We all dream of a holiday island paradise and Cyprus provides just that. Clear blue skies, beaming sunshine and turquoise waters to match. Plus, there’s a place for history buffs, culture vultures and partygoers too. So where should you go? Well, there’s clearly a Cypriot resort for everyone.
Paphos: Best for history
Cyprus is a traveller’s favourite when it comes to historical and cultural sights. But if you’re strictly hoping to explore Cyprus’ history, then Paphos is the resort for you.
Located on the southwest coast of the island, Paphos is home to a variety of ancient ruins. From fortresses and tombs to theatres and Greek mythological sites, there’s an overwhelming amount to be discovered in this part of Cyprus. Paphos’ history dates to the Neolithic period and it was also the base of the cult of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and passion.
Whether it’s castles, museums or archaeological parks which excite you, for history lovers, there’s plenty to see. But there is variety in Paphos, meaning when you need a break from seeing the sights, you can head down to Coral Bay instead and take a dip in the deep blue waters. One of the great things about Paphos is that the majority of its sights are located right along the coastline. You know what that means! Aside from fascinating sites you also get stunning views too.
Take a walk along Paphos’ coastal path, then head to the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park along the way. A trip to the park highlights an ancient Greek and Roman city, instantly taking you back in time. If you carry on along the path, you’ll also come across the Tombs of the Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a huge necropolis with underground tombs fit for kings.
- Tombs of the Kings
- Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
- Petra tou Romiou
- Paphos Castle
- Adonis Baths
- House of Dionysus
Ayia Napa: Best for nightlife
Ayia Napa is the resort to satisfy all your nightlife cravings. Booming music, lively clubs and laid-back bars, there’s something for everyone to enjoy once day turns to night. So, as you can imagine, Ayia Napa is perfect for groups of friends looking for a clubbing holiday.
However, Ayia Napa is a well-rounded resort. There’s only so much nightlife you can fill into your holiday. What can you do in the daytime? Well, there’s a range of sandy beaches you can relax on. Spend the day at Pantachou Beach and walk along Cyprus’ sandy shores or take a dip in the Mediterranean waters. Of course, there are a variety of beaches to choose from in Ayia Napa. Head to Konnos Beach for water sports or Nissi Beach for its Blue Flag certified clear waters.
If you do appreciate time in the outdoors, then Cape Greco National Forest Park is a great place to visit. Breathe in the fresh air as you walk along one of the park’s trails, sit back and enjoy the sea views with a picnic or hop on a bike and cycle around the lush greenery.
Then, when the night falls, it’s time to head out back onto the strip. But in Ayia Napa, it’s only right that you combine the beach with nightlife. So, start your evening off at Makronissos Beach which serves up a party you can’t refuse. During the summer, DJ acts and performers take to the stage to entertain partygoers. Afterwards, make your way over to one of Ayia Napa’s top clubs which keep the party pumping until the early hours of the morning.
- Cape Greco
- WaterWorld Waterpark
- Landa Beach
- Nissi Beach
- The ‘Napa Strip’
- Love Bridge
Protaras: Best for beaches and nature
Protaras is located on the south eastern side of Cyprus, close to Ayia Napa. As a result, it’s easy enough to enjoy the best of both worlds and check out all that Ayia Napa has to offer too. Although you might head to Ayia Napa for a night out, Protaras is a great family holiday destination thanks to its shallow waters and lovely natural surroundings.
Fig Tree Bay remains one of the most popular beaches on the island, making Protaras a firm favourite. Its waters are perfect for the little ones due to its shallow, clear waters. Plus, it was awarded the Blue Flag achievement because of its cleanliness. One of the great advantages of a Protaras holiday is that you’ll easily be able to explore the south eastern tip of Cyprus. This area of the island is essentially a natural park, offering many specks of beauty. This includes Cape Greco which boasts breath-taking views from atop a giant rock, making it well-worth the climb.
Why not take a walk along the Konnos Nature Trail? Starting from the Profitis Ilias Chapel, the three-hour walk takes you along the path to Konnos Beach where you can take a dip in its tempting waters. If you’re into your wildlife as much as your outdoor spaces, Paralimni Lake is a great day out. Aside from being a lake, it is also home to various species of birds. Depending on the season, you may have the opportunity to spot Greater Flamingos, Plovers, Waders and Lapwings.
- Fig Tree Bay
- Konnos Beach
- Profitis Ilias
- Cape Greco National Forest Park
- Vrissiana Beach
- Cape Greco
Limassol: Best for museums and a cosmopolitan vibe
Limassol is popular because of its vast list of things to do and see. For those who love being within a city during their holidays, Limassol is a suitable choice. It’s the second largest city in Cyprus and offers so much more than just a typical city feel. Of course, you get the best of both worlds here. Situated along the coast, you can admire the seafront views whilst taking walks along the promenade.
As well as a modern take on Cyprus, you can still get doses of history throughout the city. Visit the medieval Limassol Castle near the old harbour. It was rebuilt in 1590 under Ottoman rule and is now one of the main attractions of Limassol. The seafront doesn’t just offer up stunning views, in fact, it is also home to the Prokymea Sculpture Park. Discover a variety of sculptures from Cypriot, Greek and international artists.
Plus, the Limassol Archaeological Museum includes exhibitions and artefacts dating to the Neolithic period. Whilst the Amathus archaeological site features preserved ruins which are more than intriguing to explore. When it comes to relaxation time, head to Governor’s Beach and lay on its unique grey sands as you watch the waves rolling in.
- Limassol Castle
- Limassol Archaeological Museum
- Governor’s Beach
- Troodos National Forest Park
- Amathus Archaeological Site
Larnaca: Best for culture
Larnaca holidays have a generous bit of everything. So, it’s a clear front runner when it comes to showcasing Cyprus’ culture. Natural sights, historical sites and seafront promenades mean Larnaca is perfect for those who want a taster of all Cyprus has to offer.
Finikoudes Beach is a great spot for starting off your holiday. Lay back on the golden sand and soak up the sunshine. This is also where you’ll find the promenade which offers a beautiful setting for a relaxing walk. Once you’re prepped and primed for the rest of your holiday, there are plenty of things to explore in Larnaca. This includes the Byzantine Church of Saint Lazurus, the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque situated on the lakefront and the historic Kamares Aqueduct dating back to 1750.
The Larnaca Salt Lake makes for a great break from sightseeing. Enjoy the views and spot as many water birds and flamingos as you can. Larnaca is quite simply a fantastic offering from Cyprus to dedicated culture vultures!
- Larnaca Salt Lake
- Mackenzie Beach
- Kastela Beach
- Church of Saint Lazarus
- Hala Sultan Tekke