Things to do in Cyprus
Cyprus is an island known as the jewel of the Eastern Mediterranean. However you like to spend your time on holiday, you’ll find plenty of attractions on this beautiful isle, which boasts a colourful history, archaeological sites, outdoor activities, water parks, white sand beaches and stunning nature parks. Here’s our ultimate guide on what to do in Cyprus while on your travels.
As one of the island’s most intriguing buildings, Kykkos Monastery features highly detailed decorations and various antique exhibits made from precious metals that offer an insight into Cypriot history. If you want to reach this fascinating attraction, you’ll need to wear proper walking shoes and make the rewarding hike up the Xystarouda-agiasma-vasili trail once you’ve parked up. There’s also a museum found at the centre of the monastery, featuring pre-Christian manuscripts and documents. On 14th and 15th August, religious festivals are held at this site.
One of Cyprus’s main attractions is its beaches. When you feel like venturing a little further than your private pool in your Villa Pegasus, you’ll be spoiled for choice with 57 Blue Flag beaches on offer. We recommend Latchi beach, which boasts gentle waters for young and inexperienced swimmers and a range of cosy beach bats invite you to linger and enjoy.
If you have children in tow, there’s no better place to take them for plenty of fun activities and cooling down from the heat than Watermania. This is the largest water park on the island that features baby bungee swings, paddle boats, a lazy river and black hole power slides. Kids of all ages will be entertained here – including the adults! There’s also a range of facilities including a restaurant, massage parlour and temporary tattoo shop.
Tombs of the Kings
A must-see during any visit to the island and one of the most interesting things to do in Cyprus, this World Heritage Site is located around 1.25 miles north of Paphos harbour. Dating back to the 4th century BC, step back in time as you enter this underground historical site carved out of rock, which serves as a burial ground for high officials. Marvel at the meticulous attention to detail on the tombs and the ancient stone carvings.
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
If you want an insight into ancient Roman and Greek life, pay a visit to this amazing archaeological site, which features an old city that was inhabited right up until the Middle Ages. Wander around four villas dating back to the Roman era, all featuring intact mosaic flooring. The site is still undergoing excavation, and continues to paint a clear picture of what life was like in Cyprus during the period.
This Byzantine fort was originally constructed to protect Paphos harbour, but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1222. It was rebuilt in the 13th century by the Lusignans, and to date is used to host cultural events and festivals – one of which is the September Aphrodite festival. There is a nominal entrance fee to enter, but once inside, a wealth of fascinating history is uncovered that represents Cypriot power at the time.
Larnaca salt lake
Nature lovers will love exploring this collection of four salt lakes, which are home to several migratory birds and flamingos. During the summer months, water in the lakes evaporates, leaving a crusty salt surface. This salt used to be harvested and exported to other countries. Nowadays, the lakes are visited by tourists who enjoy taking in their picturesque beauty.
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