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Cyprus is a unique place. The fact that the Greek goddess Aphrodite was born on its banks gives it an unusual mystery. The island has always been the target of attacks by numerous conquerors who wanted to take advantage of its strategic position between three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe. It often changed hands. The Greeks, Turks and British fought for it.

Today, despite its still unregulated political status, it has become extremely attractive tourism destination. The sights of Cyprus are amazing! The island impresses with numerous archaeological spots, beautiful beaches, historic villages, ancient ruins, picturesque mountains and bustling cities. It is an ideal holiday destination for lovers of history, culture, nature and blissful laziness.

The ideal way to travel around Cyprus is to rent a car. We will offer you the best cars and conditions so you can enjoy all the beauties of Cyprus!

What to see in Cyprus?

1. Cape Greco (Google Maps Route)

We suggest starting your tour of Cyprus from the stunning Cape Greco. Also known as Cavo Greco, this protected national park offers beautiful nature trails, stunning sea views and the opportunity to explore spectacular sea caves. There are as many as nine educational trails, a horse riding trail and a bike path that winds its way through juniper forests and along sea cliffs. On their way you will find many viewpoints with a beautiful panorama of the peninsula, rocky cliffs with caves and places ideal for diving and swimming.

An interesting attraction of the park is also the charming whitewashed church of Ayioi Anargiroi, whose stairs lead directly to the sea. While visiting Cape Greco, it is also worth visiting Cyclops Cave with stunning views of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the Bridge of Love (Arch of Monachus) and the natural rock arch of Kamara tou Koraka.

2. Larnaca salt lake (Google Maps Route)

Larnaca is a town on the southern coast of Cyprus, known mainly for its beautiful salt lake. In fact, it has four reservoirs. The largest of them is Aliki. There are also Orfani, Soros and Spiro, which together form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus. The area surrounding Salt Lake is rolling hills, a city park, and numerous walking paths. This is an ideal place for a leisurely walk, especially during sunset.

From November to March, the Salt lake is home to magnificent pink flamingos. They gather in its central part, perform ritual mating dances and play with each other. In summer, the water from the lake almost completely evaporates, and its surface is covered with a thick crust of salt. Interestingly, until the mid-1980s, salt extracted from the lake was one of the main exports of Cyprus. Being in that region we also recommend visiting Hala Sultan Tekke – one of the largest mosques in Cyprus.

3. Millomeris Waterfall (Google Maps Route)

Millomeris Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Cyprus. Foamed water falls from it from a height of 15 meters. The waterfall located in a forested gorge near the village of Pano Platres. It is a quiet oasis, ideal for people who want to relax in the lap of nature. Surprisingly, a few years ago, tourists were unaware of its existence.

You can get to Millomeris Falls with a rental car and leave your car in a small parking lot and then use the stairs and a small wooden bridge to get there. You can also take a walk along a longer route. The route starts in Pano Platres village, about 200 meters north of the Church Faneromeni. Entrance to the waterfall is free. However, we recommend that you wear suitable shoes, especially if you choose the longer trail from Pano Platres.

4. Lania (Laneia) village (Google Maps Route)

Lania is a small atmospheric village that is worth a visit. You will find it just 25 km from bustling Limassol at the foot of the Troodos Mountains. Local legend says that Lania got its name from the daughter of Dionysus, the god of wine. And its inhabitants were well aware of the cultivation of the vine and the production of the divine drink.

Just before entering the city, take a look at the permanent photo exhibition presenting its rich history. You will probably immediately notice the mustachioed men in high leather boots. In the old days, Cyprus fought a huge plague of snakes, and high and heavy shoes protected people from the bites of these dangerous reptiles. Because of the snakes, St. Elena brought cats to the island. They had to clear it of them. Enormous number of cats populate Cyprus even nowadays. They are an indispensable element of the island, and you will for sure meet plenty of them in Lania (mostly near local taverns)

5. Avakas canyon (Google Maps Route)

From the Troodos Mountains, we move to the nearby Akamas Peninsula. Here you will find Avakas Canyon, 30 m high and 3 km long. This is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Cyprus. A 7 km long hiking trail passes through the gorge, allowing you to admire magnificent rock formations and a variety of fauna and flora. Foxes, hares, owls and countless butterflies live in the valley. The trail twists between rocks along or above the stream, so riding, especially in the narrower parts of the gorge, isn’t an easy.

