Best Places to visit in Cyprus. Cyprus has many places to visit including a beautiful coastline with spectacular beaches, quaint rustic villages, historical and cultural sites.
Cyprus is an island situated in the Eastern Mediterranean and is the third largest and third most populous island in the region. It has many attractions for tourists including a beautiful coastline with spectacular beaches, quaint rustic villages with breath taking scenery and historical and cultural places to visit to rival even those of nearby Greece.
For beaches, the best place to visit on Cyprus is the clear white sands around Agia Napa in the south east of the island. Makronissos Beach is a great place for small children due to its lack of currents and shallow waters and the nearby Makronissos Tombs, a Neolithic burial site consisting of 19 tombs cut into the rocks, make it educational too.
For those who love to walk and take in the scenery, a walkway that starts at Nissi Beach is perfect. Heading east along the coast, you eventually come to Kermia Beach which then leads to a nice nature trail that takes you to Cape Greco which is home to lofty cliffs, sea caves and sparkling clear waters.
Cyprus Museum in Nicosia
The Cyprus Museum in Nicosia is a must visit as it is home to one of the best archaeological collections in the world. The artefacts cover the Stone Age to the Byzantine era but the museum is perhaps best known for its Bronze Age collection. Amongst the highlights that delight visitors are;
- Ritualistic figurines in terracotta from the Agía Iríni shrine from the 6th and 7th centuries BCE
- Recently discovered lions and sphinxes from Tamassos
- The “Horned God” from Enkomi, a famous 12th-century bronze figurine
- A limestone statue of Zeus hurling a thunderbolt, influenced by Assyrian art
- Mycenaean type tomb finds from Salamis
If you are in the mood to sample a little local wine, there are three big wineries near the old fishing port of Limassol, KEO, ETKO, and LOEL. These tours are quite strictly laid out so if you prefer to do a little wandering and exploring, of both the area and lesser known beverage brands, the vine-terraced foothills of Limassol district has a number of villages that produce their own local wine which can be sampled in the local taverns.
The Troödos churches
The Troödos Churches situated on the mountains of the same name north west of Limassol are easily accessible from Nicosia. They don’t look like much from the outside but on closer inspection, they are clearly amongst the best places to visit on Cyprus and the frescos from the Byzantine period will have lovers of art history watering at the mouth.
For lovers of water sports, Larnaca is the place to be, especially for the scuba diving opportunities there. The Zenobia is considered one of the best wreck dives in the whole of the Mediterranean and is to be found a little way out at Larnaca harbour. An electrical problem caused the ship to run into problems on its maiden voyage in the 1980s so it was sunk at its current location, complete with over a hundred lorries still chained to the decks.