Getting there: Fly into Larnaca International Airport (LCA), located in the outskirts of Larnaca (Southern Cyprus) from most major European cities and almost all Middle Eastern capitals. There are no direct flights to Cyprus from the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand, so journeys involve at least one change of plane, often in London, Athens or Dubai.
Capital city: Nicosia.
Population: 1.177 million.
Religion: Predominantly Christian.
Language: Greek and Turkish.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Climate: Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate of cloudless,hot, and dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September and rainy, mild winters from November to mid-March.
Transport: The easiest way of getting around the island is by car — just be wary of locals viewing road rules as mere guidelines. Other options include taxis, motorcycles, quad bikes, scooters, beach buggies and bicycles. The latter is a great way to experience the island’s very beautiful coastal stretches.
Best time to travel: April to October is peak season with all attractions open and numerous festivals and activities to enjoy. Spring is also a good time to visit for the balmy climate and blooming countryside.
What to wear: Pack for beach weather in the scorching summers. Dress modestly if visiting religious places.