If you are going to Cyprus this year and are wondering if you can still use your old Cyprus pounds then hopefully this bit of information will be of help.
From January 1 2008 the Euro became the legal tender on Cyprus at the fixed exchange rate of €1=CY£0.585274.
According to the Sunday Times travel expert you should be able to exchange your old money (up to £1,000 Cyprus Pounds per customer per transaction in notes, and up to £50 in coins) free of charge at any of the Island’s banks. From July 1 an exchange will continue to be possible, but only at the Central Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia, until the end of 2017.
If you are a regular visitor to Cyprus and had got used to the old currency and its value, there will be dual display of prices in Cyprus pounds and Euro’s until September 30th 2008, this is good to see which places are trying to profiteer out of the change of currency.
The main reason for this site is because, basically, I love Cyprus, having been going there since a kid I just fell in love with the place, being there feels so comfortable, I can’t really put my finger on what exactly it is, maybe the friendliness of the people, the weather, the breathtaking views, I don’t know, I just know I love it.
So with this site I hope to provide a bit of information on Cyprus, keep you up to date with what is happening in the country, and special deals I come across, just anything really, it also helps me keep up-to-date on Cyprus, so feel free to make any comments on any posts I make, it’s always nice to hear from people who also like Cyprus.
Here a just a few facts about the Island of Cyprus:
Cyprus is a divided island, the southern part of the island is in the control of the republic of cyprus whilst the northern part of the island is occupied by the Turkish.
The Capital City is Nicosia
The population is approx 782,000
Themain religion is Greek Orthodox
Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of GMT
The currency in Cyprus is EURO
The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish with English often used as a second language
Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate, warm and rather dry, with plenty of sunshine throughout the year, autumn and winter does not really exist and the rainy season is short. Snow falls only on the highest mountains in January and February.
Cyprus is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, attracting over 2.4 million tourists per year.
Cyprus is located about 800km east of mainland Greece, it stands at the crossroads of Africa, Asia and Europe and this exotic mix is well-reflected in Cyprus’ cultural history. Although a small country, Cyprus has an almost overwhelming cultural heritage.
According to Mythology Cyprus is the birthplace of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. The island is both an ancient land, with an eleven thousand year-old history and civilization as well as a young independent republic since 1960.
Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment. Here you will discover a compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local cafe. A carefree place where a sense of timelessness is magnified by the kindness of the people.
Cyprus is an extremely popular holiday destination thanks to its excellent warm climate, wonderfully hospitable people, first rate accommodation, delicious cuisine and its safe, friendly environment.
An island of contrasts from the cool pine covered Troodos mountains to the miles of attractive coastline with golden beaches and crystal clear waters, Cyprus has something for everyone.
Many of the tourists who visit Cyprus feel the urge to explore the island and its people by visiting the various towns and villages, archaeological sites and monuments, and they find that their stay is infinitely richer for it.
The enchanting island and its hospitable people will ensure you will return again and again to the ‘Island of Love’.