According to Greek mythology, this was the birthplace of Aphrodite, and it might as well be befitting to have such honor as the island itself is just as alluring as the goddess of love and beauty because this is what this little gem of the Mediterranean is all about—beauty you’ll fall in love with at any time. Each year has thousands of tourists flocking to its stunning beaches, gleaming blue waters, and welcoming summers filled with tables replete of fine local cuisine, all served under palms softly swinging to a cool, Mediterranean breeze.
The third largest city, it offers the best attractions, beaches, hotels and restaurants. An ideal holiday resort, Larnaka is lined with Copacabana-style beaches against the backdrop of its most attractive sites—Athenon Avenue with its alluring, palm-strewn promenade by the seaside. Beyond are its imposing cathedral, the medieval fort and the breathtaking Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque.
Supposedly, this is where Aphrodite landed, and it seems her footsteps can still be seen quite well: this port city located on the southwest coast of Cyprus is famed for its crystal clear waters, white-sanded beaches, yacht-packed harbours, and an immense array of shops and restaurants offering local products and excellent cuisine. The climate is ideally welcoming, made so by the warmth of both weather and locals.
The second largest city and one of the main ports in Cyprus, Limassol is an eclectic combination of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and modern architectures which attracts tourists from all over Europe. Set at the foot of the Troodos Mountains, Limassol offers a spectacular array of sites like its medieval castle where Richard the Lionhearted is said to have married his wife, the Archaeological and Folk Art Museums, its placid Public Garden beautifully set along the coast road, and its magnificent Ayia Napa Church. The city is also home to great resorts and seaside hotels, and during the summer, it is the host to many colorful and vibrant festivals like the Limassol Carnival and the Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, with many plays conducted at Hellenistic-era amphitheatres to give modern audiences a genuine performance of this legendary artistic genre.