Cyprus History

The island of the goddess Aphrodite, lies at the crossroads of the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Cyprus is a small country with a long history and a rich culture. Different empires, invasions, foreign settlers and traders left their mark on the island. It is not surprising that UNESCO included the Pafos antiquities. Choirokoitia and ten of the Byzantine period churches of Troodos in its list of world Heritage Sites.

It is an unfortunate reality that a large part of the island’s cultural heritage has since July 1974 been under Turkish occupation. This heritage has been subjected to severe damage. The occupation forces have been systematically trying to alter the demography and cultural identity of the area under their occupation.

Nicosia (capital)

Larnaca

Limassol

Paphos

Ammochostos

Troodos Mountains

Important Information

Official Spoken Languages: the mother language is Greek while English is considered to be the 2nd spoken language.

Currency: the currency is EURO. The most frequent payment methods are by cash or Visa.

Cyprus Visa*: some nationals require Cyprus Visa or Schengen Visa (Category C) to enter the island

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Climate & Weather

Climate

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.

Clothing Tips

General information and suggestions on what to wear, according to the season, are provided below.

March The weather is moderate, with plenty of sunshine and nature at its best. Most outdoor activities can be enjoyed, and March is an excellent period for long country walks. The clothing advised is winter apparel with medium–weight wear.

April-May Days are pleasantly warm during this period, but can get a slightly chilly at nights. This is an excellent season for those who prefer to enjoy nature, as the countryside is green and flowers are in bloom. The clothing advised is medium-weight and summer apparel. Light woollies or long-sleeved cotton for the evenings.

June-July-August The warmest months of summer that are Ideal for swimming and all beach/water activities.The clothing advised is very lightweight summer clothing.

September-October This season is characterized by warm days and cool October evenings. The clothing advised is lightweight apparel for the day. Medium-weight apparel for the evenings in October.

November This month has pleasantly warm days and cool evenings. The clothing advised is medium-weight apparel. Light Woollies.

December-January These are the winter months for Cypriots, but can be considered as autumn by foreign visitors. It may rain occasionally, yet the promise of glorious sunshine is still there. Outdoor activities and excursions can still be enjoyed. The clothing advised is winter clothing, but heavy coats are not always required.

February The weather is changeable, with the possibility of warm days and occasional rain. Whilst temperatures are the harbingers of spring, it can be quite cold in the evenings. Almond trees are in bloom and conditions are ideal for snow skiing on the Troodos mountain range. The clothing advised is winter apparel.

Flavours of Cyprus

The island has always produced a huge variety of food due to its fine climate. In fact, staple such as fig, beans, chickpeas, herps, olives, almonds and nuts date back to antiquity. Cypriots enjoy a healthy diet, apart from their love for souvlaki and syrup-soaked pastries. Everything is cooked fresh, daily and the quality of the produce is superb, due no doubt to the motto of the Cypriot housewife……

“If it isn’t fresh we don’t want it”

VAT Tax Refund Procedure

If you are leaving the European Union and live outside it, you are entitled to a refund on the value-added tax paid on all merchandise purchased within the EU. Make sure when you purchase items, to request for a tax refund check. Note that there is a limited amount per receipt in order to be entitled to a refund.

For merchandise carried on board: On your way to the gate, please stop at the Customs Office, which is adjacent to the Boarding Pass Control point. After obtaining the required Customs stamp, you can get your VAT refund (minus a service fee), at either Global Blue or Premier Tax Free offices, which are located before the security check points.

For merchandise carried within your checked luggage: Before you check-in your luggage at your airline’s counter, make sure you visit the Customs Office to obtain the necessary Customs stamp. The Customs Officer may request to check the items you have purchased.

The VAT refund can be collected at either Global Blue or Premier Tax Free offices, as mentioned for merchandise carried on board.

When you buy something and want to get tax refund back, please remember to always keep the receipts and also ask the cashier to give you a tax refund or tax voucher. It is essential to have all receipts and tax receipts or vouchers for all the items you want to claim refund. You can claim the tax refund only at the end of your trip meaning that you will do the procedure at the departure day at Larnaca airport.