Cyprus is a real storehouse of historical and natural attractions. This is a mixture of different cultures and traditions – Turkish, Greek, English, Italian. Throughout its history, the state belonged to one country or another, and each conqueror introduced its features into its unique appearance.
Cyprus is ready to impress travelers not only with sandy beaches with azure water, but also with interesting sights that tell their stories and reveal the secrets of centuries.
We have made a selection of the TOP-15 places worth visiting by a traveler, and we wish you to see with your own eyes each of these attractions.
Location: near Paphos (48 km), near the Gulf of Chrysochu.
According to legend, the famous goddess Aphrodite was born in Cyprus, and many historical places are associated with her name. The bathhouse of Aphrodite will appear before you in the form of a grotto in the rock, where the goddess arranged meetings with her lover, the fertility god Adonis.
It is a picturesque, romantic and cozy place. From all sides it is surrounded by vegetation, and the entrance to the grotto is covered with limestone rock. The peculiarity of the water in the grotto is that it always remains cold, even when there is heat on the street. All due to the currents of underground mines that prevent it from heating up. The size of the grotto is small: its diameter is about 5 meters and its depth is 0.5 meters.
There is a belief that after bathing in this grotto a person gains health, beauty and longevity. Even if you do not plan to dive into the bathhouse for supernatural youth, then you should come here to enjoy the beauty, tranquility and romance of this place.
Tombs of the Kings in Paphos
Location: the city of Paphos.
Tombs of the Kings are located in the southwestern part of the island. History lovers should definitely visit this majestic necropolis, which was created in ancient times. Here dignitaries and representatives of the aristocracy of long-forgotten times. The time of the creation of the first tombs dates back to the 4th century BC!
Royal tombs consist of underground rooms that are carved directly into the rock. They are connected by stairs and passages, forming one large structure. The shape of the tombs themselves is noteworthy – they are created in the likeness of the dwellings of buried people. These are magnificent palaces and mansions, which are an exact copy of the houses of notable personalities. To make it convenient for visitors to find the right tomb, they all have their own serial number.
At each burial place there is a jug in which milk, honey or wine was poured to saturate the deceased. For such ritual attributes, a special chamber is provided next to the tomb.
Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s beach)
Location: the road between Paphos and Limassol, the 25th km.
This place is overgrown with myths and legends. Its second name is the beach of Aphrodite. A very romantic place, representing a rocky coast, on which lie beautiful and majestic boulders. Sea water here is clear, like a tear.
There is a belief that lovers who bathe in these waters will never part. And if you swim on the beach of Aphrodite at midnight, then you are guaranteed eternal beauty and youth, a successful marriage and healthy children.
In Petra tou Romiou, you can have a good rest: swim, sunbathe and have a bite to eat at a local coastal cafe. There is also a shower, and merchants offer beautiful souvenirs. If you drive a little further towards Limassol, then you will come across a wonderful seaside restaurant with incredibly delicious cuisine.
Akamas National Park
Location: the western peninsula of Akamas, 50 km from the city of Paphos.
This is a unique picturesque place, the landscape of which is striking in its beauty and diversity. In the Akamas Nature Reserve you will see the pristine beauty of the island of Cyprus, its beautiful wild beaches, bright and rich colors of local vegetation. The coniferous forests of the peninsula are intoxicating with their smell, and clean beaches with pebbles and crystal water attract you to swim.
There are representatives of the flora, which in Cyprus remained only in this place: wild plums, strawberry and myrtle trees, oriental plane trees, mountain lavender, cyclamens, orchid, pink-purple variety of peonies. Also in the reserve there are many species of animals living here in their natural conditions.
One of the most interesting places of the reserve is Avakas gorge. It is located in limestone rocks, the height of which reaches 30 m, and stretches over a distance of 3 kilometers. At the bottom of the gorge flows a mountain stream. Adventure lovers should definitely be here, because the path here is exciting: first there will be a 2 km walk through the reserve, and then you will need to go down into a deep and mysterious gorge with a narrow entrance. Climbing the road in the rocks will tickle travelers’ nerves!
Catacombs of Saint Solomonia
Location: the city of Paphos.
