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Cyprus has been called an open museum of history due to its richness of relics and monuments from all ages. The island has been in the focus of interest of visitors, seafarers and colonist traders since the dawn of history in the region which dates back to the 8th millennium B.C., while in the years that followed, civilizations and cultures from nearby and even more distant away passed through leaving behind their marks in monuments and relics.

Parallel to the wealth of signs from antiquity the island is also presenting a face of a highly advanced modern country. The old and new are side by side, in an amicable combination of ancient sites with modern hotel and catering establishments leaving nothing to be desired by the visitor .

The main feature of the qualities of Cyprus which has established the island as a major tourist centre is the hospitality of its people. Their open heart to visitors has been trade marked by Shakespeare in Othello, the drama which takes place in Cyprus and in which the visitor is received with the phrase "You are Welcome Sir in Cyprus". References to Cyprus and its hospitable character dates back to ancient times when the Greek, Roman writers and historians such as Homer, Euripides and Strabo made special mention of this.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, with an area of 9251 sq. km (3572 sq m). It is situated in the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, with a coastline of 1364 km (848 m) interspersed with long sandy beaches and small unspoilt coves.

The terrain offers varied and never tiring surroundings with a central plain among the two main mountain Ranges which with their high peaks and pleasant forested valleys of a big variety of vegetation complement the lowlands and the sandy coastal areas.

Greek is the main language of the Greek Cypriot population and Turkish of the Turkish Cypriots but English is widely spoken while other European languages are also used mostly in hotels and many shops and catering establishments.

Tourist arrivals to Cyprus vary from one season to the other both as regards totals and as regards ages and preferences. The high season is between July and September with traffic also between April and June as well as between October and December. The lowest is between January and March. The summer months attract all ages while autumn, early spring and winter are the preference of older people, who come for the mild climate and the comfort of easy life.

International & Local Transportation
Excellent communications have contributed to the fast development of the island. Cyprus has two airports situated in Larnaka and Pafos and two seaports at Lemesos and Larnaka from connect the Island with all countries of the world. More than 30 scheduled Airlines and at least 50 charter Airlines operate more than 500 flights weekly to and from Cyprus. Inland the distances between cities are easily accessed due to a motorway network. There is public transport with connections between the cities. Private taxis and rental cars are readily available.

Climate
The climate is generally sunny and dry. The sun shines for 340 days of the year. Winter is mild and the bathing season practically starts from April and does not end until November. Pine clad forests are not more than a couple of hours drive from the shore; one can have a swim, a mountain trek or a ski, in the cold months, on one and the same day

Medical Services
Cyprus has a very high standard of medical services. Hospitals, private clinics and medical centres are equipped with the latest facilities.

Telecommunications
Cyprus is using the latest technology in telecommunications with facilities that provide a network enabling subscriber direct dial access to almost every country of the world , the services also include telegraph service, ship-to-shore calls through the Cyprus station and IN MAR satellite system, radio paging, mobile telephony (NMT and GSM) and public data network service.   

Tourism & Catering Services

Conference and incentive tourism
Conference tourism, special interests, theme visits and other specialised events. The island is an attractive place for medium size meetings of professional associations and regional meetings or seminars of multinational companies.

Special interest tourism
Cyprus has a flexibility regarding special interest tourism, from studying archaeological treasures, to studying the special features of the geology of the island. Some say Atlantis is hidden somewhere around the Island.

Sports Tourism
Due to its excellent climate conditions Cyprus is ideal for sports tourism all from soccer teams, athletes of field and track and to others for training and exercise. This feature includes even a number of golf courses for which there is high interest from golfers all over the world.

Cruises
The cruise facilities are an important segment of the Cyprus tourist product adding significantly to its enrichment and diversification. The island is acting as springboard for tourists who wish to cruise and visit neighbouring countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Greece.

Outgoing Tourism
Cypriots are frequent travellers mainly to Europe and other nearer destinations, while the last few years have witnessed a growing traffic to destinations to the Far East, as well as America. Growing popularity by the locals is also noted for excursions on cruise ships in the Mediterranean, which also serve foreign visitors to the island. Cypriots are among the top travellers of the mediterrannean.

 

Average day temperatures by month
  Coast Inland
months C F C F
January 16.9 62.4 15.5 59.9
February 16.9 62.4 15.9 60.6
March 19.9 66.2 19.0 66.2
April 23.2 73.8 24.8 76.6
May 26.4 79.5 29.4 84.9
June 30.0 86.0 33.6 92.5
July 32.3 90.1 36.6 97.9
August 32.8 91.0 36.6 97.9
September 31.1 88.8 33.9 93.0
October 27.4 81.3 27.8 82.0
November 22.1 71.8 21.0 69.8
December 18.7 65.7 17.3 63.1