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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this page contains answers to many of your questions. We have grouped the questions under three headings:

Cyprus Questions

How long is the flight?

Approximate flight time to Larnaca (LCA) or Paphos (PFO) is 4 hours 30 minutes from the UK. Both airports offer duty free, car hire and bureau de change facilities.

What is Cypriot food like?

Cyprus is proud of its mouth watering dishes, sweets and pastries, and locally grown fruits and olives. Tavernas, restaurants and bars serve fresh fish and typical Cypriot dishes such as kebabs, souvla and kleftiko. On average, breakfast costs around £3.00 and evening meal around £10.00 per person. A bottle of Cypriot wine is also approximately £4.00 and a pint of local Keo lager around £2.00.

What”s the weather like in Cyprus?

The average daytime, peak temperature is around 36c in July and August. Cyprus has a long, very hot and dry summer, a short spring and autumn, and a mild but changeable winter around 21c

How do I find where I am staying?

2-weeks before departure we will send you detailed directions. If required we can also reserve a taxi to meet you at the airport. The taxi charge is usually around CY£18 to Paphos.

What is the currency in Cyprus?

From January 2007 the Cypriot pound was replaced by the Euro. £1 GBP is approximately equivalent to 1.45 EUR. Cash machines are widely available in the tourist areas of Cyprus. Your own bank is likely to charge a small withdrawl fee in the region of £1.75. Credit cards and debit cards are also widely accepted.

Is car hire recommended?

Yes, if you want to get about the island or if you have chosen a secluded property. It is recommended that you try and book in advance for the summer months and have the car waiting at the airport. Road signs are in both Greek and English and the traffic drives on the left.

Are Passports & Visas Required?

Visas are not required for EEC passport holders although a full passport with 3 months minimum validity from date of return is required. If your travel continues onwards to other countries, it is recommended that you obtain necessary visas before leaving Britain.

Is Travel Insurance Required?

Yes, travelers are advised to purchase comprehensive medical insurance to include accommodation cancellation, prior to departure. Take your holiday insurance papers with you, as in the case of an emergency they can often help with local assistance. Hospitals are well equipped and usually have English speaking staff. No inoculations or vaccinations are compulsory for UK residents.

Is the Water Drinkable?

Yes, you can drink tap water in Cyprus although visitors often buy bottled water.

What Voltage Supply Is Used?

UK type 240 volts AC, 50Hz. 13-amp square 3-pin plugs, most UK appliances will work abroad.

Do mobile phones work in Cyprus?

Most mobile phones do work in Cyprus, check that your provider has activated your phone for use abroad and check in advance of your call charges

What days are Cyprus Public holidays?

01 Jan New Years Day
06 Jan Epiphany
25 Mar Greek Independence Day
01 Apr EOKA Day
01 May May Day
15 Aug Assumption of the Blessed Mary
01 Oct Cyprus Independence Day
28 Oct Ochi Day
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas
01 Jan New Years Day
Other local authority closures are on 25 March and 28 October and at Kataklysmos (this date changes yearly depending on Orthodox Easter around May).

Florida Questions

How long is the flight?

Approximate flight time to Orlando International (ORL) or Sanford International (SFB) is 9 hours. Both airports offer duty free, car hire and bureau de change facilities.

What is the food like in Florida?

There are many fast food restaurants to choose from in Florida as you would probably expect at prices cheaper than in the UK. If it’s a family meal you are looking for, Sizzler or Ponderosa Steakhouse offer all you can eat menus at around $10.99 which include non-alcoholic re-fills. The attraction parks are a little more expensive for food and drink as you may expect, so plan your day ahead.

What’s the weather like in Florida?

The average daytime, peak temperature in July and August is around 32c dipping to around 21c in January. Heavy rain showers are common place late in an afternoon during the summer months which offers a welcomed break in the humidity. This soon clears within an hour and all is back to normal so don”t let it put you off.

How do I find where I am staying?

2-weeks before departure we will send you detailed directions. If required we can also help book car hire or even arrange for our management company to greet you at the airport and provide a car following” service to our home. This usually costs a little less than a taxi and is also useful if you have extra luggage

What is the currency in Florida?

The currency is US dollars ($), approximately $1.90 is equal to £1.00 pound sterling as at January 2008 although this is usually nearer to $1.70. All major credit and debit cards are widely accepted. You can also withdraw money from cash machines although the banks levy a charge of around £1.50

Is car hire recommended?

Yes, this is essential for getting about in Orlando where everything is so far apart. Most flights offer a ‘fly-drive’ package which links your flight and car together. On arrival, your exit through the airport will take you to some of the on-site car rental companies such as Dollar, Hertz and Avis. Staff are always ready to help and will even provide you with a easy to follow map to help you safely on your way

Are Passports & Visas Required?

You may travel on a valid British Citizen passport without the need of a visa as long as your stay is for less than 90 days, have a return ticket and do not answer ‘yes’ to any question on the USA Immigration and Visa Waiver form that you will be required to complete during your flight. These questions cover items such as disease, criminal offences, espionage and seeking work. If you have any concerns contact the US Embassy in London.

Is Travel Insurance Required?

Yes, travellers are advised to purchase comprehensive medical insurance to include accommodation cancellation, prior to departure. Take your holiday insurance papers with you, as in the case of an emergency they can often help with local assistance. Always try to seek insurance approval before obtaining treatment in non-emergency situations as simple x-ray’s or consultations can run in to hundreds of pounds.

Is the Water Drinkable?

No, it is recommended to buy bottled water, although this is safe for brushing your teeth or washing.

What Voltage Supply Is Used?

US type 110 volts 2-pin plugs, most UK appliances will work with an adaptor.

Do mobile phones work in Florida?

You would usually require a tri-band phone to use in Florida, check that your provider has activated your phone for use abroad and check in advance of your call charges.

How much will a flight cost?

This varies greatly between £250-£500 so I would recommend calling a couple of local travel agents and comparing prices. You would usually want to check that your quote includes non-stop flight, taxes & security fee, meal and car hire with comprehensive insurance such as CDW and SLI. Teletext ITV 222 offers many reputable flight carriers, but the price you see will usually increase a further £100 p/person after the extras have been included.

General Questions

Who are Cyprus Property Rentals & Sunrise Villas?

Sunrise Villas is a family run, home business with holiday homes in Cyprus & Florida. With the help of Cyprus Property Services Ltd we offer independent travelers, cost effective, quality accommodation through Cyprus Property Rentals

What is the rental rate?

Our rates are for the entire property on a weekly basis and not per person, inclusive of all facilities unless advised at time of booking (e.g. pool heating) Prices quoted are in pounds sterling.

On which days can I book from?

Bookings can be taken on any day of the week to suit your flight arrangements

How do I book?

Check the availability of the home using the calendar, call us to hold the date preferred and then complete and send the booking form with payment. Once we have received the booking form we will send you written confirmation.