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„ The Republic of Cyprus’ English-language newspapers are the Cyprus Mail and the Cyprus

CONTENTS
Accommodation
Activities
Business Hours
Children
Climate Charts
Customs
Dangers & Annoyances
Disabled Travellers
Discount Cards
Embassies & Consulates
Festivals & Events
Food
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Holidays
Insurance
Internet Access
Legal Matters
Maps
Money
Photography & Video
Post
Shopping
Solo Travellers
Telephone
Time
Tourist Information
Visas
Women Travellers

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ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation in Cyprus ranges from
huts on a beach to superluxurious five-star
hotels on a beach. Prices vary between the
South and the North, the latter mostly offering cheaper accommodation across all
budgets. Note that the prices quoted in CY£
are for the Republic of Cyprus, and those
quoted in UK£ are for Northern Cyprus.
In this book, accommodation is categorised
as budget (up to CY£30 and up to UK£20,
for a double room), midrange (CY£30 to
CY£100, and UK£20 to UK£70) and top end
(CY£100 and up, and UK£70 and up). Ensuite bathrooms and breakfast are included
in the price, unless otherwise stated.
Budget places are usually small hotels. Unfortunately, with only a couple of exceptions,

there is almost no culture of private room
renting. It’s often a gamble whether you get
air-conditioning or not in the budget options. In the Republic you can sometimes
stay overnight in a monastery, ostensibly for
free, but a donation is expected. Sleeping
rough is not recommended and is frowned
upon, but you might get away with sleeping
on a deserted beach as a one-off solution.
Midrange places almost always have a
swimming pool, and this price range has
the most versatile and interesting choice of
accommodation.
Top-end places range from five-star hotels of international fame, such as the Intercontinentals or Holiday Inns of the world,
to Cypriot-run temples to luxury and style.
August is the most expensive time of the
year since it’s Cyprus’ holiday month; rates
go down significantly before and after. The
rates listed in the Cyprus Hotel Guide, issued free by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), are maximum allowable prices,
and will normally only be applicable in high
season (July to August). Winter months
offer a 20% to 30% discount, especially if
you book online.
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AC COMMODATION
Accommodation in Cyprus ranges from
huts on a beach to superluxurious five-star
hotels on a beach. Prices vary between the
South and the North, the latter mostly of-
fering cheaper accommodation across all
budgets. Note that the prices quoted in CY£
are for the Republic of Cyprus, and those
quoted in UK£ are for Northern Cyprus.
In this book, accommodation is categorised
as budget (up to CY£30 and up to UK£20,
for a double room), midrange (CY£30 to
CY£100, and UK£20 to UK£70) and top end
(CY£100 and up, and UK£70 and up). En-
suite bathrooms and breakfast are included
in the price, unless otherwise stated.
Budget places are usually small hotels. Un-
fortunately, with only a couple of exceptions,
there is almost no culture of private room
renting. It’s often a gamble whether you get
air-conditioning or not in the budget op-
tions. In the Republic you can sometimes
stay overnight in a monastery, ostensibly for
free, but a donation is expected. Sleeping
rough is not recommended and is frowned
upon, but you might get away with sleeping
on a deserted beach as a one-off solution.
Midrange places almost always have a
swimming pool, and this price range has
the most versatile and interesting choice of
accommodation.
Top-end places range from five-star ho-
tels of international fame, such as the Inter-
continentals or Holiday Inns of the world,
to Cypriot-run temples to luxury and style.
August is the most expensive time of the
year since it’s Cyprus’ holiday month; rates
go down significantly before and after. The
rates listed in the Cyprus Hotel Guide, is-
sued free by the Cyprus Tourism Organisa-
tion (CTO), are maximum allowable prices,
and will normally only be applicable in high
season (July to August). Winter months
offer a 20% to 30% discount, especially if
you book online.
The prices quoted in this book are for the
high season, unless otherwise stated.
B&Bs & Pensions
In the Republic, the B&B system is gener-
ally known as agrotourism. This is a su-
perb and often very economical way for
independent travellers to see the country.
