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Cyprus is the land where Aphrodite appeared from the sea foam, and the one-eyed Cyclops lived. An island surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, playing with all shades of emerald! A place of power and ancient monasteries, hidden in the riot of mountain greenery on the peaks of Mount Olympus. This is an island that has its own Ibiza with bright parties and plenty of entertainment. Attractions on the ancient island simply can not be counted! Where should you go first? We have collected the most popular and interesting places in Cyprus that you should not miss during your trip!

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1. Architecture and antiquities

First of all, we will tell you about the architectural sights of Cyprus. From ancient to modern.

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1.1 Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

One of the most entertaining places in Cyprus. Conventionally, the park is divided into two areas: the old city, located right at the very blue sea, and the second, modern area, where administrative buildings lined up. Kato Paphos is a tourist place where most of the hotels are located. This is a park-museum with many interesting places. Some of the main attractions are the house with mosaics, the temple of Asclepius, the Acropolis and the Odeon, the fortress of Saranta Kolones and the street of the Tombs of the Kings. Just imagine, the ancient Paphos castle dates back to the 13th century! The visit to the park of antiquities is free and available daily.

How to get there: you can get to the park from any part of the city. Buses run regularly to the center. One of the convenient options is bus number 615.

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1.2 Tombs of the Kings, Paphos

If you find yourself in Paphos, be sure to see one of the main attractions of Cyprus. A small Necropolis - the burial place of the Cypriot nobility. Despite the royal name, there are no kings and queens here: the nobility were buried in rock tombs. Ancient graves date back to the 4th-3rd century BC. This is a complex of underground catacombs carved into the coastal rocks. The tombs are decorated with prehistoric columns.

How to get there: the tombs are located just 4 km from the center of lower Paphos. It is enough to take bus number 615 to reach your destination.

Opening hours: from 8:00 to 17:00 or until 18:00 (from April to October), and until 19:30 - in summer.

Entrance ticket price: 2.5 euros.

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1.3 Fikardou Village Museum

This is a real open-air museum! The village is located high in the mountains, 40 km from the capital Nicosia. The first mention of a mountain village appeared in the 12th century. Now there are almost no inhabitants in the village: they moved in the 19th century. There are six people in the whole village. But the originality and originality of the place turned the village into a museum. This place works especially for tourists who want to see how the Cypriots used to live. There is a post-museum, a municipality, some houses are open for visiting, in which everything inside is exactly the same as it was in the 18th century. One of the buildings has more than half a century of history.

How to get there: by car from Nicosia on the Nicosia - Machairas highway , the journey takes about 30 minutes. Or with a tour.

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1.4 Kykkos Monastery

The majestic monastery is located just 18 km from the highest mountain of the island, Olympus. The monastery is surrounded by lush greenery and has been standing on a high mountain for 900 years! This place attracts pilgrims and those wishing to be healed, because the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of mercy and the relics of saints is kept in the temple. But the icon cannot be seen: it is always hidden under a veil.

How to get there: The most convenient way is by car. You can try public transport - bus number 64 leaves Limassol at 09:30. It runs daily. There are also buses from Nicosia. Drive to the village of Platres , and then another 33 km will have to be covered by taxi. But often organized buses go from the village to Kykkos . In this case, it is more convenient to book accommodation near the monastery and leave the next day.

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1.5 Kakopetria Village

A picturesque village on the slopes of a mountain range divided by a noisy river, one of the most beautiful in the northern Troodos. It is framed by beautiful vineyards, flowering apple, peach, cream, pear orchards. This is the most interesting village in Cyprus, where the traditional way of life still reigns. The modest village is interesting for its architecture, churches, multiple chapels: a real open-air museum with original stone houses. You can walk around a compact village in an hour and a half, seeing an old mill, a stone-paved embankment, original stone buildings, and bridges across the river.

How to get there: from Limassol highway B8, after Amiantos turn onto B 9. It is worth getting ready for a small mountain serpentine. From Nicosia on the road B 9 straight into the mountains.

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1.6 Lefkara Village

This is one of the most famous ancient villages in Cyprus. The fame of the village was brought by its lace-makers, and the special technique of weaving lace is called Lefkaritika . And the village is also famous for its silversmiths: many people come here for silver and handmade lace products. And from here a breathtaking mountain panorama opens up, and the village introduces the original architecture of Cyprus.

How to get there: from Larnaca and Limassol you can come here on your own by car. By bus you can get from Larnaca: first, along the route Larnaca - Kofinou, and in the village of Kofinou you need to transfer to the Kofinu - Lefkara bus.

