is part and parcel of every vacation. In Cyprus, there are plenty of
opportunities to shop for a wide range of items and souvenirs. Local
currency is the Cypriot Pound, which is divided into 100 cents. Most
shops will gladly accept purchases in British Pounds and American
produced items on the island offer you the best value for your money.
There are literally hundreds of shops, stalls and outlets marketing a
range of handicrafts, which include carved wood items, silverware and
lace. Look out for shops that are members of the Cyprus Handicraft
Service. This is a government-run venture through which local artisans
display their goods. If you're looking for genuine Cypriot crafts that
are not mass-produced then these are the shops to visit.
items on Cyprus are particularly good value. Shops across the island are
stocked up with the latest leather fashions, including shoes, handbags,
suitcases and leather jackets. Some of these items you won't find
cheaper for the same quality anywhere else in Northern Europe.
- especially Lefkara Lace - is a much sought-after gift from Cyprus.
Hand-produced in the small village of Lefkara in the hills to the south
of Nicosia, Lefkara Lace has a history that stretches back some 400
years. Many of the traditional techniques are still followed by the
current generation of lace makers, their delicate designs being used to
create tablecloths, shawls, blouses and many other items.
Lefkara too you can explore the world of silver crafts and learn how
local artisans create exquisite silverware items. All around the island
local silverware is sold. Silver jewellery items are particularly good
popular items to shop for on Cyprus include wickerwork, local foodstuffs
and alcoholic beverages - notably Commandaria wine.