Information & Facts
Nicosia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine
year round. Long dry summers and mild winters are separated by
short autumn and spring seasons. Summer is a time of high
temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a
pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Winters are mild, with
some rain and snow on Troodos Mountains.
The Nicosia Bus Company services routes all over the city, all
starting from Solomos Square terminal in the centre. Buses run
every half hour or so, with less frequent service at weekends. The
Nicosia Municipality runs free yellow buses in the old city. There
are numerous taxi companies, operating metered cabs, which can be
ordered by telephone or hired at the Eleftheria Square taxi
The majority of Cypriots speak Greek, and a small
percentage speaks Turkish. The Greek Cypriot dialect differs from
mainland Greece. English, German and French are spoken in tourist
The currency was changed to the Euro (EUR) on 1 January 2008.
Major credit cards are accepted at most establishments. Money and
travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, open from Monday to
Friday. There are ATMs spread throughout the island, operating 24
hours a day.
GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to last Sunday