Road signs in Cyprus are written in both Greek and English.
However you might experience a few problems with the names and spelling of some areas that you will come across on the Maps or Guides.
Some names maintain the traditional English name, while others follow a more recent decision to transliterate the original Greek name.
If you lucky and you have no idea about this you will come across with signs that provide both names.
I believe once you have seen a few signs however, you are likely to understand the system, and I give you a few examples of the different versions of spelling the names of the island’s major cities.
Agia Napa-- Ayia Napa
Pay for your rental-car in advance, AND print out all the "smallprint" as well and take it with you ! I had booked it through my travelagent and there it stated clearly that all damages would be included, also in case that the glasses or tyres are broken etc.
The agent at the airport tried it anyway to tell me, that a CWD is included, BUT I would have to pay at least 300 euros myself in case of any damage. That is a good side-income for the rental-car-companies and everybody,who was waiting in the queue in front of me fell for it, because they were afraid of high extra costs..
Unique Suggestions: Another bad habbit of the rental-car-companies in Cyprus is the system: get a full tank at the beginning and return the car empty ! In my case I had to pay 44 euros extra for the full tank at the beginning and I finally returned them the car with a tank half full. ;.(((
Unleaded Fuel was about 1.10 euros per litre and the tank was certainly not 40 litres in my tiny Kia.
Fun Alternatives: On the total I payed for a small KIA 174 euros per 7 days, all insurances included and unlimited milage. In addition I only payed the 44 euros for the fuel in the beginning. Returning the car was also no problem: I simply parked the car at their parking-area and gave the key back to the lady at the counter.
Don't dare take photos while people are praying in a Mosque.
Also priests in general don't want people to take them photos most of the times.
Unique Suggestions: If you still want to take a photo of a Cypriot prist do so in a way that he won't see you.
Don't forget to avoid taking photos near the airport or Military areas.
If you are caught you can lose your camera and pay money.
Also avoid taking photos in Nicosia while you are next to the Old Walls of the city where you can see Turkish soldiers who are so near. You never know. In the past they could shoot you, however I am not sure at this momment. It always depends to the mood of the person you are taking the photo.
The above is not only for Nicosia but for anywhere you go - you can see Turkish soldiers while you drive to Ayia Napa and Protaras.
While you are in a street, or at a beach you might find boys going around with some advertisements for possible karaoke shows, or asking you to book at the suggested restaurant.
Unique Suggestions: Refuse politely, and ask him to tell you the name of the pub or restaurant and check this out yourself in your free time.
Fun Alternatives: Or you can just ignore him.
To be sure that you will have a good meal pick a restaurant where you see locals in.
They surely know the place and have tested it over and over again.
Unique Suggestions: If you get to a restaurant and you understand that something is wrong, just get a refreshment and leave.
Fun Alternatives: Eat out cheaply at a souvlaki kiosk (kebab)
If you are in Cyprus and you badly need some help either on the road or at the place where you stay, avoid giving money to a Cypriot.
He will be offended. He does everything for you because he feels like it. Otherwise he would not do it.
Unique Suggestions: If you really want to pay back for what he did, you can invite him for a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee.
Fun Alternatives: Or invite him for lunch out at a local restaurant and buy him some souvlaki.
I went to Paphos Dec 2007 and the seafront is being redone. They have bordered the seafront off where the shops are. The harbour and Fort part is ok though. Abit of a pain but once it is done for this coming summer it will look great. You have to get to the shops along the seafront by walking though these boards etc, so not good for wheelchairs or unsteady people. It looks abit on an eyesore right now, so we went to the bars etc near Paphos fort.
Fun Alternatives: Walk along the part towards the Fort. Also check The Mosiacs out.
In paphos we encounterd quite a lot of time share touts which was a little annoying when you jaust wanted to relax down by the harbour.
But easy to ignore :-))
Unique Suggestions: Do not even talk to a time share tout they will ask you. English? german? Italian? just put your hands in the air and say RUSSIAN and walk on :-)) always works
The price of a meze in Cyprus is between £7.00 and £9.00 per head, if you are asked for more than that move on to another, they will drop their price like a stone. Do not forget the number of tourists in Southern Cyprus is dropping dramatically, soon you will be able to name your own price.
so expensive,once u open the door u pay ! so if u want to look around just rent a car from anywhere for a day or a week...roads are very easy even i can find my way to get to any destination,i don't know how to read a map!!!
Unique Suggestions: if u insist on taking a cab just expect to pay good money for a 10 min ride ,that if he doesn't take the longer road ....
Fun Alternatives: rent a motorcicle ,mobilette,car anything is better than taxi
Almost all the coastal cities in Cyprus are divided into two separate parts, i.e. city centre/old town and the tourist area, which can be 5 miles and even 15 miles away (in the case of Limassol) from each other. You really have to know where you're going if you take a service taxi. I guess you definitely want to go to the tourist area in Paphos rather than the old town. The beach, the harbour and masaics (the archaeological sites) are all there! I made a mistake and asked the driver to drop me at the old town/city centre. Nobody told me I could take the bus when I asked. So I walked for over 30 minutes to go to the tourist area. There's not much to see in the old town and it's not even very close to the sea.
But you might want to go or even stay at the old town of Limossol and Larnaca which are right on the sea front.
The Baths of Aphrodite were horrible.
There were rats scurrying in the trees overhead, bird crap everywhere in the little cesspool stank of urine and was unfit for anyliving being.(though I think I saw aa eel!)
It was creepy and unhygenic, it may have been beautiful 2000 years ago but don't bother with the trip today.
MEZE-selection of local food, you can find almost everywhere in Cyprus. Ask first for the price, as you can find on the menu -2 person min., but the price is per 1 person.
And better to count the portions, as they like to bring less then on the list.
Beware of this resturant in Pissouri, it serves the smallest portions of any resturant in the village but more importantly it consistantly overcharges.
When you ask for the bill they bring you a yellow piece of paper with the food and drink you have ordered scrawled on it, no prices marked only a total marked on the top of the bill. So if there are a few of you unless you have noted down the price of everything you have eaten or drunk you have no way of checking. There were only two of us and the bill was wrong both times in Perry's favour.
Also be extremely cautious if paying by Visa.
While we were there a couple who paid by Visa had the waiter leave the resturant with their Visa to take it to Perry's office further down the village, the excuse was the Visa machine in the resturant was not working. The waiter was away for more than 20 minutes and when the Visa was returned it was no longer working.
Unique Suggestions: If you must use Perry's resturant always note down the prices of what you have eaten and drunk or insist on an itemised bill.
Fun Alternatives: It would be much better to eat in some of the other tavernas in the village.
Pepies, Monty Beach, Yialis and Ampelor are all excellent. They serve much larger portions and the prices are cheaper.
Try Monty Beach for a mixed Meze costs ý6-50 each and I defie you to finish it all, their salad bar is also excellent ý3-50 for a main course serve yourself salad with bread, and about 10 different types of salads to choose from or have some of them all.
Pepies is also excellent tell Minchu Bob & Betty from Scotland were asking for him.
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