Cyprus is a beautiful Mediterranean island that's steeped in legend, with the ancient Greeks believing it to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. There are many magical sites to discover relating to Greek mythology, as well as from other civilisations that have inhabited the island over the years.
There are numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites here, as well as bustling cities, stunning stretches of coastline and outstanding areas of natural beauty in the centre of the isle. Holidays to Cyprus really do tick every box, with sunshine, beaches, history, culture and urban life all rolled into one.
When you book flights to Cyprus you will touch down in one of its vibrant cities, such as Paphos or Larnaca. The former is an especially good choice if you're keen to learn about early civilisations in the region, as it is home to some excellent examples of Roman mosaics and outstanding archaeological sites.
Top attractions in Cyprus
Cyprus's historical and mythological connections are among the most fascinating, with the island boasting a wide range of heritage sites, as well as some wonderful natural attractions. Here are a few of the best:
Rock of Aphrodite - Located off the south-west coast near Paphos, this rock formation is said to be where Aphrodite first walked ashore after rising out of the sea, according to legend. Visiting this important landmark has another advantage - it's right next to one of Cyprus's beautiful beaches.
Kourion Archaeological Site - If ancient Greek and Roman society fascinates you, don't miss Kourion. This is one of Cyprus's most impressive archaeological treasures, with its Greco-Roman theatre, villas, bath house and religious buildings among the structures to see. The earliest parts of this site date back to the 2nd century BC.
Tomb of the Kings - At this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site you can see rock-cut tombs from the Hellenistic and early Roman period. You'll find them in the north-west of Paphos.
Phinikoudes Beach - This bay near Larnaca is one of the most famous in Cyprus and holds a Blue Flag award. The sea is generally calm and good for swimming. There are excellent facilities here, with restaurants, cafes, showers and public toilets all within easy reach.
Troodos Mountains - For active travellers, the Troodos Mountains are a major attraction thanks to their excellent walking trails. You can stroll through pine forests, past waterfalls and can reach vantage points that boast spectacular views.
Places to stay in Cyprus
In terms of where to base yourself during your trip to Cyprus, you have many options. We've highlighted just a few of these here.
Paphos - Thanks to its wealth of historical and cultural attractions, Paphos is an excellent choice if you want to do plenty of sightseeing. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's close to some of the island's most famous archaeological attractions.
Larnaca - Larnaca also has its fair share of historical sites, including the mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke, the Agios Lazaros Church and Larnaca Fort. The city is right next to one of the isle's most picturesque stretches of sand (Phinikoudes) so it offers a great balance between sunbathing and sightseeing.
Ayia Napa - This stunning resort in the south-east of Cyprus is perfect if you're looking for a chilled out beach break. Ayia Napa also has a reputation for its outstanding nightlife, so is ideal if you're hoping to party after the sun goes down.
Protaras - Protaras is the place to come if you're looking for peace and quiet on your holiday to Cyprus. The beach here is unspoilt and beautiful, while the whole area is home to some charming chapels, such as the chapel of Agios Nicolaos and the chapel of Prophet Elias.
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