Visitors arriving in Cyprus by air may enter the Republic of Cyprus only through the International Airports of Larnaka and Pafos.Both Airports are managed by Hermes Airports and share the same website: https://www.hermesairports.com.
For information on entering the Cyprus Republic please visit the Entry Requirements.
Airport to Venue
From Larnaca and Pafos Airport use the Limassol Airport Express in order to reach Limassol city by Bus. Please visit its webpage for more information and timetable: http://enlimassolairportexpress.eu/.
For those participants interested, CYSTAT can arrange Taxi transport from/to airports to/from the hotel at the price of EUR 50.
General Transport Information
If you are interested in moving around in Cyprus click here.
General Information About Cyprus
Cyprus has hot, dry summers from June to September and wet, mild winters from November to March. The shortest seasons in Cyprus are spring and autumn. October to November is a very good period to visit Cyprus since the tourist season is going to the end and the weather is pleasant. In November, average temperatures are around 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Therefore, visitors should pack light and layered clothing. With the sea temperature at approximately 22° swimming in the Mediterranean is also possible. Rainfall is not much. For the weather report before your arrival, visit the local forecast for Limassol.
Cyprus is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET). Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+2). Please be aware that daylight saving time ends on Sunday, 25th of October 2020. At 4:00 the clocks will be turned backward 1 hour to 3:00.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, with an area of 9.251 sq. kms (3.572 sq. miles).
It is situated at the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean, at a distance of 300 km north of Egypt. The Greek island of Rhodes lies 360 km to the north-west.
Cyprus’ coastal line is indented and rocky in the north with long sandy beaches in the south. The north coastal plain, covered with olive and carob trees, is backed by the steep and narrow Pentadaktylos mountain range of limestone, rising to a height of 1.042 m. In the south, the extensive mountain massif of Troodos, covered with pine, dwarf oak, cypress and cedar, culminates in the peak of Mount Olympus, 1.953 m. above sea level. Between the Troodos range and the Pentadaktylos mountain range lies the fertile plain of Messaoria. Arable land constitutes 46.8 per cent of the total area of the island. There are no rivers, only torrents which flow after heavy rain.ve sea level. Between ther Troodos range and the Pentadaktylos mountain range lies the fertile plain of Messaoria. Arable land constitutes 46.8 percent of the total area of the island. There are no rivers, only torrents which flow after heavy rain.
The population in the Government controlled area is estimated at 875.900 at the end of 2018. A proportion of 17,8% (155.600) are foreign citizens.
The population is distributed in the five districts of Cyprus as follows:
-Lefkosia (Nicosia) [Capital of Cyprus] 341.700
-Lemesos (Limassol) 244.900
-Larnaka (Larnaca) 147.000
-Pafos (Paphos) 94.100
-Ammochostos (Famagusta) 48.200
The history of Cyprus is one of the oldest recorded in the world and its historical significance is disproportionate to its small size. The first signs of civilisation date to the ninth millennium B.C. The earliest known foreign settlements on the island were mainly of Phoenicians and Greeks, with Phoenician culture dominating the island’s eastern and southern parts. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great and at which point Greek culture began to dominate. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantines, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Luisignan dynasty, and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman control. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960.
Cyprus occupies an important role in Greek mythology being the birthplace of Aphrodite and Adonis, and home to King Cinyras, Teucer and Pygmalion.
The island figures prominently in the early history of Christianity, being the first province of Rome to be ruled by a Christian governor in the first century and providing a backdrop for stories in the New Testament.
The flag of the Republic of Cyprus was defined in 1960 when Cyprus became an independent sovereign state.
The background is white with a copper-coloured (pantone 1385 C) silhouette of the map of Cyprus in the centre of the flag, above two crossed olive-green-coloured (pantone 574 C) olive branches. The copper colour has a dual symbolism: first, the name of the island is said to derive from an ancient word for copper (Eteocypriot or Sumerian); and second, copper is closely associated with Cyprus since antiquity when the island became a major producer and supplier of this mineral resource. The olive branches are symbols of peace.
Food and Drink
The food of Cyprus reflects the rich and turbulent history of the island and its indelible Greek culture. You will find tastes influenced by the Middle East, Asia Minor and the Venetians, all using fresh local ingredients, herbs and spices and olive oil. The Mediterranean diet, with its grains and pulses, sun-ripened fresh fruit and vegetables, high-protein fish, lean meat and poultry and wine, is a healthy option.
Cyprus has a long tradition in winemaking that goes back over 4,000 years. In ancient times wine was a major source of wealth for the island. The island supplied the Pharaohs of Egypt and Cyprus wines were in great demand amongst the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Commandaria is acknowledged to be the oldest wine in the world and was probably the first to be given an ‘Appellation d’Origin’(label of geographical origin). Legend says that Commandaria was originally made for Richard the Lionheart and the Crusaders. The dessert wine, which has a taste like sweet sherry, has been made using the same method for hundreds of years. The grapes are picked late, dried in the sun to enhance their sugar content and then pressed. The run-off is collected and fermented in tanks or in huge earthen ware jars. The sweet wine of Cyprus became known throughout Europe under the name Commandaria depicting its geographical origin “Commandarie” which was the name given to the land owned by the Knights Templar and later the Knights of St. John.
Cyprus Tourism Organization
Nicosia Tourism Board
Limassol Tourism Board
Larnaka Tourism Board
Paphos Regional Board of Tourism
Famagusta Tourism Board