We thought it would be interesting to write about some of the traditions and customs that one may come across amongst the Cypriot people. Some of these are traditional only to Cyprus, but the majority stem from Greek culture, and have been adopted and sometimes adapted over the years by Cypriots. A Roman-era mosaic in […]
There are six major districts in Cyprus, with each region having the same name as its capital: Famagusta Famagusta (Ammóchōstos) was the number one tourist destination in Cyprus during the early 1970’s. The increasing number of tourists caused the construction of many new high-rise buildings and hotels here. At this time, the Varosha quarter of […]
Situated in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea is the beautiful island of Cyprus. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, measuring 240 km in length, and 100 km in width. Where is Cyprus Located? Due to its geographic location, Cyprus can be included in the Middle East, Western Asia, or Europe. […]
Cyprus took over The Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December 2012. A website was set up where you could follow the Presidency activities and get information. The International Conference Centre and the Philoxenia Hotel in Nicosia were renovated to form the heart of the EU Presidency. The Philoxenia Hotel […]
If you have been in Cyprus on 20th July since the events of 1974, then you will know the howling sound that wakes us up at 5.30am. The air raid sirens sound throughout the Government controlled areas of Cyprus as a reminder of the exact time when the Turks started their invasion around Kyrenia, initially […]
Demographics of Cyprus The total population of the island is 1,133,803 according to the 2011 census. The population (whole island) is broken down into the following ethnic groups: Greek Cypriot – 78% (884,366) Turkish Cypriot – 13% (152,000) Other – 9% (102,042) Population History of the Republic of Cyprus Yearly estimates of the population of […]
There are currently 8 Citizen Service Centers in Cyprus. In Greek, they are known as KEP – Κέντρο Εξυπηρέτησης του Πολίτη. The first was opened in Nicosia on 12th December 2005, and more opened in other areas over the next few years. The aim of these Citizen’s Service Centre’s is to improve the structure and […]
Please note the changes for British Passport Applications which take effect from 15th April 2013. All the information needed to complete the passport application process is available online at https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.
Cyprus has mostly a dry and warm climate all year round, but it does also see snow on the Troodos mountains from around January to March. There are also rainy days usually during the winter months, which can sometimes bring very heavy rainfall in a short time. It can feel sweltering during July and August, […]
Cyprus is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET) and it observes daylight saving time (DST) with the exception of the Turkish occupied north. This means that the time in Cyprus is always 2 hours ahead of the UK because the clocks go back 1 hour for winter, and forward 1 hour for summer the […]
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Read our full disclosure here. As is detailed on most Cyprus maps, you will see the area to the North and East of the ‘United Nations Buffer Zone’ line is occupied […]
Lean about the symbolism behind the flag of Cyprus and see previous flags that have flown over the island.