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…
1. Blue Lagoon Akamas – one of Cyprus’s most beautiful highlights
If you intend on finding a beautiful place in Cyprus, but prefer to stay out of the tourist areas, Blue Lagoon Akamas is the place to do it. Arriving at this remote and breathtaking area is not as easy as one might think. The easiest way to see the pristine blue waters of Blue Lagoon Akamas is by boat.
Should you decide to arrive via road, you will have to rent or own a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The road to the lagoon is long and treacherous, so always use extreme caution, but once you arrive, you will enjoy a variety of water activities including snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of this remarkably beautiful out of the way place in Cyprus.
If you intend on going to Nissi Beach, be prepared to see a lot of other beachgoers. It is among the most popular beaches in Cyprus, but that does not mean it is not beautiful. Nissi Beach is easily accessible and always has something to do. From foam parties and nightly entertainment, you will always find something to enjoy at Nissi Beach.
When the tide is right, there is even a small island that appears where visitors can walk out and get a unique look at the Nissi shore. Water sports, boat rentals, bars, and small cafes make this location the place to be at any time of the year. Remember to bring a few euros for the umbrella and sunbed rentals, you will be thankful to have them during the height of the busy season.
3. Ayia Napa and Protaras/Fig Tree Beach – golden beach in a popular resort area
Cyprus is famous for its beaches and rightly so. Some of the best beaches are found in the Eastern part of the country, near the holiday resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras. Ayia Napa is particularly popular amongst clubbers and party animals alike. The resort town of Protaras, just 10km away from Ayia Napa, is quieter and caters more towards families and locals. Both have stunning beaches with crystal clear waters and golden sand.
If you are not a fan of the sea, then you might want to visit some of the country’s mountain resorts. Cyprus is not particularly famous as a ski destination as the country only gets small amounts of snow, if any at all, during the winter months. The mountains, however, provide a great opportunity to go hiking and escape the heat. Caledonia falls is the country’s most famous waterfall. It is located in the middle of the Caledonia nature trail, which runs along the ‘Kryos Potamos’ river. The trail joins the village of Platres with Troodos Square.
If you start the trail at Troodos Square, you will be walking downhill amongst some beautiful scenery and the sweet sound of birds and running water. You can then visit the Mountain resort of Platres, which provides several options for dining and relaxation.
5. Cape Greco – a stunning natural reserve which offers some amazing views
Cape Greco is considered one of the country’s most beautiful areas. This is an area of sea caves with crystal clear waters to swim in. There is a small, white chapel built on the edge of the cliff, which is a great place to practice your photography skills. For those looking to get married, it is worth noting that this is also a very popular marriage location.
6. Konnos Beach – considered to be one of the most scenic beaches on Cyprus
This beach deserves to be on this list. In fact, many Cypriots consider it as the most beautiful beach in the country. Due to its reputation, tens of people flock there during the summer months. The beach becomes overcrowded, it is nearly impossible to find a place to lay one’s colourful and stylish beach towel, let alone find an umbrella. We would recommend you visit this beach on a weekday. That way you can enjoy it without having to push your way into the water.
7. Nicosia City and The Green Line – a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city with many beautiful landmarks
The capital city of Nicosia often referred to as the ‘Last Divided Capital city of Europe’. This is because the northern part of the city, along with the northern part of the island, is under military occupation by Turkey. Visitors can walk up to the UN Buffer zone, known as the ‘Green Line’ which runs through the city and divides the island. It is possible to cross over to the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (unrecognized by any Nation except for Turkey) for those who wish to do so.
8. Makronissos Beach – a family-friendly beach with fine sand and clear waters
Beach activities in Cyprus abound, but not all areas are created the same. Beaches can be crowded, dirty, and even inconvenient, but that is not what you will find at Makronissos Beach. This area of Cyprus is a family-friendly, clean, accessible beach location. Its crystal clear waters invite you and your friends and family to enjoy a dip or snorkel while looking at local marine life. Visitors to Makronissos Beach enjoy free public parking along with a variety of snack and food items along the coast. If your family wants to find their ideal place to relax and enjoy life together Makronissos Beach is the place to do it.
9. Aphrodite’s Rock – a place that combines beauty and mythology
No visit to Cyprus is complete without a visit to Aphrodite’s Rock. This is a rock formation off the western coast of the island, near the city of Paphos. This is a must-see sight and a nice place for a swim. There are ample parking spaces and a no-frills café nearby whilst the site is well signposted. There is a direct bus from Paphos’ harbour to the Rock and it is worth combining it with a visit to the city of Paphos.
10. Paphos – a popular known for its harbor, the ancient ruins of tombs and fortresses
Paphos is the smallest city in Cyprus. Situated on the South West coast of the island, it is also one of the most picturesque places on the island. The old town and harbour area are ideal for a romantic stroll during sunset. The tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO world heritage site, are only 2 miles away from Paphos.
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