A warm and sunny Mediterranean climate means Cyprus is a popular tourist destination year round. Discover ancient artifacts from civilizations past, go shopping on palm tree-lined streets and choose from a multitude of white powdery beaches.
For a classic Cyprus experience, visit the Ammochostos region in the east of the island where glistening white and blue buildings meet the yellow sands of coastal beaches. Hike the cliffs and caves of the Cape Gkreko National Forest Park, which offers incredible views of the surrounding area.
In the south, visit the ancient region of Larnaka to learn about its millennia-old history at the ancient archaeological site of Kition, where remnants of temples dating back to the 13th century B.C. can still be seen. Back in town, stroll along the Phinikoudes promenade, which is lined with restaurants and shops. The main church, Saint Lazarus is named for the town’s patron saint and is also worth a look.
Be sure to spend time on Cyprus’ glittering beaches. Pissouri Beach in the west of the island has views extending out to the hills across the bay. For pure blue waters, head to Protaras Beach where shade-providing umbrellas are available to rent. Underwater enthusiasts should take a dive trip to the Zenobia Wreck Diving Site in Larnaka Bay to explore an enchanting marine world that revolves around a historic shipwreck.
Once you arrive in Cyprus, the easiest way to get around is to rent a car from the airport or in major towns. Roads are generally well-signposted and in good condition. Alternatively, use public buses to cross the island by land or hop on a guided boat tour along the shoreline.
Cyprus is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, and it enjoys some of the mildest winters of any country in Europe. Listen to the locals speaking a mixture of Greek and Turkish these two languages dominate the island.
Come to Cyprus to uncover a land of sun, history and entertainment. Leave your worries behind on the mainland and immerse yourself in the warm atmosphere of this Mediterranean island.