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Cyprus

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Cyprus at a glance

 

 

  • Blessed with 326 days of sunshine
  • Lavish 5*hotels, resorts and facilities
  • State of the art infrastructure
  • 11,000 years of history and culture
  • Unmatched natural beauty in rural mountain villages and clear blue beaches
  • At the crossroads of three continents with excellent flight connections

LIMASSOL • PAPHOSAYIA NAPA • NICOSIALARNACATROODOS & RURAL CYPRUS

 

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with spectacular scenery and an enviable climate. An island of beauty and a country of contrasts with its cool, pine-clad mountains forming a complete scene-change compared to the golden sun-kissed beaches. Its tranquil timeless villages are also in striking contrast to the modern cosmopolitan towns, luxurious beach side hotels and large areas of natural unspoiled countryside. Cyprus may be a small country, but it is a large island with a big heart; an island that gives its visitors a genuine welcome and treats them as friends.

Strategically located, Cyprus is a natural meeting place. It has two International Airports in Larnaca and Paphos that are served by all major international airlines, with worldwide connections. An island drenched in sun and mythology at the crossroads of ancient civilizations, had numerous visitors through the years, all of whom left their mark. Some built temples to their Gods, others castles to their Kings, while the Crusaders used Cyprus as a staging post and the pirates for a plunder. Storytellers refer to the magnificent royal weddings and incomparable works of art created by its artists. Those who visited Cyprus were enchanted by its splendor since the island’s beauty is the legacy of Aphrodite, Goddess of beauty and love.

Aphrodite, one of the most ancient goddesses in the Olympian Pantheon, emerged from the gentle jade-coloured sea foam at Petra tou Romiou, a boulder that juts up from the south coast of Cyprus as majestically today as it did then. The island counts more than 11,000 years of history, yet remains eternally young.

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Limassol

  • The island’s second largest city and commercial hub
  • Stretching across 15 miles of blue flag beaches
  • Hosting a range of five and four star resorts
  • Top class facilities, restaurants and venues
  • Home to two luxury yacht marinas
  • The island’s main cruise ship port
  • Built between the ancient kingdoms of Kourion and Amathus

Limassol is the island’s largest seaside resort. Since the middle ages, Limassol has been known to traders for its wine and sugar cane. Now, the second largest city of Cyprus, with a population of 300,000, it is the island’s most important commercial and tourist centre.

The town’s carefree atmosphere, wide seafront promenade and bustling little shopping streets, trendy restaurants and bars, are matched by the lively character of its people. With its fun-loving reputation and the best nightlife on the island, Limassol stages some of the island’s best-known festivals: the annual Wine Festival in September, the pre-Lenten Carnival; with masquerade parties, balls and grand parades, the Limassol Festival during summer and the ancient Drama Festival at Kourion theatre.

Highlights

  • Kourion amphitheatre and mosaics
  • The Limassol promenade
  • Castle of Limassol and old town
  • Limassol Marina
  • Omodhos village
  • Kolossi Castle
  • Ancient Amathus

Paphos

  • One of the island’s ancient city kingdoms
  • A leading Mediterranean holiday resort
  • A range of five and four star facilities
  • Authentic local taverns and restaurants


The charming west coast town of Paphos focuses around an attractive quaint harbour, whose picturesque open air fish restaurants overlook the harbour and the Byzantine Castle. With a population of just 100,000, Paphos is nestled in the Western Troodos Mountains, which adds another dimension to this area of scenic beauty. The resort town is graced with luxury hotels along its coastline.

Paphos has an air of holiday charm combined with history, while olden-day elegance is lent to the town by its classical style buildings in the upper part of the town which leads to the shopping area. The lower part of the town, known as Kato Paphos, has a life of its own near the sea. It is home of the harbour, fish taverns, souvenir shops and several beautiful hotels with important archaeological sites scattered around them.

The town became the capital of Cyprus under the successors of Alexander the Great, and in those days its harbour was a busy, thriving port. It continued as the island’s first city for more than seven centuries, retaining its importance under Roman rule.

Paphos is entwined with Greek mythology, and the legendary birth of Aphrodite on its shores brought fame and worshippers there to follow the cult of the Goddess. Landmarks associated with Aphrodite are the chunky, rugged rocks of her beautiful birth shore known as the Aphrodite Rock or Petra tou Romiou, the evocative sanctuary of Aphrodite at Kouklia Village, once a shrine and scene of pagan festivals for thousands of years, the Baths of Aphrodite at Polis, as legend has it, the source of fertility and the Fountain of Love, or Fontana Amorosa at the tip of the Akamas peninsula.

Highlights

  • Paphos Harbour and castle
  • Paphos mosaics and archaeological park
  • Aphrodite’s rock
  • Coral bay
  • Adonis baths
  • House of Dionysus
  • Blue Lagoon
  • St Paul’s Pillar
  • Tombs of the Kings
  • Kouklia and Aphrodite Sanctuary
  • Aphrodite’s Baths

Ayia Napa

  • Excellent five and four star accommodation
  • Golden beaches and crystal clear waters
  • Summer party capital and autumn retreat


With its superb golden sandy beaches, this area has become homeland to the sun seekers. Ayia Napa, once a small fishing village, boasts a superb Venetian decorated monastery with a central octagonal fountain.

