Eurographics Symposium on Rendering
Cyprus, June 26-28, 2006
The symposium will take place at
the main assembly hall of the University of Cyprus (area
large view) at the Main Campus (campus map).
Map (The Main Campus of the University is pointed.)
How to get there
Cyprus is located in the Eastern
Mediterranean sea, and can be reached by several major international
airlines from European or Middle East gateway cities. From
North America, travelers can break up the journey in the European
city of their choice, or elect to keep connection time to
a minimum. Popular gateways include London, Paris, Amsterdam,
Athens, Frankfurt, Zurich, Helsinki, Rome etc. From Asia,
travelers can stop at Dubai, Haifa, Cairo, Beirut etc. Cyprus
Airways provides regular daily flights from many major European
and Middle Eastern gateways to the airports of Larnaca or
Paphos in Cyprus. We recommend the airport of Larnaca's since
is the biggest and the closest to Nicosia.
In Cyprus there are two International airports: Larnaca and Pafos. Most travellers reach Cyprus through the Larnaca International Airport. Flight time from London to Larnaca is 4.5 hours; from Frankfurt, 3.5 hours; from Athens, 1 hour and 35 minutes.
There are daily connections to London (BA, Cyprus Airways), Amsterdam (KLM/CA), Athens (CA, Olympic), Frankfurt (LH), Tel Aviv (CA, ElAl), Rome or Milan (CA/Alitalia), Vienna (Austrian), and frequent connections to Paris, Zurich, Moscow, etc.
Flight times are presented in the following table:
Flight Times to Cyprus
Athens 1hr 35min
Amsterdam 4hrs30 min
New York 11 hours
Tel Aviv 45min
The national carrier of Cyprus is Cyprus Airways:
A drive of about 50 km, 40 minutes, costing about
CYP 25 (CYP 30 between 18:00 and 6:00 am). Taxis can
be hired on your right as you exit the airport. For
a Taxi Company, you can search this webpage and select ΤΑΧΙ at Category.
There are scheduled bus rides by Intercity Buses to Nicosia,
costing about CYP 5. Buses depart from the Airport at 6:25,
8:40, 10:40, 12:40, 14:10 and 15:40 on weekdays; on Saturdays
there are no departures after 13:00, and there are no bus
rides on Sundays. You can buy tickets on your right as you
exit the Customs area, or you can call Intercity Buses at
+357 24643492, +357 22643493 or +357 24722700. The bus terminal
is on your left as you exit the Airport. For more information
Cars can be rented at the airport from most international
rental firms at a cost starting around CYP 15/day. However,
as in most former UK possessions, driving in Cyprus is on
the left side of the road, using right-wheeled vehicles, and
is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with this practice.
Cyprus, an island of legends that basks year-round in
the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A historic island, the
third largest in the Mediterranean where modern travelers
retrace the footsteps of figures as diverse as St. Paul,
Alexander the Great and Leonardo da Vinci.
Today Cyprus is a modern country that
effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment.
You will discover a compact world of alluring beaches and
fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees
and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves
and old stone villages.
The people of Cyprus owe their individuality
and warmth to the fact that they are the product of an amazingly
colorful history. This sun-drenched island has been at the
crossroads of world events for centuries. Roman, Byzantine,
Greek and British influences (to name just a few) have all
had a bearing on life in Cyprus. Perhaps that's why Cypriots
have a special knack of making visitors feel at home as soon
as they step off the plane or ship. That warm welcome, plus
the unhurried pace of daily life, makes Cyprus an instant
favorite of anyone who goes there. However, Cypriots managed
to positively and creatively assimilate the foreign influences
from all the invaders and to maintain unchanged the Greek
language and the cultural heritage.
In 1974 Turkey has invaded Cyprus and
occupied the northern part of the Island. More than a quarter
of a century after the invasion by Turkish troops, Cyprus
still remains the only divided country in Europe. However,
Cyprus can be proud of all its important achievements, the
greatest of all being its accession to the European Union.
With a modernized economy Cyprus is in
position to be part of a new peaceful and prosperous Europe
in which Greek and Turkish Cypriots together will be able
to utilize the vast opportunities that membership offers.
The challenge facing Cyprus is to ensure that both communities
have a role to play in the future of the country. A viable
and functional solution to the Cyprus problem will ensure
human rights for all the Cypriot European citizens and this
will guarantee security and well being.
Typically, summers in Cyprus are quite hot. Temperatures in
Nicosia in Janurary can be are about 24-30 C. For more information
on cypriot weather is available online.
The Cyprus unit of currency is the Cyprus Pound, abbreviated
as CY£. ( 1 CY£ ~ 1.7€ ) ( 1 CY£ ~ US $
2.10 ) (approximate values)
It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for
medical expenses, loss and accidents occurring during the
conference. The organizers cannot be held responsible for
any losses, damages or injuries.
Please note that participants from the USA, from Australia,
from Canada and from Western Europe do not need a passport
visa to travel to Cyprus. Participants from Syria, Jordan,
the Arab Gulf (Aman, Quatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, etc) and countries
of the former Soviet Union can obtain a visa upon arrival
at Larnaca Airport after presenting a letter of invitation
(to be issued by the conference organizing committee), a valid
passport, a return ticket to and from Cyprus and information
on local accommodation. If a visa is required for your country,
then please visit the following URL http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa.nsf/EmbassiesList
in order to find out your nearest cypriot consulate or embassy.
Electricity in Cyprus is 240V.
All major credit cards are accepted widely, but not everywhere.
If in doubt, ask in advance.
It is advisable to take some cash with you for the first few
days in Cyprus. Traveller's cheques are a safe alternative
to cash and are handy if you do not have a credit card.
Banks are open on week days between 8:30 and 13:00 and on
Mondays 15:15 - 16:45.
Cyprus Tourism Organization
and Information Office, Republic of Cyprus.
Cyprus Mail (daily
newspaper in English).
(weekly newspaper in English).