Towns in Cyprus

There is something magical about Cyprus. It is about amazing colors of the sea, a sense of endlessness of a holiday and of total freedom. There is no need to escape from problems, they disappear on their own accord as if by magic, vanish and dissolve somewhere where the sea gradually merges with the sky. Life is the only thing that is left, with its intrinsic values, recklessness, inspiration and the secret desire of eternal love. Dreams the colour of flamingo also remain…

Town of Cyprus

Nicosia

 

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and as the Government seat and cultural centre of the Island it offers theatres, clubs, international sporting events and an excellent variety of restaurants and bars. The Venetian Walls encircle the Old Town with its blend of historic architecture and the ‘Green Line’, which divides the south of the city from the occupied north, is of particular interest.

From the ‘Green Line’, where buildings still bear the marks of warfare, the streets radiate out to find working Hammam Baths, exposed archaeological sites, the artists quarter and beautiful churches such as Faneromeni and Trypiotis. Walking the Venetian Walls brings you to Famagusta Gate exhibition centre and the colourful shops of Laiki Geitonia. Outside the Walls the city is modern, shops flourish and trendy cafes give the best views for a spot of people-watching.

Town of Cyprus

Limassol

 

Limassol stretches for over ten kilometres along a sandy coastline. In the second largest metropolis on the island, Cypriot culture is celebrated at the famous Easter Carnival and August Wine Festival, whilst the international flavour of Limassol exudes through the variety of restaurants, frequent concerts, the World Rally Championship and public art exhibitions.

Depending on which part of Limassol you visit, the streets are either quaint alleys or wide tree-lined avenues. Both old and new hold many surprises; gourmet restaurants border Limassol Castle in the aptly named Castle Square. Churches such as Ayia Napa and Ayia Marina are examples of fine Orthodox styling and the Municipal Gardens and zoo give a refreshing break.

Discover the extensive site of Kourion west of Limassol where dramas and concerts are played out on the stage of the ancient sea-facing Theatre. Kolossi Castle at Episkopi was styled for the Knights Templar in the 13th Century and was the hub of wine export from Cyprus. The region is still famed for the Commandaria wine named after the Knights headquarters and the wine routes are clearly marked through beautiful countryside and friendly villages like Koilani.

Town of Cyprus

Larnaca

 

With Cyprus’s International Airport on its doorstep, many travelers find Larnaca an attractive stop-off. It was once the ancient city-kingdom of Kition and has historic sites going back to the Mycenaean era; sacred temples, Byzantine churches, and the Medieval Fort are all of the unique interest. Many visitors are also drawn to the superb sandy beaches, the craft shops, al fresco taverns, and above all, the easy-going attitude of the people.

From the Marina and pier, you can take boat trips to see the Zenobia wreck, one of the top ten dives in the world. The white sand beach of Phinikoudes and the palm promenade are lined with restaurants and have the 17th-century Medieval Fort at the end marking the entrance to the old town. Central to the old quarter is the magnificent Saint Lazarus Church and, for those seeking a moment to relax, we recommend the museums.

Just outside Larnaca are the famous Salt Lakes where the pink flamingos settle and the sacred Hala Sultan Tekke mosque casts a dramatic reflection. Further west is an equally important religious site at Stavrovouni Monastery. Beaches are within easy reach: Mackenzie with its young crowd and bars to the west, and Larnaca Bay, home to hotels, excellent water sports, and family facilities to the east.

 

Town of Cyprus

Paphos

 

Paphos is an exquisite town on the west coast full of charm and history. The world-famous mosaics within the Archaeological Park and the Tombs of the Kings are just two sites that have qualified the whole town to be included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The social focus of Paphos is the Harbour where cafes and restaurants offer fresh local fish and an opportunity to relax in the shade of the Medieval Fort. Yachtsmen love Paphos for its westerly winds, romantics swoon at the sunsets and shoppers find gifts galore.

To the west of Paphos is the lively area of Coral Bay leading to the scenic and peaceful Akamas Peninsular famed for its wild flowers and rare turtle breeding grounds. To the north you will find the excellent fresh fish taverns of Polis town and the beaches of Latchi and Pomos. The most notable Paphos site is Petra tou Romiou to the east, where the goddess Aphrodite is said to have risen from the waves. From this spot you can see one of the three golf courses of the area and the view to the Troodos Mountain range, the wine regions and the glorious Cedar Valley.

Town of Cyprus

Famagusta Region

 

The Famagusta region in the east of Cyprus is renowned for its clubbing fraternity and party spirit and it’s here that you’ll find the excellent shopping centres which cater for the trendy jet-set in the three main towns of Ayia Napa, Paralimni and Protaras.

The thriving towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras are both on the coast and have the latest clubs and bars, plus the best Blue Flag beaches in Cyprus; the white sand and turquoise water is totally irresistible. Paralimni is slightly inland making up for its lack of beaches with the excellent shopping and restaurant facilities of the municipality’s main town.

Water sports, coastal walks, boat trips and deep sea fishing safaris all create an action-packed holiday and, for full family entertainment, the local Water World park will keep children busy all day.

Town of Cyprus

Ayia Napa & Protaras

 

Most people recognise Ayia Napa for its party spirit and, as evening descends, you will see the streets fill with clubbers out to enjoy one of the many sets played by international DJs. By day, the town takes on a different guise. Visit the peaceful 16th century Monastery in the centre of town or the Thalassa Sea Museum. The trendy bistros and bars serve drinks and meals al fresco till dawn and a stroll to the Harbour restaurants gives you the chance to try local fish dishes.

The fun-loving and family orientated town of Protaras is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the island. The perfect tan is available at the stunning stretch of white sand beach in Fig Tree Bay whilst themed bars, al fresco restaurants and chic clubs line the main street. They provide film showings, cocktail bars, live entertainment and Karaoke, allowing everyone to join in regardless of age or talent.