Cyprus Travel. The best of Cyprus Tourism
Cyprus has always attracted thousands of tourists from all over the world with its crystal clear seas, hot sun, historical monuments and good service. Hotels in Cyprus are divided into several categories: hotels with stars, hotels in national style, hotels without stars and guest houses. In addition, you can stay in one of the tourist villages, rent an apartment or rent a tent in the camping center.
To relax on the beach, you can choose any resort on the coast, but young people traditionally choose Ayia Napa, where nightclubs, discos, restaurants, karaoke bars are located on the main street. Here you can also be engaged in such water activities as diving, paragliding, windsurfing, water skiing, catamarans, etc.
Families with children often stay in Limassol, Larnaca and Protaras. Protaras is characterized by an almost total absence of noisy parties and discos, while Limassol and Larnaca are chosen because of the abundance of entertainment, shallow water and sandy beaches.
It is worth to go to Polis for those who do not mind resting from civilization and enjoying the natural beauty of the local nature. All listed cities have already been Europeanized. If you want a real Cypriot color, then you should go to Pissouri, where all houses are built in a traditional style.
The best time to travel to Cyprus
Here reign a subtropical climate with hot summer and a cool wet winter. The average temperature is + 15 ° C, it is colder in the mountains, and the snow falls so much that there are great opportunities for skiing. In summer the temperature reaches from + 35 ° С to 40 ° С. Many tulips, gladiolus, irises, lilies and orchids are blossoming in the fields from February to March.
When to travel to Cyprus? Definitely, the best time is May and September. You will have time to catch the spring charm of the country in May. The velvet season, which lasts from September to early November, will provide you with warm, sunny days and gentle waves of the Mediterranean Sea. The first thing you should do is to determine the purpose of the trip. For instance, if your aim is excursions, the best variants are April and the whole autumn.
Cyprus tourist guide: top 11 attractions in Cyprus
Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque (Larnaca). It is located on the shore of the famous Salt Lake in Larnaca, and is one of the most famous mosques in Cyprus. It is the fourth most important Islamic shrine after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Kourion (Limassol). Kourion is one of the most ancient and famous cities-states of Cyprus. It is located on a 70-meter hill very close to modern Limassol. It was built in the 12th century BC by citizens of Mycenae – one of those who took part in the legendary Trojan War.
Agia Solomoni Catacombs (Paphos). One of the most revered Christian shrines of Cyprus – Agia Solomoni Catacombs – is located just a few kilometers from the port of Paphos. An old pistachio tree grows right in front of the entrance to the caves. It is a kind of a “guard” of this place.
Cape Greco (Protaras). One of the most popular Cyprus tourist attractions – Cape Greco – beckons tourists with its beautiful scenery and crystal clear sea. It is easy to get there either by bike or on foot.
Protaras Aquarium (Protaras). It is considered one of the largest and most popular oceanic aquariums in Cyprus. This is an interesting and pleasant place where you can learn a lot of new things and have fun. At the moment, here are about 1000 different species of marine animals, fish and birds. They are kept in spacious aquariums and pavilions, the conditions of which are as close as possible to the natural habitats.
Camel farm (Larnaca). Located in the picturesque village of Mazotos, which is very close to Larnaca, the private camel farm is an ideal place for a family holiday. Earlier camel breeding was quite a profitable business, as these animals were constantly used for transportation of different loads. Nowadays camels in Cyprus can be seen only on this farm.
Salt Lake (Larnaca). One of the most picturesque places in Larnaca is considered to be a large Salt Lake, located in the west of the city. In fact, this is not just a lake, it is a whole lake system consisting of four separate water bodies with a total area of more than 5 km.
Stavrovouni Monastery (Larnaca). The famous Orthodox monastery of Stavrovouni is located between the major cities of Nicosia and Larnaca, on the very top of a high mountain. It was built in 327 AD on the orders of St. Elena, the mother of the emperor Constantine the Great.
Bath of Aphrodite (Akamath). It is a small secluded grotto surrounded by lush vegetation and flowers. As legend says, the goddess Aphrodite took baths here and met her beloved Adonis. It is believed that this water rejuvenates the body, gives strength and vivacity. But visitors are not allowed to swim in the grotto, therefore it is impossible to check this version.
KEO Winery (Limassol). Wine is made for thousands of years in Cyprus. During a free tour tourists are told about the history and production process of different types of wine. Tasting is also free, after which it is offered to buy your favorite drinks.
Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church (Nicosia). This is an amazing cave church, which is located in the village of Kato Deftera near Nicosia. It is considered one of the most ancient temples of the island.