Travel guide

Aphrodite’s island.

Welcome to the island of love, where, according to popular legend, the beautiful Aphrodite was born. Its rural and seascapes will make you fall in love with this small Greek island. Wander from Byzantine frescoes to archaeological sites before enjoying a delicious mezze…

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Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

For those who don’t know their way around Greek, you’ll find a basic glossary:

  • Good morning / Good evening = Geia sas / Kalispéra
  • How are you? = Pós eísai ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Polý kalá , sas efcharistó , kai eseís?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Échete miloún galliká / Angliká
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = katalavaíno / Den katalavaínofield
  • Sorry = synchóresi
  • Goodbye = antío
  • Welcome = Kalós ílthate
  • Thank you (very much) = sas efcharistó polý
  • Excuse me/Please = Me synchoreíte
  • I am French = Eímai Gállos
  • My name is… = Me léne …
  • No thanks = óchi efcharistó
  • Yes/No = naí / den
  • You’re welcome = típota

Key figures

Surface area: 9 251 km²

1.17 million inhabitants (2016)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTP
  • MMR
  • Rubella and mumps

Preventive vaccination against hepatitis A and B may be recommended, as well as against typhoid fever and meningococcal disease, depending on the length and conditions of your stay.


The Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the European Union since 2004, and the entire territory of the island is legally part of the Union (application of the acquis communautaire is considered “suspended” in the north, given the de facto situation there). Any national of a Member State can therefore move freely throughout the island and cross the buffer zone simply by presenting a valid identity document at the crossing points. There are seven crossing points through the buffer zone: two in the west (Limnitis/Yesilirmak; Astromeritis/Zodeia); three in Nicosia (Ayios Dometios/Metehan; Ledra Palace and Ledra/Lokmaci), the last two being reserved for pedestrians and cyclists; two in the east (Pergamos/Pyla and Ayios Nicolaos/Strovilia).