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Introduction

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Weather

Southern Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm or hot summers from May to September and mild winters, when most of the rain falls. Still, Soutern Cyprus in general is drier compared to countries more towards the west in the region. Along the coast, temperatures during the day average between 30 °C and 33 °C, dropping to a balmy 22 °C at night. Inland, the lower areas are hotter during the day but feel less sticky during the night. Some higher located inland areas feel pleasantly warm during the day, which can be relief when you are visiting in summer. Nicosia has average highs in summer of around 37 °C, sometimes hitting 44 °C during July or August. Winters are mild, generally between 16 °C and 19 °C at daytime. December and January are the wettest months, coastal areas being wetter compared to inland places like the capital Nicosia.

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Getting There

By Plane

Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is the main international airport, followed by Paphos International Airport (PFO). Both are found in Southern Cyprus, and receive flights from throughout Europe and select destinations in the Middle East.

Cyprus Airways is the national airline, with its main hub at Larnaca International Airport.

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Money

See also Money Matters

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Health

See also Travel Health

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Safety

See also Travel Safety

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is increasingly available in tourist centres in the form of internet cafés and side rooms equipped with monitors. Prices vary, so shop about. €2 an hour seems average, but you can do better. Many cafés now offer free wi-fi access and hotels and resorts often offer Internet access to their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Cyprus is: 357. To make an international call from Cyprus, the code is: 00

Fixed-line telephone in Cyprus is provided by Cyta, an independent (but government-owned) company and PrimeTel; both provide packages for home and business usage. Cyta public phones are in all towns, villages, ports and airports. There are three types of public telephones, coinphones, outdoor cardphones and indoor cardphones. All public phones can be used for local and international calls. Cardphones accept payment by Telecards, which are available in various denominations. They can be purchased at banks, post offices, souvenir shops, kiosks and CytaShops.

Mobile cellular telephones are available from major retailers and phone shops. If coming to Cyprus with a phone from another country, it may be possible to use it in Cyprus if the frequency band is the same (GSM 900/1800; UMTS 2100). The most economical way to make and receive calls will likely be to purchase a SIM card in Cyprus. All incoming calls are free and local calls are charged at a local rate.

Post

Cyprus Postal Services is the postal operator of Cyprus and operate the government-operated Post Office. A legacy of British colonial rule is the use of pillar boxes (mail boxes) with the initials of the British monarch, although after independence they were painted yellow. It offers relatively cheap but not extremely efficient and reliable services. Post offices in Cyprus are generally open from 07:30am to 1:30pm. In some districts the post offices are also open in the afternoon. If you want to send a package, you will be better of using companies like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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