The birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, makes no
surprise with its jaw-dropping elegance and grace.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean sea, an Island-Country blessed with magnificent scenery and privileged climate. An island of so many beautiful places and a country full of contrasts; cool, pine-clad mountains forming a complete contrast with its golden sun-kissed beaches.
Tranquil timeless villages are also in striking contrast to the modern cosmopolitan cities, luxurious beach side hotels and large areas of natural unspoiled countryside.
A beautiful place to fall in love with.
Cyprus is a small country, strategically located, in the heart of a natural meeting place. It has two International Airports in Larnaca and Paphos that are served by all major international airlines, with worldwide connections.
Nicosia (or Lefkosia) is the capital of Cyprus and it has been the country’s first city for 1000 years. It lies roughly in the centre of the island in the Mesaoria Plain, flanked by the beautiful northern mountain range of Pentadaktylos.
Seat of Government, Diplomatic headquarters and cultural centre of Cyprus, the capital intertwines the old, original part of the city, and a busy modern metropolis which has a population of 350,000 including the surrounding suburbs.
The central Eleftheria Square links old Nicosia with the elegant modern city, where hotels, offices, restaurants and gardens blend with the traditional architecture of old houses and colonial buildings of this cosmopolitan city.
Limassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. Places of interest included the 13th century-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artefacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods.
The Castle of Limassol and the Medieval Museum
Built in the 13th century on the site of a much older Byzantine fortress, the Limassol castle has gone through “transitions”. In the Ottoman era it was converted into a prison and into a fortress. Legend has it Richard the Lion Heart was married here to Berenguela de Navarra. Damaged repeatedly by the Venetians, the castle was rebuilt and is now has opened to the public. Today the castle houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum, which brings together all kinds of historical treasures and artefacts from the Medieval and Byzantine periods.. The exhibits include pieces of magnificently preserved ottoman crockery, religious relics, pieces of clothing, weapons, etc. In the beautiful gardens surrounding the fortress you can see an old press for olive oil dating back to the 7th century.
The Great Mosque and the Agia Napa Cathedral
The Great Mosque was built in the 16th century and is is popularly known as the Djami Kebir Camil Mosque. It is a place of worship for the Turkish-Cypriot and Muslim residents and is also opened to the public, appropriate clothing must be worn and shoes must be left at the door. Easily recognizable by its large adjoining tower, it is very close to the castle, as well as the Turkish baths (Hammam).
The Ayia Napa Cathedral, was built toward the end of the 19th and early 20th century. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to tradition it takes its name from an icon of the Virgin Mary which was found in a glen (Napa in Latin means glen). It is an impressive white building flanked by two towers with a central high rise dome.
The Archaeological Museum houses a rich collection of antiquities from the Neolithic age to the Roman period. The museum contains pottery, coins, jewellery, copper tools, sculptures, inscriptions and many more.
Limassol is also an ideal base from which to take day trips to the Troodos Mountains through picturesque villages with vineyards, or ancient sites, such as the imposing remains of Kourion and its museum, or the castle of Kolossi which is an excellent example of military architecture.
Paphos, is located on the southwest of the island and the entire town is listed under UNESCO world Heritage site. This destination offers visitors beautiful beaches, archaeological ruins, a large number of museums and amazing flora and fauna in the surrounding luxurious natural environment.
Sanctuary of Aphrodite
14 Kilometres east of Paphos you can visit this mythical place. The Temple of Aphrodite, located in the town of Kouklia, is one of the most important vestiges of the Greek civilization on the island. It is estimated that this religious centre was built in the 12th century BC.
St Pauls Pillar – Basilica of Chrysopolitissa
This basilica is one of the most important in Cyprus. Its construction began in the thirteenth century. In its interior a pillar can be observed, in which the apostle Saint Paul was flogged before the conversion of the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus to Christianity.
The Paphos mosaics are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. Many of them can be admired in the different buildings of the city such as the Roman villas, from the 3rd century AD, among which the house of Thescus, Dionysos, Orpheus and Aion stand out. They depict scenes from Greek Mythology and are considered masterpieces of mosaic art.
