Our Cyprus holidays, although themed in most cases, offer the chance to do as much or as little as you like, and with the idyllic island of Cyprus at your disposal there are no shortage of options to keep you entertained.
Take yourself off to the islands rural sections and immerse yourself in the culture of this historic destination. With UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Tomb of the Kings just north of Paphos and The Painted Churches in the Troodos region, the rich history of Cyprus is at your fingertips. If Greek Mythology is more your thing then Aphrodite’s Rock or Mount Olympus are both within easy reach of your hotel, and if you just want to relax on a beach then you can choose from any one of the 65 Blue Flag beaches scattered across the island.
Here are some of Potters Abroad’s personal recommendations of where to visit:
The Troodos Mountains
The largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in roughly the centre of the island. Its highest peak is Mount Olympus, also known as Chionistra, at 1,952 meters, which hosts the Sun Valley and North Face ski areas with their five ski lifts.
The harbour is home to an iconic castle, picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea and a large portion of the city’s nightlife venues. The marina is an interesting place to work the local fisherman at work during the day or listen to live music in the bars and restaurants once evening falls.
Tomb of the Kings
A large necropolis lying about two kilometres north of Paphos Harbour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features underground tombs, many of which date back to the 4th century BC. Carved out of solid rock they are thought to be the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to the 3rd century AD. Despite the name, no kings are actually buried here, the name comes from the magnificence of the tombs themselves.
A popular tourist resort in the Peyia municipality 6km north of Paphos. The coast to the north is characterised by rocky headlands and sea caves. Coral Bay itself is a 600m crescent of soft, white sand enclosed by a pair of limestone headlands.
Wander around the villages especially in the Troodos Mountains to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. From vineyards and byzantine churches to local women still making lace by hand in the streets Cyprus truly is steeped in history and a more traditional way of life.
The larger towns of Nicosia and Limassol are particularly popular with tourists and offer a host of wonderful sights and cafes to enjoy.