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HAIR-DRESSING SALONS

Hair-dressing salons in Cyprus are open on weekdays from 08:00-18:00 (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:

  • a shampoo and set: CY£7
  • a perm: CY£18

Most leading hotels have hair-dressing salons on their premises, with English-speaking personnel. A small tip is always appreciated.


HANDICRAFTS

Traditional hand-made items can be purchased from Souvenir Shops, found in every corner of the island. At the Handicraft Center in Nicosia, visitors can see the artisans weaving, basket-making, wood-carving, producing leather articles, pottery and traditional hand-made copper items. A large variety of hand-produced items are on sale at the Center's shop. The workshops are open from Monday to Friday: 07:30 - 14:30 and Thursday 15:00 - 18:00.

The Cyprus Handicraft Service has similar shops in Laiki Yitonia in Nicosia, and in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos towns.
At Laiki Yitonia in Nicosia, 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:

Fini:
on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains about an hour's drive from Nicosia. Village known for its pottery, laces and traditional chairs.

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

Lefkara:
off the Nicosia- Limassol motorway, 45 minutes drive from Limassol or Larnaca. Village known for its embroideries and silverware.

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

Liopetri, Sorira:
Famagusta area, 10 minutes drive from Ayia Napa. Village known for its basket ware.

Kornos:
20 minutes drive from Limassol, off the Nicosia- Limassol motorway. Village, known for its pottery.

Geroskipou:
3 km, (1 1/2 m) east of Paphos town. Village known for its basket ware.

Fyti:
Paphos area. (45 minutes drive from Paphos). Village known for its tapestry.



HEALTH FOOD

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.


HEALTH REGULATIONS

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 travelers.


HITCH - HIKING

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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