Cyprus: Beyond the Beaches

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Cyprus is known for its gorgeous beaches, but there is a lot to see and do besides sunbathing on this beautiful island; from archaeological sites to wine tours and great shopping. Regular flights make it easy to get to Cyprus throughout the year.

Visit Paphos for History and Culture
Paphos (Pafos) is selected to be one of the European Culture Capitals in 2017. The ancient city Paphos is an archaeological site where visitors can explore the remains of a 4th century city, including original mosaics. It is only walking distance away from the modern-day Paphos. The nearby Aphrodite’s Rock is, according to mythology, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty. It is said that Aphrodite rose from the sea here, and today the rock is a popular tourist attraction.

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Paphos is a good destination for a daytrip or a half day excursion. After sightseeing you can enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in one of the restaurants on the waterfront. Your sightseeing could also include a visit to the Tomb of the Kings and to the Paphos castle.

Shopping and Dining in Limassol

Cyprus is popular for holidays in the sun. Because of the many low-cost airlines that fly to the island, Cyprus is the perfect place to enjoy a cheap last minute holiday break to get some sunshine. If you like to combine beach holidays with shopping, visit Limassol.

Limassol is a modern city with great shopping opportunities, a newly built marina and great restaurants. You can find many international high street shops here, as well as trendy bars and cafes, as well as the rejuvenated seafront which now includes a sculpture park. If you want to get away from the beaches and have a day in the city, Limassol is a great option.

Wine Tours in the Troodos Mountains

Hiring a car is an easy way to discover the best Cypriot beaches and to explore the island’s other attractions. Cyprus has a long history of wine production, and many wineries are open for visitors. The sweet Commandaria is the most famous wine from Cyprus, but there are other wines made from local grape varieties too. The Troodos Mountains have vineyards, wineries and wine villages, and with a rental car you can tour many designated wine routes. Mount Olympus at 1952 metres is the highest peak in the Troodos range, and the scenery is beautiful. When driving around the mountains and the vineyards, stop in some of the small villages; many have traditional houses, cobblestone streets and small tavernas for lunch or dinner.

After exploring the vineyards and archaeological sites you might be ready for sunbathing. To make the most of your trip, make sure your Cyprus holiday accommodation has a sea view and is close to a good beach. Visitors who like good nightlife will usually head to Ayia Napa, but there are also quieter beaches for those who do not enjoy the party scene. There is more on offer in Cyprus’ beaches too, other than sunbathing – you can book snorkelling trips or try water skiing and other water sports.

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