20 Of The Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Cyprus
The easy on the eye eastern Mediterranean island is most famous for its rich archaeological sites, its sun-drenched beaches, mosaic-adorned holiday villas and for being the birthplace of Aphrodite – the ancient Greek goddess of beauty. Separated into a Greek south and Turkish north, its an intriguingly beautiful place with many areas of unspoiled natural beauty if you know where to look. In our holiday blog will present you 20 of the most beautiful places to visit in Cyprus…
Read about the first 10 most beautiful places in Cyprus here.
11. Akamas Peninsula National Park – a unique natural reserve great for hiking, cycling and bird-watching
Akamas is an area in the Northwest extremity of Cyprus. The park supports a range of animals and plants, a lot of them endemic to Cyprus. It is one of the few untouched areas of the country and a must-see for those looking for more than just a ‘sun-sea-beach’ holiday.
12. Kalopanayiotis – a pretty Cyprus village home to cobbled streets, chapels and churches
Your visit to Cyprus will truly impress you and bring you to some amazing villages, but if you neglect to visit the village of Kalopanayiotis, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to see one of the most beautiful villages in the area. Forty five traditional homes have been lovingly updated to accommodate modern needs, but still maintain their original charm. Along with their spectacular accommodations, the area maintains 2 natural springs frequented by locals and visitors alike.
13. Limassol – a lovely coastal town known for its sandy beaches and palm-coated surroundings
The seaside town of Limassol is not known for its beaches. Its residents will argue to the nail that their city‘s beaches are equivalent to the beaches of the rest of the island. They are not. What makes Limassol though a fine holiday destination is that it’s a city. Hence, Limassol boasts a great range of entertainment, dining, and sightseeing options unparalleled to anything available in holiday resorts. The city also hosts the country’s largest Carnival parade every spring with thousands of people attending.
14. Polemidia National Forest Park – great views of the city and a large spread of rich plantation of pine, cypress, eucalyptus, olive and carob trees
Natural beauty can be found throughout Cyprus, but if you want to truly be engulfed with the wonders of the natural world, Polemidia National Forest Park is the place to do it. This park is full of nature trails and photo ops around every turn. Kids can enjoy the children’s playground area while the adults enjoy time with the family at one of the many picnic areas throughout the park. Polemidia National Forest Park also has plenty of sports opportunities and even a museum of natural history on site. For an afternoon of fun with the family or an outdoor adventure with a few friends, Polemidia National Forest Park is the place to do it all.
15. Coral Bay – a popular beach with soft sands, rocky headlands and sea caves
A visit to Cyprus would not be complete without a trip to Coral Bay. Coral Bay is an excellent beach location with sandy shores and droves of tourists, but even during the high season, this beach maintains an uncrowded landscape. Visitors can easily access Coral Bay via car or public transportation and it is a hot spot for families with young kids as the bay’s location allows for some waves, but the current remains remarkably calm compared to other beach areas.
16. Cape Greco National Forest Park – a national park featuring numerous trails, cliffs and sea views
Few places hold as much alure as Cape Greco National Forest Park. If the beauty of the ample coastline were not enough to draw you in, the mythical history might just entice you to visit this spectacularly beautiful location. According to Greek Mythology, Aphrodite was born at Cape Greko National Park. The location still holds much allure to visitors with the church of Agoi Anargyroi. From this church, steps lead visitors down to an area known as Where Holy Water Runs. Other paths lead visitors to Cyclops cave and picnic areas to relax and enjoy the illustrious scenery.
17. Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery – an incredible complex of three churches and a great attraction to explore in Cyprus
Historic locations are always fun to visit when on holiday and finding the oldest places is an enjoyable experience, but at UNESCO Heritage Agios Ionnis Lampadistis Monastery, the actual date of its founding is unknown. Certain paintings in the monastery date back to the 11th century but scholars debate as to the exact inception of the site itself. However, visitors will be pleased to enjoy the myriad of photo opportunities and the sheer beauty of this monastery.
Natural beauty abounds on Omodos. Throughout history, Omodos has had a varied population largely maintaining fewer than 1000 people. Currently, Omodos is home to just over 300 people, so you are likely to enjoy the small-town feel of the location. While strolling its winding streets and countryside, you will be presented with traditional craftspeople and fruit trees such as apple, apricot, pear, and peach. Bring your camera and take your time exploring this unique and beautiful area of Cyprus.
19. Lara Bay – a near-deserted sandy strip which is home to turtles
Getting away from the high crowded areas of Cyprus is enjoyable and nowhere is it more enjoyable than Lara Bay. This area is a horseshoe-shaped bay that provides pristine coastal views and wildlife you cannot view anywhere else in the world. Wild goats and birds have found their paradise on Lara Bay, but uniquely, it is the breeding ground for green turtles, so be sure to watch where you choose to relax on this beach. Due to its remote location and virtually deserted nature, it is recommended that you bring your own shade, food, and drink. With a little preparation and an adequate 4 wheel drive vehicle, you can enjoy a day at Lara Bay in Cyprus.
Admittedly, this is not a ‘place to see’ per se. Yet, food is such a big part of Cypriot culture that I couldn’t possibly leave it off this list. Cypriots love to eat. The country has its own cuisine combining elements of Greek, Turkish and Arab cuisines. The best way to sample Cypriot cuisine is to visit a Taverna; a restaurant serving local food and order ‘’Mezedes’’. Mezedes is a type of meal consisting of several small plates. Go with an empty stomach and leave the rest of your day free for eating and digesting.
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