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October 18 - 20, 2009

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Supported by:
 

University of Cyprus

 

 
Integrated Project

IST-015964

European Association for Theoretical Computer Science

 

Limassol Co-operative Savings Bank Ltd

 

IBM Cyprus

 

 

 

  About Cyprus

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Cyprus, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, is an island situated in the North-Eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea, at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia. The legend of the birth of Aphrodite, emerging through the foam of the sea waves, can be compared to the geological birth of Cyprus, in the sense that the island rose from the ocean. The nucleus of this phenomenon is the mountain range of Troodos, which is 92 million years old. The rocks of Troodos were created from the ancient oceanic bark, which started rising from the sea 10 million years ago. First emerged from the sea the Troodos massif on to which limestone sediment began to attach gradually leading to a drop in the depth of the seas. The last to become attached was the Pendadactylos range to the north of the Troodos massif. Cyprus emerged from the sea 1,85 million years ago.

 

Cyprus is a country where 21st century still rubs shoulders with history. It is an island with great diversity, combining western bustle and eastern calm. Cosmopolitan hotels, restaurants and nightclubs coexist with quiet mountain villages seemingly untouched by the 21st century. The island's strategic location has been a major factor in shaping its history throughout the centuries and, in recent years, its development into a centre for international business. This sun-drenched island has been at the crossroads of world events for centuries. Greek, Roman, Byzantine and British influences have all had a bearing on life in Cyprus. 10,000 years of history and culture have left Cyprus a heritage rich in historical and artistic treasures - Byzantine monasteries, ruins of Greek and Roman monuments and Venetian castles.


It has a marvellous climate with an average of 340 days of sunshine per year, fine sandy beaches, pine scented forests and vine covered hillsides. The weather in Cyprus in October is warm and pleasant during the day and cooler in the evening; temperatures range from 15-27C (60-80F).

Travel to Cyprus is easy, with direct flights from key cities around Europe. Intercontinental travelers will find it easy to take connecting flights from London or Athens, for example Lemesos is 30 minutes by car from Larnaka airport.

The people of Cyprus owe their individuality and warmth to the fact that they are the product of an amazingly colourful history. That's why Cypriots make visitors feel at home as soon as they step on the island.

 Time

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Cyprus time is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and an hour ahead of Central Europe Time. Along with the rest of continental Europe, the clock is advanced one hour during summer, from the end of March to the end of September, almost a month earlier than the UK, the US and Canada. Therefore keep in mind that the time difference with these countries is one hour greater for some weeks in April and October.

Climate
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You will find the Cypriot climate generally mild. Cyprus has a warm Mediterranean climate with breezy winds close to the coast and cooler summer nights. An outstanding feature of the Cypriot climate is its ample sunshine, estimated to be 3,000 hours per year! Winters are mild and the rain season is between November and March.
Following are the average temperatures for Cyprus:

Months

Average Temperature

January

12˚C

February

13˚C

March

14˚C

April

17˚C

May

21˚C

June

24˚C

July

27˚C

August

28˚C

September

26˚C

August

28˚C

September

26˚C

August

28˚C

September

26˚C

October

22˚C

November

18˚C

December

14˚C

Outlet Plugs

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The outlet plugs in Cyprus are of 240 Voltage and  type G (as in UK).

 

Useful Links

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CYPRUS TOURISM ORGANISATION

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CYPRUS GOVERNMENT PAGE

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CYPRUS MAP

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CYPRUS WEATHER

 

 

 

Last Change: 01 September 2009