There are many great reasons why you must visit Cyprus for your holiday this year and we’ve chosen ten of our favourites to help give you an idea of what to expect from this amazing destination.
Larnaca is said to be the oldest city on the island dating back almost six thousand years and is close to some even older historic places such as the city kingdom of Ancient Kition. Within the city itself you can browse shops, try local restaurants and see popular sights such as the Church of St Lazarus. You can also explore the local dive sites by learning how to scuba dive.
Flamingos at Salt Lake
If you’ve ever wanted to see flocks of colourful pink flamingos then head over to Salt Lake to the west of Larnaca and see these beautiful creatures up close. They visit the lake at the beginning of each year with many other species of birds too. During the summer the lake dries up leaving just salt behind, which is well worth seeing also.
Cypriot cuisine is simply delicious and quite varied with a range of different ingredients being used with Greek, Turkish, French and Italian influences among others. Expect lots of fresh seafood such as seabass and octopus, grilled meats including lamb and pork and a vast variety of fresh local vegetables. Cheese are also popular here, especially halloumi, which is delicious when fried or grilled.
On the southwest coast of Cyprus is the historic city of Paphos, which features an impressive number of archaeological attractions including the House of Theseus, the House of Dionysos and beautiful mosaics within Roman villas all found within the Paphos Archaeological Park. There are also the cave cut Tombs of the Kings plus a fun waterpark and bird park.
Along the main road between Paphos and Limassol near the village of Pissouri is where you will find Aphrodite Rock, a famous seastack, which is said to have been the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite. It sits on the edge of the sea and it’s said that whoever swims around the rock three times will find true love.
The amazing weather is of course one of the main reasons why Cyprus is such a brilliant place to visit for your holiday, as it has sizzling summer highs averaging around 30˚C with temperatures usually increasing even further. Even winter is pleasant with average highs in the high teens through December and January.
If you continue east along the coast from Aphrodite Rock you will come to the ancient city of Kourion, which dates all the way back to the 2nd century BC. Here you will be able to see the magnificent Roman theatre, a Christian Basilica, impressive villas and beautifully made mosaic floors. It’s the perfect place for anyone who appreciates ancient history.
The Troodos Mountains
As the largest mountain range in Cyprus, you can be sure that the Troodos Mountains offers many winding trails that are ideal for hiking enthusiasts. Explore the rocky peaks, discover churches and Byzantine monasteries while you enjoy the many stunning views from high above the land. It’s the perfect way to stay active and see a different side of Cyprus.
If you’ve decided to explore the impressive Troodos Mountains, make sure you stop by the Millomeri Waterfalls, one of the hidden gems of Cyprus. Access has been made much easier in recent years, so you can either enjoy a short hike or drive right up to the path that leads straight to it. The water falls from a height of around 15 metres making it one of the biggest waterfalls in Cyprus.
Let’s not forget about the amazing white sand, golden sand and pebble beaches that can be found along the coast where you can relax, have fun and soak up the gorgeous sunshine for as long as you want. Some of the most popular beaches have sun loungers and umbrellas to hire and also a selection of great watersports to try out.
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