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Locally produced items, which are popular to visitors, include leather goods, woven goods, (curtains and tablecloths), ceramics, copperware, silverware (especially filigree), baskets, and the famous traditional hand-made Lefkaritika lace. These can be purchased from the many souvenir shops found throughout the island and the Cyprus Handicraft Centers.
Cyprus wines and spirits, which have been famous for centuries, are also high on visitors' shopping lists, and can be purchased from supermarkets or grocery shops. Shoes, shirts, imported textiles and spectacles are good value for money. In most of the tourist areas, both souvenir shops and supermarkets remain open until late in the evenings, and all day on Sunday.
Shops are closed all day on Sunday and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Just before Christmas and Easter, shops usually remain open until late in the evenings. Supermarkets close one hour later on Friday evening and on Saturday noon.

Winter Period (November 1 - March 31)
Mon, Tue, Thu : up to 19:00 hrs
Wednesday : up to 14:00 hrs
Friday : up to 20:00 hrs
Saturday : up to 15:00 hrs
Summer Period (April 1 - October 31)
Mon, Tue, Thu : up to 20:30 hrs
Wednesday : up to 14:00 hrs
Friday : up to 21:30 hrs
Saturday : up to 17:00 hrs
Summer afternoon recess Mon, Tue, Thu and Friday (June 15-August 31) from 14:00-17:00 hrs


Winter Period (September 1 - June 30)
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 14:30
Thursday: 07:30 - 14:30, 15:00 - 18:00
Summer Period (July 1 - August 31)
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 14:30
Shops are closed all day Sunday and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.


September 15 - May 31
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 18:00
June 1 - September 14
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00

Shopping Opportunities

Part and parcel of any holiday is the question of what to take home. Leather is very good value. The shoe shops stock up-to-date styles at very reasonable prices. Handbags, suitcases and jackets are a good bargain. Shoes and jackets, as well as men's suits and shirts, can be made-to-measure within a week or so.

Handicrafts abound on every shopping street. A good spot to view them is the Cyprus Handicraft Center in Nicosia, with retail shops in every town. Small items of the distinctive, traditional pottery make good gifts and so does Cyprus copperware and filigree silver. Always popular is the beautiful 'Lefkaritika' or 'Lefkara Lace'. Folk weave, needle and crochet work, woodwork and basket ware are a few more of the things visitors like to take home with them, not to mention Cyprus brandy which can be bought by the demijohn, Commandaria and even "halloumi" - the Cyprus cheese.

Chemists, Pharmacy's, Drug Stores

They stay open during shopping hours. Names (addresses and telephone numbers) of chemists which stay open throughout the night, on Public Holidays and on Sunday are listed in the daily papers.

Names, addresses and telephone numbers of pharmacies which remain open during the night and on public holidays/ weekends are listed in the daily papers. They can also be traced through the following automatic telephone numbers:
in English in Greek
Lefkosia: 90901412, 90901402
Lemesos: 90901415, 90901405
Larnaka: 90901414,  90901404
Pafos: 90901416,  90901416
Ammochostos:90901413, 90901403


Angling In Dams

All people wishing to fish need to have special licenses that can be obtained from the head office of the Fisheries department in Nicosia, or from the district offices. The licenses are personal and are issued to persons over 12 years old. All licenses issued, expire by the end of each year. 
- Head Office Of Fisheries Department
  Aiolou Str. 13, Nicosia
  Tel: (22) 303526/304385, Fax: (22) 365955

- District Offices Of Fisheries Department: 

  Limassol: Near The Entrance Of The Old Port, Tel: (25) 330470 
  Larnaca: Piale Pasha Avenue (At The Fishing Shelter), Tel: (24) 630294 
  Paphos : Paphos Harbor, Tel: (26) 240268

Sixteen dams in Cyprus provide excellent fresh water fishing opportunities  throughout the year. These can be found in:

Nicosia district

- Kafizes dam: 78 km, (48 miles) from Nicosia, north-west of Troodos mountains.
- Kalopanagiotis dam: 70 km (44 miles) from Nicosia, south-west of Troodos. 
- Lefka dam: 64 km, (40 miles) from Nicosia on the northern foothills of Troodos mountains.
- Lympia dam: 22 km (14 miles) south - east of Nicosia town. 
- Palekhori dam: 39 km, (24 miles) from Nicosia on the north slopes of adelphoi mountains.
- Xyliatos dam: 45 km, (28 miles) south-west of Nicosia town. 

Limassol district

- Yermasogia dam: 10 minutes drive, north of Limassol  town. 
- Kourris dam: 25 minutes drive north-west of Limassol  town. 
- Prodromos dam: 4 km, (2,5 miles) from (Olympos) Troodos mountains.

Larnaca district

- Dipotamos: 30 minutes drive east of Lefkara. 
- Lefkara dam: near Lefkara village, 40 km (25 miles), west of Larnaca town. 
- Kalavasos dam: 40 km (25 miles) north-east of Limassol.

