10 life hacks for an athlete in Cyprus



STAYING SAFE

Cyprus is relatively safe. Crimes against athletes using Cyprus is not a widespread phenomenon – but you have to keep passports, money and valuables safe. In order to protect them, use the in-room safe, or leave them with the team coach. You should always take a scanned copy of your passport with you.

Cypriots, as well as local residents of other nationalities living on the island, are very sociable and friendly. People meet new friends or simply ask questions without feeling nervous or frightened. Don’t accept an invitation to go somewhere from strangers, but it is perfectly ok to walk around with fellow members of your sports team.




SPORT

Sporting activities for general physical preparation can be conveniently carried out right on the beach. All beaches on the island are municipal property. On the sea-front you can find free sites for workouts, sports and you are free to hold friendly tournaments such as volleyball or football.

In Cyprus, you will find a large number of people who like walking on the beach and hiking in the mountains. 300 days of sunshine per year and the mild climate of the Mediterranean make it possible to train outdoors all year round.

A pleasant way to get more exercise is if you go on a bike ride. In Cyprus you can easily rent a bike on the waterfront for €2/hour, each additional hour = €1.


NORTHERN CYPRUS

The Republic of Cyprus is a full member of the EU, but the country is still divided by the Green Line, which separates the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” from the rest of the island. The north of Cyprus can be reached on foot through the checkpoints in Nicosia: Ledra Palace and at the end of Ledra Street in central Nicosia. Remember that there are restrictions on the purchase of products (for example, Adidas) and import them to the southern side.

If you are going to cross the border by car, the main crossing in Nicosia is at Agios Dometios. Many cars leased in the south of the island, do not have insurance for the north. Please inquire about this in advance. At the checkpoints, you can buy car insurance to travel to the north.




ROAD TRAVEL

During sports and training sessions, you can rent a car and buy insurance using your national driver’s license. It is important to remember to drive on the left on the island, and that the steering wheel is on the right side. If you want to take a car just for the weekend, and not for your entire stay, a Smartsport.com client manager can assist you with short-term car rentals.

You can be fined if you drive without wearing a seatbelt or are using a mobile phone. You will face a major penalty if you are under the influence of alcohol while driving. However, all rental cars in Cyprus have red number plates and the local police tend not to stop them.



ENTERTAINMENT

Every day of your stay in Cyprus can be transformed into a magical show. Feel free to visit the info website cyprusevents.net, where you will find information about the cities and areas, as well as venues for dance, exhibitions, tours, discos, parties, sports, competitions, etc.


PURCHASES

During your training camp in Cyprus you will want to do some shopping and buy souvenirs. The currency used on the island is the Euro. You should know that the symbol of Cyprus is Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love. Images of the fairer sex always make a nice souvenir. Other popular gifts include a natural sea sponge, natural soap and olive oil. Carob syrup is another popular buy, known locally as black gold. Carob Syrup is unique for its healing properties. This 100% natural product is not expensive and can be bought in any local grocery store or supermarket. It should also have an inscription on it – Χαρουπόμελο.





ATTRACTIONS

The history of Cyprus spans over 9,000 years. What are some must-sees? There are 16 World Natural and Cultural Heritage sites on Cyprus. In this collection of World Heritage Sites include an ancient mosaic from the Hellenistic period in Paphos, the Roman theatre of Kourion, Frescoes from the Byzantine period in the mountainous region of Troodos and many more.

Explore artefacts from all eras and find more information on the Cyprus Tourism Organisation website visitcyprus.com. Next, go to the cyprusbybus.com site, to check out the bus schedule and you create a plan to get around the island.




ISLAND KITCHEN

The geographical location of Cyprus is characterized by the fact that the island lies at the intersection of sea routes from Africa, Europe and Asia. This fact delayed the need for particular gastronomic or culinary traditions for the country. Taste the local cheese, Halloumi, which is traditionally Cypriot brand. The potato harvest happens twice a year in Cyprus. Cyprus potatoes, grown in ultisol, are delivered to the table of the Queen of England, and sold in 20 countries.

On the varied menu you will always see the word Meze or mezze (/ˈmɛzeɪ/, also spelled mazzeh or mazze, which is Persian for – “taste, an appetizer.” This word is found in Turkish,Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Lebanese cuisine. In Cyprus, fish and meat Meze is on offer. By ordering for a group of 2-3 people you can try a lot of different snacks that are served both hot and cold. The cost of Meze starts from 15 Euros.

Athletes tend to be big fans of meat. Souvlaki is what to look for in a local tavern of all sizes. Souvlaki are small pieces of meat on a stick, often cooked on a grill (barbecue), Suvli are large pieces of meat. In Cyprus, this dish is prepared using beef, poultry, pork, veal, etc. It is important to remember that it is impossible to get food poisoning on the island, because in a small country, the main asset for the owner of the tavern or restaurant is its good reputation!


WEATHER

Sports training in Cyprus suits all seasons. In winter, the average temperature is +16°C with a lot of sunny days. Winter is the time footballers and cyclists also love to gather, as well as Triathletes. Spring starts early on the island. In late February, Cyprus celebrates the festival of blossoming in the almond village of Limnatis. By April, the air temperature +25°C, and the water in the Mediterranean Sea is warming up to +18°C. In this season athletes like to exercise in the open air, on a grass training field and feel the gentle warmth of the sun. Training camps in Cyprus in spring attract swimmers. They feel comfortable sitting around the edge of the pool under the rays of the spring sun and the water in the outdoor pools is heated to +28°C. Training meetings for gymnasts and the training of all martial arts are held in Cyprus all year. To track the weather forecast in Cyprus use the meteo.com.cy link.





USEFUL INFORMATION

For up to date information about the situation in Cyprus it’s easier just to stay in touch with a client manager of Smartsport.com. This is easy to do, because the island is almost entirely covered with a Wi-Fi network, but in practice there are always a lot of questions.

Useful phone numbers while in Cyprus:

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) +357 22 337715

Enquiry Service: 118 92

Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance): 112

Supplemental telephone codes: 194

Current time: 195

Airports (general number) +357 7777 88 33

Larnaca: +357 24 6430 00

Paphos: +357 26 42 28 33


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