Discover an island rich in history and culture, unique in natural beauty and full of wonderful experiences. Whatever the season, Cyprus provides ample opportu nity to experience something new, interesting and exciting.
The island of Cyprus lies in the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin, with an area of 9,251 square kilometers (3,572 square miles) making it the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia. The main official language of the island is Greek, while English is widely spoken. Cyprus is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) and during the European Summer Time (first Sunday of March and last Sunday of October) the local time is 3 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+3).
The climate of Cyprus makes the island one of the healthiest places in the world. The long, dry summer fills alike the bathing beaches and the pine clad mountains, where the climate is equally dry, sunny and bracing. The winter is mild and invigorating in the planes and the coastal belt (340 days of bright sunshine annually; lowest sea temperature in January 62F) where you can swim in the crystal clear blue sea or sunbathe on the lovely sandy beaches. On the mountains, snow begins to fall late December and skiing is usually possible from January to March.