The best time to visit Avakas Canyon is spring, summer and autumn. In winter, it such a trip can be dangerous, due to the high water level in the canyon! If you decide to visit this place, make sure you are wearing suitable shoes and take plenty of water with you.

What to do in Cyprus?

1. Dive to the sunken ship in Larnaca (Google Maps Route)

If diving sparkles your interest, make sure to dive off the coast of Larnaca to see the sunken Swedish ferry, Zenobia. The water in these places is clear, visibility is excellent, and diving will be interesting for both beginners and professionals: different decks and compartments of the ship can be explored at depths from 16 to 42 m.

Do not miss the main attractions of Larnaca: the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, the Church of St. Lazarus, where the relics of a Christian saint are kept, and the ancient Larnaca Castle – a small but well-preserved Turkish fortress with high walls, massive bastions and black cannons. 

2. Taste the wine of kings

Cypriot Commandaria wine is considered the oldest in the world. It is made from white Xynisteri and red Mavro grapes, dried in the sun after harvest. According to legend, the crusader king Richard the Lionheart liked this variety so much that at his own wedding he called it “the wine of kings and the king of wines.” You can find out if the king of England has a good taste in the Commandaria village distilleries or simply by buying a couple of bottles of St. John Commandaria in any store.

3. The Archaeological Museum of Cyprus (Google Maps Route)

The most interesting attraction in Nicosia is the Archaeological Museum of Cyprus. You can learn the entire rich history of the island  through its exhibits . The exposition is small, but the tour last at least 1.5-2 hours.

Once you visit the museum, go to Buyuk Han, a 16th-century Ottoman caravanserai that has been perfectly preserved to this day. The cool shade of its galleries is now full of souvenir shops and “kafenio” – tiny coffee houses where you can drink a cup of strong Cypriot coffee, and maybe even play backgammon.

Another place not to be missed in Nicosia is the Omeriye Hammam. It’s the oldest and perhaps the most famous Turkish baths in Cyprus that were reopned for the visitors in May 2014.

The best attractions of Cyprus

1. Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos (Google Maps Route)

If you are a fan of archeology and ancient history, you cannot miss the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos! This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers most of the ancient city of Paphos – former capital of Cyprus. Most of the ruins date back to the Roman period, but there are also monuments dating back to prehistoric times. The most important of these monuments are the four Roman villas, the theatre, the Saranta Kolones castle, the ruins of the early Christian basilica of Limeniotissa and beautiful intricate mosaics dating back to the 2nd century AD.

Near Kato Paphos, you will also find the Royal Tombs where the governors of the island were buried. Although no king has ever been buried here, they got their name only because of their impressive size. The tombs were carved from hard rock, allowing them to blend in amazingly with their surroundings.

2. Troodos mountains (Google Maps Route)

The Troodos Mountains, which are part of South Cyprus, are a unique place. In summer, tourists come here to take a break from the heat, and walk along the mountain routes passing dense forests and green fields. And those who prefer more active leisure can climb the 1950 m high Olymbos peak (the highest point of the island). And in winter, Troodos turns into the southernmost ski resort in Europe. Real snow happens here only from January to March, there are not enough slopes and ski lifts. But even if you are not lucky to do skiing, the views from the Troodos will definitely pay off.

