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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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Rent your transport

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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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Cyprus
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Afghanistan
154,585
7,199
24,864
Albania
162,953
2,580
12,789
Algeria
201,600
5,694
57,974
Andorra
15,124
130
53
Angola
52,307
1,388
4,894
Anguilla
331
0
14
Antigua and Barbuda
2,603
55
964
Argentina
5,239,232
114,428
28,521
Armenia
253,942
5,143
12,221
Aruba
15,249
158
269
Australia
87,134
1,167
22,589
Austria
725,434
10,896
22,847
Azerbaijan
472,719
6,305
32,319
Bahamas
20,030
504
1,799
Bahrain
274,264
1,388
768
Bangladesh
1,542,683
27,225
13,917
Barbados
6,527
58
837
Belarus
516,428
4,004
9,158
Belgium
1,219,814
25,497
60,445
Belize
18,532
389
1,625
Benin
21,450
146
4,010
Bermuda
4,477
42
1,427
Bhutan
2,597
3
1
Bolivia
497,100
18,659
26,750
Bosnia
225,857
10,203
23,436
Botswana
172,252
2,343
2,591
Brazil
21,239,783
590,786
368,703
British Virgin Islands
2,642
37
50
Brunei
5,047
26
1,564
Bulgaria
482,186
20,028
38,734
Burkina Faso
14,041
172
172
Burundi
14,189
38
13,378
Cabo Verde
37,108
330
912
Cambodia
104,716
2,123
4,893
Cameroon
85,414
1,368
3,613
Canada
1,573,359
27,395
46,481
Caribbean Netherlands
1,972
18
127
Cayman Islands
774
2
52
Central African Republic
11,309
100
4,350
Chad
5,029
174
18
Channel Islands
11,269
97
368
Chile
1,647,469
37,359
6,176
China
95,738
4,636
942
Colombia
4,941,064
125,895
35,617
Comoros
4,106
147
16
Congo
13,701
183
1,097
Costa Rica
505,163
5,949
92,554
Croatia
392,248
8,514
7,518
Cuba
801,367
6,796
39,673
Curaçao
16,056
158
474
Cyprus
116,494
534
25,205
Czechia
1,686,364
30,431
5,080
Côte d'Ivoire
59,020
566
1,766
DRC
56,387
1,068
24,461
Denmark
354,645
2,628
5,653
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
12,040
159
156
Dominica
2,892
9
679
Dominican Republic
355,150
4,028
4,796
Ecuador
507,003
32,661
30,462
Egypt
296,929
16,970
29,655
El Salvador
102,024
3,114
13,929
Equatorial Guinea
11,063
137
1,436
Eritrea
6,671
40
13
Estonia
150,142
1,328
9,088
Ethiopia
332,961
5,130
27,147
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
67
0
4
Faroe Islands
1,067
2
35
Fiji
49,959
566
13,382
Finland
136,257
1,051
89,206
France
6,955,333
116,030
189,625
French Guiana
38,266
235
28,036
French Polynesia
40,178
593
6,085
Gabon
27,643
175
1,319
Gambia
9,888
332
23
Georgia
595,926
8,575
23,821
Germany
4,151,810
93,585
160,425
Ghana
125,261
1,121
4,281
Gibraltar
5,477
97
77
Greece
630,784
14,466
28,361
Greenland
464
0
102
Grenada
4,077
55
2,675
Guadeloupe
52,480
668
49,562
Guatemala
529,422
13,040
37,711
Guinea
30,136
370
1,489
Guinea-Bissau
6,080
130
713
Guyana
29,553
725
3,828
Haiti
21,413
605
1,569
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
0
Honduras
357,654
9,491
239,901
Hong Kong
12,166
213
79
Hungary
818,231
30,136
7,630
Iceland
11,404
33
354
India
33,478,419
445,165
318,149
Indonesia
4,192,695
140,634
55,936
Iran
5,424,835
117,182
542,655
Iraq
1,975,220
21,822
90,458
Ireland
375,367
5,179
44,839
Isle of Man
7,166
38
338
Israel
1,231,660
7,541
76,541
Italy
4,636,111
130,310
113,536
Jamaica
79,673
1,791
27,095
Japan
1,676,711
17,204
73,311
Jordan
813,601
10,616
12,313
Kazakhstan
862,862
10,763
61,705
Kenya
246,530
4,989
4,246
Kuwait
411,180
2,439
833
Kyrgyzstan
177,780
2,590