Paphos district

- Asprokremmos dam: 16 km, (10 miles) east of Paphos town. 
- Mavrokolympos dam: 11 km, (7 miles) north-west of Paphos town. 
- Evretou dam: 30 minutes drive south of polis. 

Ammochostos district:

- Achna dam: 25 km (16 miles) north-west of Larnaca town.


Discover the island on a bike! A most exciting way to enjoy the benefits of cycling with the pleasures of admiring, and exploring the vicinity. Facilities for renting classic bicycles are available in all towns and resorts. The cycle club (podilatokinisis) the cycling federation's own club, organizes various non racing cycling activities and events where everyone is welcome to participate. Similar activities are organized also by the Limassol cycling club. Cyprus is a natural mountain-biking place. Its terrain offers many opportunities for exciting mountain-biking in different tracks, making the island a paradise for the sport's fans.

Due to the excellent weather conditions prevailing on the island, both sports can be enjoyed almost throughout the year. Facilities for renting bicycles are available in all towns and sea- side resorts. General traffic regulations correspond to those in Europe, but traffic in Cyprus moves on the left hand-side of the road, not on the right. International road traffic signs are placed along roads and highways. Cyclists are advised to avoid cycling along the main roads at weekends, especially in the summer when traffic is very heavy.

If possible, cyclists, should also avoid riding due west in the late afternoon, as the glare of the setting sun can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous. Sunglasses and sunhat, at all hours of the day, during the summer months, are most advisable. The Cyprus cycling federation organizes contests in spring and autumn, in which everyone is welcome to participate.

The Cyprus Cycling Federation:
P. O. Box 24572 Nicosia.
Tel: (22) 456344

The Limassol cycling club:
P. O. Box 56142, Limassol,
Tel: (25) 363787
the Cyprus mountain bike association organizes local and international races. 

Cyprus mountain bike association
Tel: (22) 356174, Fax: (22) 350403


Two golf courses operate on the island.

1.      Tsada golf club is situated near Tsada village 15 minutes drive north of Paphos town. It is an 18 hole course, par 72, all greens and the total length is 6,050m. For more information please apply to: Tsada golf club, P. O. Box 2290, Paphos, Tel: (26) 642774/5, Fax: (26) 642776.

2.      Elias golf course is situated near Pareklissia village, 10 minutes drive east of Limassol. It is a 9 hole course, par 34, with browns and greens and the length is 3,000m. For more information please apply to: Elias Beach Hotel, P.O. Box 54300, Limassol, Tel: (25) 325000, Fax: (25) 320880

Hiking / Natural Trails

The many un-spoilt areas in Cyprus offer unforgettable hiking experiences to nature walkers. Special hiking excursions can be organized by the sightseeing tour operators.

1.      Troodos area: there are four formal, sign posted nature trails: Artemis: named after the ancient goddess of the forest Artemis (Diana). Atalante: named after the mythological forest nymph Atalante. Kaledonia: the trail of nightingales.
Persephone: name of the goddess of spring.

2.      Akamas area (near polis) there are two formal, sign posted nature trails. These trails are named after the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite and her lover Adonis who met in the Akamas area.

3.     Cape-Greco - Between Ayia Napa & Protaras (1 trail).

4.   Stavros tis Psokas - Paphos forest (2 trails)

5.   Madari trail - near Agros village (1 trail)

Note: For the Troodos and Akamas areas, there are detailed leaflets on the nature trails, available free of charge from all Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) Offices in Cyprus. You are kindly requested not to litter the environment or cut flowers and plants or cause any damages to any structures. The above actions contravene the forest law and legal proceedings will be taken against offenders. 

Sea sports 

Diving - sub-aqua activities:

- There are no dangerous underwater currents in any of the recommended diving areas. 
- Spear-fishing is prohibited within the bathers' areas, which are demarcated with red buoys.
- It is forbidden to remove antiquities and sponges from the bottom of the sea.
- There is a therapeutic decompression chamber for hyperbatic oxygen treatment at the Larnaca Makarion general hospital (new hospital), Tel: (24) 630300.
- Organized sub-aqua clubs and diving centers can be found in all towns and resorts, as well as at a number of hotels.
- Besides these clubs and centers, many firms sell or hire sub-aqua equipment. 

For more information please contact:
Cyprus Federation of Underwater Activities (C.F.U.A) P. O. Box: 21503, Nicosia, Tel: (22) 454647

Amateur fishing

Spear-fishing, angling, fishing with vertical lines or trolling (long lining with maximum one hundred hooks and with up to three fish traps), are the permitted fishing methods. Fishing with nets and with any other commercial methods, is not allowed. 

