Cyprus

miscellaneous

Best time for shopping is from 10am to 4pm otherwise shops could easily be found closed. Generally cheapest prices could be found in big cities. Kiosks usually don't sell bread and vegetables.

things to buy

Cypriot wine - the iconic local variety known as Commandaria is strong, sweet and somewhat akin to Porto wine

Lacework of an intricate nature - from the village of Lefkara.

Zivania - is a strong spirit based alcoholic drink

Leather goods such as shoes and handbags

Jewellery

Paintings from Gallery 37

currency

Cyprus has the euro € as its sole currency along with 24 other countries that use this common European money. These 24 countries are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain official euro members which are all European Union member states as well as Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and the Vatican which use it without having a say in eurozone affairs and without being European Union members. Together, these countries have a population of more than 330 million.

One euro is divided into 100 cents. While each official euro member as well as Monaco, San Marino and Vatican issues its own coins with a unique obverse, the reverse, as well as all bank notes, look the same throughout the eurozone. Every coin is legal tender in any of the eurozone countries.

In Northern Cyprus, the "official" currency is the Turkish lira. Euros are widely accepted in Northern tourist centres, but typically at a 2,5/1 ratio while official course is 2,75/1 Apr 2015. There are many ATMs in the North too.Cash exchange in South Cyprus bank is subject of 3,5% commission.