The focal point of the resort is the small harbour, where the tavernas specialise in fresh fish harvested by the colourful fishing vessels. Cape Greco, on the very tip, has its own share of beaches and coves. With its contrasting rugged countryside, the dramatic fiery glow of sunsets from this spot is unique.

Highlights

  • Ayia Napa Harbour
  • Konnos bay
  • Sea Caves
  • Ayia Napa square
  • Nissi beach
  • Fig tree bay

Nicosia

  • Capital of Cyprus
  • Cultural and administrative centre of the island
  • Leading convention facilities
  • Range of four and five star hotels


Nicosia (or Lefkosia) is the capital of Cyprus, a status it has enjoyed for 1000 years, though its beginnings date back 5000 years to the Bronze Age. It lies roughly in the centre of the island in the Mesaoria Plain, flanked by the beautiful northern range of Pentadaktylos.

Seat of Government, Diplomatic headquarters and cultural centre of Cyprus, the capital presents two distinct faces: the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls over 400 years old, and a busy modern metropolis which has a population of 350,000 including the surrounding metropolitan area.

Within the large area encircled by the strong bastion walls that served to protect the town for centuries, are many places of great historic interest. The central Eleftheria Square links old Nicosia with the elegant modern city that has grown up outside the walls, where hotels, offices, restaurants and gardens blend happily with the fine old houses and colonial buildings of this cosmopolitan city.

Highlights

  • Venetian walled city
  • Famagusta Gate and Kyrenia Gate
  • Ledras Street
  • Cyprus Museum
  • Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
  • Zampelas Contemporary art museum

Larnaca

  • Third largest city and home of the island’s largest airport
  • Ancient city kingdom of Kition
  • Hub for exploring Cyprus’ eastern coastline
  • Range of hotels and holiday facilities


On the edge of Larnaca Bay the palm-lined seafront of Larnaca town bustles with cafes, tavernas, shops and bars. Historic charm is lent to the scene by its fortress castle, now used as the town’s summer cultural centre. Larnaca is an excellent base from which to get to know the central and eastern section of Cyprus, its proximity to the International Airport and a number of luxury hotels that have been developed along its beautiful sandy beaches make this a popular holiday choice.

Much smaller than Nicosia or Limassol, Larnaca has a population of 150,000 and has managed to retain a relaxed, leisurely atmosphere. Its main shopping area is Zenon Kitieos Street, a typically busy road of small shops, with a wonderfully colourful fruit and vegetable market at the far end.

Larnaca was originally known as Kition. The town’s heyday was as an ancient city kingdom established by the Mycenean Greeks in the 13th century BC, when it enjoyed the dual position of rich sea port and major centre of the copper trade. Remains of that period excavated in recent years can be seen in its Cyclopean walls and a complex of Mycenean temples at the ancient Kition site.

Birthplace of the stoic philosopher Zeno, Larnaca was also the second home of St. Lazarus, who arrived there after his resurrection and later became its first Bishop. The Church of St Lazarus standing in the centre of the town is well worth a visit. The tomb of St Lazarus, who is still the patron saint of Larnaca, is under the sanctuary.

Highlights

  • St Lazarus Church
  • Diving wreck of Zenobia
  • Finikoudes promenade and Larnaca Marina
  • Hala Sultan Tekke and Larnaca salt lake
  • Lefkara Village
  • Chirokoitia Neolithic settlement
  • Ancient Kition,
  • Angeloktistos church
  • Pierides museum

Troodos and Rural Cyprus

  • Troodos peak at 1,952 meters
  • Pine and cedar forests
  • Scattered villages, monasteries and churches
  • Home to the island’s wine making region
  • Agro-touristic lodging and small boutique properties
  • Nature trails


The island’s largest mountain range, Troodos,reaches 1,952 meters at Olympus peak. Dense pine and cedar stretches from the Paphos forest all the way to the Macheras monastery outside Nicosia.

Rural Cyprus is scattered with small and picturesque villages, each with its own character and local legends. From the wine producing villages outside north of Limassol and Paphos to the forest encircled communities of Platres and Kakopetria, Troodos is home to hundreds of churches, monasteries and heritage sites as well as leading wineries, restaurants and tavernas that give the visitor a taste of the real Cyprus.

In the winter, ski slopes can be snow filled by late November to early March while the distance from the slopes to the Limassol coast is less than forty minutes making it an urban legend among Cypriots that one can ski in the morning and surf in the evening all in the same day.

Highlights

  • Mount Olympus
  • Kykkos Monastery
  • Caledonia waterfalls
  • Kakopetria
  • Byzantine churches protected by Unesco
  • Platres
  • Omodhos village
  • Paphos forest
  • Cedar Valley
  • Mouflon reserve

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