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About Cyprus

Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is a lush island known for receiving more than 2 million travelers every year, making it one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the world.

As the third-largest and third-most populated island of the Mediterranean, the Republic of Cyprus is home to approximately 1.25 million residents of Greek and Turkish origin. Strolling through the markets and streets of Cyprus, you will hear Greek and Turkish languages in the air. However, most of the locals understand English as well, and their warm friendly and welcoming natures make visitors feel right at home.

Anyone visiting Cyprus for the first time can expect sun-kissed beaches laced by the brightest blue ocean, crystal clear waters perfect for an idle swim, enchanting roads wrapped around mountains and cliffs, and sunsets to die for. Apart from the breathtaking scenery which Cyprus has to offer, you will also find a scrumptious, unique and delectable cuisine, as well as the fascinating rich cultural heritage of the country which is preserved with pride.

The currency largely in use in Cyprus is the Euro, as Cyprus is a member of the European Union (EU). The country boasts of an advanced, high-income economy and a remarkably high Human Development Index (HDI).

Visitors who return from Cyprus do so with fond memories, and a lasting high due to the thrills, adventures and joys they experience on this island. As a first-time traveler to Cyprus, there are some unmissable destinations which you must make sure to visit for a true Cyprus experience:


 

Nissi Beach

Found in the city of Ayia Napa, the Nissi Beach is a true paradise destination that visitors can enjoy at any time of the year.

Imagine the most gloriously perfect beach with the finest white-sand and turquoise blue clear waters – that is an accurate portrayal of Nissi Beach. Situated on a bay, this glamorous location is nestled between wide, lush gardens full of vibrant, exotic Mediterranean flowers and plans. The region is also a natural sanctuary for many tropical birds, which add to the aesthetic beauty of the area.

For a magical and memorable day, head down to Nissi Beach where you will find the most luxurious accommodations, the friendliest locals, and the utmost leisure and relaxation a beach has to offer!


 

Konnos Bay

Konnos Bay has a beautiful secluded beach, located in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. If you like to swim at the beach, Konnos Bay is the ultimate destination for you, where you can wade in the cool translucent waters with hardly any waves.

Regarded as one of the most scenic locations of Cyprus, Konnos Bay is a 200-metre stretch of pure heaven, where you can indulge in a variety of watersports or bask in the golden sun and sands. The warm sands of the beach are at the foothills of the bay, where the beach offers simply magnificent views and glorious sunny skies.

The beach is also very convenient, with quite a lot of accommodation facilities and a straight route for cars. You will find a number of eateries and convenience stores in the area to satisfy your hunger as well.  


 

Aphrodite’s Birthplace (Petra tou Romiou)

Nestled along the exquisite coastline on the southwest coast of Paphos, Cyprus, Petra tou Romiou is a most fascinating geological formation of gigantic boulders.

Myths and legends say that Aphrodite, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, was born at this location out of sea foam. According to legend, she rose from amid the waves and was brought to this very Cyprus beach upon a shell.

In certain weather conditions, the ocean’s waves at Petra tou Romiou rise to great heights before abruptly crashing into one another to create a column of water which eventually collapses into a pillar of foam. This glorious sight often vaguely resembles the form of an ephemeral humanoid – said to be a glimmer of Aphrodite.


 

Coral Bay

The Coral Bay is the perfect beach to visit with family. With its corn-flake colored sands contrasted with cornflower blue waters, it is truly a visionary masterpiece. The crystal clear and peaceful waters are only at knee-deep depths for a good distance away from the beach, making it perfect for children who love swimming and playing at the beach.

The beach at the Coral Bay is always alive with a rush of activity. The area has a dedicated watersports center which can provide you the gear you need to go water-skiing, windsurfing and much more. There are also many nearby locations which you can reach by boat if a thrilling deep dive is what you’re craving.

With a variety of cocktail bars and restaurants dotting the shoreline’s Coral Bay Avenue, you will need for nothing while you are at Coral Bay. You can even find a minigolf course and play park at walking distance, while a zoo and waterpark are a mere half-hour drive away.