The Byzantine Museum is also a must to visit, here you can admire a collection of Byzantine icons of great antiquity. Many of them date from the 7th to the 18th century. This collection is one of the most important in Cyprus.
Tombs of the Kings
Without a doubt it is one of the most important archaeological sites in the city. Explore the underground tombs that have been decorated with Doric columns. Its origin dates back to the 4th century BC.
Petra tou Romiou
Paphos has incredible beaches and one of them is Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite). According to mythology, Aphrodite rose from the waves in this magical place. This place is perfect to rest and admire wonderful sunsets.
According to archaeologists, this city, known as Marion, was one of the most important commercial centres in the region during the classical and Hellenistic periods. Near Old Polis you will also find several beaches with crystal clear waters.
Paphos was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for the year 2017
A beach resort with remarkable landscapes, sumptuous beaches, various entertainment, amusement parks and sports complexes. The beaches of Ayia Napa offer great facilities for surfing and scuba diving, divers can see multiple underwater caves, rocks, amphora’s and boat wrecks.
The Marine Park is a place of interest, here there are multiple concerts, festivals and carnivals are organized throughout the year, the most important date in the calendar is the Ayia Napa Festival at the end of September. There are several entertainment centres for children, including the dinosaur park and the modern Water World aquarium. Every year Water World becomes bigger with new attractions, pools and mountains appearing, the park is recognized as the largest in Europe.
Ayia Napa is famous for its nightlife. There are many clubs and discos, a wide variety music to suit all tastes.
The town’s main landmark is the imposing medieval monastery dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Forests’ which stands in the middle of Ayia Napa surrounded by a high wall enclosure. Its 16th century church is partially underground, carved into a rock. The guest house to the east of the church belongs to the World Council of Churches. An ancient sycamore tree, believed to be over 600 years old, grows in front of the south gate.
Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus it’s boosts an important port as well as an international airport.
The best place to take walks is along the Foinikoudes, a sandy strip in the city centre backed by a palm-lined seaside promenade with magnificent views of the bay and the maritime yachts. Next to the boardwalk is the best beach in Larnaca – Mackenzie Beach.
The most interesting place of interest is the salt lake, located 5 km from the city. It is a complex network of four salt lakes, three of which are interconnected. Besides its picturesque beauty, the lake has over 85 species of water-birds. It is one of the important migratory passages through Cyprus. Among them are 2,000–12,000 flamingos, wild duck and other water fowl which find refuge here during the winter months.
On the shore of the lake is the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, which is considered one of the most important Muslim sanctuaries. One of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus is the Stavrovouni male monastery on the hill of the Cross. Unfortunately, the entry of tourists is prohibited. Other places of interest include the church of Saint Lazaros and Church of Angeloktisti.
Protaras is a resort town in eastern Cyprus, known for its beaches and for Fig Tree Bay which boasts fine, golden sands and crystal-clear waters. It takes its name from a single, solitary fig tree that has been there since the 17th century.
It is located not far from the famous Ayia Napa, it is a quiet place to stay but has the benefit of being close to Ayia Napa with its vibrant night life and restaurant scene. One of the main attractions of the area is the Natural Forest Park of Cape Greco with its cliffs, caves and coves. Aside from its breath-taking views, the park is ideal for swimming, diving, boat trips, walking and cycling, all in beautiful natural surroundings.
Excursions can be organized to surrounding towns such as Derinia, Paralimni and Famagusta, which are full of history.
Nestled in the Troodos mountains are some of the most beautiful hill resorts of the island with its traditional and picturesque villages, lovely churches and peaceful monasteries. Troodos mountain range raises its highest peak to 1951m above sea level and stretches across most of the western part of Cyprus. This tranquil region provides a cool refuge for long walks in the summer. Covered in snow in the winter, it offers an opportunity for skiing and other winter sports.
Ten Byzantine churches from Troodos are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Besides the Machairas region to the east and the Troodos region surrounding the tallest peak of Mount Olympus, there are four other distinct regions with its own character and charm. These regions are the Pitsilia area east of Mount Olympus, the Solea Valley to the north, the Marathasa Valley to the west and the Krassochoria region to the south.
Places to visit are:
Kykkos Monastery & Museum and many more.