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Capital

Nicosia

 

Official Language

The official languages are Greek and Turkish with English often used as a second language and widely understood by both ethnic groups.

 

Money

Since January 2008 the currency in South Cyprus is the Euro.

Credit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants, supermarkets and petrol stations. You can use both credit and bank cards in many bank machines (ATM) to receive the local currency, although it must be remembered that your bank will charge you each time you withdraw money from an ATM.

 

Bank

Banks in Cyprus open from 8.30am to 12.30pm. A number of banks are open during the afternoon within tourist areas, such as Paphos.

 

Climate

Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate which averages around 3000 hours of sunshine every year and rainfall mainly between November and March. During the months of June to September there is little or no rainfall at all which is ideal for a stay at our Cyprus villas.

 

Aphrodite's Island

This is Aphrodite's Island because in Greek mythology Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was born, drifting ashore on a seashell from the sea.

 

Time

Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of GMT and 7 hours ahead of EST.

 

Electricity

240V, 3 pin square plugs with 13amp fuses although some 2 pinned plugs also exist.

 

Water

Cyprus's tap water is safe to drink but bottled mineral water is also readily available to buy. Cyprus has suffered several years of drought in the past and therefore water may be in short supply. Therefore it shouldn't be used wastefully.

 

Traditions

If you are visiting churches and monasteries, remember to avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless garments so as to respect religious traditions.

 

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