Cyprus is the jewel in the crown of the Mediterranean holiday islands. Beach resorts such as Paphos, historic sites, picturesque villages and hiking paths in the pristine Troodos Mountains are among the numerous reasons for choosing a Cypriot holiday.Public transport does not always cover the more undeveloped spots on the island so self-drives are consequently the best transport option, to explore every inch of it between the north and the south. After all, the Greek portion of the island is quite different than the Turkish end, yet they are both extremely rich when it comes to their history, culture, and even cuisine.
It will be hard to resist the pull of the beaches in Cyprus, so most visitors firstly head to one of the beaches in Ayia Napa for a little relaxation before the real fun begins. Nissi does get quite crowded at certain times of the year, so visitors who do not want to be with tons of people may prefer the golden soft sand over at Kermia Beach or Macronissos Beach instead. Those who choose the latter will be thrilled with the ancient tomb that they can explore nearby.
As travellers are venturing from one end of the island to the other, they will find themselves crossing Ledra Street in Nicosia. This crossing point was officially established back in 2008 and it is one of the best places in the country to find delicious traditional cuisine. Its ample draws include the 14th century Hamam Omerye, the Cyprus Archaeological Museum and the Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion. Here, medieval streets are lined with atmospheric cafs. Some say the chic retail outlets on Makariou Avenue rival those of Pariss Champs Elysees Avenue. Visitors searching for something more than good food may prefer the Old Town of Limassol, which has numerous older buildings, as well as a medieval city castle.
Adventures are abundant in the Troodos Mountains, as they stretch across the middle of the island and are home to picturesque villages including Phini and Kakopetria. Spectacular terrain, hiking paths and skiing in winter ensure the mountains are a firm favourite with holidaymakers. During the summer months, these trails are plush and green, but once the snow falls, they become a winter wonderland that can only be seen by those on skis. If visitors want more slightly different views they will also want to drive over to see the Millomeris Waterfalls, as well as the Avakas Gorge.
If you crave a historic experience on this ancient island then amongst the abundant historic locations on Cyprus are the UNESCO designated sites at Khirokitia and the Tombs of the Kings, close to Paphos. The tombs are more than 2,000 years old and have lovely frescoed walls and Doric pillars.
The city of Paphos boasts a medieval castle and superb wining and dining. It is a great base for exploring the west side of the island as Rikkos Beach, the Akamas Peninsula with its water sports, and Aphrodite's Rock,are all nearby. No one should leave Cyprus without making a stop at Aphrodites Rock. According to legend, this gorgeous rock is where Aphrodite was born and if a person looks carefully, they can see her silhouette through the waves. A quick swim is a must if travellers want to be blessed with eternal beauty and it is the perfect way to end a trip to this fascinating island.
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