Cyprus boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year, making for an ideal holiday destination all year round.
During the summer months the temperatures can soar to highs of 40°C. With the coastal temperatures averaging 32°C making for a pleasant visit to the many beautiful beaches or a relaxing boat trip along the Mediterranean coast line.
The short winter season from January to March offers a cooler climate ideal for walkers who come to the island to see the different species of wild plants growing in the mountains, and those taking part in outdoor activities like cycling where riding on the many open roads makes for perfect training.
In Cyprus cars drive on the left (as they do in Britain). To drive in Cyprus, drivers must be 21 years old or over, have held a full driving license for three years and have a valid photo ID. Seat belts must be worn at all times, and drivers must obey the speed limits - normally 30mph (50km/h) in urban areas and 60mph (100km/h) on open roads but signs should be adhered to at all times.
Turkish is the main language spoken and used in Northern Cyprus, All people working in Hotels, Restaurants, bars and shops all speak very good English making communications very easy.
The North side of Cyprus has a large Muslim community whilst the South side consists of Greek Orthodox. Other religions that are in the minority include Christian, Armenian, Maronite and Apostolic.
Cyprus is on Eastern European Time, which is GMT + 2 hours. Like most European nations Cyprus observes Daylight Saving Time. During the summer months, Cyprus time is therefore GMT + 3 hours.
The local currency in North Cyprus is the Turkish Lira (TL). The approximate exchange rate fluctuates daily, so it's best to check the rate at the many banks, exchange bureaus or at your hotel before you change your money. Most businesses will also happily accept payments in main foreign currencies such as Euro, Sterling and US Dollar. Most major international credit and charge cards are accepted by hotels, restaurants, and shops. The exchange rate on the island tends to me much better than is available outside the country so it is always better to change your money when you arrive on the island. It should be noted that Scottish bank notes are not accepted on the island and also travellers cheques are not very popular and can result in high charges when actually accepted.
When calling North Cyprus from abroad the code is +90 392 plus the local dialling code plus the local number.
240 Volts AC, 50 Hz throughout the country. Sockets are the British 3-pin variety.
Tourist Information Offices
- Nicosia: 227 5051
- Famagusta: 366 2864
- Kyrenia: 815 2145
- Ercan Airport: 231 4737
- Nicosia: 228 5441
- Famagusta: 366 5328
- Kyrenia: 815 2266
- Güzelyurt: 714 2125
- Emergency: 112
- Police: 155
- Fire: 177