3. Trooditissa Monastery (Google Maps Route)

Located in the southern part of the island in the Troodos mountains, the monastery dates back to 1250. According to legend, the monastery was founded by two hermits. The place for construction was indicated to them by the Virgin Mary herself. Unfortunately, all the buildings of the XIII century were destroyed by forest fires. The buildings that have survived to this day date back to the 18th century. The main shrine of the Monastery is Trooditissa – a miraculous silver and bronze belt that helps  women become pregnant.

Top beaches of Cyprus

1. Nissi Beach (Google Maps Route)

The nightlife of Cyprus will be incomplete without a Nissi Beach.

Located just 2.5 km from the resort of Ayia Napa, this place is famous for fine sand, great nightlife and turquoise water. Those who came here for a more relaxing holiday can spend time in one of the local restaurants along the coast

2. Macronissos Beach (Google Maps Route)

A list called “The Best Beaches in Cyprus” would not be complete without this sandy beach, which especially attracts tourists with children.

There is a flat entrance to the water, sandy coast and picturesque nature. Stretching 6 km from the resort of Ayia Napa, the beach is so attractive due to clear water and multiple touristic activities. For the convenience of vacationers, several pedestrian plastic paths have been laid along it, indicating the main directions.

3. The Fig tree bay (Google Maps Route)

Due to its favorable location near the resort center of Protaras, the bay with a poetic name has a great infrastructure.

Beach guests can enjoy a variety of tourstic activities, white sand, warm and calm sea. In the north of the bay there are underwater caves that attract the attention of many divers. Cyprus hotels, located near the beach, are famous for their hospitable atmosphere and high standart.

4. Dassoudi beach (Google Maps Route)

The beach is located in the popular resort town of Limassol. The eucalyptus grove, framing the many kilometers of coastline with golden sand, attracts all fans of a relaxing holiday. The beach can be easily reached on foot from any hotel located close to the coast.

In Dasoudi Beach, you can rent sunbeds, as well as visit beach bars where you can always taste fresh

5. Governor’s beach (Google Maps Route)

A list called “The Best Beaches in Cyprus” would not be complete without this sandy beach, which especially attracts tourists with children.

There is a flat entrance to the water, sandy coast and picturesque nature. Stretching 6 km from the resort of Ayia Napa, the beach is so attractive due to clear water and multiple touristic activities. For the convenience of vacationers, several pedestrian plastic paths have been laid along it, indicating the main directions.

6. Aphrodite’s beach (Google Maps Route)

A wedding in Cyprus will be a great start to a long family life.

Aphrodite Bay, famous for its romantic atmosphere, is perfect for a wedding ceremony. According to local legend, the beauty of ancient mythology, the goddess Aphrodite, loved to swim in the azure waters of this beach many centuries ago. Today, tourists come to Aphrodite’s Rock to enjoy the beautiful pebble beaches and Cypriot landscapes.

7. Coral bay (Google Maps Route)

Finding Cyprus on the world map you immediately understand that the amazing location in the Mediterranean Sea made it one of the best places for diving in Europe. One of these places is Coral Bay, located near the city of Paphos. The popularity of this place can be easily explained by white sand, clear waters and a seabed full of corals, turtles and other marine inhabitants.

We have collected for you the best beaches of Cyprus: Nissi Beach, Macronissos Beach, Fig tree bay, Dassoudi beach, Governor’s beach, Aphrodite’s beach, Coral bay. More about these and other places in our article. Also inside is a map of how to travel by car

The island of Cyprus is rich in sights: Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos, Troodos mountains, Trooditissa Monastery. More about these and other places in our article. Also inside is a map of how to travel by car

Top 3 Things to Do in Cyprus: Dive to the sunken ship in Larnaca, Taste the wine of kings, go to the Archaeological Museum of Cyprus. More about these and other places in our article. Also inside is a map of how to travel by car

Be sure to have time to see Cape Greco, Larnaca salt lake with pink flamingo, Millomeris Waterfall, Lania (Laneia) village, Avakas canyon. More about these and other places in our article. Also inside is a map of how to travel by car