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Travel to Cyprus

Cyprus has been a solid holiday destination plan for nearly 2,000 years. Part of the reason why it is such a popular destination goes beyond the nearly guaranteed sunshine and extravagant beaches that are offered.

Visitors to Cyprus are also going to have a level of hospitality that goes beyond what most destinations offer. You’ll find friendliness on this island like never before. You’ll also find there’s much more to Cyprus than you might expect.

Nightlife For All Tastes

Cyprus allows you to see castles, crystal clear blue waters, and incredible scenery during the day. It also offers numerous opportunities to enjoy what the night has to offer as well. Pubs, bars, nightclubs, or even fine dining opportunities all provide visitors with something that meets their needs effectively. Add in the hospitality and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

History To Encounter

The history of Cyprus dates back beyond the Roman Empire. It is even mentioned in Christian literature 8 separate times. Just about everywhere you look there are ruins to see, museums to explore, and other places of ethnographic interest that will let you see artifacts that date back to the earliest times of what we would consider to be modern humanity.

Bring Your Clubs

There are 4 championship caliber golf courses on Cyprus to enjoy. Considering its ease of access, you can fly right in and take on 18 holes your first day there if you wish. You can also bring your walking tools to explore 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites if you prefer.

Cyprus offers visitors a tempting holiday opportunity all year long. If you’re ready to let the world pass you by for a few hours, a few days, or even longer, then this island may be the best place to let that happen. Walking, wine tours, and plenty of beach time combine with your favorite activities to create one very special experience.

Best of Cyprus

Below you can see our recommendations for a holiday in Cyprus

Larnaca

Perfect for those looking to combine beach holidays with a lively historic town and plenty of Cypriot life. Larnaca is a relaxed easy-going town considerably smaller than Limassol and Nicosia. The bustling, friendly town has a charming promenade with impressive palm trees – a pleasant spot to enjoy a numerous variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and eateries catering for every taste.

Aside from the beaches, this friendly town is rich in history with interesting older quarters. Whilst here why not visit the museums including the 17th century fort, with its remains of the ancient city of Kition, the 9th century church of St Lazarus and the holy shrine of Hala Sultan, the holiest Moslem shrine after Mecca and Medina.

This lively town is a great base from which to explore central and eastern Cyprus, and a trip would not be complete without a visit to one of the more traditional Cypriot villages like Lefkara, which is famous for its lace, or Kiti with its superb Byzantine church, and the fabulous Stavrovouni monastery.

Paphos

Thanks to its wealth of historical and cultural attractions, Paphos is an excellent choice if you want to do plenty of sightseeing. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s close to some of the island’s most famous archaeological attractions.

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa and Nissi Bay are great holiday hotspots. By day, most holiday-makers head off for Nissi beach, a fabled stretch of silvery sand. Scattered around there are other beaches too, all offering terrific watersports. Ayia Napa is nearby and the fountain in the town square is a lively meeting place, as is the main waterfront, with its restaurants, bars and clubs, responsible for the resort’s legendary night-life. When you need to re-charge your batteries, creep away to the one of the pretty little coves along the coast.

Protaras

The resort itself spreads over 16 kms of coastline, most of it fringed by stunning bays and little idyllic coves. Watersports and scuba-diving are permanent fixtures, although generally the air is one of unbroken relaxation and tranquillity. You’ll find shops, restaurants and tavernas aplenty. A number of pubs, lively bars and two discos are the source of some friendly night-life. The friendly, family atmosphere strikes an appealing balance between relaxation and buzz making Protaras an appealing holiday hotspot.

City Guides

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Aglandjia

Aglandjia Travel Wiki Travel to Aglandjia Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Aglandjia Located centrally on Cyprus, Aglandjia sites near the border buffer zone on the island. About half of the agricultural land has been occupied by the Turkish army since 1974. Of the remaining half, over 50% of the land is dedicated as national forest parks, Athalassa and Pedagogical. There are several sites of interest that are waiting to...

Argaka

Argaka Travel Wiki Travel to Argaka Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Argaka Located in the Paphos District, Argaka was built in a region where rivers flowed to the sea. The sandstone foundations helped families to build a small village in the late 19th century that has slowly grown into a coastal working-class village today. About 1,000 people call Argaka home, which means the sand and sunshine are just...

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa Travel Wiki Travel to Ayia Napa Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Ayia Napa The sunshine of Cyprus comes alive in the resort community of Ayia Napa. Located on the eastern end of the island, legend has it that the original icon, located in the surrounding area, of the Virgin Mary was found by a hunter trying to find food. A monastery was built in the 12th...

Coral Bay

Coral Bay Travel Wiki Travel to Coral Bay Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Coral Bay Located near the city of Paphos, Coral Bay is a popular beach resort destination on the island of Cyprus. With golden sands and gentle waves, you’ll find that swimming and beach events happen all day, every day here. It is also one of the few beaches in the region that consistently carries Blue...

