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Birthplace of the Greek goddess of beauty and love, find your own piece of paradise on Cyprus.

Year-round warmth and sunshine tempt travellers, while azure seas, white sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, wide plains, rolling hills and the snow-capped Troodos mountains complete the roll call for dramatic scenery on this welcoming island.

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Aloe Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

This delightful hotel has a great location close to the beach and the popular resort centre of Paphos.

Enjoying a stylish beachfront setting, the popular Elias Beach Hotel is located in the Amathus District of Limassol.

The Princess Beach Hotel is located on the south-east coast beside its own stretch of beach with gorgeous views of the city and sea. Set apart from the city centre, but within easy reach, this hotel is perfect for a relaxed getaway – and with Cyprus' year-round warm weather it's great for some winter sun too!

This beachside resort is surrounded by palm-dotted gardens and has fantastic views across the ocean. Plus, the entire complex fronts a shingle beach that’s ideal for snorkelling.

The 4-star Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is set beside a Blue Flag sandy beach overlooking Paphos Harbour.

Enjoy this departure exclusively for single travellers, which includes the services of an experienced Saga singles host who will promote a sociable atmosphere. Enjoying a stylish beachfront setting, the popular Elias Beach Hotel is located in the Amathus District of Limassol.

Jewels of Cyprus

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Embrace the history, culture and varied sights of Cyprus on this interesting all-inclusive tour, which includes seven excursions.

Learn ballroom and Latin American dance on this themed holiday in sunny Cyprus.

Enjoy New Orleans jazz from one of the top UK combos, The John Shillito Band, at an all-inclusive beachside hotel in Cyprus.

Discover the botanical beauty of Cyprus in springtime on Saga's two-centre trekking holiday

Explore the natural beauty of Cyprus on a two-centre walking holiday.

Discover the ancient history of Cyprus and the island's important archaeological sites on this two-centre holiday

Discover ancient Cypriot civilisations dating back to 5,800 BC from the ideally located Elias Beach Hotel. Visit the mosaics at Paphos and the city of Nicosia, the only divided capital in the world.

Language

Greek, Modern - The majority of the population (80%) speak Greek as their first language and 20% speak Turkish. However, most Cypriots speak some English.

Tipping

As a rule of thumb, service is included in the bill for hotels and restaurants but feel free to leave a 5-10% tip if you’ve had good service, and tip drivers and local guides at your discretion.

Population and size

Cyprus has a population of around 1,172,000, a little smaller than the population of Northern Ireland.

The entire island is 9,261 square kilometres but southern part of the island, ruled by the Cypriot Government, is 5,896 square kilometres, less than half the size of Northern Ireland (13,483 square kilometres).

Currency

Euro - The currency is the euro.

Culture

Cyprus was a British colony for many years and most Cypriots understand and speak some English – many Cypriots have family in the UK – and they drive on the left too.

As a society, the Cypriots value family, are respectful to their older relatives, welcome children and are hospitable to visitors.

The Greek Orthodox Church plays an important role in society and church attendance is high. When visiting churches or monasteries, modest dress is required – for men, this means long trousers and longer sleeves so no shorts or tank tops; for women cover your legs and shoulders.

Phrases

The Greek Cypriot dialect is different from mainland Greek but learning a few words of Greek still won’t go amiss…

Please - Parakalo

Yes - Ne

No - Ochi

Thank you - Efcharisto

Good morning - Kalimera

Good evening - Kalispera

Good night - Kalinikta

Goodbye - Adio

Toilets - Toualeta

How much does it cost? - Poso kani afto?

Timezone

Cyprus is two hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage in Cyprus is 230 volts AC (50 cycles). Most British appliances can be used without an adaptor as sockets take the standard three-pin.

Climate

Cyprus has a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.

From late May to mid-September rainfall is rare. Spring and autumn have more rain but even then stormy or wet weather tends not to last more than a couple of days.

The main attraction is sunshine – the average is six hours in the winter and up to 12 in midsummer.

Health

Tap water is safe to drink. It’s advisable to carry the name, address and telephone number of your local GP, as if you become unwell, your insurance company may require this information. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport showing your passport number and photograph. Bring this with you on holiday but keep it in a different place from your passport just in case it gets lost or stolen.

Smoking

Since January 2010, smoking in the workplace, bars, restaurants and nightclubs is illegal.

Flight time

From London to Cyprus is around 4 hours 15 minutes.