Tourism in Cyprus
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has a unique style. It has some of Europe’s finest archaeological treasures, excellent hotel resorts, an alluring culture and cuisine built from a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences.
The History of Cyprus may be long, but the distances are short! That’s why you can spend a satisfying weekend in Cyprus and come away feeling as if you have had a fascinating glimpse of ancient civilizations as well as of the modern Mediterranean lifestyle. There is much to do and see in Cyprus, therefore several days are even better. If you allow yourself a week or more, you will truly experience the wonders that Cyprus has to offer.
You can choose any of the daily itineraries listed below according to the length of your stay in Cyprus.
If you are at the port of Larnaca, as a cruise passenger for a day, it is suggested that you visit the Larnaka town and the villages of Lefkara, Kato Drys and Vavatsinia.
In the morning, visit the Cyprus Museum, Agios Ioannis Cathedral, Byzantine and Folk Art Museums and the Famagusta Gate area. Lunch at Laiki Geitonia. In the afternoon, visit the Leventis Municipal Museum, and take a walk in the pedestrian shopping area.
In the morning, visit St. Lazarus Church, Pierides Museum and Kition. Lunch at the “Phinikoudes” Promenade. In the afternoon, visit the Lefkara village famous for its local lace and silverware, and the Choirokoitia Neolithic settlement.
Area Visit Agios Georgios Church at Sotira, Agia Napa Monastery and spend your afternoon swimming in the crystal clear waters of Agia Napa and Paralimni. Explore the rugged coast of Cape Greko with its sea caves and gorgeous lagoons.
Visit Asinou Church at Nikitari village, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church at Kakopetria village and stop for lunch at Platres. In the afternoon, visit Trooditissa or Kykkos Monastery. Explore picturesque villages in the area.
In the morning, visit Kolossi Castle, Kourion ancient site and the Sanctuary of Apollo. In the afternoon, visit the Medieval Museum and the ancient site of Amathus.
On the way to Pafos stop at Petra tou Romiou – legendary birthplace of Aphrodite and Agia Paraskevi Church at Geroskipou village. Lunch at the harbour. In the afternoon, visit Pafos Medieval Fort, Mosaics, Tombs of the Kings and the Panagia Chrysopolitissa (St. Paul’s Pillar).
In the morning, visit Agios Neofytos Monastery, Agios Georgios near Pegeia village, and Polis Lunch at Latsi. In the afternoon, take one of the nature walks at Akamas Peninsula, starting from the Bath of Aphrodite.
Customs & Habits
Cypriots are very proud of their cultural heritage, which stretches back more than 9000 years. However, you’ll probably find that Cyprus today is more concerned with the events of the last 20 years than those of a millennium ago.
The traditions and customs of a culture can best be observed in ceremonies an on special occasions.
Cypriot culture is reflected in the rich folk art of the island. Age–old crafts, handed down from one generation to another, are faithfully carried on to this day by skilful hands and nimble fingers, fashioning handicrafts, both decorative and useful, that would grace any home.