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 with fine local cuisine, all served under palms softly swinging to a calm, 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 Cyprus's main ports, Limassol is an eclectic combination of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman, and modern architectures that 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. 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 amphitheaters modern audiences a genuine performance of this legendary artistic genre.
It is the largest tourist resort in Cyprus and the perfect place to enjoy ancient monasteries or cruises on the lovely blue water.
WHAT TO DO IN CYPRUS?
Sun & Sea: Great beaches to enjoy with your family and friends. You will see from dark sands and private havens to populated pieces, quiet waters, and wild, untamed seafronts beaches. The most popular beaches in Cyprus are:
- Makronissos Beach, Landa beach, Konnos Bay, Nissi Beach - Ayia napa
- Coral Bay, ST. George, Vardas, Fig Tree Bay - Paphos
- Akti Olympion, Kourion Beach, Pissouri Beach, Afroditi Beach - Limassol
- Finikoudes Beach, Mackenzie Beach - Larnaca
Aphrodite's Rock- Petra Tou Romiou: The perfect destination in Paphos for a summer afternoon swimming, also it says that it brings luck and youth.
Tombs of the Kings: history lovers will adore the great work of the ancient stone carvers in this World Heritage site, located just 2 km north of Paphos.
The Church of Saint Lazarus: holds history and fascinating culture. One of the beautiful antique architectural buildings is the Orthodox Church of Saint Lazarus.
Larnaca salt lake: is a network of four salt lakes and is home to several migrating bird species.
Fasouri Watermania: The great water adventure park in Limassol is the largest water park on the island.
Limassol Zoo: The zoo is a house of pygmy hippos, meerkats, birds, otters, and many more animals. It may not be the largest zoo in the world, but it's certainly a must-see for any guest in the area.
Troodos mountain: It is famous for its radiant green cedar forests and clean mountain air.
Jeep Adventures: Experience the charm of Cyprus, visiting places only accessible by 4x4.
Cuisine: the Cypriot food is an exotic blend of Greek and Middle Eastern cultures, dampened with remnants of ancient civilizations such as indigenous Roman root vegetables or old Phoenician treats.