This is a unique Christian shrine, created jointly by nature and man. According to legend, a long time ago in Paphos lived the righteous Solomoniya, who refused to perform Roman rites, and therefore she and her sons had to hide from law enforcers in mountain catacombs. One version of the legend says that the pagans walled up all the entrances and exits in this place, because of which the woman was doomed to slow death. But after 200 years, when the catacombs were cleared, the martyr came out alive and unharmed. According to another version, Solomon and his sons were found, they were executed, and the woman was left alive. She spent the next days in tears and died of grief over her children.
When you go into the catacombs, you will see a pistachio tree, whose branches are hung with shreds. According to legend, Solomony can be asked for healing, and after such a prayer you need to tie a strip of fabric on a twig. Then you will have a walk through the catacombs, where there is a small well, the water of which, according to legend, heals eye diseases.
Keo Aliki Winery
Location: Limassol city.
Limassol has a lot of wine production, and this city is considered the center of winemaking in Cyprus. If you are a connoisseur of this drink, then you should definitely visit the Keo winery. There you will learn the secrets of producing the best wine in the area, taste any type of wine, hear a lot about the plant and its products, you can buy delicious wine at a very reasonable price, which will be much lower than in any Limassol store.
At this factory you can try and buy the famous premium wine “Commandoria”. This is one of the most ancient and traditional drinks in Cyprus, it has been produced since the 8th century, and throughout its existence, it holds primacy among Cypriot wines. All thanks to the unique Xinisteri grape variety and the special process of preparing the drink: grape berries are dried in the sun so that they are filled with sweetness, and then the juice is filtered in special containers, where they are infused for several years. Therefore, the “Commandoria” has such a rich taste and incredible aroma!
Location: Protaras city.
This is a spectacular and striking in its beauty attraction of Cyprus. Fountains “come to life” every evening in Protaras, moving with their jets to rhythmic famous hits. The beauty of water, lights, music, smoke and fire – several types of special effects are intertwined in this show, bringing the audience aesthetic pleasure.
This fountain has a modern and sophisticated control system, in its design there are many nozzles (18000) and LED lamps immersed in water, which allows you to create a bewitching dance of water. The unique direction of the fountain jet movement, a bright light show and favorite musical compositions – all this creates an unforgettable and atmospheric evening for guests.
Dancing fountains are open from early May to late September. Nearby there are cozy cafes where you can reserve a table and enjoy the show from there.
Location: Limassol city.
A grove of eucalyptus stretches along the coast of Limassol at a distance of about 1.5 km. These are beautiful and fragrant-smelling trees that will not leave anyone indifferent. In the summer heat, the branches of eucalyptus will save from scorching sunlight and give a rich refreshing smell. And on rainy days, the menthol aroma mixes with the smell of damp earth and ozone, becoming a real inhalation that has a beneficial effect on our respiratory system.
You can come to this place for a picnic to dine among the greenery and take stylish pictures. Not far from the grove there are playgrounds and sports grounds, as well as a cafe and restaurant with a picturesque view of the coast. For those who want to spend a few days in this paradise, small hotels work.
A trip to the eucalyptus grove is an ideal option for a family day when you can enjoy the sea, nature and local goodies in the cafe.
National Forest Park Cavo Greco
Location: Cape Greco.
In the eastern area of Cape Greco (Ayia Napa) is the magnificent 385 hectare Kavo Greco nature reserve. It was created to preserve the unique flora, fauna and landscape of this part of Cyprus. The site later became a tourist destination, and many travelers include it in their island exploration program.
There are many landscaped picnic areas, bike paths, hiking trails with benches for relaxation, from where you can enjoy the beauty of the coast and local vegetation. Here moray eels, octopuses, sea bass and sawfish swim.
There are many types of vegetation in the national park, and some of them are extremely rare (juniper, acacia, fennel, etc.). There is also a wide variety of species of animals living in natural conditions.
Location: Larnaca city.
Those who like to bask in the sun should definitely sunbathe on the sand of Finikoudes beach. It is located on the central city promenade and is the most visited in Larnaca.