Droushia

Droushia Travel Wiki Travel to Droushia Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Droushia Droushia is a small Cyprian village that is located about 10km south of Polis. It is a quiet region of the island, with access to the Akamas Peninsula nature reserve. There is a certain resort-like atmosphere here, but many who call the village home tend to supplement their income through fishing or agricultural methods. In some ways,...

Famagusta

Famagusta Travel Wiki Travel to Famagusta Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Famagusta With the deepest harbor on the island of Cyprus, Famagusta is a city that offers visitors access to its ancient roots and Medieval influences while it provides a world-class resort experience. Founded in 274 BC, it has grown from a small fishing village into the modern marvel it happens to be today. The Old Town of Famagusta...

Kakopetria

Kakopetria Travel Wiki Travel to Kakopetria Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Kakopetria Located centrally in Cyprus, Kakopetria is surrounded by the Troodos Mountains. It may be a small village of just 1,200 full-time residents, but the higher altitude also makes it the perfect location for a summer residence. The village is surrounded by thick forests, has access to two rivers that join in the village, and that helps...

Kalavasos

Kalavasos Travel Wiki Travel to Kalavasos Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Kalavasos If you want to take some time away from the bustle of the resorts in Cyprus, then make your way to Kalavasos. This community is just 6 kilometers north of Zygi and provides visitors with an authentic Cypriot experience. It is a traditional village setting where numerous archeological sites offer unique artifacts while glimpses of everyday...

Kathikas

Kathikas Travel Wiki Travel to Kathikas Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Kathikas Kathikas is one of the Laona villages that can be found within the Paphos District on Cyprus. It is located on a high plateau, about 640m above sea level, and is famous for its ability to produce sultana grapes. This has led the village to be able to create an agrotourism sector that is thriving and...

Kouklia

Kouklia Travel Wiki Travel to Kouklia Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Kouklia Found in the Paphos District of Cyprus, the village of Kouklia is about 40km west of Limassol. It is built on the site of the ancient city of Palepaphos and the modern core of the village was built around the archaeological findings in the region. Numerous ruins, including the temple of Paphian Aphrodite, have been found...

Kyrenia

Kyrenia Travel Wiki Travel to Kyrenia Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Kyrenia Located along the northern coast of Cyprus, Kyrenia may have been populated as early as the 59th century BC. The traditional story of the city’s founding is that Achaeans from the Peloponnese came here after the Trojan War. Over the centuries, the town grew in prosperity, until the Romans established a defensive castle around the 1st...

Lakatamia

Lakatamia Travel Wiki Travel to Lakatamia Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Lakatamia Located centrally on the island of Cyprus, Lakatamia is a suburb of Nicosia and offers visitors the chance to explore while experience Cypriot culture.  Begin by making your way to Buyuk Han. This historic 16th century inn has been converted into a shopping center. You’ll find several cafés to sample, boutique shops to explore, and a...

Larnaca

Larnaca Travel Wiki Travel to Larnaca Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Larnaca Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, the visions of Larnaca are filled with emerald waters, palm trees, and white sandy beaches. It's a city that has deep roots in history, as the name of the community is thought to be based on the over 3,000 sarcophagoi that were located in the area. The original settlement here...

Limassol

Limassol Travel Wiki Travel to Limassol Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Limassol Limassol was initially built between two ancient Cypriot cities: Amathus and Kourion. The historical center of the city is located around Limassol Castle, which was constructed during the Medieval period, along with the Old Port. You can still see the vestiges of these old cities when you explore this beautiful Mediterranean community. Kourion offers a beautiful Greco-Roman...

Mazotos

Mazotos Travel Wiki Travel to Mazotos Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Mazotos Located about 22km from Larnaca, Mazotos puts you close to the sea. The beach here is nice and quiet, extending for about 7km with is beautiful dark sands. The sea around this area is surprisingly shallow, filled with sand shelves. No flags or lifeguards are present, but the Chamber of Commerce for Cyprus notes that the...

Nicosia, capital of Cyprus

Nicosia Travel Wiki Travel to Nicosia Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Nicosia Nicosia is a city that might be divided in the minds of some, but it is united as one culture. It is unique because it acts as two capital cities for two nations. The southern portion of Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus. The northern portion of the city acts as the Turkish capital of their...

Paphos

Paphos Travel Wiki Travel to Paphos Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Paphos Located in the southwestern part of Cyprus, Paphos is a community that is actually part of New Paphos. Old Paphos, which was the birthplace of Aphrodite, was the ancient capital of the island and many Christian pilgrims head toward this community because Paul the Apostle visited the town in the 1st Century. Paphos is listed as a...

Paralimni

Paralimni Travel Wiki Travel to Paralimni Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Paralimni Located slightly inland, Paralimni literally means “by the lake.” Built on the shores of a shallow lake, water would come in during the winter months. In the early 1900s, the lakebed was reclaimed so it could be used for agriculture. The village was originally built on the hills overlooking the lake, then moved further inland to...

