Beaches are only part of the story on a holiday to Cyprus. The island is also home to mountain scenery, centuries-old sights and unforgettable food.
Playground of the Gods
If history is your thing, then a cruise and stay in Cyprus is the right holiday for you. Explore Paphos Archaeological Park, with its open-air amphitheatre and well-preserved mosaics dating back to the Middle Ages. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, then visit Tomb of Kings, the impressive 4th-century underground tombs carved out of solid rock.
Take time to coast
Whether your perfect beach is secluded and remote, or you prefer something a little more lively, there’s plenty of choice in Cyprus. Head to Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa for beach bars, water-skiing, para-gliding and banana boats. Lara Bay, in Akamas Penisula, is hidden within a nature reserve, which gives you striking panoramic views of the turquoise waters and pine tree-clad cliffs.
A cruise and stay holiday to Cyprus is your chance to try something different. Seek adventure with a 4x4 safari in the Troodos Mountains, or have a go at some go-karting or even paintballing at Sayious Adventure Park in Limassol. For a totally unique experience, trot through Paphos’ vast countryside at Eagle Mountain Ranch, followed by a trip up the mountains for wine tasting at Tsangarides Winery.
Island of Love
If you’re looking to get a slice of romance then head to Petra Tou Romiou – more commonly known as the Rock of Aphrodite. Legend claims that this beach spot is where the Goddess of Love rose from the sea, and if you swim around the giant rock three times, you’ll find true love. If you’re already all loved up, then you can swim round once for luck, or use the opportunity to get some picture-perfect couple shots on the pebbly beach.
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Limassol, a busy port on the south coast of Cyprus, isn’t just the island’s biggest resort, it’s one of the best, too. It can easily match the capital, Nicosia, for cosmopolitan buzz. It can keep the pace with Ayia Napa in the nightlife stakes. And the beach life is on a par with any of the island’s top sandy stretches.
According to myth, when Aphrodite rose from the sea she landed at Paphos. Fast-forward a few thousand years, and the old town is straight-up traditional Cyprus, with cobbled streets and shaded pavement cafés. Downhill, meanwhile, there’s a modern harbour packed with bars and restaurants. But the spirit of Aphrodite lives on in the age-old temples and crumbling ruins that are still here to explore.
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Get an eyeful of the Paphos Mosaics
For interior decoration with real wow factor, you can’t beat the spectacular Paphos Mosaics. Even 2,000 years after theywere…
Check out the Tombs of the Kings
Don’t get this place muddled with Egypt’s Valley of the Kings – there are no pharaohs here. Instead, it’s the burial place…
Search for a sea monster at Cape Greco
Cape Greco has 9 hiking trails, the remains of a Venetian lighthouse and sea caves to explore. But, what most people look…
Pay a visit to Kykkos Monastery
There’s more than one reason to call in to the Kykkos Monastery, high up in the Troodos Mountains. First off, there’s the…
Trek through the Troodos Mountains
Stretching across most of Cyprus’ western side, the Troodos Mountains are home to 9 UNESCO-listed churches, a handful ofold-world…
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