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1.7 Kourion

The archaeological park appeared on the site of the ancient city, not far from Limassol. The ancient city was founded in the 12th century BC, but it was destroyed by an earthquake. Now it is an architectural park with ruins, which are definitely worth seeing for lovers of antiquities. The house of gladiators, the House of Achilles, the amphitheater, the Christian basilica, the Temple of Apollo and many other attractions attract visitors here.

Admission fee: 4.5 euros.

Opening hours: from 8:00 to 17:00 or until 19:30 depending on the season.

How to get there: you can get there by car in just 15-20 minutes along the A 1 highway.

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1.8 Machairas Monastery

At an altitude of almost 900 m above sea level, there is an ancient monastery founded in the 12th century. This is one of the oldest active Orthodox monasteries in Cyprus. His visit gives peace and tranquility. The architecture of the monastery is original, but due to the fires experienced, not much remains of the original building.

How to get there: there is no public transport to the monastery. From Limassol you can drive in 1.5 hours, choosing the roads A1, B1 and E143.

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1.9 St. Nicholas Church, Protaras

A snow-white church on the very edge of the spit, against the backdrop of the turquoise of the Mediterranean. Incredible beauty! This is a pearl of the coast, which appeared in 2007.

How to get there: by bus number 101 or 102 to the Golden Hotel coast .

The best accommodation options in Protaras are available for booking.

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2. Natural attractions of Cyprus

The natural attractions of Cyprus will impress no less than the architectural ones. Often, ancient buildings complement the masterpieces created by nature.

2.1 Cape Greco (or Capo Greco)

One of the most romantic places in Cyprus where the sky meets the sea. Cape of romantics with magnificent sunsets. Benches were placed upstairs so that you could enjoy the beauty of serenity. There is a legend that it is here that a monster lives, terrifying the ancient Greeks.

How to get there: the natural park is convenient to visit if you are close to Ayia Napa , Protaras or Larnaca . The easiest way to get from Ayia Napa or Protaras is by buses No. 101 or No. 102. From Limassol or Larnaca it is more convenient to travel by car.

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2.2 Love Bridge in Ayia Napa

One of the most Instagrammable places in Cyprus, where newlyweds and couples in love come especially for a photo shoot! The emerald-colored sea became the backdrop for the most interesting natural arch. The bridge is quite spacious: it protrudes 6 meters above the sea, but its width is only 1.5 meters. Especially the bridge of lovers is beautiful at sunset. And the most desperate can try to go down and even swim in the sea near the arch. But jumping into the water is dangerous: the sea is not deep, and there are quite a lot of sharp rocks. The sea near the bridge of lovers is simply incredible shades, and in the summer monk seals arrive, one of the rarest animal species in the world. They also like to dive and swim near the bridge!

How to get there: by bus number 101 or number 102 to the Marina stop. Walking from the city center takes about 20 minutes.

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2.3 Baths of Aphrodite

Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite. And there is a secluded corner, the abode of the goddess of love, where she was charged with beauty and eternal youth. Baths of Aphrodite - a stone bowl, covered with dense tropical thickets, hiding the bath from prying eyes. The year-round water temperature in the bath is 36-37°. It is amazingly comfortable and warm! It is believed that these baths helped the goddess of love to remain forever young and beautiful. Swimming in the source is prohibited, but you can wash yourself with magical water. A path leads to the bath, from where magnificent views of the peninsula open!

How to get there: drive 50 km north of Paphos, to the Akamas Peninsula National Park. You can get from Paphos to Polis (No. 649, 641, and then transfer to flight No. 622). There is a 10 minute walk to the bath.

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2.4 Akamas Peninsula

A corner of wild nature near Paphos and the greenest place in Cyprus, which boasts hiking trails and wild beaches. Just here you will find the baths of Aphrodite, the cozy village of Latchi, the Blue Lagoon and many hiking trails. This is one of the best natural places in Cyprus. But it is better to visit it in the spring or early autumn: the exhausting heat comes in the summer.

Getting there: Ideally, rent a car. You can also get to Polis (bus number 649, 641 from Paphos), and then transfer to flight number 622. Or get from the port of Polis by boat.

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2.5 Fig Tree Bay

Do you want the purest sea and an incredible view? Head to Protaras, on the southern part of the island. This region is distinguished by convenient beaches and got its name from the ancient fig grove. The picturesque embankment and convenient entrance to the sea have made Fig Tree Bay one of the most visited, especially by families with children.

How to get there: just take bus number 102. The resort is located in the central part of Protaras.

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2.6 Salt Lake, Larnaca

Lake of pink flamingos - that's what they say about this magical place. The heat subsides and flocks of fabulous birds fly to the reservoir to make a stop along the way. Flamingos can only be found in late autumn or winter. And in summer, the giant lake almost turns into a desert. Above it you can see the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, which has been preserved since Ottoman times.

