Not all that long ago, Cyprus was a place you’d think twice before travelling to. But although this island country remains divided after a military coup in 1974, the beauty of the land and the hospitality of the people stand unfettered as the country edges towards unification. The south is well-established in tourism, but the Turkish-controlled northern part combines adventure, local interaction, history and cultural immersion with an understated flair rarely found elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Join us, on our way to stunning mountains and beaches, as we strike up a conversation with the locals over a sip of fiery zivania.
Residents of most western countries can enter Cyprus visa-free provided they are visiting for less than 90 days. Note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller, and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
Tipping is not expected in most situations in Cyprus, but it’s often appreciated. In restaurants, however, tipping is quite common. Servers will often add a 10% service charge to a bill; if they don’t, a similar amount is often expected as a tip.
Reliable internet access is increasingly common in Cyprus, especially in the major towns. Internet cafes tend to be more prevalent in the north. Wi-Fi is free in many hotels and cafes in both the north and south. Internet access will be more scarce in remote and rural areas.
International roaming is possible in Cyprus in the South. For European travellers, as of 2017 this will no longer incur a fee. Travelling in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus roaming may not be available and if so it may be expensive, better to check with your provider before travelling. If you’re staying for longer than a few days, inexpensive SIM cards with data are easy to purchase.
Toilets in Cyprus block easily when paper goes into them, hence the separate wastebaskets you’ll see for paper disposal. This is the norm throughout Cyprus.
The below prices refer to Southern Cyprus, for cost in the North where Turkish currency is used you can deduct 30%.
Snack (souvlaki or felafel wrap) = €3–4
Glass of beer = €3–4 (north and south)
Lunch in a cafe = €8–12
Dinner of meze dishes to share = €15–20
The tap water in the south of Cyprus is fine to drink, but in the north it’s best to stick to filtered (or, when it’s the only option, bottled) water. The high mineral content can upset your stomach if you’re not used to it.
Most major credit cards are widely accepted in Cyprus. Dinners and Amex may not be accepted.
ATMs are widely available in Cyprus. However, it’s best to carry ample cash with you if you’re travelling to more remote areas in the north.
Travel insurance is absolutely necessary when travelling to Cyprus. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential part of every journey.
1 Jan New Year's Day
6 January Epiphany
19 February Clean Monday
25 March Greek Independence Day
1 April Greek Cypriot National Day
6 April Greek Orthodox Good Friday
9 April Greek Orthodox Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
27 May Kataklysmos (Pentecost)
15 August Assumption
1 October Independence Day
28 October Greek National Day (Ochi Day)
25 December Christmas Day
In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus the National Religous Holidays of Ramazan Bayram 4th June - 6th June 2019 and Kurban Bayram (sacrafice feast) 11th August - 14th August may be observed.
Homosexuality is legal in Cyprus, and the country is quite a popular destination among gay travellers. In the north, however, homosexuality was only decriminalised as recently as 2010. LGBTQI travellers should exercise caution when travelling, and be aware that conservative attitudes may still prevail in many areas.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In Cyprus, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.