Species of fish which can be caught: sea-breams, groupers, amber jacks, sea-perch etc. Fishing boats can be found at the following fishing shelters and stations: 

Paphos district:

Paphos harbor - Paphos town.
Ayios Georgios Peyias: 20 km, (12 miles) north-west of Paphos town. 
Polis (latsi): 40 km, (25 miles) north of Paphos town. 
Pomos: 16 km, (10 miles) north of polis. 
Pyrgos: 40 km, (25 miles) north of polis. 

Larnaka district:

Zygi anchorage: off the Limassol - Nicosia highway - exit 16. 
Larnaca fishing shelter: East of Larnaca international airport. 
Ormidia: 16 km, (10 miles) east of Larnaca. 

Ammochostos (Famagusta) district:

Liopetri river: 16 km, (10 miles) west of Ayia Napa. 
Ayia Napa harbor: Ayia Napa village
Protaras. West of Paralimni. 

Sailing / Yachting

The climatic conditions existing on the island make it one of the healthiest countries of the world. The beauty of the deep blue and unpolluted sea and the interesting coastline make the island a popular and interesting place for yachting. The prevailing westerly wind during summer is steady, providing perfect sailing conditions. It is very unusual that the sea and the air temperatures in winter drop below 16o C and 9o C respectively thus making winter sailing a wonderful reality.


The clear blue waters of the sea around Cyprus and the long stretches of sandy beach offer excellent opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. The CTO public beaches which are located in very attractive sites, with cafeterias, bars and restaurants, offer full facilities to swimmers, including changing rooms, and beach furniture for hire (including parasols, chairs and reclining chairs).


Cyprus Olympic Range- Nicosia shooting club

The shooting range is located in the Latsia area, 8km (5 miles) south-west from the city center, near the main Nicosia-Limassol highway. Open every day except Mondays.

Winter timetable: 10.00 -13.00 & 14.30 till dusk. 
Summer timetable: 10.00-13.00 & 16.00 till dusk. 

Closed on the 2nd to the 4th week of August for summer holidays.
Cyprus shooting association. Tel: (22) 482660

Limassol shooting club

The club is located near Polemidia, 8 km (5 miles) north-west from the city center on the way to Troodos.

Open every day except Mondays.
Winter timetable: 10.00-13.00 & 14.30 till dusk. 
Summer timetable: 10.00-13.00 & 16.00 till dusk. 
Closed from the 2nd to the 4th week of August for summer holidays.

Tel: (25) 355572

Larnaca shooting club

The club is located on the south-west side of the salt lake, behind the old roman aqueduct (kamares) off the Limassol - Larnaca highway.

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.
Winter timetable: 14.00 till dusk.
Summer timetable: 16.00 till dusk.
Closed from the 2nd to the 4th week of August for summer holidays. 

Tel: (24) 636309, 625050

Ammochostos district shooting club

The club is located on the outskirts of Paralimni off the road to Sotira village.

Open every day except Sundays.
Winter timetable: 14.30 till dusk.
Summer timetable: 16.30 till dusk.
Closed the 2nd week of August for summer vacations.

Tel: (23) 827000

Paphos shooting club

The club is located in the anatoliko area, 12 km (8 miles) east of Paphos town on the way to Limassol.

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only
Winter timetable: 14.30 till dusk.
Summer timetable: 16.00 till dusk.
Closed from the 2nd to the 4th week of August for summer holidays. 

Tel: (26) 232109

Snow skiing

In Cyprus, snow-skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of mount Olympus (1,951 meters a.s.l.), from the beginning of January to the end of March. Mount Olympus is only 3 km, from Troodos hill resort, 12 km from Platres hill resort, and about an hour's drive from the seaside town of Limassol and the capital Nicosia. The Cyprus ski club possesses four ski lifts.

1.      Two of the lifts are installed on the north face of mount Olympus. One is 350 meters long and the other is 500 meters long.

2.      The other two ski-lifts are installed at "sun valley" south of Olympus and each is 150 meters long.


Tennis is a most fascinating sport enjoyed today by many Cypriots as well as by many visitors to the island. Tennis courts are found in all towns as well as in most hotels and hotel apartment complexes. Most of these tennis courts are all weather and flood- lighted.


  1. Guided excursions are organized by Sightseeing Tour Operators, and reservations for these excursions can be made either by contacting directly the Sightseeing Tour Operators of through the hotel Receptions.

  2. Tours are available from: Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Paralimni and Polis.

  3. The excursions comprise:

    1. Visits, (half-day or full-day) to nearly all the important places of interest throughout the island, i.e. archaeological sites, museums, monasteries, old churches, interesting villages, etc.,

    2. The services of qualified guides, licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organization,

    3. Transportation in air-conditioned coaches from and to the hotel,

    4. Entrance fees (unless otherwise stated in the sightseeing tour Operators program).

  4. Night tours are also organized by the Sightseeing Tour Operators, and these usually include dinner at a local restaurant where one can sample the typical Cyprus specialty, the meze, and enjoy folk dances, bouzouki music, etc.

  5. Short boat trips are also organized along the coast of Cyprus.

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