How to get there: the salt lake is located 5 km from Larnaca, closer to the airport. Easy to get to: just come to Mackenzie beach, and walk a little to the lake.

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2.7 Mount Olympus (Olymbos)

The highest mountain in Cyprus: its height is almost 1000 meters! It is located in the very center of the island, away from the sea coast. In winter, Mount Olympus turns into a ski resort with equipped lifts and comfortable ski slopes. And in the summer, lovers of hiking go on an excursion, who master local routes. Among the shortcomings - unfortunately, there is no high observation deck here to see Cyprus in full view.

How to get there: from Limassol to the mountain 50 km, from Paphos - 80 km. It's more convenient to get there by car. Or go with a tour. You can get to the very top by car, it is not necessary to go all the way on foot. You can also get from Limassol by buses number 60 and 61.

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2.8 Caledonia Falls

Even in the hot season, the waterfall gives coolness. The height of the water drop is about 13m! Here you will find everything for relaxation, wooden benches, cafes. And the area itself got its name in honor of the Scottish traveler, to whom the fog and cool forest reminded him of his homeland, Caledonia. The trails pass through the mountain forest, and the route to the waterfall takes about an hour.

How to get there: by car from Limassol or another major city to the village of Platres. From Limassol, you can reach the village by bus, which leaves at 9:30 from the embankment. It goes back at 16:00. The cost is 5 euros one way.

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2.9 Adonis Waterfall, Paphos

Two magical reservoirs, located one above the other, are connected by a falling waterfall: this is a majestic sight! The waterfall of the Baths of Adonis is an almost untouched place, because there is no equipped descent to it. But there is a bungee for jumping. But the area in front of the bath is completely ready to receive travelers: a cafe, a museum and an antique-style area.

How to get there: buses do not go to this corner of Cyprus, therefore, by car. The most convenient option is from Paphos along the E704 highway, and in front of the Adonis Botanical Garden, turn right and follow the signs.

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2.10 Blue Lagoon

One of the most beautiful places in Cyprus: a turquoise bay framed by picturesque rocks. The color of the water in the Blue Lagoon is truly amazing! There are many beaches and cafes where you can take a break from civilization, in the middle of pristine nature. It is better to come here in advance: tourists love the place very much.

How to get there: the most convenient way is by car from Paphos. But as an option - take a bus from Paphos to Polis, transfer to bus number 622 to the Baths of Aphrodite, and then walk a little to the Blue Lagoon. Also in Polis you can transfer to a boat and sail into the lagoon.

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3. Museums and attractions in Cyprus

Be sure to visit the museums, museum parks and other attractions of Cyprus, which will tell you about the interesting history and culture of the island.

3.1 Ayia Napa Sculpture Park 

Visit an amazing park with whimsical sculptures and succulents, located right on the seashore. You can walk along it for free, and the park is open around the clock.

The Museum of Contemporary Culture appeared in 2014. Cyprus hosts a congress of artists from all over the world, providing them with space for creativity. In the park, more than 50 sculptors presented their works from different parts of the world, making them from limestone stone and marble. Already more than 200 sculptures!

How to get there: from the center of Ayia Napa by bus number 101 or 102. The entrance to the park is located directly in front of the Marina Hotel hotel.

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3.2 Cyherbia Botanical Garden

Must see if you are near Larnaca. The botanical garden was created by a resident of the Netherlands, who, having seen Cyprus, fell in love and decided to implement an interesting project. She has created 10 themed gardens: aromatic, relaxation, traditional Cypriot, feminine, poisonous and even medicinal!

One of the most interesting places is a gigantic labyrinth taller than human height. It's easy to get lost in it! There are even lavender fields - all this is spread over a vast territory!

Entry fee: 5 euros.

How to get there: the park was laid out quite far from the city, between Ayia Napa and Larnaca , in the village of Ormidelia. Easily accessible by car or guided tour. Public bus can take you to the stop Sinikismos Avgorou: #712 from Larnaca , #705 from Ayia Napa and #706 from Protaras.

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3.3 WaterWorld

The largest theme water park in Europe is dedicated to the history of ancient Greece and ancient legends. All attractions of the park are associated with the gods of Olympus, heroes and mythical creatures. 18 grand attractions await visitors: the Trojan horse and the labyrinth of the Minotaur, Odysseus and the exploits of Hercules. And the highest, Mount Olympus, reaches 20 m! It is from here that Zeus throws his "thunder and lightning".

The cost of an adult ticket is 38 €, for children under 12 years old - 24 €. Open from 10:00 to 17:00, and in the summer months - until 18:00.

How to get there: by bus number 102 or number 101 from Ayia Napa or Protaras. The water park is the last stop.

