10 Things to Do and See in Cyprus

We saw in the last post all the top reasons why Cyprus is such an interesting and exciting place to visit. But despite its historical and mythological significance and its natural riches and beauty, Cyprus remains a relatively unknown place. Most likely, you’re wondering “Okay, there’s all these great things but what can I do when I’m in Cyprus?”

Well, in this list, we’ve compiled just a few of the best places to see and things to do in Cyprus…

10. Explore the Ancient Ruins of Salamis

This ancient town dates back to the Late Bronze Age III (11th century BC). was once part of Alexander the Great’s great expansion campaign, and has witnessed numerous civilizations including the Persians and Romans. Needless to say, its rich history is worth exploring. Some of the collections of artifacts are kept at the St. Barnabas monastery, so combining these two would make for a wonderfully immersive experience in the story of Salamis.

9. Visit the Troodos Mountains

Venture inland to the Troodos Mountains, the highest range in Cyprus, and discover its natural beauty. The mountains offer a cool and refreshing escape from the coastal heat. Explore picturesque trails that wind through dense pine forests and tranquil valleys. Visit quaint villages like Kakopetria, known for its traditional architecture, and Omodos, famous for its historic monastery and traditional wineries. Don’t miss the chance to admire the stunning Byzantine frescoes in the painted churches of the region.

8. Dive with the Sea Turtles

Enjoy a day of sun, sand, and clear waters while swimming with sea turtles along the northern coast. Sea turtles are a very popular attraction here as there are frequent sightings year-round. Take a dive with these gracious creatures and marvel at their beauty. There are two species of sea turtles in Cyprus: Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). In addition to that, if you visit during the summer, you can witness the nesting (late May to July) and hatching seasons (July to September).

7. Wander through the Larnaca Salt Lake

Located near Larnaca, the Larnaca Salt Lake is a fascinating natural habitat that transforms into a haven for flamingos during the winter months. Take a leisurely walk around the lake and observe the stunning birdlife, including flamingos, herons, and ducks. The lake is also known for its beautiful sunsets, creating a picturesque setting for nature lovers and photographers.

6. Hike through the Kormacit Landscape

Embark on a scenic adventure by hiking in Kormacit, a picturesque village on the northern coast of Cyprus. Kormacit is home to the Maronite Christian community in Cyprus. With its stunning coastal views, rugged landscapes, and mild climate, Kormacit provides the perfect backdrop for an exhilarating hiking experience. Explore the village’s charming streets and immerse yourself in its authentic Cypriot culture as you walk along. Traverse the surrounding hills and enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, Kormacit offers a range of trekking/hiking routes suitable for all levels. Discover the beauty of this coastal gem at your own pace, feeling the wind on your face and soaking in the natural splendor that surrounds you.

5. Explore the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

In the heart of Paphos, explore the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, a vast complex that showcases the remains of an ancient city. Marvel at the well-preserved mosaic floors of the Roman villas, which depict intricate mythological scenes. Visit the ancient Odeon amphitheater, where performances were held in ancient times. The park provides a captivating journey back in time, offering insights into the daily life and culture of past civilizations.

4. Discover the Old City of Nicosia

The Old City of Nicosia is a captivating blend of history and vibrant city life. Enclosed by Venetian walls, its narrow streets are filled with architectural gems, including Ottoman buildings and medieval churches. Explore the charming shops and cafes of Laiki Geitonia and visit the grand Selimiye Mosque. The Old City of Nicosia offers a unique glimpse into Cyprus’ rich heritage and a seamless blend of past and present.

3. Discover the Aphrodite's Rock

Visit the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, was born from the foam near Aphrodite’s Rock. Located along the coast near Paphos, this iconic rock formation is a popular tourist attraction. Marvel at the stunning natural beauty of the area and learn about the mythology and legend associated with Aphrodite, whose influence permeates the island’s culture and history.

2. Visit the Bellapais Monastery

Step into a bygone era by visiting this beautifully preserved monastery, nestled in the idyllic village of Bellapais, with a serene and contemplative atmosphere. Steeped in history, the monastery dates back to the 12th century and is renowned for its impressive Gothic architecture and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Explore the tranquil cloisters, admire the intricate stone carvings, and step into the charming refectory. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, architecture lover, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, a visit to Bellapais Monastery promises an enchanting experience.

1. Enjoy Cypriot Cuisine and Wine

Cyprus is a delight for the palate as well, and indulging in its flavors is a must-do experience. Sample traditional Cypriot dishes such as halloumi cheese, souvlaki (grilled meat skewers), moussaka (layered casserole), and fresh seafood. Explore the vibrant meze culture, where you can savor a variety of small, flavorful dishes. Accompany your meal with locally produced wines from the island’s vineyards, such as Commandaria, the world’s oldest named wine still in production. Embark on a wine tour to learn about Cyprus’ winemaking traditions and taste its unique grape varieties.

Of course, this list is not exhaustive. There are more things to do, explore, and try out in Cyprus. From beach and boat parties, rooftop raves, and live concerts, to golf courses, cycling, and paragliding, or even just enjoying a cup of Cypriot coffee or wine in a quaint local shop, even mundane activities are imbued with a special flavor in Cyprus. Stay tuned with us, as we take you on a fascinating journey to discover more of this magical island!

Until next time…

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