Cyprus Useful Tips before travelling

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Flag of Cyprus  , Larnaca,
Wednesday, March 3, 2010





After all that talk I had with the lady, and the questions and worries of a first time traveler I heard, I consider writing this entry in a style of a guide. The truth is that lately I do prefer writing guides instead of blogging.

                                                                                                                                       

So, what are the possible questions a tourist might have?



HOW SAFE IS CYPRUS



It is a remarkably safe country and still many Cypriots have their cars and houses frequently unlocked. However I would recommend not to do it purposely.

You won't find people snatching your bag while walking as in other countries, and you can walk safely in the evenings.



DO I NEED A CAR WHEN ON THE ISLAND

I would say, it depends on where you want to go.  I you want to stay in Larnaca there is no need to hire a car.  Everything is within a walking distance.  There are buses that can take you to other nearby villages, like Agia Napa or Protaras, Nicosia,  Limassol and Paphos.  Other buses will take you to  Lefkara and other villages in the Larnaca district. If you are on a short break and you plan to see Larnaca, it is no need to hire.



Hire a car only if you plan to get around the island. Cypriots drive on the left side of the road, in keeping with British and British Commonwealth practice. Be careful when crossing the roads, as well when driving on them. There are many accidents especially during summer when tourists come and hire cars, from people who are not used to driving on the left.





Find all the information on Transport below. Check fares of Local buses and taxis. Check the time the buses leave for each destination. There are no trains in Cyprus. http://www.toandfromtheairport.com/cyprus.html



DO CYPRIOTS SPEAK ENGLISH

Yes, the majority of Cypriots are fluent in English. Even older people speak the English language well.



WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR CITIES

Besides Larnaca with its 8 museums, and its lovely beaches, Nicosia is another interesting city, Limassol, and Paphos. ( I just noticed that I mentioned the 8 wonderful museums because I am very proud of my hometown…..and this shows).



IS CYPRUS AN EXPENSIVE COUNTRY



Unfortunately yes.  It is an expensive country, and try to keep away from fancy Restaurants and cafes. Meals and drinks in hotels are really expensive so try to avoid them and get to a Cypriot taverna (restaurant) instead.

Avoid ordering bottled wine. Ordering a carafe is just as good, and in many cases even better.

(Find more on the tips entry which is coming soon).

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