Leisure, Entertainment & Culture In Cyprus

Art Galleries & Exhibitions

There are many permanent art exhibitions at the numerous galleries and museums across the island. There are also frequent temporary exhibitions at galleries and hotels (see local press for current guides). A diverse mixture of work can be found, created by both local and International Artists.
For a taste of Cyprus' artistic history visit 'The Archaeological Museum', where Cypriot antiquities and art treasures from the Neolithic Age to the early Byzantine period are on display.

Shopping
Shopping hours in Cyprus change in line with the seasons.
From June to October shops are typically open from 9am - 7.30pm (with a break from 1pm - 3pm) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
During the cooler months, closing time is brought forward to 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
On Wednesday and Saturday shops are generally open from 8am-2pm all year round, and on Sundays most shops outside of tourist areas are closed.

Cinema & Theatre

Pafos

"Rio Cinema" located in "Planet adventure" entertainment center offers seven Digital Video and audio screens showing the latest blockbuster movies and 3D showings.
Almost all films are shown with their original English soundtrack.
For further information on what's showing now:

Rio Cinema (Planet Adventure)
Tel: +357 26 207 000

Limassol

There are few cinemas in Limassol, the largest being the K Cineplex Cinema.

Rio Cinema
Tel: +357 25 871 410

Cineplex Cinema
Tel: +357 25 431 955

Othellos Cinema
Tel: +357 25 363 811

Theatre

The Cyprus Theatre Organization (TH.O.C.) presents around nine new productions every year, both classical and modern, as well as plays by Greek and Cypriot playwrights. For further information please contact:

The Cyprus Theatre Organisation
Tel: +357 22 492 900

TV Stations & Satellite TV

There are 10 national channels, 2 of which are state-owned (CYBC1 & CYBC2) offering a balance of Greek and English language programmes. There are some regional channels available in different areas. Lumiere TV (LTV) is a national terrestrial pay channel. Cable and Satellite TV packages are also available from 20 Euro per month depending on channels selected.

Music & Radio

There are frequent live music performances throughout Cyprus. The Cyprus Chamber Orchestra regularly performs in major towns and also gives concerts on various occasions. 'Musical Sundays' are organised by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in Pafos, Limassol, Larnaka, Agia Napa and Paralimni, and the 'Day of Music' is celebrated on the 21st of June in all towns. Additionally, there are over 120 local radio stations in Cyprus, providing listeners with a large variety of music, news and more. Many international radio stations can also be also received here including BBC World Service (MHz 17.64, 15.57, 9.410, 6.195 or 1323AM). BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) also broadcasts in English on 99.6FM (East), 92.1FM (West) and 89.7FM (Lefkosia).

Spas

Cyprus is one of the leading spa destinations in the Mediterranean. Both Pafos and Limassol offer world-class spa facilities at numerous resort hotels, where in many instances annual health club memberships are available.

Festivals

In Cyprus, barely a week passes by without a festivity of some kind! Easter is the most important event in the Greek Orthodox religious calendar, and is widely celebrated across the island; with lively parades surging through the streets. Vibrant flower festivals dating back to ancient Greek times shower towns and villages with colour in the springtime. There are also numerous 'name days' where homage to a saint is paid, and of course aptly celebrated. Carnival festivities take place in all towns in March, with fantastic parades, music, and dancing enlivening the island. Pafos Aphrodite Festival is an annual open-air event that takes place at the Medieval Castle of Pafos. Internationally renowned performers and producers present these Operas. For more information please contact the events' organisers:
The Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus

Tel: +357 26 822 218
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Clubs & Federations

There are many sports and leisure clubs in Cyprus; just some of these are listed below:

Cyprus Golf Federation
Tel: +357 22 449 874
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Minthis Hills Golf Club
Tel: +357 26 642 774

Evagoras Pallikarides Cultural Club
Tel: +357 26 932 550

Larnaka Nautical Club
Tel: +357 24 623 399

Famagusta Nautical Club
Tel: +357 25 879 767

Cyprus Badminton Federation
Tel: +357 22 449 868

Cyprus Bowling Federation
Tel: +357 70 007 155

Official Cyprus Ski Club
Tel: +357 22 449 873

Cyprus Motorsport Federation
Tel: +357 99 773 590

The Cyprus Equestrian Federation
Tel: +357 22 872 172

Nicosia Race Club
Tel: +357 22 782 727

Cyprus Tennis Federation
Tel: +357 22 449 860

Pafos Tennis Club
Tel: +357 26 939 068

There are also a number of expatriate clubs across the island; one of the largest in the Pafos area is the UKCA.

Sports & Leisure Activities
Cyprus is the perfect place for outdoor living, leisure and sports. Just some of those on offer include:

  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Horse riding
  • Downhill skiing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Golfing
  • Mini-golf
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Archery
  • Angling (reservoir)
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Sailing/Yachting
  • Jet skiing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Water skiing
  • Go-karting
  • Car rallying
  • Hang gliding
  • Horse racing
  • Paragliding
  • Shooting
  • Scuba diving
  • Aviation sports
  • Paragliding
  • Squash