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NICOSIA (GREEK LEVKOSÍA) THE CAPITAL OF CYPRUS

Nicosia is the capital and largest city on the island of Cyprus, as well as its main business centre. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Nicosia became the last remaining divided capital in the world, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line. It is located near the center of the island, on the banks of the Pedieos River.
Nicosia is the capital and seat of government of the Republic of Cyprus. It is the south-eastern most capital of the EU member states. The northern part of the city functions as the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a disputed breakaway region whose independence is recognized only by Turkey, and which the rest of the international community considers as occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus since the Turkish invasion in 1974.
Through the years Nicosia has established itself as the island's financial capital and its main international business center. The city is ranked as the 5th richest city in the world in per capita income terms.

Climate in Cyprus

Nicosia has a hot subtropical. Summers in Nicosia are hot and dry. Winters here are colder and wetter than in the coastal regions. In July and August temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. During the summer precipitation figures are extremely low, rain almost only falls during the winter.

Transportation

Nicosia is linked with other major cities in Cyprus via a modern motorway network. The A1 connects Nicosia with Limassol in the south with the A6 going from Limassol onto Paphos. The A2 links Nicosia with the south eastern city of Larnaca with the A3 going from Larnaca to Ayia Napa. The A9 connects Nicosia to the west Nicosia district villages and the Troodos mountains.
Public transport within the city is currently served by a new and reliable bus service. Many taxi companies operate in Nicosia. Fares are regulated by law and taxi drivers are obliged to use a taximeter.

limassol overview, cyprusLIMASSOL

Limassol or Lemesos is the second-largest city in Cyprus. It is the largest city in geographical size, and Limassol municipality is the largest and most populous on the island. Limassol is one of the busiest ports of the Mediterranean transit trade and the largest port in Cyprus. It has also become one of the most important tourism, trade, and service-providing centers in the area. Limassol is renowned for its extensive cultural traditions, and is home to the Cyprus University of Technology. A wide spectrum of activities and a number of museums and archaeological sites are available to the interested visitor. Consequently, Limassol attracts a wide range of tourists mostly during an extended summer season to be accommodated in a wide range of hotels and apartments. A large marina is currently being constructed near the old town.

Festivals in Cyprus

Limassol is famous in Cyprus for its festivals, like the Carnival and Wine Festival. The Limassol Carnival festival lasts for ten (10) days, with jolly and amusing masquerading. The festival starts with the entrance parade of the King Carnival, followed by a fancy-dress competition for children. During the Carnival parade in the main streets, large crowds from all over the island gather to watch the floats with the serenade and other masqueraded groups. Many fancy-dress balls and parties take place at many hotels every night.
During the first quarter of September, the great Wine Festival of Cyprus takes place in the Limassol Municipal Garden, every evening between 8.00 hrs - 23.00 hrs. During the festival the visitor has the chance to taste some of the best Cyprus wines, which are offered free of charge. On some evenings, various groups from Cyprus and abroad perform folk dancing and there are also choirs and others.

Climate

Limassol has a Mediterranean climate, which is separated by short springs and autumns which are mild and pleasant.
During the summer temperatures during the day rapidly rise above 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are mild and much wetter than the summer period.

Transportation

Public transport in Limassol is currently served only by buses. Bus routes and timetables for buses in Limassol can be found at Limassol Urban Bus Routes.
Taxis are preferable to buses for their speed and efficiency. Akis Express and Kypros Company are the major competing taxi firms; both offer 24-hour point-to-point service across town. Hiring a car is recommended as many tourists visit areas that aren't otherwise easily accessed by public transportation.

finikudes, larnacaLARNACA

Larnaca is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus, the third largest after Nicosia and Limassol, and capital of the eponymous district. The Salt Lake fills with water during the winter season and is visited by flocks of flamingoes who stay here from November until the end of March. It usually dries up in the summer. In the past, it yielded good quality of salt which was scraped from the dried surface. The salt from the lake is now considered unsuitable for consumption.
Larnaca's airport and seaport have increasingly important roles in the economy of the island.
Many travel and tour operators and other travel-related companies have their head offices in Larnaca.
There are over a hundred educational institutions in the city, including the American Academy, Larnaca Nareg Armenian School and the Alexander College.

Festivals

Much of the activity is centered on the city promenade during the major festivals. The most important of these is Kataklysmos or the Festival of the Flood, celebrated in early summer with a series of cultural events. The festival used to last for about a week, during which the seafront is closed to traffic in the evenings.

Climate

The climate of Cyprus is typically Mediterranean, with long summers and short mild winters. During the summer temperatures rapidly rise above 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are milder and much wetter than summers. Because of the influence of the Mediterranean Sea extremes in weather are uncommon. The Mediterranean Sea also causes temperatures to be 1-2 degrees Celsius lower here than in the interior.

