Resources

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/cyprus) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Cyprus Tourism Organisation (www.visitcyprus.com) Official website of the Republic’s Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO); useful for general tourist information.

My Cyprus Insider (http://mycyprusinsider.com) Travel inspiration and tips, culture, what's-on guide and reviews for the Republic.

Welcome to North Cyprus (www.welcometonorthcyprus.co.uk) General visitor information for Northern Cyprus.

Cypnet (www.cypnet.com) Decent round-up of destinations and tourist sites in Northern Cyprus.

Top Tips

  • The free walking tours run by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) in Nicosia (Lefkosia), Larnaka, Lemesos and Agia Napa offer excellent introductions to the towns and their history.
  • If you want to explore both the Republic and North by car, it's best to hire separate cars on either side. Some rental places in the South allow you to drive across the border but you won't be fully insured in the North. Rental cars from the North aren't allowed in the South.
  • Whichever side you hire a car on, remember in Cyprus you drive on the left.
  • In December 2016, Northern Cyprus followed Turkey in scrapping daylight saving. This means between mid-November and late-March, there is a one-hour time difference between the Republic and the North.

What to Take

  • UK-style three-prong electrical adapter.
  • Good walking shoes so you can make the most of the island's nature trails.
  • Swimsuit – you're going to be in the water.
  • Driving licence – so you can hire a car.

What to Wear

Around the beach resorts it's all about shorts and flip-flops. However Cypriots tend to dress up when they go out at night so if you want to check out the bar scene and don't want to feel the odd one out, pack something smart. For visiting Orthodox churches and mosques, long pants or skirts and a long-sleeved shirt or top should be worn. For mosques, women should also wear a scarf to cover their hair.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Check your mobile phone is unlocked if you want to purchase a local SIM card.
  • Many flights into Cyprus are on budget airlines. Make sure to check your baggage restrictions.
  • If you plan on diving, windsurfing, or other adventure sports, check that your travel insurance covers you for these activities.