Private guides and guided tours in Cyprus
Private guides in Cyprus
Phivos was born in Cyprus, it is his beloved motherland. For many years he has been travelling with passion throughout the whole island. He got acquainted with all the corners of the island by means of travelling through the countryside. These were some little tours on foot, by car or by bicycle.
Currency: Cypriot pound
Guide Licensing Information
COMMENTS ABOUT Cyprus:
The Republic of Cyprus is one of the third largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, with a sub-tropical climate that offers very mild, somewhat rainy winters, and summers that are warm and perfect for beach-going and other outdoor activities. International tourists come to Cyprus for Carnival, for the annual Wine Festival, to cycle along the famous Strovolos River Trail, and to scuba dive off the coast of Dhekelia where the sunken ship, HMS Cricket, has lain since 1915. Visitors also enjoy the Fasouri Watermania, the island’s biggest waterpark, and rock climbing in the Kyrenia mountain range.
Cyprus has a heritage of being one of the oldest recorded civilizations on earth, with archaeological remains that prove humans have inhabited the island country since the 10th millennium BC. There are many important historical landmarks on the island that hold protected status from UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, such as Khirokitia, a very well-preserved village dating from the Neolithic era.
The archaeological sites of Paphos are of great historical value, with the remains of palaces, tombs, and theaters that date from the second century, such as the Amphitheater of Odeon. According to Greek legend, Paphos is the place where Aphrodite landed when she rose out of the water, and a cult dedicated to the worship of Aphrodite was established at Paphos. You can see incredibly beautiful mosaic artworks that depict Aphrodite imagery at Nea Paphos.
Other notable historical landmarks on Cyprus include Kantara Castle in the Kyrenia Mountains, a fortress built by Byzantines in the 10th century as a lookout post to defend against raiding Arabs. In the ancient city of Nicosia the Kyrenia Gate is a remarkable landmark that was originally the entrance into the city through the Nicosian walls that were built in the 1500s by Venetians and today is a tourist information office.
Akamas is a well-known nature reserve with a famous loggerhead turtle sanctuary where British naturalist Sir David Attenborugh filmed a documentary. Akamas is also known as the spot where Aphrodite met Adonis, her lover, and a natural spring is named for the legend, Love’s Spring near Polis.
Popular tours in Cyprus
Culture and History tour in NicosiaBeautiful and surreal divided Walled Nicosia
Private tour in KyreniaBellapais Abbey and Boufavento castle
Private tour in FamagustaKantara castle and Walled Famagusta
Private tour in LarnacaLefkara lace and Larnaca birdwatching
Walking tour in PlatresTop Cyprus Walking Trip (Troodos) (Artemis and Caledonia Waterfalls)
Walking tour in PolisWalking Trip : Akamas Panorama
Walking tour in PaphosWalking Trip: Introduction to Xeros Potamos Valley and Vouni Panagias
- Caledonia Waterfalls trail - numerous stream crossings, Platres, Platres
- Artemis Trail, Nicosia, Top of Troodos
- A walk around Kantara castle, Famagusta, Kantara castle
- Vouni Panagias trail - walking through vineyards, Paphos, Paphos
- A steep slope along flat Artemis Trail, Limassol
- BellaPais Abbey with Pentadactylos mountains in the background, Kyrenia, BellaPais
- Ruins of a medieval monastery, Polis
- Unesco World Heritage Choirokitia neolithic settlement, Larnaca, Choirokitia
- Caledonia Waterfall, Platres, Platres
- Artemis Trail - under snow on relatively often in January, Platres, Platres
Guide Licensing Information for Cyprus
Anyone willing to provide tour guiding services in Cyprus legally should hold a license issued by the Cyprus Tourism Organization. If a person is conducting a tour and is unable to present a license upon request, he or she is subjected to a fine and possible legal prosecution, with a potential of deportation for foreign citizens.
In order to get a valid guide license in Cyprus one has to apply for it to the Cyprus Tourism Organization. This institution will only review the applications of specialists who hold certificates or diplomas issued by any recognized Tourist Guide School, speak fluent Greek and at least one foreign language, are proficient in local history and arts, and who weren’t convicted of any crimes in the past. A probation period or aptitude test may be required for certain candidates. All citizens of EU countries and foreigners with permanent working visas may enroll with the guiding courses at one of the recognized schools and then apply for the license.
Licensed guides can freely enter virtually all historic landmarks, cultural sites and museums without standing in line. However, they are usually asked to provide the license in order to pass. With all this, there are still wild guides present in Cyprus as well.
English is widely spoken and understood in Cyprus. I expect that would not need to learn the native language. Of course it always makes the locals very happy when a guest speaks at least a few words in their language.