Cyprus ticks all the boxes as a great holiday destination. An island in the eastern Mediterranean, you can have an action-packed holiday here or you can laze around in one of the 160 beaches, many of which are Blue Flag certified. Coral Bay, Nissi Beach, and the Fig Tree Bay regularly rank among the best European beaches.
But there is a lot more to do on the island. You can immerse yourself in the history and archaeology. Visit the ancient ruins. See painted churches in the Troödos, the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, and Paphos – the birthplace of Aphrodite. There are castles and beautiful monasteries all over the island.
There are adventure activities to enjoy as well. Dive into the depths to explore lost airlines and shipwrecks or go on a sailing trip. There is golfing and skiing in the winter. Many beaches offer water sports like speed boat and banana boat rides, and parasailing. Then there is nightlife at Ayia Napa, where you will find many clubs offering late-night entertainment.
Here are some of the top things to do in Cyprus –
#1 – Go Beach Hopping
The Cypriot beaches are fantastic. There are 160 of them to choose from. Many of them are very popular and lined with loungers and umbrellas. However, thanks to the islands craggy coastline, you will find many hidden coves and bays too where there are hardly any tourists. Just relax and get a gorgeous tan.
Top Cyprus Beaches – Nissi Beach, Konnos Bay, Coral Bay, Lara Bay, and the Fig Tree.
You have to visit Nissi Beach to check out its foam party. Gorge on burgers at Konnos Beach. Many beaches have promenades, bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops. Stop by Aphrodite’s Rock for stunning views.
#2 – Visit the Historical Places
There are so many ancient ruins and archeological sites to discover. Follow the Aphrodite Route, from Akamas to Cape Greco in the southeastern tip of the island. Tombs of the Kings, Paphos Archaeological Park, and Leventis Museum are all must-visits. Cyprus has been at the confluence of the East and the West, the Muslim and Christian worlds. You can see the influence of the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Romans. Visit Kyrenia for its castles. See the iconic Famagusta Gate.
Best Historical Places – Saint Hilarion Castle, Kourion, Bellapais Monastery, The House of Dionysus.
#3 – The Religious Sites
There are many beautiful churches and mosques to see. You will find Greek Orthodox churches everywhere. The Agios Saranta, a short distance away from Protaras is a must-see. Also see the Church of St Lazarus, St Neophytos Monastery, Hala Sultan Tekke, Kykkos Monastery, and the Stavrovouni Monastery.
#4 – Hiking in Cyprus
Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula are the two main areas for hikers. Akamas is at the tip of the northwest. A national park, this cape area has a wooded headland and 2 peaks you can reach without too much sweating. There is a turtle sanctuary as well and the Baths of Aphrodite. South from Akamas and close to the city of Paphos you will find the wonderful Avakas Gorge. Walk through this 3-kilometer long narrow gorge and appreciate the beauty of the rock formations on both sides.
The Cape Greco region is at the southeastern tip. The forest park has many beautiful trails with stunning viewpoints. The park is close to both Aiya Napa and Protaras.
Hike your way along the Adonis Trail, Aphrodite Trail, Artemis Trail, and the route from Konnos Bay to the Cape Greco.
Best time for hiking – The summers, spring, or autumn.
