Being one of many bigger islands within the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a fairly various and beautiful island to discover. Perched on the jap aspect of Europe (simply south of Turkey), there’s a complete heap of attractive and finest locations in Cyprus that you just actually shouldn’t miss. And you already know what, that’s the factor I beloved about Cyprus on my final go to… it’s way more various than some folks suppose.
In some methods, I felt like Cyprus has related vibes to the attractive Greek islands, but it surely additionally has an enormous quantity of historical past that jogged my memory of the cities in Croatia. That’s the factor, I suppose, about an island with such an extended historical past – it has a shed load of influences which have formed it to this present day.
Now, If it’s your first time to Cyprus, don’t simply suppose your journey must be about solar, sea and sand. Yeah, these are all nice (supplied you slap on that sunblock) however be certain to spend time exploring the perfect locations in Cyprus to expertise island life, too.
For this reason I needed to share, with you, a few of my favorite stops from my journey over to Cyprus.
Have a look, under, at a number of the easiest locations in Cyprus to go to. Have the perfect journey! 🇨🇾
Nestled inside the Troödos Mountains, Omodos is definitely up there as probably the greatest locations in Cyprus… and never simply due to the wine! 😉
As soon as right here, be certain to wander across the little cobbled streets, head to a number of the wineries and spot the 500-year-old wine press, too. If you happen to’re not keen on the grape varieties, head away from the wine and also you discover the Monastery of the Holy Cross. It’s is without doubt one of the islands oldest and traditionally essential spiritual websites and nicely value visiting when you’ve received time.
Oh, and when you’re visiting in Summer season, attempt to coincide your journey with the annual wine pageant they maintain every August in Omodos. Simply be certain to have a delegated driver. You can be tipsy!
The village of Platres is in an virtually ultimate location if you would like slightly slice of historical past and a few attractive pure landscapes. Now, being within the Troödos Mountains, it could actually truly be slightly cooler than the coastal areas of Cyprus. This makes it the right respite from that intense summer season warmth.
When you’re right here, be certain to discover the comparatively shut, Millomeris Waterfalls, take the Caledonia path to Caledonia Waterfalls and end off with a go to to the Trooditissa monastery.
If you happen to’re heading right here for a day journey, be certain to companion it with Omodos too. They’re each comparatively shut to one another and may simply be executed in a day.
three.) Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa can have one thing of a foul rep – which when you’re not into partying in summer season, you may simply see why. Ayia Napa has change into one of many greater get together spots in Europe and simply probably the greatest locations in Cyprus to go to if you would like an evening out and golf equipment.
That being stated, that’s not all that Ayia Napa is, particularly within the quieter winter months. As soon as right here, be certain to wander across the Blue Lagoon, chillout at Nissi Seashore and discover the ocean caves which can be all throughout the coast. Simply be certain to cease off at Love Bridge, too.
Oh, additionally, probably the greatest locations in Cyrpus for views is from Cape Greco Nationwide Forest Park, which has a vista all throughout the shoreline.
For a beautiful place to relaxation your head, verify into the Grecian Park Lodge close to Konnos Bay Seashore.
Kakopetria is without doubt one of the highest villages within the Solea Valley and simply up there as probably the greatest locations in Cyprus to discover.
Now, the traditional village of Kakopetria roughly interprets to unhealthy rock in English, which sounds fairly macabre. Apparently, I used to be informed, there’s a folklore that the village took its title after a newly wedded couple was crushed by a rolling rock. 🙁
Whether or not it’s true or not, Kakopetria continues to be a beautiful place to go to, that’s for positive. Make sure that to discover the medieval quarter and winding streets of the stone home. Plus, Within the village sq., you need to check out the normal syrup doughnuts identified regionally as Loukoumades.
5.) Lefkara Village
In all probability one of the crucial well-known areas for lace in Cyprus, the area of Lefkara (and the village) is without doubt one of the finest locations in Cyprus to spend a calming afternoon.
Made up of quaint cobbled streets, Lefkara is presumably one of many prettiest villages to see while you’re on the island. Plus, apparently, Leonardo da Vinci truly headed to Lefkara within the 15th Century, on a mission to get the perfect lace material for the Duomo di Milano.
Even to this present day, you may nonetheless head into the native producers and seize some material, too.
Nestled inside the Limassol District, Lofou is a tiny little village that’s good to discover if you would like some chill time. Although don’t be fooled by its dimension, it’s nonetheless full of a shed load of historical past. Make sure that to wander across the village, absorb a number of the strolling trails or companion a cease to the village with a number of the native vineyards which can be famed on this space.
If you happen to can, plan to go to on the final Sunday of September when the Palouze Competition occurs. It truly is a big day and the village comes alive!
Perched in Japanese Cyprus, Protaras is without doubt one of the bigger cities that has loads of inns and eating places alongside the coast. As I discussed earlier than, it’s not too removed from Ayia Napa and straightforward to go to when you’re within the space.
As soon as right here, be certain to discover the Church of Profitis Elias, get pleasure from Fig Tree Bay and head out snorkelling or scuba diving with a information. There are just a few completely different wrecks (just like the Zenobia Wreck) that are very easy to go to with an expert.
