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Information for visitors with special access needs in Cyprus

Accessible Cyprus an island to discover!

A number of facilities are available to visitors with special access needs who wish to visit Cyprus. Some hotel establishments provide a range of facilities to meet special needs and requirements.

Both Larnaca and Pafos International airports are accessible to visitors with all kinds of access needs. Facilities include available accessible wash-rooms,charging stations for electric wheelchairs at departure gates,ramps to allow a person on a wheelchair to exit the buses and additional assistive services meeting European Regulation 1 107/2006 concerning the right of disabled travelers.

In 2007, the Cyprus Parliament approved and introduced the use of the European Blue Badge for parking at designated places for the disabled,available all over the island, both in public roads and public parking areas.

Most of Cyprus towns are fairly accessible with a wheelchair but much work is yet to be carried out to improve infrastructure.

A person using a wheelchair is advised to be accompanied by an able person for assistance in inaccessible areas.


Places of interest accessible to wheelchairs

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

  • Kato Pafos archaeological Park: Partly accessible to wheelchairs following directions given by the site's staff. (Route not marked), Special Parking Space : available (marked), Special Rest Rooms: available (marked)
  • Kourion Archaeological Site (Lemesos): Almost the entire site is wheelchair accessible:small bridges and passageways. (The site's western part can be accessed via a special entrance that can be opened by the site's guards),Special Parking Space: available (marked),Special rest rooms: available (marked)


MUSEUMS

Cyprus Museum (Archaeological) Lefkosia: Entrance: Ramp; Museum Rooms: Chair Lift; Special Parking Space: available (not marked)Special rest rooms: available (temporary location in area accessed with difficulty).


ACCESSIBLE CHURCHES AND OTHER MONUMENTS


Byzantine churches

  • Church of Archangelos Michail, Pedoulas village
  • Church of Panagia (Our Lady) tis Podithou, Galata village
  • Church of Panagia (Our Lady) tou Araka,Lagoudera village
  • Church of Panagia (Our Lady) tou Moutoulla, Moutoullas village
  • Church of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), Pelendri village.
  • Church of Panagia (our Lady) tis Aggeloktistis, Kiti Village

OTHER MONUMENTS:

Halan Sultan Tekke (mosque), Larnaka : Partly accessible ; Entrance :Accessibility (not marked) only in the garden but not inside the mosque.

 

ACCESSIBLE BEACHES

Beaches with ramps available for disabled :

  • Akti Olympion Beach (Lemesos)
  • CTO Beach Dasoudi ( Lemesos)
  • Foinikoudes Beach (Larnaka)
  • Municipal Beach of Agia Napa
  • Fig Tree Beach (Protaras)

*special wheelchairs for the use of these ramps may be obtained free of charge from the on duty lifeguard of the beach


GOING OUT/SHOPPING

Generally, moving around in Cyprus' city centres is easy due to the flat road surfaces, the good condition of most pavements, efficient traffic control and the availability of municipal and other parking places for the disabled.

Most of the Malls and Shopping Centres in Cyprus have available parking places, lifts and ramps for wheelchair users as well as do restaurants including fast food and international kitchens,cafes,bars, etc.

Wide pedestrian streets are found in the historical city centres. Beautiful seafront promenades with lots of dining places, pubs, cafes and souvenir shops are easily accessibly to everybody. Most Banks' branches in Cyprus are accessible to disabled persons.


 

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