An island nation with beautiful beaches, quaint historic villages, ancient ruins, breathtakingly beautiful mountains and vibrant cities, Cyprus is a great choice for your next vacation destination.
Even in the current outbreak of COVID-19, some countries have successfully contained the disease and are now moving back to the normal working of the tourism sector. One such country is Cyprus, which plans to open in June 2021 with proper health arrangements in place. The current system worked out by the government includes proof of vaccination and a negative test report for COVID-19.
Cyprus has a long and illustrious past. Over the centuries, its enviable location in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea has made it a coveted possession for those who came to power in the region. People still flock to the island today, but it is more for the beaches than for power and glory.
You’re in for a treat even beyond the sand and sun; Cyprus is home to archaeological sites, fine Byzantine churches and monasteries, and museums galore. It is also a great place to go hiking, with a wide range of flora and fauna. Happily, it’s also small enough so you can conveniently base yourself in one town and go on day trips from there.
We have a list of cities you would want to visit while visiting Cyprus.
If you’re looking for a place to go out at night, the resort destination of Ayia Napa (main image) is calling. The Square is the epicentre of what happens after dusk, with a plethora of bars and clubs that remain open until dawn. This is the place to go for live music, nice drinks, and a lively, youthful atmosphere. During the day, visit the beautiful beaches of Ayia Napa, such as Nissi Beach, Grecian Bay, and Makronissos Beach. Also put on your itinerary the 16th-century Ayia Napa Monastery and the Thalassa Museum, which has a unique collection of exhibits demonstrating the importance of the sea to the growth of the area, and will offer glimpses into its history and local culture.
Nicosia, the island’s capital, dates back to the 10th century. It is a bustling commercial and business hub in the centre of the island. A Venetian sandstone wall surrounds the old city, a vivid reminder of Nicosia’s tumultuous medieval past. Don’t miss out on the experience of walking the narrow streets with their overhanging balconies and through the lovely pedestrianised areas. The beautiful frescoes of St. John’s Cathedral, the Cyprus Museum, which tells the story of Cyprus’s fascinating history, and the Byzantine Museum are just a few of the highlights of the Cypriot capital. The city has lots to offer in terms of entertainment and places to explore, including welcoming monasteries and Byzantine churches with distinctive frescoes that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, a unique countryside with serene villages where visitors can learn about rural Cyprus, and pine-clad mountains with numerous well-marked nature trails.
Limassol is the second-largest city on the island of Cyprus, after the capital Nicosia. It is a major seaport that has become a popular visitor destination in recent decades for those seeking the sun and sand. Limassol’s Old Town is a great place to start your exploration, and you won’t want to miss a tour of the city’s impressive Limassol Castle. Anexartisias Street, a major shopping boulevard, and Saripolou Square, a nightlife hotspot for locals and visitors alike, are also located in the Old Town. Marvel at the luxury yachts in the Limassol Marina, and stroll along the beachfront Akti Olympion Lane for a full experience of this interesting destination.
Cyprus’s oldest city Larnaca comes with a history dating back over 6,000 years. Today, many visitors travel through Larnaca since it is the site of the island’s largest international airport. You won’t want to just move through, though, because Larnaca has a lot to offer. The ninth-century Church of St. Lazarus and the impressive Faneromeni Church are worth visiting for history buffs. Visit the Larnaca Salt Lake to see pink flamingos, or dive to see the spectacular wreck of the Zenobia, a popular scuba-diving site off Cyprus.
Paphos, the harbour city in southwestern Cyprus, is located where the mountains meet the sea. Locals take pride in the fact that Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of love and beauty, is said to have been born there. With that mystical connection, a sense of romance, elegance, and deep history pervades the city, inspiring authors, poets, and artists from all over the world. Various conquerors have left their mark on it. The sites are plentiful: visit Old Paphos and Kouklia, the famed Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, or the modern city of New Paphos. Beyond the city limits, you’ll find some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, where the sun, sand, and sea converge for perfect days of relaxation.