The Greek name of the island is Κύπρος, (which transliterates as Kýpros), leading to the English version; Cyprus. This originates from the plentiful copper deposits found by the early settlers.
Sunshine and Climate – Best in EU
An average of 326 sunny days per year
Between 3300 and 3500 sunshine hours per year
The warmest climate of all the Mediterranean EU countries
Cyprus Blue Flag Beaches – Top in EU 12 Years Running
Top of the EU’s ‘Blue Flag’ clean beaches list with the highest proportion achieving the award
63 of the island’s beaches, plus Limassol marina have ‘Blue Flag’ status for cleanliness, facilities and environmental awareness
In 2017 Pissouri Bay was awarded its 21st consecutive ‘Blue Flag’
Size: 3rd largest Mediterranean island (after Sicily and Sardinia) | 149 miles long | 3572 square miles
Population: An estimated 1.1 million (the same as Birmingham)
Time zone: GMT+2
Languages: Greek, with English widely spoken as a second language
International airports: Paphos (PFO) and Larnaca (LCA)
Distance from UK: Approx 2,000 miles
Flight time from UK: Around 4.5 hours, +/- depending on head / tail winds
Roads: Good motorway and road network with Greek / English signs, usually with light traffic
Driving: Is on the left, plenty of car hire options (we can advise)
Electricity: Voltage and sockets are the same as in the UK
Phones: Dialling code is +357, widespread roaming via CytaVoda, MTN and PrimeTel
Brandy Sour – THE Cyprus Cocktail
The recipe was devised at the Forest Park Hotel in Platres, Troodos in the late 1930s. This was the heyday of the new Bauhaus-style hotel, when members of the jet set and glitterati were regular guests. Amongst these patrons was the Muslim King Farouk of Egypt who wanted to secretly indulge in a tipple whilst entertaining local dignitaries. To accommodate his request, Stelios, the head barman, created a drink designed to resemble iced tea. The plan worked, and no one detected the deception!
As time passed, the recipe spread to drinking establishments and restaurants throughout the island, becoming a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike. Today it is regarded as The Cyprus cocktail.
For 48 years, (1960 – 2008), the Cyprus flag was unique, being the only national flag to feature a map of the country on its design. (The Kosovo flag now also features a country map.)
When a competition was launched in 1960 to design a flag for the new Republic of Cyprus, it was decided that the flag should be deliberately neutral, avoiding blue or red, cross or crescent. Selected by the Republic’s first President – Archbishop Makarios III, the winning entry was created by Turkish Cypriot art teacher Ismet Güney. The copper colour of the map represents the ore which gives the island its name. The green olive leaves reflect the trees of the island and offering an olive branch.
Under the Annan plan for reuniting north and south, a new flag design was proposed by the UN incorporating symbolically coloured stripes – blue for Greece, red for Turkey and copper for Cyprus.
Cyprus lies on one of the main migration paths used by birds as they fly from Africa to Europe to breed in the spring, and back again in the autumn. Over 200 migratory bird species are regularly recorded as visitors, representing over 80% of the island’s bird fauna. Species include the rare Black Flamingo, and our personal favourite – the colourful Hoopoe.
For our bird-watching guests we provide full-sized and pocket-sized binoculars.