Pissouri

Pissouri Travel Wiki Travel to Pissouri Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Pissouri You’ll find Pissouri in the Limassol District of Cyprus, between Paphos and Limassol. It’s just 3km from Cape Aspro, built on the side of a green hill, and serves as a wonderful beach destination. You’ll find several tavernas, bars, restaurants, and shops waiting for you here, along with turquoise waters and beautiful golden-sand beaches. A famous church...

Platres

Platres Travel Wiki Travel to Platres Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Platres Located in the mountains of Cyprus, Platres is a beautiful resort destination that has been created from one of the best orchard and vineyard growing regions on the island. This hill resort is an excellent starting point for those wishing to follow a Troodos Cycling Route or wish to explore the kilometers of hiking trails that...

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Biggest City Cyprus

Facts about Cyprus, Biggest city What are the name of the biggest city Cyprus, and how big are city by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017 More about Cyprus Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 113 km south of Turkey and 120 km west of the Syrian coast....

Cyprus Holidays

Cyprus Public Holidays See the calendars for national Cyprus holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Cyprus holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.
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Geography and facts, Cyprus

Cyprus, geography and facts explained Geograhy, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work. Vacation in Cyprus The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has welcomed travelers for thousands of years. The island enjoys one of the world’s finest climates, warmest waters, and most stunning sunsets. Today,...

Money Cyprus, Local Currency, Euro

Money in Cyprus (notes and coins) Cyprus legal tender is called Euro (EUR). 1 Euro = 100 cent. Coins in circulation: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent €1 and €2 Notes in circulation: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. European Central Bank
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Why you should visit Paphos

Why Visit Paphos ? When you think of Cyprus, usually one of the first places that pops into your head is Paphos. It is by far Cyprus's most popular tourist destination and looking back on its history it is not hard to see why. This article is about Paphos and in particular the culture and history surrounding Paphos. One of the main reasons Paphos is so popular is because it was once home to the mythical Goddess Aphrodite. When the Goddess...

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

DateEnglish
January 1New Year's Day
January 6Epiphany 
VariableClean Monday
March 25Greek Independence Day
April 1Cyprus National Day
VariableGood Friday
VariableHoly Saturday
VariableEaster Sunday
VariableEaster Monday
VariableEaster Tuesday
May 1Labour Day
VariablePentecost Monday
August 15Dormition of the Theotokos
October 1Cyprus Independence Day
October 28Greek National Day
December 24Christmas Eve
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day 
Cyprus

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

RankNamePop.State
1Nicosia200,452Nicosia
2Limassol154,000Limassol
3Strovolos67,904Nicosia
4Larnaca51,468Larnaca
5Famagusta42,526Famagusta
6Lakatamia38,435Nicosia
7Kyrenia33,207Kyrenia
8Paphos32,892Paphos
9Kato Polemidhia22,369Limassol
10Aglandjia20,783Nicosia

A brief history of Cyprus.

Cyprus has always been a country full of love and war. According to a myth, the goddess Aphrodite was born within the country and she represented beauty and love. If you think of the word “Aphrodisiac” you will see that it closely matches the goddesses name and it is thought that was where the word actually came from.

Aphrodite is actually the reason why so many couples now flock to the island. They believe that the island is one of the most romantic of them all and it is a particular favourite when it comes to wedding destinations. The myth is that if you get married in Cyprus you will have a happy and everlasting marriage. Of course whether that is true or not remains to be seen but there is no denying that the setting is very romantic.

It has only been in the last twenty years that evidence has been found regarding ancient Cyprus and what might have gone on. According to research and finding, the earliest people to be in Cyprus were known as “Aetokremnos” and they lived mainly on the islands south coast. That was roughly in the year 10,000 BC. At the same sort of time there were findings that have suggested that there were two quite short lived populations on the east and the west coasts of the island too. However not much is known about the two or how they died out.

The most interesting thing about Cyprus’s history is that there seems to be a gap between the ancient population and the more settled population in 8200 BC. It is a mystery what happened to them and it is something that archaeologists would love to find out.

Generally the history of Cyprus involves people capturing the island, purchasing the island and fighting over the island. In 1192 “Guy of Lusignan” a French knight, purchased the island because he had recently lost his own kingdom to the Templars.

It wasn’t until 1960 that Cyprus actually gained independent status. By this time there were two main populations living happily on the island and they were the Greeks and the Turks. The Cyprus flag was developed in the same year and it represents two olive branches under a picture of the island and that is to symbolise peace. Before the independence of the island it was packed full of violence and war.

However the peace did not last long and there was a Turkish invasion of the island in the 1970’s. They were not happy living side by side with the Greeks and so they took the law into their own hands.

These days however Cyprus is a much more peaceful country. The days of war are long over and the culture and the history of Cyprus is now celebrated by its local people. The history is definitely an interesting one and it is worth knowing if you are planning on visiting the country.