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  • Driving is on the left side of the road
  • Between 13.00-16.00 hrs is siesta-time in summer (May-Sept)
  • The international airports are at Larnaka and Pafos.
  • Centrally located banks offer special afternoon facilities for tourists
  • The Euro is divided into 100 cents
  • Voltage: 240V A C throughout the island.  Outlets and sockets of flat 3 pin type are used (as in the UK)
  • The population of Cyprus is approximately 706,000
  • The typical take away is 'souvlaki stin pitta'- kebab in a pitta envelope.
  • Nearly all drugs and medicines are available on the island
  • 'Lefkaritika' is the local embroidery
  • It is forbidden to remove antiquities from the bottom of the sea
  • The Tourist Information office at Larnaka airport provides 24hrs service 365 days
  • Cyprus is a member of the European Union
  • 'Commandaria' is the local sweet fortified
  • The transurban service-taxis are shared taxis connecting all main towns (only during day time)
  • Halloumi is the local cheese.  It can be served plain or grilled.
  • No vaccination is required for any international traveller
  • All the publications (maps, leaflets etc) provided by CTO are distributed free of charge
  • The shops are closed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and on Sundays
  • Dhekelia (east of Larnaca) and Akrotiri-Episkopi (west of Limassol) are the two British bases in Cyprus
  • Avoid shorts and wear suitable clothing when you are visiting churches and monasteries
  • More than 30 airlines connect Cyprus directly with most European and Middle East Countries
  • The tap water is drinkable
  • The average day temperature in summer is 32 C and 16 C in winter
  • Easter is the main religious feast in Cyprus
  • The average sea temperature in April is 18.6 C and in October 25 C.
  • 'Koulouri' is the typical sesame bread, excellent with green olives.
  • There are two marinas in Cyprus, one in Larnaka and one in Limassol
  • The most important Museums of the island are in Nicosia
  • Citizens from most of the European countries, U S A, Canada, Australia, Japan etc can enter Cyprus with a valid passport and do not require a visa
  • There is no limit on bringing in cheques, travellers cheques and other negotiable documents
  • Parakalo means Please
  • Kalimera means Good morning
  • Metrios is the local coffee with sugar
  • Efharisto means Thank you
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