Cyprus is a Mediterranean island nation that boasts blue seas, pristine beaches, and magnificent archaeological sites. It is also the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
Here are some of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Cyprus.
Kourion Archeological Site
Address: 19km west of Lemesos on Lemesos-Pafos Road, Lemesos
Exploring some of Cyprus’s many archaeological sites is a must-do for any visitor, and Ancient Kourion is without a doubt one of the best.
Not only is the Kourion complex, which consists mainly of Roman ruins, historically significant, it is also blessed with an incredibly stunning seaside location.
Marvel at the Roman Agora, public baths and the House of the Gladiators, which lend insight into life in the Roman empire, all while admiring the view of the azure sea beyond. Entry is a very affordable €4,50 (6.83 SGD).
Address: Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
Legend has it that Aphrodite was born on a rock in the foaming seas of Cyprus. This imposing sea stack off the shore of Paphos has become a popular tourist attraction as it is said to be the very rock on which Aphrodite was born.
The rock, also known as Petra tou Romiou, gives you an excuse to explore this stunning part of the coast. At high tide, it is surrounded by clear blue waters and sits grandly beside a string of picture-perfect bays.
Address: F966, Cyprus
Kykkos Monastery, officially known as the Holy Monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos, has been around since the end of the 11th century. While the original building no longer stands, its current iteration is still architecturally stunning.
The monastery is located on a mountain peak, so you’ll have to be prepared to hike to reach it, but you’ll be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views ever.
No visit to Cyprus is complete without some lolling about on the beach. There are many beaches to choose from on the island, with Nissi Beach being one of the most well-known.
The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status, which is an eco-label that indicates cleanliness and freedom from pollution. One look at the crystal clear waters at Nissi Beach and you’ll be able to see why.
When the sun goes down, numerous restaurants and beach bars compete for your attention as you consider the best way to spend the evening.
Larnaca Salt Lake
This salt lake complex changes with the seasons and is worth visiting no matter what time of year you are in Cypress. It. is home to many species of water birds.
In summer, the water dries up, and you can explore the bed of the lake on foot with the salt crunching under your feet. In winter, flamingos flock to the salt lake, giving it a touch of pink. This is a great place to sign up for a nature walk or simply laze on the banks with a book in hand.
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