8 Best Things To Do In Cyprus For A Memorable Vacation

Uncover the best things to do in Cyprus

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Best Things To Do In Cyprus For A Memorable Vacation

Cyprus, a captivating island in the heart of the Mediterranean, offers an array of experiences for an unforgettable vacation. With its blend of rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture, Cyprus promises something special for every traveller. This guide will uncover the best things to do in Cyprus, ensuring your visit is filled with unforgettable and cherished memories. 

1. Marvel At The Aphrodite’s Rock or Petra tou Romiou

Aphrodite's Rock
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Petra tou Romiou is a geological wonder on the southwest coast of the Pafos district. According to legend, Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, was born in the sea foam here. The name “Petra tou Romiou” comes from the hero Digenis Akritas, who brought the rock formations to keep the Saracen Arabs at bay. Encircling the rock three times is believed to grant blessings of good fortune, fertility, and enduring love.

2. A Walk On Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach
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Nissi Beach, located near Agia Napa, is a popular 600-meter stretch known for its beauty and lively atmosphere. With golden sands and calm waters, it offers sunbeds, water sports, and beach bars. Lifeguards are present from April to October, and the beach is easily accessible by foot, bike, or car. Parking and disabled access are available.

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3. Visit The Old Monastery In Ayia Napa

Old Monastery In Ayia Napa
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The Medieval Monastery of Agia Napa, resembling a castle, was built around 1500 AD and stood in the village centre. Partially underground and carved into rock, it’s dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Forests’. Restored in 1950, it became an Ecumenical Conference Centre and is now administered by the Holy Metropolis Constantia Ammochostos. In 1994, they added a new church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Outside the south gate, a 600-year-old sycamore tree stands tall.

4. Experience History At The Tombs In Paphos

Tombs In Paphos
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The ‘Tombs of the Kings’ are a significant part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos (Paphos), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Hewn out of solid rock, these tombs go back to the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Despite their name, they were used for burying high-ranking officials and aristocrats. Some tombs feature Doric pillars and imitate the layout of living houses, reflecting the close relations between Paphos and Alexandria during the Hellenistic period.

5. Skying On The Troodos Mountain

Troodos Mountain
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Cyprus is a beautiful island country with magnificent mountain ranges that offer breathtakingly stunning landscapes. During winter, these mountains are covered with snow, making them an ideal destination for skiing enthusiasts. The Troodos Mountain range is a particularly picturesque location that boasts lush greenery and spectacular views, in contrast to the rocky beaches the island is commonly known for. The highest peak in Cyprus is Mount Olympus, which stands tall at 1,952 meters. 

6. A Dip In Adonis Baths

Adonis Baths
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Greek mythology comes to life at the Adonis Baths Waterfalls in Paphos, Cyprus, as Aphrodite mourns her lover, Adonis. The site features a picturesque natural pool beneath a waterfall, and statues of the mythical lovers believed to enhance fertility. Nearby, the Ayios Neophytos Monastery offers a glimpse into Byzantine-era art and culture. Visitors can dip in the natural pools, which are thought to provide virility and eternal youth, before departing. A visit to Adonis Baths Waterfalls promises a memorable experience, whether for the myths or the stunning scenery.

7. Explore The Paphos Zoo

Paphos Zoo
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Pafos Zoo, founded by Mr. Christos Christoforou as a bird collection, opened in September 2003. As Cyprus’s largest and first licensed Zoo, it offers a unique wildlife experience with diverse animals, including giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles, kangaroos, white lions, and tigers. Visitors can also enjoy performances by macaws and owls in the Amphitheatre.

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8. Discover Omodos Village

Omodos Village
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Nestled in the Troodos mountains, Omodos is a charming village known for its grape beverages, lace, and traditional bread. Attractions include cobbled squares, wineries, and the monastery of Timios Stavros. The town hosts a large religious fair on September 14 and boasts various summer and Easter events. Omodos is perfect for agrotourism and exploration.

Delve into the island’s rich history and culture by visiting landmarks such as the Medieval Monastery of Agia Napa and the Paphos Zoo, or unwind in the picturesque village of Omodos. Whatever your interests, Cyprus promises to leave you with cherished memories and a longing to return to its captivating shores.

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