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Essential Information

Banking, Shopping and Office Hours

Banking

May to September Monday – Friday 08:15 – 13:00 hrs
October to April Monday - Friday 08:30 - 13:00 hrs
15:15 - 16:45 hrs

Banks are closed at weekends, on public holidays and Easter Tuesday. Christmas Eve is a working day for banks. Banks at Larnaca and Paphos International Airports provide exchange bureaux services on a 24-hour basis. 
There are many Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) outside most branches of banks in all towns and in all main tourist resorts operating 24 hours a day.

Shopping

May to September Monday  - Friday 08:00 – 13:00 hrs
16:00 – 19:00 hrs
  Wednesday & Saturday 08:00 – 13:00 hrs
October to April Monday - Friday 08:00 - 13:00 hrs
14:30 - 17:30 hrs
  Wednesday & Saturday 08:00 - 13:00 hrs

                        
Office Hours

May to September Monday - Friday 08:00 - 13:00 hrs
16:00 - 19:00 hrs
October to April Monday - Friday 08:00 - 13:00 hrs
15:00 - 18:00 hrs

Public Holidays

January 1 New Year's Day
January 6 Epiphany Day
Variable Green Monday (50 days before Greek Orthodox Easter)
March 25 Greek National Day
April 1 Greek Cypriot National Day
Variable Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church)
Variable Easter Monday (Grek Orthodox Church)
May 1 Labour Day
Variable Pentecost-Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood)
August 15 Mother's of God Dormition
October 1 Cyprus Independence Day
October 28 Greek National Day
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day

All Public Services, private enterprises, banks and shops are closed on Public Holidays.  In Tourists resorts and coastal areas, however, shops and certain services remain open. Banks are closed on Easter Tuesday but not on Dec. 24.


Climate in Cyprus

Extremes of temperatures are rare, meaning Cyprus has something to offer every month of the year. Long dry summers and mild winters are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.

Spring
March: Moderating weather with nature at its best.  Most outdoor activities can be enjoyed, and March is an excellent period for long country walks.

April and May: Days are pleasantly warm, but temperatures may fall a bit at night.  Excellent season for those who prefer to enjoy nature, as the countryside is green and flowers are in blossom.

Summer
June - July - August
Warmest months of summer. Ideal for swimming and all beach / water activities.

Autumn
September and October:  Warm days, cool October evenings. Swimming and water-sports are still at their best.

November: Pleasantly warm days. Ideal weather for autumn travel. Lunches in the open-air still a delight. Sunbathing and even swimming can still be enjoyed, as well as most outdoor sports.

Winter
December and January: Winter time for us the Cypriots... Autumn for the foreign visitors! It may rain occasionally yet the promise of glorious sunshine is still there. Outdoor activities and excursions can be enjoyed.

February: The possibility of exceptionally warm days. Almond trees in bloom, occasional rain, and mild day time temperatures are the harbingers of spring. It can be quite cold however in the evenings. Conditions are ideal for snow skiing on Troodos Mountains.

 

Average temperature C:

Month Average temp C
January 17.1
February 18.2
March 20.4
April 23.2
May 27.7
June 30.0
July 32.4
August 32.8
September 31.1
October 28.3
November 23.5
December 18.9

Time Difference / Sunrise and Sunset

Time Difference 

Like most Countries in Europe, Daylight Saving Time is observed in Cyprus, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour, resulting in a time 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). This comes into effect on the last Sunday of March. After the summer months (last Sunday of October) the time is shifted back by 1 hour resulting in the normal Standard Time (GMT+2).

Sunrise and Sunset

Month Sunrise Sunset
 January 06:55 17:00
February 06:35 17:30
March 06:00 17:55
April 06:15 19:20
May 05:45 19:45
June 05:30 20:00
July 05:45 20:00
August 06:05 19:35
September 06:30 18:55
October 06:50 18:15
November 06:20 16:45
December 06:45 16:35

Sunrise and Sunset times are given for the 15th of each month with the hours and minutes at 5 minutes approximation.


In an Emergency

In case of emergency, (for Ambulance, Fire Service, Police and Emergency Medical Service), immediate response is given by calling 112, from anywhere in Cyprus, (In English).
It is advised to have Medical Insurance when on holiday as the cost for necessary treatment is likely to be high. Emergency treatment in hospitals is free; however you may like to transfer to a private clinic once first aid has been administered.


Chemists and Pharmacies

Open during shopping hours.
Names, addresses and telephone numbers of pharmacies which remain open during the night and on public holidays/ weekends are listed in the daily papers. They can also be traced through the following automatic telephone numbers in English:

Nicosia 90901412
Limassol 90901415
Larnaca 90901414
Paphos 90901416
Ayia Napa / Paralimni 90901413

Driving in Cyprus

Traffic moves on the left hand side of the road, not on the right.  Fairly good surfaced roads complying with international traffic requirements link the towns and the various villages.  Four lane motorways connect the capital Nicosia with the coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. 
European driving licenses are recognized officially. Visitors in Cyprus can also drive using a valid International driving licence, or their National driving licence (for a period of about 30 days), provided it is valid for the class of vehicle they wish to drive.

The use of a mobile phone during driving is strictly prohibited.


Distance from / to Airports

There are two main airports in Cyprus, Larnaca and Paphos. Depending on which resort you wish to visit will determine which airport is best to fly to.

From Larnaca Airport Paphos Airport
Larnaca 5km 129km
Limassol 70km 63km
Ayia Napa 46km 175km
Paphos 139km 15km
Nicosia 49km 146km

Electricity Current / Voltage

The electricity supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, ac 50Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp, square pin in most buildings. More than one low current rating appliance may be operated from the same supply point, by using an adapter.  Many hotels provide adapters upon request from the reception; they can also be purchased from supermarkets.


Some Basic Greek Words

To help you "pick up" some of the more commonly used day to day words, we have provided the table below which shows you the English version of the word and then the Greek version. There's no need to worry if you cannot master these words, as English is widely spoken across Cyprus.

Yes

Nai
No O’hi
OK Endaxi
Good Kala
Thank you Ef’haristo
Please Parakalo
Hi/Hello/Goodbye Yiassou
Good Morning Kalimerrah
Good Evening Kalispera
Good Night Kalinihta
How are you? Ti kaneis
Do you speak English? Milas Ellinika
I don’t speak Greek Then milo Ellinika
Holidays Theakopes
Airport Aerodromio
Restaurant Estiatorio
Shop Katastima
How much is it? Possah kani
One Beer please Mia bee-ra se parakalo
Cheers Stin igian mas
Bon Appetit Kali orexi
   
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One Ena
Two Theeo
Three Treea
Four Tessera
Five  Bente
Six  Exi
Seven   Epta
Eight  Octo
Nine Ennea
Ten Theka