Hair-dressing salons in Cyprus are open on weekdays from 08.00-17.30 (19.00 in summer) except Thursdays and Sundays. It is advisable to book for an appointment, even though this is not always necessary. Approximate Prices for:

  1. a shampoo and set: CY5,00
  2. a perm: CY18,00
Most leading hotels have hair-dressing salons on their premises, with English-speaking personnel. A small tip is always appreciated.


Traditional hand-made items can be purchased from Souvenir Shops, found in every corner of the island. At the Handicraft Centre in Lefkosia, visitors can see the artisans weaving, basket-making, wood-carving, producing leather articles, pottery and traditional hand-made copper items.

The workshops are open from Monday to Friday: 07.30 - 14.30 and Thursday 15.00 - 18.00.
A large variety of hand-produced items are on sale at the Centre‹s shop. The Cyprus Handicraft Service has similar shops in La•ki Geitonia in Lefkosia, and in Lemesos, Larnaka and Pafos towns.
At La•ki Geitonia in Lefkosia, craftsmen still produce art - and craft-work in the traditional way, and from the shops there, visitors can buy genuine masterpieces of Cyprus hand- made items. In various villages and districts many kinds of hand-made art and craft-work are still produced by villagers in the traditional way. Some of these renowned villages are:
on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains about an hour's drive from Lemesos. Village known for its pottery, laces and traditional chairs.

on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains, about an hour's drive from Lemesos. Village known for its embroideries.

off the Lefkosia - Lemesos motorway, 45 minutes drive from Lemesos or Larnaka. Village known for its embroideries and silverware.

Marathassa valley, on the northern slopes of Troodos mountains. Village known for its traditional wooden carved basins.

Famagusta area, 10 minutes drive from Agia Napa. Village known for its basketware.

20 minutes drive from Lemesos (Limassol), off the Lefkosia - Lemesos motorway. Village, known for its pottery.

3 km, (1 1/2 m) east of Pafos town. Village known for its basketware.

Pafos area. (45 minutes drive from Pafos). Village known for its tapestry.


Health Food Stores with a wide range of high quality health food and health-care products and cosmetics are to be found in almost all towns. Furthermore various health food items and health-care products are found in Pharmacies and also in large supermarkets, all over the island.


In Cyprus the safety of local food and water supply is monitored by the Health Inspectors of the Medical and Public Health Services and the Local Authorities through frequent inspections of food establishments and water supplies and sampling of food and water for microbiological and chemical analysis. Water which is intended for human consumption is chlorinated and distributed through a piped system.

Therefore Cyprus is free from the epidemic diseases, and even the common infectious diseases are rare.
No vaccination is required for international travellers.
The climate in Cyprus is considered as one of the healthiest in the world.


Hitch-Hiking is not restricted in Cyprus, but certainly is not one of the "regular means of transportation".
Hitch-Hiking can be tiresome in the hot summer months, but may turn out to be a great pleasure as cypriot hospitality is legendary, and hikers will certainly experience the friendliness and simplicity of Cypriots, especially among the village folk. Hikers are advised to wear sunhats and sunglasses in summer, as common sense protection, while waiting for their free ride. Hitch-Hikers should always remember to keep to the left-hand side of the road, as driving in Cyprus moves on the left.

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