Naturally, Cyprus's tourist destinations are to be found along its coastal regions, (especially the south coast) where there are long stretches of beach benefiting from the warm seas that maintain their high temperatures for much of the year, but Cyprus also has two spectacular mountain ranges, the Troodos and Kyrenia Mountains with the former being high enough to experience heavy snowfall in winter.
Cyprus Holiday Highlights
English is spoken widely throughout Cyprus, and local people are particularly welcoming towards British visitors, thanks to Cyprus's 19th century historic links with the island. Public transport links are excellent, and the coastal towns such as Limassol, Paphos and Vasilikos are well worth visiting for their museums and historic buildings, their excellent shops, restaurants and vibrant outdoor nightlife.
Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September followed by rainy, quite mild winters from November to mid-March. However, with almost year-round clear skies and sunshine, you can holiday there virtually any time of year in the expectation of enjoying fine weather and comfortable temperatures.
There are two types of taxi services in Cyprus; with private taxis, you can flag them down on the street or phone up to have them pick you up from your hotel . There are also 'line' taxis (or shared taxis) that run on a regular pre-arranged schedule during the day, between the main areas and towns. These are a lot less expensive than private taxis. Services run daily from around 7.00 am till about 6.00 pm at approximately a half-hourly basis. There are no shared taxis running from either Larnaca or Paphos airports, though there are some services to Larnaca and Paphos airports. With a shared taxi, you call to book space on the shared taxi, they will then pick you up and drop you off anywhere within the town limits of your destination town. The cost for a shared taxi is around £4 to £6 per person, depending on your journey.
There is an excellent public bus service between principal towns, with a good service Monday to Friday, but more limited service on Saturday, and no service on Sunday. Airport transfer times. These depend on which airport you land at (Paphos or Larnaca) but in general, transfer times to principal resorts vary between 15 minutes and 75 minutes. Unit of Currency - Euro
Average flying times from the UK are around 4 hours and 30 minutes, and Cyprus is two hours ahead of the UK.
A 10% service charge is levied in hotels and restaurants so a tip is not obligatory, but small change is always welcome. Taxi drivers, porters etc, appreciate a small tip.