|Paphos||Good for history – There are fortresses, ancient ruins of tombs, theaters, and the Paphos Archaeological Park|
|Coral Bay||Popular beach in the west coast. Boat rentals, swimming. Visit the sea caves. Good for families. Go karting, amusement parks.|
|Ayia Napa||The nightlife capital of Cyprus. Many bars and discos. Nissi Beach is one of the finest on the island.|
|Limassol||Local nightlife and family city with a bit of everything. The Archaeological Museum showcases artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. Limassol Castle. Waterparks. Many hotels, cafes, and villas for rents.|
|Protaras||Serene and peaceful neighborhood. Good for diving. Home of the famous Fig Tree Bay.|
|Pernera||Immediately north of Protaras. Best for families with nice and sandy beaches.|
|Nicosia||The world’s only divided capital. For shopping and history. The city with many museums.|
|Larnaca<||Culturally rich history. City for the religious tourist. See the Church of Saint Lazarus, Stavrovouni Monastery, and the Hala Sultan Tekke. Flamingos at the Salt Lake.|
#5 – The Natural Attractions
The interiors are hilly with lush forests. There are at least two beautiful waterfalls. According to legend, Aphrodite and the Greek God Adonis loved to bath together at the Adonis Baths. There is a pool below the waterfall where you can swim. Millomeris waterfalls is located in a forest. This is a serene and peaceful place, perfect for relaxing.
Then there is the iconic Aphrodite’s Rock, where the Goddess of beauty, love, and passion was born according to Greek mythology. The rock sits just beside the sea. Take a picture here and swim in the Mediterranean. Many believe it provides vitality.
#6 – Adventure Sports in Cyprus
White River, the RS Zenobia shipwreck, George’s Wall, Jubilee Shoals, Manajin Island close to Paphos, and George’s Island in the Akamas peninsula are all good diving spots. Summer is the best time for diving and snorkeling. Memi Mine in Troodos and the Germasogia Water Dam is just perfect for kayaking. Of course, you can also kayak around the island to take a closer look at its craggy coastline and to go into the caves.
Choose Paphos or Cape Greco for rock-climbing. Go paragliding, enjoy speed boat, banana boat rides, or jet skiing if you are on the beach. There is skiing as well on the island during the winter months.
#7 – Horse Riding, Cycling
There are many cycling trails too on the island and also several stables that can rent you a horse. Go on a full-day or half-day trip to explore the hills, villages, and the countryside. Holiday villas for rent in Cyprus can also arrange these trips. Carry a picnic lunch with you. End your trip with a gorgeous sunset view.
#8 – Shopping in Cyprus
Carry back home a souvenir of your visit to Cyprus. Pick from the famous handmade embroidery Lefkaritika, unique pottery, textiles, and silverware.
|Nicosia||Capital city with trendy stores. Buy shoes, traditional jewelry, and fabric. Ledra Street will give you a European and Middle East feel. Browse through the Laki Geitonia pedestrian neighborhood or the big chains at Makariou Avenue.|
|Limassol||For stylish and designer shopping. Makarios Avenue has many showrooms and high-end boutique stores. Go to the St Andrew’s Street for artwork, fine jewelry, and handcrafted items. You will find everything at Aneksartisias Street.|
|Larnaca||The home of handmade embroidery Lefkaritika. The oldest city of Cyprus is the best place to buy silverware, pottery, and handmade lace. Zenon Kitieos Street is the main shopping area. There are many markets and craft shops here.|
|Paphos||Buy pottery and rare handicrafts. Visit the Fold Art and Handicraft Center for wool, textiles, cotton, and precious stones. The harbor side shopping district sells handbags and leather goods.|
#9 – Partying on the Island
Ayia Napa is undoubtedly the best place on the island for parties and nightlife. There are dozens of discotheques and more than 80 bars where the party starts close to midnight and often goes on till 7 in the morning. Aiya Napa can easily compete with Ibiza. In fact, the city was mentioned in the Guinness World Record Book, for the greatest number of clubs. Blue Moon Bar, Club Ice, River Reggae, Club Aqua, Black N White Club Carwash Disco, Soho Club, and the Nissi Bay Beach Bar are some of the best places to party. Most of them are located around the town center.
Many clubs have special theme events that are inspired by the Flintstones and others. Bartenders wear Leopard costumes. Guests turn up wearing exotic dresses. There are international DJs performing between June and August. There is also the famous Fantasy Boat Party between July and August. Enjoy 5 hours of partying on the Mediterranean Sea. there is loud music, outdoor and indoor dance floors, and alcohol.
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