If you are looking for an island vacation that has everything the Caribbean has to offer, but is different from the Caribbean destinations, Cyprus might be the vacation spot for you. Located in the middle of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, this island country is rich in history and is a wonderful beach vacation destination. One of the most unique aspects of the island is that you will have the opportunity to experience cultures from two countries in one location, as Turkey and Greece each have control of parts of the country. With plenty of ruins to explore, cities to visit and beaches to relax on, Cyprus is a great family vacation destination.
Travel advice for visiting Cyprus
When visiting Cyprus, it is important to enter the country at the legal points of entry. You are required to have a Canadian passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure date. Tourist, business and student visas are not required.
Even though the crime rate is low and there are no major security issues in the country, you should exercise normal security precautions when you are there. Be conscious of scams that target tourists, as some local shops and bars overcharge travellers.
Cyprus is a member of the European Union, and the euro (EUR) is the officially recognized currency. ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are accepted at most establishments.
If you swim at the local beaches, be aware of strong undertows and pay attention to all warning signs.
Best places to visit in Cyprus
Where you visit on the island will have an impact on your travel experience. There are five main areas of the island to consider: Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia, Agia Napa and Larnaca. Paphos is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island. The entire town is a World Heritage site because of its role during Roman times. Its top attractions include the House of Dionysos, Aphrodite’s Rock, Villa of Dionysos and a number of museums, monasteries and churches.
Limassol is known for its fort, castle, festivals and Dhassoudi Beach. Nicosia, the capital city, is known for its green line that separates the Greek and Turkish parts of the city. Be sure to check out the Famagusta Walled City, Cyprus Museum, Hamam Omerye and Kaimakli.
Agia Napa is known for its seaside resorts and beach culture. If you plan on visiting here, check out Nissi Beach, Agia Napa festivals, Famagusta and, when you are not on the beach, the Tornaritis–Pierides Municipal Museum of Marine Life. If you plan to visit Larnaca, check out the Grand Mosque, Larnaca Marina, Palm Tree Promenade and the churches in the area.
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|Population (2012):||1,128,994||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Greek, Turkish|
|Diesel (2012):||1.78||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2013):||1.79||1.23 (2013)|