 

Kykkos Monastery

The Monastery of Kykkos is the richest and most extravagantly made abbey of Cyprus, and is located in the most scenic location atop a mountain peak in the Marathasa Valley mountain range.

The monastery is supremely decorated to decadent lengths, making it a sight for sore eyes. With enormous colorful murals on each wall, luminously polished marble floors, and intricately beautiful frescoes, you will not be able to pull your eyes away.

One of the most notable assets of the Kykkos Monastery is an icon of the Virgin Mary, gilded in silver and enshrined in a lavish tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl case. In the monastery grounds, you’ll also find the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the monastery museum.


 

Mount Olympus, Troodos

Mount Olympus is the highest point of the island of Cyprus, and also one of its most spectacular and peaceful locations. Also known as the Troodos Mountains, the location is merely an hour’s drive from both Limassol and Nicosia, the nation’s capital.

Mount Olympus is steeped in history, both cultural, as well as mythical. With a peak that reaches the height of 6400 feet, it is a vision to behold and a highly recommended spot. The Troodos Mountains span most of the island’s west side, and the location also includes a number of popular mountain villages and resorts.

Depending on what time of the year you visit, you can also enjoy the Troodos Ski Resort where you are guaranteed endless fun in the snow.


 

Tombs of the Kings

The Tombs of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comprises of a number of well-preserved underground chambers and tombs. These were used during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and although they were not used by royalty, they earned this name due to their grand appearance.

Located just a few miles’ drive from Kato Paphos, the Tombs of the Kings are the most famous archaeological site in Cyprus, and are unique for being heavily reminiscent of ancient Egyptian beliefs which claim that tombs for the deceased should look like houses for the living.

All in all, there are seven excavated tombs across a large area. One of the tombs opens into a grand atrium surrounded by columns, while others have niches built inside the walls to store bodies. The treasures of the tomb were long stolen away by grave robbers. This hauntingly unforgettable sight is not to be missed on your Cyprus retreat.


 

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

The Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is another World Heritage Site that holds invaluable treasures in the form of monuments, ranging from the prehistoric era to the Middle Ages. It is also home to one of the finest collection of mosaics in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Once inside the Park, you will be met with a world of uniquely interesting wonders, including Roman villa remnants and fortresses with colorful stone floors that depict stories of ancient Greek mythology. As you stroll among the sand dunes, ruins and arid lands, you will come across world-famous monuments, including the Saranta Kolones (remnants of a Byzantine castle), and Ancient Odeon (a 2nd century theatre made of limestone blocks).


 

Omodos Village

The quaint little village of Omodos can be found in the Limassol district at an altitude of 800 metres, as it rests amid the Troodos mountain range in the stunning region of Krassohoria.  As one of the most charming and traditionally wealthy villages of the island, tourists are highly recommended to pay it a visit for a most soulfully fulfilling experience.

The Omodos village is also famous for producing its delicious wine by the name of Zivania spirit. The region’s other popular features are its unique “arkatena” bread and handmade narrow-knit lacing. The climate, soil and location of Omodos make it the ideal site for agro-tourism enthusiasts.

Although Omodos is a tiny village, it is jam-packed with activities and sights. With the darling cobbled stones beckoning you towards old stone-build houses and local wineries, you’ll feel as though you’re in a fantasy land. Visit their medieval wine press, the National Liberation Struggle museum, and the Icon Museum.


 

Lefkara Village

In the Larnaca region, you will find Lefkara, a mountainous village split between Pano Lefkara and Kato Lefkara representing its higher and lower ends. The Lefkara village is known around the world by its beautiful traditional lace embroidery and filigree silver handicrafts.

Lefkara village is located at the foot of the Troodos Mountains, at a height of about 650 metres. Visitors can learn about the crafts that Lefkara prides itself upon, by visiting the Lefkara Handicraft Centre and the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing, or by attending a number of available workshops.

Lefkara is a most picturesque village, comprising of old terracotta-roofed houses and narrow winding cobbled paths. Visitors are encouraged to pay a visit to the old fountain, the old olive mill, and the Folklore museum. Lefkara is also home to some beautiful ancient chapels.