euro (EUR)

Official languages

Greek, Turkish


GMT + 2

Calling code


Area codes

Nicosia: 2

Internet TLD



Generally shops are open from 8.30am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm.

National holidays

New Year’s Day   January 1
Epiphany   January 6
Greek National Day   March 25
National Anniversary Day   April 1
Shrove Monday   movable feast
Easter   movable feast
Labour Day   May 1
Assumption of the Virgin Mary   August 15
Independence Day   October 1
Christmas   December 25 & 26

National dish

Eliópitta – olive bread
Takhinópitta – pastry with sesame paste
Kolokótes – triangular pastry stuffed with pumpkin, wheat and rasins
Börek – fried semolina pastry, filled with mincemeat or halloumi cheese
Mantı – Turkish ravioli filled with mincemeat, served with yogurt, garlic and chili oil
Pirohu – Turkish tortellini with halloumi cheese
Aïráni – refreshing and nourishing drink made from yogurt, salt, water and mint


Cyprus’s electricity runs on 240V/50Hz. The plugs have 3 pins. Converters can be bought at the local shops (2 euro).


Every EU citizen is entitled to travel freely around the EU countries with the National Identirty Card. No special formalities are required to enter Cyprus by an EU citizen.

Useful numbers

Ambulance: 199, 112
Fire Brigade: 199, 112
Police: 199, 112