Additionally, for some yummy Cypriot meals, pop into Kafkaros Tavern for lunch. They at all times have a contemporary catch of the day.
Perched on high of the cliffs, overlooking Croal Bay, Pegeia is without doubt one of the finest locations in Cyprus to go to when you’re in search of a smaller city. Now, Pegeia itself has numerous newer buildings and is kind of sprawling. This implies it may be fairly laborious to discover a definitive centre the place you may hop between eating places and taverns.
Although, don’t let that put you off, when you select your lodge correctly, you may get some unimaginable views over the cliffs and Coral Bay.
Now, when you do plan to remain in Pegeia, it’s the sort of place you actually do want a automobile, particularly if you wish to discover a number of the historic websites which can be lower than an hour from the city. For example, Kykkos monastery is just about 20km away but it surely’s important to have a automobile (or switch) for this.
Nestled inside the North West of the island, Polis is without doubt one of the finest locations in Cyprus to go to if you would like a quieter journey.
As soon as right here, be certain to discover the Akamas peninsula nature reserve shut by and wander throughout the paths. It is without doubt one of the few untouched areas of the island the place you may hike alongside the Adonis nature path. That being stated, when you’re extra of a seaside bum, pop over to Latsi seaside.
Now, though it’s a few 40-minute drive from Polis, be certain to additionally go to the gorgeous Avakas Gorge. Now, the trek is usually a bit laborious on the ft, be certain to put on good strolling boots (waterproof) or sandals as you’ll be strolling over all method of uneven terrain and streams.
In historic occasions, the village of Pervolia was a resting place for kings and the rich. These days, you don’t should be royalty to sit back out right here.
When you arrive, be certain to discover the Pervolia Lighthouse, see the Tower of Regaena (round 500 years outdated) and gorge in one of many native taverns. Plus, don’t overlook the Agios Leontios church relationship again to the 16th Century.
That being stated, if you would like some solar, sea and sand then chillout at Faros Seashore.
Being the most important metropolis on the island, Nicosia is without doubt one of the finest locations in Cyprus to go to if you would like an actual style of Cypriot life. Now, the town itself has hundreds of years of historical past and there’s a lot to do while you get right here.
When you arrive, be certain to go to the Shacolas Tower Museum & Observatory, see the Selimiye Mosque and discover the Cyprus Museum. For a tasty chunk to eat, pop into To Anamma which has the tastiest meals and wonderful backyard.
If you happen to plan to go to the Turkish aspect of Cyprus (referred to as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), then you definitely’ll be capable to make the crossing at Ledra Palace, Ledra Avenue and Agios Dometios. Simply keep in mind, when you plan to take your rental automobile throughout, rental corporations don’t have a tendency to supply insurance coverage cowl. It will should be picked up from one other supply.
Additionally, only a phrase of recommendation when you’re travelling from ‘North’ Cyprus to ‘South’ Cyprus, keep in mind that it’s technically an unlawful level of entry. For example, when you arrive at Ercan airport, it’s thought of by the Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus (the south) to have entered Cyprus by way of an unlawful port. Technically, this implies they’ll advantageous or bar you from entry.
You’ll be able to learn extra on travelling between the 2 sides of Cyprus on the UK Authorities web site, right here.
Perched excessive within the mountains, Kyperounta is without doubt one of the highest villages on the island. Now, Kyperounta is fairly straightforward to go to when you’re staying in Limassol (about an hour away) and is a stunning little spot to spend a day.
As soon as right here, be certain to go to the Vineyard of Kyperounta and head out on the character trails that encompass the village itself. It’s a good way to get out within the countryside of this attractive area.
Paphos is definitely up there as probably the greatest locations in Cyprus to go to, particularly if you wish to discover a number of the islands lengthy historical past.
As soon as right here, be certain to discover the anicentOdeon Ruins and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and ensure to identify the mosaics, amphitheatre and catacombs. Afterwards, pop over to the Tombs of the Kings, go to the Agios Neophytos Monastery and discover the Home of Dionysus.
For a tasty chunk to eat, pop into the Londos Perasma Restaurant which serves up a number of the finest Greek meals for miles. Plus, be certain to seize some Halloumi while you’re right here. In any case, it’s the nationwide cheese of Cyprus. Yum!
Perched on the east coast of ‘north’ Cyprus, Salamis has a treasure trove of historic websites that simply makes this probably the greatest locations in Cyprus to see. It’s about 7km north of Famagusta and very easy to see when you cross the border (although verify right here on the foundations for border crossings).
As soon as right here, be certain to discover the Roman amphitheatre, too. Now, when you don’t have a automobile there are day journeys you may take throughout to Salamis which make the journey fairly easy. That is particularly good in case your automobile rental doesn’t insure you to cross the border.
Perched on the historic coastal highway between the cities of Paphos and Limassol is Kourion. It’s simply probably the greatest locations in Cyprus to go to when you love historic historical past.
As soon as right here, be certain to wander by way of the baths, see the Kourion theatre and discover Eustolios Home. They are surely unimaginable to see. Oh and don’t overlook to see the mosaics inside Eustolios Home. The one factor to recollect is that it could actually get busy in the summertime months, so plan your go to across the peak occasions when bus excursions arrive.
Additionally, when you’ve received time, be certain to go to the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, too.
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