2,929
Lao People's Democratic Republic
19,185
16
13,601
Latvia
150,749
2,645
6,060
Lebanon
618,278
8,236
29,696
Lesotho
14,395
403
7,162
Liberia
5,777
283
36
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
332,026
4,517
79,390
Liechtenstein
3,405
60
48
Lithuania
316,695
4,810
19,212
Luxembourg
77,189
834
1,146
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
63
0
0
Macedonia
186,914
6,460
13,052
Madagascar
42,898
958
618
Malawi
61,363
2,261
7,097
Malaysia
2,097,830
23,443
210,468
Maldives
83,576
229
1,676
Mali
15,068
545
305
Malta
36,994
455
970
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
39,745
555
39,086
Mauritania
35,462
766
1,013
Mauritius
14,243
50
12,339
Mayotte
20,125
176
16,985
Mexico
3,569,677
271,503
373,270
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
281,700
6,595
7,733
Monaco
3,290
33
32
Mongolia
277,997
1,119
9,509
Montenegro
126,259
1,849
8,051
Montserrat
33
1
2
Morocco
919,681
13,910
23,616
Mozambique
150,018
1,903
2,509
Myanmar
446,573
17,073
31,280
Namibia
126,811
3,469
1,261
Nepal
785,541
11,048
22,323
Netherlands
1,984,915
18,114
71,007
New Caledonia
3,603
25
3,520
New Zealand
4,082
27
410
Nicaragua
13,025
202
8,598
Niger
5,957
201
67
Nigeria
201,798
2,655
8,580
Norway
182,239
841
92,446
Oman
303,459
4,093
5,409
Pakistan
1,226,008
27,246
63,724
Palau
5
0
3
Palestine
384,390
3,919
29,418
Panama
464,288
7,172
4,307
Papua New Guinea
18,542
204
446
Paraguay
459,650
16,128
1,794
Peru
2,167,008
199,006
1,968,002
Philippines
2,385,616
36,934
176,850
Poland
2,898,299
75,488
162,899
Portugal
1,062,048
17,907
33,973
Qatar
235,487
604
1,594
Romania
1,148,710
35,514
33,788
Russia
7,294,672
198,996
585,002
Rwanda
95,257
1,210
48,617
Réunion
52,643
358
1,159
S. Korea
287,536
2,409
26,116
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1,674
10
737
Saint Lucia
10,520
150
2,397
Saint Martin
3,646
47
2,200
Saint Pierre Miquelon
31
0
0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2,830
14
481
Samoa
3
0
0
San Marino
5,388
90
58
Sao Tome and Principe
3,043
43
418
Saudi Arabia
546,549
8,661
2,357
Senegal
73,654
1,845
1,925
Serbia
865,686
7,770
102,716
Seychelles
20,943
114
584
Sierra Leone
6,392
121
1,895
Singapore
77,804
60
7,144
Sint Maarten
4,091
59
175
Slovakia
402,922
12,573
6,737
Slovenia
283,770
4,503
13,226
Solomon Islands
20
0
0
Somalia
19,004
1,063
8,750
South Africa
2,882,630
86,174
64,093
South Sudan
11,814
121
498
Spain
4,929,546
85,783
210,236
Sri Lanka
504,491
12,125
60,328
St. Barth
1,548
2
1,084
Sudan
38,041
2,878
3,241
Suriname
36,746
803
9,455
Swaziland
45,380
1,195
949
Sweden
1,144,982
14,734
27,356
Switzerland
823,074
11,010
75,676
Syrian Arab Republic
30,709
2,127
5,534
Taiwan
16,147
840
152
Tajikistan
17,084
124
0
Tanzania
1,367
50
1,134
Thailand
1,489,186
15,469
132,573
Timor-Leste
19,033
104
1,675
Togo
24,599
213
3,960
Trinidad and Tobago
48,523
1,416
4,048
Tunisia
700,400
24,527
5,945
Turkey
6,847,259
61,574
448,615
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,805
22
111
UAE
732,690
2,075
6,169
UK
7,429,746
135,203
1,312,859
USA
42,900,906
691,880
9,705,031
Uganda
122,212
3,128
23,195
Ukraine
2,350,646
54,919
64,310
Uruguay
387,627
6,048
1,593
Uzbekistan
168,938
1,192
5,062
Vanuatu
4
1
0
Venezuela
355,061
4,301
11,679
Vietnam
687,063
17,090
212,468
Wallis and Futuna
445
7
0
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
8,667
1,643
1,647
Zambia
208,469
3,638
670
Zimbabwe
127,938
4,567
2,425
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