Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean that offers its guests luxury hotels, pristine blue flag beaches and plenty of decent entertainment. The island is divided into two parts: the Republic of Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus. Basically, it is the Republic that is popular with tourists, with a more Greek culture and pleasant beach resorts. However, tourists also often come to Northern Cyprus.
Holidays in Cyprus can rightly be called respectable – the island does not have any special “chips”, but there are no shortcomings as such.
Pros and cons of holidays in Cyprus
If you are planning to go to Cyprus, a holiday there can be identified with the following pluses and minuses, which may allow you to make a final decision about the trip.
- All beaches are clean, many have the Blue Flag, which guarantees the perfect cleanliness of sand and water.
- The beaches are mostly sandy
- The descent into the water is often gentle, which is suitable for families with children
- There are ample shopping opportunities
- The climate is very pleasant, there is no sweltering heat in summer, you can start relaxing in March, and finish only in October
- The nature of the island is very pleasant
- There are many interesting architectural sights, including very ancient
- The island has an interesting flavor, elements of Greek and Muslim culture are intertwined
- Cyprus is popular with tourists, in many resorts the staff speaks English and even Russian
- In general, the inhabitants of Cyprus are very friendly to tourists.
- The tourist infrastructure is very developed, there are many hotels and entertainment
- You can choose a resort to your taste, both noisy and calm
- Delicious cuisine
- No dangerous animals and insects
- Need a visa
- Rest is very, very expensive, even in budget resorts
- Nightlife lovers will be bored at most resorts
- There is no special exotic, the rest is rather just calm and classic
- Attractions are mainly represented by ancient ruins, they may not be of interest to everyone
- Cyprus is really popular with tourists, there are a lot of them, especially in the most interesting places.
- Many establishments, especially shops, close unexpectedly and work according to strange schedules.
- The island is not very green, the nature is not particularly beautiful
As a result, we can conclude that Cyprus is a great option for a relaxing holiday with children, without much nightlife and sightseeing. For just lying on the beach and relaxing, it is ideal, especially if you have money.
According to toppharmacyschools.org, the climate in Cyprus is Mediterranean, subtropical, very warm and even all year round. Winter here is short, rainy and warm, and summer is long and dry, but without sweltering heat, so it is so comfortable to relax on the island.
Frequently asked Questions
How to choose a hotel in Cyprus?
The hotel rating system in Cyprus is familiar, stellar. But the price is affected not only by stardom, but also by distance from the sea, the presence of its own beach and a number of other factors. Russian tourists are appreciated here, so large hotels have Russian-speaking staff. 4-5 * hotels conduct animation programs. Mostly in Cyprus, food with buffet-style breakfasts is common. There are board and half board, but “All Inclusive” is still very rare. In general, hotels in Cyprus are very expensive (albeit with a high level of service), so you can choose a 2 * hotel to save money. The rooms in such hotels are small, often there is no full toilet. The best option would be three stars – they are quite comfortable to spend the night, there is air conditioning, a refrigerator, a TV. 4 * and 5 * hotels are more elite, they offer guests large rooms and entertainment.
What to take with you to Cyprus?
Here is a sample list of things that you will definitely need in Cyprus:
- Headwear – panama or cap;
- The medicines you need. It is also worth taking painkillers, antihistamines, mild sedatives and other standard remedies, since there are not many pharmacies in Cyprus;
- Given the popularity of wines, you may well need a corkscrew;
- If you are traveling in the middle of spring or autumn, then take a windbreaker – the weather can be cool, especially in the evenings;
- Cigarettes, if you smoke – tobacco in Cyprus is very expensive.
Everything else is standard for tourist trips.
What are the laws in Cyprus, are there any differences from the Russian Federation?
The rules of conduct in public places are almost the same as ours. Let’s take a look at some of the differences:
- You can smoke only in special places – otherwise you will face a large fine;
- You can not litter anywhere, including on the beach;
- Almost all sights are forbidden to photograph under the threat of a fine. It is also not allowed to photograph parades, military installations, soldiers and weapons;
- A large fine can be received for a brawl in a public place. Particularly indecent behavior threatens with deportation;
- Never try to bribe a law enforcement officer – this threatens with arrest and trial.
What to do in case of emergency?
In the event of an emergency, a tourist can contact the police – the number 112 or 199 is the same for firefighters, police and ambulances. If you lose your passport, you also need to contact the police. There you will be drawn up a protocol allowing you to obtain a certificate that replaces your passport. After that, you will need to contact the Embassy. Phone of the Russian embassy +357 22-776832. In general, it is the embassy that can solve most of your problems.
What is in Cyprus with cellular communication?
The cellular communication system is very developed in Cyprus, so to save money it is better to purchase a SIM card from a local operator. They are sold everywhere. There are three key operators here – PrimeTel, CYTA and MTN. The most popular is CYTA Vodafone – it has the maximum coverage area, and prices are about the same as those of other operators. You need to replenish your account with special cards. If you do not plan to call Russia often, then you do not need to buy a SIM card – for 30-50 cents per minute you can call from the hotel.
When is the best time to go to Cyprus?
The tourist season here is very long, but experts recommend May and September for recreation – these months are not so hot, and there are slightly fewer tourists than in the height of summer.