tajikistan
13,308
90
0
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
26,441
85
579
Timor-Leste
122
0
28
Togo
7,570
92
1,172
Trinidad and Tobago
7,736
139
98
Tunisia
237,704
8,201
27,104
Turkey
2,780,417
29,030
127,463
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,177
15
142
UAE
413,332
1,335
17,348
UK
4,223,232
124,566
899,101
USA
29,704,563
537,976
8,828,628
Uganda
40,479
334
25,080
Ukraine
1,406,800
27,128
181,418
Uruguay
63,837
651
8,325
Uzbekistan
80,219
622
682
Vanuatu
3
0
2
Venezuela
142,338
1,384
6,560
Vietnam
2,524
35
569
Wallis and Futuna
16
0
9
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,545
653
445
Zambia
82,655
1,132
2,802
Zimbabwe
36,271
1,485
952
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