The peculiarity of the beach, which is reflected in its name (“small palm trees”), is a lot of growing palm trees. An alley of these trees was planted back in 1992, today it has turned into a luxurious plantation and remains an invariable object of attention of tourists.
The beach stretches for 0.5 km, the widest place is 100 m. Its sand is not the usual golden, but a grayish hue. All because it is of volcanic origin. The Blue Flag Award has been awarded to the beach for its cleanliness and environmental standards, so you can be sure that it is locally safe.
There is everything for the comfort of visitors: rescuers on duty are vigilantly watching, various beach equipment (sunbeds, umbrellas, etc.) are being rented, there are showers with fresh water, a cafe where you can buy snacks and drinks.
Ayia Napa Blue Lagoon
Location: Ayia Napa Resort, Cape Greco.
Cyprus has unique nature, picturesque landscapes, pristine forests and a beautiful coast. You can see all these charms of the island in a natural attraction – the Blue Lagoon. This place combines monumental cliffs, lush vegetation and azure sea waters. Thanks to the perfect transparency of the sea, you can see colorful fish floating in it, who move alone or in whole schools.
Here you can visit the mysterious caves, some of which are filled with water. There is a shallow depth, so it’s convenient to dive with a mask while exploring the bizarre rocky bottom.
From here you can sail by boat on a tour of Protaras or Ayia Napa, and from the local cliffs admire the surroundings and the beauty of the sea.
Antique city of Sol
Location: Morphou city, Northern Cyprus.
In Cyprus, there are a lot of man-made monuments that testify to some historical events of the island. Not far from Nicosia, there is the ancient city of Sol, which now consists of only ruins, but you can form an idea of how it looked in antiquity. Destroyed ancient temples, palaces and other buildings are protected by awnings, everywhere there is navigation, which helps to easily navigate the area.
In ancient times, the city of Soli was among the ten largest and concentrated in itself the entire cultural and economic life of Cyprus. There is an assumption that he was once captured by the Achaeans, who resettled the indigenous people to another place. The city is named after the ancient Greek philosopher Solon.
Limassol old town
Location: along the promenade, near the old port of Limassol.
This place is especially fond of those who want to learn more about the history of Cyprus and enjoy the view of ancient buildings. In this historical center of Limassol, you will feel the spirit of Greece, because everything around speaks about this country: architecture, names.
The old part of the city has no clear boundaries; it runs along the coast. Due to its small size, it can be walked up and down on foot, and your path should start from the Limassol fortress and then move further into the depths of the old quarter.
Walking around the old city, you can get acquainted with the cathedral, Muslim mosques, of which there are several, visit souvenir shops, and also sit in local cafes and bakeries to enjoy delicious pastries. There are many empty houses and villas abandoned by residents in the 70s of the last century for political reasons.
Location: Nicosia city.
The palace was built relatively recently (1961), but it is beautifully stylized as old Venetian architecture. This building is magnificent, and its surroundings are picturesque.
During the war with Turkey, the palace was badly damaged, but it was restored and restored to its former beauty. In 87, a monument was erected on the Palace Square to Archbishop Makarios, a well-known person who played an important role in the life of the Cypriot people. The archbishop stood for the unity of the island and the independence of the Cypriots. Makarios’s bedroom with all its decoration was kept in the palace, and his heart was placed in a special vessel, where it remains to this day.
Salt Lake and Flamingos
Location: Larnaca city.
These are adjacent lakes, which together occupy an area of about 2 km². This natural site is protected by the Ramsar Convention, because it is an important participant in the island’s ecosystem and the habitat of many representatives of the fauna.
The main attraction of these places is the incredible flamingo birds that fly here to winter. The autumn-spring period is a time when you can admire the beauty of these pink birds and their grace. Flamingos are very careful, so you will not succeed in approaching them to touch. But then you can look at them and capture on camera. Traveling in Cyprus is like a real world trip – you can see so many things and get to know such places with different landscapes and cultural heritage! If you want to spend an unforgettable time on the island, be sure to include in your beach holiday a visit to some attraction, and it is better to go on tours that combine viewing several historical and natural Cypriot objects. You will find interesting legends, incredible beauty of landscapes and the opportunity to get to know Cyprus and its people.