Cyprus is an island country that hugs the coastline of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and shares water borders with Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Greece, and Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and receives hundreds of tourists every year.
Cyprus tourist attractions
The beautiful island country of Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the birthplace of Aphrodite, and has a history of attracting tourists and travelers of all ages from across the world. With a history that spans the era of the Ottomans, Persians, British, and Russians, it is the perfect destination for all history lovers. Cyprus is also known for its alluring, exotic, and crystal blue beaches, long summers and a chilled wine. For this reason, the country is repeatedly counted amongst the best tourist attraction spots to visit. If you are looking to spend your summers charmingly, then Cyprus is definitely the place to be. One of the things to do in Cyprus is to relax under the famous natural shade of idle trees along the Mediterranean Sea coast.
Additionally, Cyprus is also rich in its history. It is home to various ruins left by the invading tribes in the last two centuries, making ‘time travelling’ another of the interesting things to do in Cyprus. It hosts valuable historic treasures that are also listed by UNESCO as World heritage Sites. Tombs, fortresses, theatres, and Roman mosaics and the much famous, Byzantine Painted Churches at the mountainside are some of the invaluable sites to visit and explore. Nicosia Ledra Street holds great importance since after its independence from Turkey’s invasion since 1974 to 2003. It is one of the must do things in Cyprus if you want to experience parts of North Turkey and the Greek South.
Tantalize your taste buds by visiting the authentic Greek restaurants spread in the beautiful country of Cyprus. For travelers from around the world it is one of the must things to do in Cyprus. If you want to taste the real flavors and herbs of the country then you should visit the George tavema in Yeroskipos in 7St and try the lamb tavas. Moreover, the vintage Ottoman inn is situated on a stone courtyard includes shops and coffee shops for your relaxation.
Another of the exciting things to do in Cyprus is to visit the Omeniye Hamam, a prominent old Turkish bath that is situated in Nicosia’s old town. The premises of the Turkish bath were established during the 14th century. You can sit back and relax in the ornate rooms and relax in a centuries old tradition to exfoliate, refresh and splash in the fresh cold water.
Places to visit in Cyprus
One of the places to visit in Cyprus is to explore is the city of Famagusta, that possesses the deepest harbor of the island. Before the war of 1975, the city was one of the most important ports cities for trade. The magnificent city is famous for a couple of reasons: First, it has some hidden wonders of the ancient world. Second, it has some beautiful captivating churches that one can gaze all day long. Especially, the Frankish church that is apparently real home of Othello of Shakespeare. The city also captivates you with its great and mighty Venetian Walls.
Troodos Mountains is another of the most exciting places to visit in Cyprus. Especially during mid March to January when the country is enjoying its peak winter time, the villages in the Troodos Mountains are blanketed with sheets of snow and is turned into winter resorts. The resort of Troodos is nearest to the skiing area. In addition to this, Troodos also hosts 9 churches that were part of the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1985.
If you are a history lover then you must visit the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and the Kykkos Monastery. The former is a site that is home to various excavations that give insight in to the Paphos history, whereas the later is one of the most renowned and the wealthiest monastery in Cyprus. The monastery dates back to the 11th century and was founded during the era of the Alexios I Komnenos.
Kourin is renowned for offering a spectacular sunset, making it one of the most amazing places to visit in Cyprus. Located on a rock plateau, Kourin captivated tourists heart due to the rich ancient history the rocky place holds and the beautiful view of nature just adds like a cherry on top. Most of the ruins of the Greek and Roman eras are displayed on a huge amphitheatre, like the House of Eustolosis with 5th century floor mosaics.
If you want to experience a Greco-Roman city, and also stroll around the beaches, then Salamis is a must place to visit in Cyprus. It was founded by Salamis, who was the son of Teucer, who could apparently not return home since he did not avenge the death of his broth. With an interesting history, the ancient city is situated to the North of Cyprus, and sets a magical look with an impressive collection of ruins of temples, civic building, and houses.