Cyprus Attractions – Top 10 Tips

1. Larnaka

Concise and easily accessible, Larnaca is the oldest city in Cyprus, dating back 4,000 years. What characterizes Larnaca is that the tourist does not notice the difference between the city and the resort: locals and tourists live in a melted harmony in the old town.

The most popular places in Larnaca are the Phenikoudes beach promenade, lined with palm trees and restaurants. The old cathedral of Agios Lazaros is also a popular attraction.

2. Nissin ranta

Located 5 kilometers west of Agia Napa, Nissi Beach is one of the most famous places in Cyprus. It is known as one of the best beaches on the island and even in the world. The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag, which is a sign of a clear and clean beach.

Nissi Beach is one of the most famous in Cyprus.

The light sand and turquoise sea attract beach holidaymakers to the sun, but you can also take a stroll in the resort’s beautiful gardens. The beautiful landscape of Cyprus opens up as you wade into a small island off the coast. There is also a water sports center on the island, where it is possible to practice various water sports.

>> Read more: The best beaches in Cyprus – five destination tips for a holiday on the island

3. Colossin linna

Have you ever heard the word “colossus” used in Finnish, which means a large and magnificent building? Comparing the meaning of the word to the Colossi Castle in Cyprus can be amusing, as the historic fortress is compact in size. It was not built as elegantly flamboyant as later castles, but was built practically for defensive purposes.

There is a story in the castle that King Richard the Lion of England married a Spanish princess in the castle. For the wedding, the king ordered wine barrels from the nearby village of Colossus. The wine was known as Commandaria and is still produced as the oldest wine in the world.

4. Shared capital

The divided capital of Cyprus is a reminder that the northern part of the island is inhabited by Turks and the southern part by the Greeks of the Republic of Cyprus. The island is divided by a green line administered by the United Nations, crossing which means border formalities. On the Republic of Cyprus, the capital is known as Nicosia, while in the northern part it is called Lefkosa.

If both sides of Cyprus want to see, EU citizens can cross the green line at nine crossing points by presenting a passport or photo ID.

Much of the capital’s attractions are located on the Nicosia side, and the Cypriot Museum, where you can learn about the island’s history, is well worth a visit.

5. Paphos

During the Roman Empire, Paphos was the capital of Cyprus and is still one of the most historically interesting sights in Cyprus today. The whole of Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the most impressive buildings in Paphos is the Orthodox Cathedral of Agio Anargyroi.

Paphos is divided into Lower Paphos, known for its holidaymakers and the Upper Paphos, known as the business center. One of the most famous beaches in the area is Lara Beach, also known as the spawning ground for turtles.

While in Paphos, at least visit the catacombs of the Church of Agia Solomon, the Archaeological Park and the medieval fortress.

6. The Troodos Mountains

The Troodos Mountains is especially known for its ornately painted churches, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colorful murals date back to the Byzantine period.

However, in addition to the famous churches, the mountain area also offers something to see for nature lovers: there are many different levels of walking and hiking trails in the Troodos Terrain.

7. Gkreko Peninsula

On the southeast coast of Cyprus, east of Agia Napa, lies the large, scenic Kallioniemi, which has been declared a national park. On the Gkreko Peninsula you can hike in the middle of shallow pine trees and junipers, as well as admire the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. There are benches along the way for a rest break.

In the landscapes of the Greco Peninsula you can see stunning stone arches and other natural attractions.

On the routes you should stop at the white church of Agii Anargyri or the Cyclops Cave, for example.

8. Kourion

Built on a hill, Kourion is an archaeological treasure trove where you can visit different layers of history. Admire fine floor mosaics and the ancient history of Cyprus in the ancient city on the south coast of Cyprus. Among other things, Kourion has a spectacular Greco-Roman amphitheater with a wide range of cultural events.

Also nearby is the kilometer-long Blue Flag Kourion Beach. The beach is equipped with toilets, showers and changing rooms, making it a good terminus for a historic tour of ancient Kourion.

9. Castle of St. Hilarion

Hidden rooms, tunnels and towers? In the castle of St. Hilarion you will find everything you need for an imaginary journey past. Rumor has it Walt Disney got his inspiration for Snow White just from Hilarion Castle.

St. Hilarion Castle in northern Cyprus is said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Snow White.

Legend of the local population says that the castle once had 101 rooms, the last of which led to the fairy queen’s secret garden. The enchanter was known as the seducer of hunters, shepherds, and travelers, who lured the men to the castle, robbed them, and set them to sleep forever.

Climb the tower from the castle, where you can see the Turkish Taurus Mountains on a clear day. Note that the Castle of St. Hilarion is located on the Turkish side of Northern Cyprus.

10. Tombs of the Kings

The tombs of kings near Paphos date back to before the beginning of time and have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The graves are reminiscent of underground dwellings, as they are underpinned by the Egyptian tradition that the dwellings of the dead should resemble the dwellings of the living.

The tombs built underground were not actually used by the kings, but their name came from the subtlety of the tombs: the ornate Doric columns and underground chambers are an impressive revelation even today.

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Text: Elina Venttola
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