Transportation in Cyprus

Larnaca International Airport (the largest in Cyprus).
The city's transport hubs are Larnaca International Airport and Larnaca Port-the Republic's busiest airport and second busiest port, respectively.
One of Cyprus' four official entry points by sea is located at Larnaca Marina.
Public transport in Larnaca is served by buses. 
Taxis are preferable to buses for their speed and efficiency. Akis Express and Kypros Company are the major competing taxi firms; both offer 24-hour point-to-point service across town. Hiring a car is recommended as many tourists visit areas that aren't otherwise easily accessed by public transportation.

paphos castlePAPHOS

Paphos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District. In antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos and New Paphos. The currently inhabited city is New Paphos. It lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km (31.07 mi) west of the Limassol (the biggest port in island), which has an A6 highway connection. Paphos International Airport is the country's second largest airport.
Near Palaepaphos (Old Paphos) at the seaside of Petra tou Romiou is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty and the founding myth is interwoven with the goddess at every level, so that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world. In Greco-Roman times Paphos was the island's capital, and it is famous for the remains of the Roman governor's palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world's heritage.

Festivals

The castle's square hosts Aphrodite festival every September since 1998.

Climate

The popular seaside resort Paphos has a very pleasant Mediterranean climate. Summers are pleasantly warm and dry with daytime temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius. Precipitation mainly falls during the winter with temperatures of 15-18 degrees Celsius. 
The typical summer's season lasts about 8 months, from April to November

Transportation

Public transport in Paphos is currently served only by buses. Taxis are preferable to buses for their speed and efficiency. Akis Express and Kypros Company are the major competing taxi firms; both offer 24-hour point-to-point service across town. Hiring a car is recommended as many tourists visit areas that aren't otherwise easily accessed by public transportation.

Since 1982, air traffic of Paphos is served by Paphos International Airport located 10 km southeast of the city, near Timi. A new Terminal opened in late 2008 adjacent to the old one.

The port today serves as a small marina and a fisherman shelter and has a capacity of 300 boats. It is probably the top tourist destination of the city with plenty of restaurants and cafés.

protaras bay, cyprusPROTARAS

Protaras is a predominantly tourist resort. It comes under the administrative jurisdiction of Paralimni Municipality.
In ancient times, where Protaras is now located stood the old city-state of Leukolla. The city possessed a small safe harbour where the Athenian Demetrius Poliorketes in the year 306 B.C. sought refuge, lying in wait for Ptolemeos, one of the successors of Alexander the Great. In the ensuing battle Ptolemeos was defeated and fled to Egypt, leaving Cyprus for a while in the hands of Demetrius. Protaras is also referred to as "the land of windmills" maintaining the nostalgic quality of the past.

Climate

Protaras has a moderate Mediterranean climate with pleasantly warm and dry summers and cool and wet winters. Summers are pleasantly warm, sometimes even hot with temperatures just above 30 degrees Celsius on average. During the warmest days of the year an ever blowing sea breeze offers some cooling. The temperature of the sea is suitable for swimming all year round and especially pleasant during the summer.

Transportation

Public transport in Protaras is currently served only by buses. Taxis are preferable to buses for their speed and efficiency. Akis Express and Kypros Company are the major competing taxi firms; both offer 24-hour point-to-point service across town. Hiring a car is recommended as many tourists visit areas that aren't otherwise easily accessed by public transportation.

ayia napa beach cyprusAYIA NAPA

Ayia Napa is a resort at the far eastern end of the southern coast of Cyprus. In recent years, it has become less known as a family holiday destination, and more so for its raunchy, bustling nightlife.
The name Ayia Napa is derived from a Venetian-era monastery of the same name, located in the centre of the town, next to the square that today is the clubbing centre. In ancient times the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest. Ayia Napa lies near Cape Greco at the eastern part of Cyprus, just south of Famagusta. Ayia Napa is about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Protaras.

Festivals

The Ayia Napa Festival is an annual event, usually over the last weekend of September, takes place in Sepheris Square in Ayia Napa Monastery. The programme includes theatrical performances, operas, concerts and Cypriot and foreign folk dancing.
The Ayia Napa Youth Festival is a festival similar to the large music festivals of Europe, combining activities and music. The festival is based on several principles such as free entrance, the headliners to be chosen by the public,a charity goal, a social responsibility message attached to it; all styles of music are welcome.

Climate

The climate of Ayia Napa is ideal for a warm holiday from the second part of May till the second part of October. During this period rainfall is uncommon and the sun shines exuberantly. The temperature of the sea hardly ever drops below 17 degrees Celsius. It is very pleasant to stay in Ayia Napa during fall. During this period temperatures during the afternoon are around 30 degrees and the temperature of the sea is at least 25 degrees Celsius.

Transportation

Public transport in Ayia Napa is currently served only by buses. Taxis are preferable to buses for their speed and efficiency. Hiring a car is recommended as many tourists visit areas that aren't otherwise easily accessed by public transportation. The most popular form of transport in and around Ayia Napa is the 50cc scooter, with quad bikes and noisy motorbikes coming in a close second. Unless you are staying right out of town it is unlikely you will need a car, especially if you intend to party the nights away at the many clubs in town.

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