Guests stay in renovated village houses or
purpose-built pensions. Most of them are
self-contained and fully equipped. Rates
range from CY£12 for a single room to
CY£65 for a luxury studio.
However, the vast majority of agrotour-
ism houses and pensions are away from
major centres, so you will either need your
own transport to get around, or have to rely
on sometimes-sketchy public transport.
For an excellent colour brochure listing
places to stay, contact Cyprus Agrotourism Com-
pany
(
%
2233 7715; www.agrotourism.net; PO Box 4535,
CY-1390 Lefkosia) or check its listings online.
Camping
The South has seven licensed camping
grounds, most with limited opening times.
All are equipped with hot showers, a mini-
market and a snack bar, and charge about
CY£1.50 per day for a tent site, plus CY£1
per person per day. In the North, there are
six camping grounds, but facilities are not
as good or well developed as in the South.
Costs are similar to those in the South.
Guesthouses
Domatia (rooms for rent), advertised by the
word camere, are not common in Cyprus;
in fact, the practice is officially discouraged.
However, in Agia Napa you will see signs
advertising rooms, and occasionally come
across them in some of the more popular
mountain resorts such as the Troödos Mas-
sif in the South.
Hostels
There are four Hostelling International
(HI) hostels in the Republic of Cyprus. Try
contacting the Cyprus Youth Hostel Associa-
tion
(
%
2267 0027; montis@logos.cy.net; PO Box 21328,
CY-1506 Lefkosia). There are no HI hostels in
Northern Cyprus.
HI cards are not mandatory for a stay in
any of Cyprus’ youth hostels, though an HI
card may get you a 10% discount.
Hotels
In the South, hotels are classified from one
to five stars; prices for a double room range
from CY£30 to more than CY£200. While
most hotels deal primarily with package-
tour groups paying cheaper bulk rates, in-
dividual travellers can usually find a room
even in ostensibly marketed ‘resort’ hotels.
Quality varies markedly, though prices are
strictly controlled by the CTO.
The quality of hotels in the North is gen-
erally good to excellent at the top end of
the scale, though the supply is necessarily
smaller. Package-tour visitors constitute
the bulk of guests. The same principle ap-
plies to individual travellers as in the South:
there will usually be a room available for
walk-ins. The North Cyprus Hotel Guide is
available from the North Cyprus Tourism
Organisation (NCTO), if you ask specifi-
cally for it.
ACTIVITIES
There are outdoor activities to suit most
tastes in Cyprus. Some activities, includ-
ing cycling, skiing and hiking, are better
PRACTICALITIES
The Republic of Cyprus’ English-language newspapers are the Cyprus Mail and the Cyprus
Weekly. In Northern Cyprus, look for the Turkish Daily News and Cyprus Today.
UK dailies, and German and French newspapers are widely available in the South and North.
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has programmes and news bulletins in English on
Radio 2 (91.1FM) at 10am, 2pm and 8pm. British Forces Broadcasting Services (BFBS) 1 broad-
casts 24 hours a day in English on 89.7FM (Lefkosia), 92.1FM (west Cyprus) and 99.6FM (east
Cyprus). BFBS 2 broadcasts on 89.9FM (Lefkosia), 91.7FM (Lemesos) and 95.3FM (Larnaka). BBC
World Service is picked up 24 hours a day on 1323AM.
Bayrak International is the voice of the North and has a lively English-language programme
on 87.8FM and 105FM.
CyBC TV has news in English at 8pm on Channel 2. Many hotels have CNN, BBC, Sky or NBC.
The electricity current is 240V, 50Hz. Plugs are the large type with three square pins as in the
UK. Multiplug adaptors are widely available.
Cyprus uses the metric system. A standard conversion table can be found on the inside front
cover of this book.
Accommodation 220
Activities 221
Business Hours 223
Children 224
Climate Charts 224
Customs 224
Dangers & Annoyances 224
Disabled Travellers 225
Discount Cards 225
Embassies & Consulates 225
Festivals & Events 226
Food 227
Gay & Lesbian Travellers 227
Holidays 227
Insurance 227
Internet Access 227
Legal Matters 228
Maps 228
Money 228
Photography & Video 230
Post 230
Shopping 231
Solo Travellers 231
Telephone 231
Time 232
Tourist Information 232
Visas 233
Women Travellers 233
CONTENTS
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ommendations by Lonely Planet authors,
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insider lowdown on the best places to stay.
Reviews are thorough and independent.
Best of all, you can book online.
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