You should arrange how much you have to pay for a destination in Cyprus before stepping in any taxi. Taxi drivers are polite, but if they see that you are naive they might take advantage of you....so don't let them.
Let them know exactly where you want to be dropped off, and try to be friendly with the drivers. They are people like you, and you have to know that if you open to them they will be truly honest to you.
Unique Suggestions: If you are already in a taxi and the driver is asking for more money tell him to drop you at the nearest taxi area, and write down the number of his car.
As his name and ask to be given a card before you set off. If you fill something is wrong, don't show panicky, and ask him to drop you off, and call immediatel the police.
Of course this is not something that happens but be alert....you never know.
Fun Alternatives: If you are very satisfied with the driver and the company, call the same person to come and pick you up when you need a taxi.
In all, I don't think you will find many taxi drivers taking advantage of tourists but you have to be alert anyway.
In the tourist zone of Limassol there is intense competitive pressure to get the bodies in off the sidewalk to the various restaurants, bars, discos and shoppes. They employ barkers to hand-out flyers and greet potential customers as they walk by in an attempt to get them to stop and spend some money. I personally do not like this high pressure approach, although in this regard Cyprus is in no way unique. I have seen this in many cities, in Brussels for example. Too many restaurants competing for scarce tourist dollars.
Unique Suggestions: However, the focus is on turn-over. They know that the average tourist may or may not come back again. So the emphasis has to be on attracting first time customers.
Here is an example of a restaurant that tries to be all things to all people. It is a pizzeria, spaghetteria, steak house, and it offers mezes and fresh sea food. It specialises in Greek and Italian food, too. I am surprised that they did not tack on Chinese and Sushi as well? Maybe that is on the new sign?
I am not saying this is a bad restaurant, but how can be good at all things? It does not matter because they likely will not see the same customer twice. Also, they may attract customers for a set price menu, but then all the extras like beverages and desserts are quite expensive. So the tourist that is not paying attention can end up spending half as much again on á la carte items like wine and beer, which are not included on the standard menu.
Fun Alternatives: One on hand, there is something here for everyone. On the other hand, there are many smaller restaurants that might specialise in one or two things and do them very well. Also, outside of the tourist zone you might find prices decrease substantially.
Hint: check the price of wine. In moderately priced restaurants a good local wine may cost CYP 4.00-5.00, but in more expensive restaurants this same wine may cost CYP 7.00-9.00 per bottle. Why pay double for the same wine?
1 CYP = $2.25
Well, we had opportunity to argue with taxidriver about price because travelagent warned us that
drivers usually ask the 'bloody price' and after long
argues You can have a reasonable price. So it was !
I wonder why they keep taximeters ?
AVOID Heroon square (east of anexartisias street) very late at night .At day time s perfactely ok to go there and visit the Heroon Monument ( dedicated for those died in the greek revolution of 1821 )
Avoid going to Adult entartainment places that were reccomended to you by the taxi driver this is the most common trap If you will go to a strip-club make sure to ask how much is every thing before you order
(including Exotic dancing) .
Many cruise tours go from Limasol and are popualr with us tourists - we found being between seasons (April) the cruise to Egypt and Israel was about half the price than if we had pre-booked it at home. It may be a tourist trap but it is an enjoyable one.