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3.4 Magic Dancing waters show

For an evening show, you should go to the resort town of Protaras. The water element and multi-colored lights merge in a single musical rhythm, and the laser creates amazing patterns on the water jets. 18 thousand jets simultaneously take off and fall 15 meters! The show is held in the complex every day from April to November at 21:00 and lasts an hour.

Cost: 23 euros for adults and 15 euros for children.

How to get there: by car or buses No. 101 and 102 to the street Protara.

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3.5 Limassol waterfront Molos

The most beautiful promenade in Cyprus. Decorative pools right on the main promenade, original sculptures, fountains, illuminated cafes, neat lawns with palm trees, a rollerdrome, a medieval castle - all this makes the Limassol embankment special. It stretched for 3 kilometers! This is one big entertainment area where they organize concerts, ride bicycles, juggle and endlessly arrange photo shoots. And it starts from the port, where luxury yachts are moored.

How to get there: the embankment is located in the heart of Limassol, where the routes of almost all buses pass.

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4. Cyprus beaches

For dessert - what most tourists come for - the beaches of Cyprus. One of the best in Europe.

4.1 Pissouri Beach

One of the most picturesque beaches in Cyprus is located between Limassol and Paphos. This is a place for true connoisseurs of privacy who want to escape away from the noisy Ayia Napa or touristic Larnaca . But at the same time, there are restaurants, cafes, changing cabins, toilets, and showers on the beach. The beach is located next to the cliffs of Cape Aspo, which is considered one of the most protected areas. The coastline stretches for one and a half kilometers, and the picturesque bay, sand and pebble beach and incredible emerald water attract guests. By the way, this beach is often visited by nude lovers.

How to get there: take bus number 70 from Limassol. Or by car on the highway A6.

Choose a hotel near the beach in the town of Pissouri.

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4.2 Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa

The most famous beach, a famous party place that impresses not only with the atmosphere, but also with natural beauties. Turquoise water against the ultraviolet sky - only here you can find such an amazing combination. Clear water and white sand, radically different from the dark volcanic sand of other beaches in Cyprus, make Nissi unique. The beach, stretching for almost half a kilometer, is marked with the Blue Flag. This is the most youthful place with lots of entertainment, cafes, restaurants and parties . “Zyuminka” is a small island, to which a snow-white sandy spit leads. At high tide, she goes under water.

How to get there: bus number 102 along Ayia Napa. Or take a taxi. The walk will take 20-30 minutes.

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4.3 Coral Bay

A secluded corner 30 km from Paphos boasts one of the best beaches in Cyprus. Coral Bay - parts of the municipality of Peyia. The chic bay is located 13 kilometers from Paphos. The beach is marked with the Blue Flag. It is very picturesque! These are golden sands that appeared thanks to corals. Therefore, the bay is also called coral, although you will not find any reefs here.

How to get there: city bus number 615 from Paphos is suitable. On the way - up to 30 minutes. Buses run from 6 am to midnight.

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4.4 Makronisos Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Ayia Napa, with a shallow entry into the sea and perfect sand. A quiet place, unlike the party beach Nissi Beach, is great for families with children. These are as many as three beaches in one, which are a beautiful semi-oval. One and a half kilometers of “happiness” under your feet in the form of a coast, a large selection of water activities, cafes and restaurants, free WiFi will give you an excellent vacation!

How to get there: bus number 101 is suitable, which follows from the city center: The beach is the final stop.

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4.5 Konnos Beach

One of the best places for families with children in Cyprus, reminiscent of Greek Halkidiki. This is one of the most beautiful beaches with emerald water and fine fine sand. A magnificent panorama opens from here: a picturesque descent winds in the middle of mountain greenery. The beach seems to be sandwiched between the sea and a high cliff, and a hiking trail from Cape Greco leads down.

How to get there: take bus number 101 or 102 from Ayia Napa or Protaras , and then go down on foot. Or come by car.

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4.6 Mackenzie Beach, Larnaca

A selfie in a bathing suit against the backdrop of a plane taking off is as easy as shelling pears if you go to Mackenzie Beach. This is what makes the beach located next to Larnaca airport interesting. Planes fly right over the heads of vacationers! Mackenzie Beach is the second largest in Larnaca. It is far from most hotels, so it is not so crowded, but with a sandy bottom and many bars, cafes and restaurants. The cost of a sunbed is 5 euros per day.

How to get there: by bus number 425, which follows the airport. The fare is 1.5 euros.

Cyprus offers a large number of hotels. Choose and book your favorite!

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This is not all the treasures of Cyprus, which is full of mysteries, myths, natural beauties and interesting things! An island where you want to return again and again to discover all the beauties.

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