Cyprus's hidden beauties

06 Dec Cyprus’s Hidden Beauties

Blessed with an abundance of historic, cultural, and natural sights, Cyprus is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Planning a trip there? There are many towns and cities to choose from, so it can be tough to decide where to base yourself. Each has its own personality, so read on below to find the one best suited to your travel party.

1) Larnaca

Looking for a well-rounded base for your Cypriot holiday? Larnaca fits this bill well, as it is home to gorgeous beaches, significant historical attractions, and a nightlife which rages until the light of dawn.

After checking into some of the most fabulous  luxury holiday apartments in Cyprus, head to the centre of Larnaca, where Saint Lazarus Church can be found. Named after one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, it is believed he was laid to rest in a tomb now located beneath the church.

When the time comes to soak up the sun, saunter over to Finikoudes Beach. With plenty of sunbeds, a variety of restaurants to choose from, and shallow water, it is the perfect place to take the family for a day of fun by the Mediterranean Sea.

2) Limassol

Limassol

Topping our list is a city often overlooked in favour of Cyprus’ posher and better known destinations. Limassol is the southernmost city in Europe, making it an excellent getaway for travellers in the know.

There is more to do here than lie on a sun lounger, though, as it is close to an expansive set of Roman ruins, and there is an impressive Ottoman era castle situated right in Limassol’s centre.

Want to find a perfect spot to watch the world go by? Sit at a stylish cafe along this city’s Promenade, as it is a popular place with locals during the evening hours.

3) Nicosia

If culture, history, and politics are among your interests, consider visiting Nicosia, also known as “Lefkosia”. The city is the world’s last divided capital – split between Greek and Turkish Cypriots since the Turkish invasion in 1974. The occupied and the free areas of Nicosia are divided by a Line of Ceasefire, known as ‘the Green Line’.

If you’d like to go shopping then the town of Nicosia is where you’ll find the best boutiques and stores – there’s even a Marks and Spencer here. Be sure to visit the Cyprus Museum, home to some of the finest archeological treasures in the country.

4) Paphos

Paphos - tomb of the kings

Interested in ancient ruins, but want to work on your tan as well? Spend the majority of your Cypriot holiday in Paphos.

Home to people since Neolithic times, there are plenty of remnants of old buildings to check out within the bounds of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park. With new discoveries being made on an ongoing basis, it is an exciting place for anthropology enthusiasts.

When you aren’t busy geeking out there, get in some badly need rest and relaxation at Papho’s municipal beach. With plenty of sand, few rocks, and crystal clear water, it is exactly the sort of spot people picture in their heads when they think about the archetypal Cypriot beach.

5) Ayia Napa

If your only goal during your holiday is to let off steam and enjoy yourself, there are few better places to go in Cyprus than Ayia Napa. Many of this country’s most beautiful beaches are located in the city or within a short drive of the centre, making this place the ideal location for a relaxing seaside vacation.

When you aren’t bronzing your body on Makronissos Beach, take a moment to soak in the sacred atmosphere of the Ayia Napa Monastery. While this place is a haven of tranquility in what is otherwise a raucous party town, be sure to dress respectfully before paying this place a visit.

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Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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