Cyprus situated in the Eastern Mediterranean is the third largest Island in the Mediterranean. Due to its wonderful climate and hot temperatures for most of the year is a very popular tourist destination.
A country that dates back to Antiquity, Cyprus the birthplace of Aphrodite, is steeped in history and conflict. The Island is separated into the Turkish North and the Southern Greek , with the Capital, Nicosia having a mix of both cultures, indeed this is a Capital where a walk through its streets is like visiting two cities at once.
The troubles of the Island have never deterred visitors and Cyprus is a place that has attracted visitors and settlers from all over, from Russia and Britain to The Ottoman Empire and the Crusaders and each that has passed through have left their own mark on the place.
Now when you think about Cyprus it conjures up images of amazing sandy beaches, endless Summer nights, spectacular blue seas and amazing plates of food and drink. Cyprus is an Island to enjoy and to go there on holiday is to have fun, relax, eat, drink and be merry. There is so much to explore on this Island and so much to do and all under sun and searing heat.
On an Island with such diverse history there is a real mix of cultures and influences from Islamic minarets to Venetian Castles but the one thing that is always the same where ever you venture on the Island is the warm welcome you will receive from the Cypriots whether Greek or Turkish.
What to Do and See.
However long you go to Cyprus for you will always feel that you need longer to explore this Island as there is so much to see and do. There are some things that do stand out though as places to visit or things to do so if this is your first visit make these a priority.
Take in the Heritage.
No visit to Cyprus should be completed without taking it the wonderful heritage. If you are staying in the Paphos region then a must see is the Tomb of the Kings. This ancient site dates back to the 4th Century BC and is set over a large area. These impressive underground tombs where not actually where Kings were buried but high officials but the name was given to the site due to the magnificence of the tombs.
Paphos Castle is another place to visit whilst in the area. This castle was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th Century from the original Byzantine fort structure that had resided there to protect the port. Over the many years that the castle has stood there it has been many things from a prison to a store room for salt. It was declared an ancient monument in 1935 and is now regarded as a hallmark of the Paphos region.
Painted Churches in the Troodos Region. The Troodos Mountain Range contains one of the largest collections of Churches and Monasteries dating back to the Byzantine era. There are 10 monuments that have been granted a UNESCO World Heritage status.
These modest structures that are dotted around the region, that can be found in villages and in remote wooded areas are well worth hunting out. Simple in structure with rough stone walls and slopping roves to protect from Winter snow, the inside hold the most wonderful frescos and mosaics that show an inside view of the lives and beliefs of Byzantine life over 1000 years ago.
Visit the Beaches.
Cyprus has some of the best beaches around and if you are looking for somewhere to go for a beach holiday then look no further.
Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach Paphos – Legend goes that Aphrodite, Goddess of Love rose up from the waters that surround Aphrodite’s rock. This amazing site rising from the water is found off the old road between Paphos and Limassol. This spot has become one of the most famous on the island. Although the water is often choppy in this area and not ideal for swimming, it is still worth a trip to see the stunning scenery and rugged coastline.
Serena Bay, Protaras
If you are looking for a beach to get away from it all then head to Serena Bay in Protaras. Frequented mostly by locals, this beach is off the beaten track and is small in comparison to other beaches on the Island. That said it is the perfect spot to go for some quite relaxation and this hidden gem is the sort of place you will want to remain at. Serena Bay Beach Bar is quirky and off beat with wooden tables placed under shaded trees the ideal place to hang out away from the mid day sun.
Activities and Adventure.
Cyprus is a great place to go to if you are seeking adventure and adrenalin filled activities. From trekking the Artemis trail which takes you on a circular route around the summit of Mount Olympus to diving around the waters of Paphos you will never be short of things to do.
If you are looking for activities that are great for all the family, then why not try out Fasouri Watermania. This park has all the usual slides and pools to thrill and delight children and sun loungers for adults to relax on .