Cyprus

Cyprus is a small island nation in the Mediterranean, one of the last divided countries in the World. With stunning coastline, mountains, wineries, ancient sites, and two distinct cultures on one island, Cyprus is a perfect summer getaway.

 

Top 10 Places to Visit

 

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Pedoulas Church

10. Mount Olympus and the wine region

Mount Olympus, located in the Troodos Mountains, at 6,404 feet (1,952m) is the highest point in Cyprus. Summer hiking, winter skiing, wine tasting and visiting some of the most historic Byzantine Churches are among the many things to do in the region. We recommend visiting the village of Kakopetria as well one of the most famous churches, the Pedoulas Church of Archangelos Michael.

 

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Kyrenia Harbour

9. Kyrenia old town

The Kyrenia is the main port town in Northern Cyprus. The old city has quaint cobblestone streets perfect for a sunset stroll.  Check out one of the many ocean side restaurants for a seafood fix.

 

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Lefkara Village

8. Lefkara village

Visiting a traditional Cypriot village is a must and Lefkara is one of the best. Located in the countryside,  Lefkara is filled with narrow cobblestone streets that maze throughout the village. While the village is small, Lefkara has a lot of charm.

 

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The Pafos Harbour

7. Pafos

Pafos (or Paphos) is a large coastal city with a wonderful palm tree lined promenade. Loaded with cafés and seafood restaurants, several famous sites with ancient ruins, and popular beaches are among the reasons to visit Pafos. The Pafos Archealogical Park (€4.50) is just beside the castle and old city. The Tombs of the Kings (€2.50) is just a few kilometers outside of town. Among the many beaches in the area, Pafos Beach and Coral Bay were our favorites.

 

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The Natural Love Bridge

6. Ayia Napa

Cyprus is known for stunning beaches and Ayia Napa is home to some of the best. Ayia Napa is jam-packed in the summer with excellent nightlife and several beaches to choose from. Limanaki Beach, Konnos Bay and Nissi Beach are the best, and don’t miss the natural Love Bridge.

 

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Cape Greco

5. Cape Greco

One of the more rugged coastal areas of Cyprus, Cape Greco has many scenic overlooks as well as walking trails. Don’t miss Agioi Anargyroi, the Stone Arch, the Blue Lagoon, and the Sea Caves.

 

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The Aphrodites Rock

4. Aphrodites Rock

Aphrodites Rock, known as Petra tou Romiou, is a sea stack located just outside of Pafos. Mythology claims this rock as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. The sea is known to be rough, so swimming is not recommended. However this beautiful spot and significance to Cypriots is a perfect stop when driving between Pafos and Limassol.

 

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Kourion Ruins

3. Kourion ruins

Located near Limassol, the Kourion Ruins are one of our favorite sites in Cyprus. Dating back thousands of years, the Greek and Roman structures, arches and amphitheater are perched over the Mediterranean Sea. Entry to the ruins is E4.50 and free for students.

 

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St Hilarion Castle

2. St Hilarion castle

This Byzantine castle was originally built in the 10th century as a monastery, and later fortified to protect the mountain pass between Kyrenia and Nicosia. Located in the Kyrenia mountain range in North Cyprus, this enormous castle is very well preserved and comes with beautiful views of the Mediterranean coastline. Cost for entry is 9 Turkish Lira (€3).

 

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Nicosia’s UN Buffer Zone, the “Green Line”

1. Nicosia / Lefkosa (North Nicosia)

The largest city and capital of Cyprus, Nicosia is the last divided capital city in the world. The city is divided by a UN Buffer Zone, aka the Green Line. The Green Line is not permitted to enter and heavily fortified,  yet walking around the area shows an important part of Cyprus’ recent history. Ledra Street, the old town, the Buyuk Han and the Selimiye Mosque are the top attractions while visiting Nicosia. Ledra Street is the only crossing (pedestrian only) within the city.

 

 

Important Things to Know

  • Photography of the Buffer Zone is illegal, so please do so with caution. We asked for permission on the Greek side and soldiers allowed us. However, be wary on the Turkish side taking pictures near the Buffer Zone.

  • Driving from Cyprus to North Cyprus requires a border crossing. Most rental car companies do not allow their cars to be driven in North Cyprus, but we took our chances. We loved our visit to the North, a vastly different experience. The main crossing is the Metehan Gate just outside of Nicosia. The crossing requires an international passport. It is required to purchase vehicle insurance at the border. Cost is €20 for three-day entry.

 

 

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For more on Cyprus history and the current situation between North Cyprus and Cyprus, check out these articles:

 

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Visited in December 2016.

 

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