Things to do in Cyprus – A place welcoming you all year round

Introduction to Cyprus

The island of Cyprus is situated off the southern coast of Turkey, in the north-eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. With a population of fewer than 1.2 million people, it is the third smallest country in the EU after Malta and Luxembourg. Despite being known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Cyprus’s modern history reflects certain regional divisions. The island has been separated since 1974 between the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The island truly is a mecca of multiculturalism, where east meets west. It is located at the crossroads of three continents. Nicknamed “the year round island,” Cyprus has something to offer during every season, from wineries and jazz festivals to scuba diving and cultural excursions.

The following Cyprus travel guide will tell you everything you need to know about things to do in Cyprus.

Things to do in Cyprus

The following section is a complete city-by-city guide to the best things to do in Cyprus all year round.

Things to do in Paphos

Paphos is a popular destination for many travellers as it is located on the coast and is home to the second largest international airport on the island. If you like castles, sandy beaches and deep blue waters, Paphos is surely for you. The following are the top five things to do in Paphos:

The Tombs of the Kings

One of the most impressive Cyprus historical sites is the tombs of the kings. Here you can find the fourth century tombs of rich citizens, important officials and members of the Pafian aristocracy. Although there is no actual royalty buried here, the site owes its name to the extravagance and size of the tombs, some of which resemble the dwellings of the living.

For your travel planning

The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis about two kilometres from Paphos harbour. It can be reached on foot following the coastal path mentioned below. Otherwise, the second best way to reach it is by car.

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Paphos Aphrodite Water park

This is the largest water park in the Paphos area. It offers a lazy river, high-speed water slides for those seeking an aquatic thrill, a children’s playground and more. Entrance is 30 EUR for adults and 17 EUR for children.

For your travel planning

The 611 bus will drop you off right in front of the water park. It runs from the harbour all the way to the park (Geroskipou Beach stop). Otherwise, the park is easily reachable by car and on foot as it is located along the coastal path.

Aphrodite’s Rock Beach

Admire the crashing waves against the Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock, the mythical birthplace of the Goddess of Love. The interesting geological formation of the rocks in this area makes for one of Paphos’s most compelling natural sights.

For your travel planning

The best way to get to Aphrodite’s Rock Beach is by car. There are, however, buses that run from the harbour to the beach. Check here for schedules.

Walk the Coastal Path

For the traveller on foot, there is a magnificent paved path that goes from the Tombs of the Kings all the way to Geroskipou Beach. This is a beautiful way to check out all that Paphos has to offer while catching some cool sea breeze.

For your travel planning

If you’re up for it, you can even reach this path on foot from the airport. Otherwise, the part of the path closest to the main sites is best reached by bus or by car.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay is a beach located in Peyia, 9 kilometres north of Paphos. It offers over 600 meters of white and golden sand and Blue Flag status. There are two Paphos beaches, one of which is dotted with limestone cliffs. Both offer water sports, restaurants and other family-friendly activities.

For your travel planning

The bus 615 connects Kato Paphos with Coral Bay. Check here for schedules and departure points. If you’re not located along this bus line, the best way to arrive is by car.

Recommended hotels in Paphos

The Olympic Lagoon, a luxury resort located conveniently close to the city centre, has everything needed to make guests happy like five different swimming pools, children clubs and much more. Click here for more information and the latest prices.

The Annabelle Hotel, located within walking distance to Paphos Castle, is a five star resort, which offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and more besides its rooms. Get the latest prices and more details here.

The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, located in the popular Kato Paphos district. rewards its guests with excellent views from its ocean view rooms. It is a 4 star hotel and hence can offer better deals regarding the prices. Have a look at latest prices and more information right here.

Things to do in Limassol

Ancient Kourion

The Ancient Kourion is definitely one of Cyprus’s must-see archaeological attractions. The ancient city-kingdom dates back to the Neolithic Age and it is possible to visit a small theatre dating back to the second century. It is worth it to make the trip out here, if not for the archaeology, then for the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline.

For your travel planning

This site is located 20 kilometres west of Limassol and is best visited by car.

Visit Limassol Old Town

The downtown district is one of the most animated sites to visit in Limassol. The streets are lined with cafés and restaurants. Right in the town centre you have two of the main attractions: the Limassol Castle and the Limassol Medieval Museum.

For your travel planning

Since Limassol is a bit more cosmopolitan, there are some buses running to and from the area. Check here for schedules.

Kolossi Castle

The original Kolossi Castle was built in 1210 AD by the Knights of St. John. It was a former Crusader stronghold and is a fine example of military architecture. A small drawbridge welcomes you onto the castle grounds. Take in the frescos and other ancient artwork, such as the carving of the arms of Louis Magnac into the castle walls.

For your travel planning

The Kolossi Castle is 10 kilometres west of Limassol and is best reached by car.

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Recommended hotels in Limassol

The Londa Hotel Limassol, in the city’s shopping district, is a smaller hotel, but with excellent service and a beautifully designed swimming pool. Find latest prices and more information here.

The Alasia Hotel is a convenient base to explore the city. It makes up for its landlocked location with lovely rooms and excellent service. Click here for the latest prices.

Things to do in Larnaca

Larnaca is a major travel destination in Cyprus as it is home to the largest international airport. The following are the three top attractions in Larnaca:

Agios Lazaros

This church was built in the 9th century by Emperor Leo VI and was restored in the 17th century. It is named after an important figure of the New Testament, Lazarus of Bethany, who was said to have risen from the dead, after which, he lived for another 30 years and was buried a final time at this church. The baroque iconostasis is one of the most unique aspects of the church.

For your travel planning

There are a couple of bus stops which are close by. Check here for schedules.

Hala Sultan Tekke

The tranquilly beautiful Hala Sultan Tekke is located on the western part of Lacarna’s Salt Lake and is worth experiencing for its serenity alone. Pilgrims of the Muslim faith come from far and wide to see this shrine. The current mosque building dates back to the early 1800’s. However, archaeologists have found remains surrounding it dating back to the 1st century B.C.

For your travel planning

Due to the remote location, the best way to get to the Hala Sultan Tekke is by car.

Turkish Quarter of Larnaca

One of the most culturally enriching areas to explore in Cyprus is the Turkish Quarter of Larnaca. This town was abandoned by the Turkish population after the 1974 Turkish invasion of the northern part of Cyprus. Development in the area has been slow over the years and it is because of this that the area retains its quaint, traditional feel with the characteristic whitewashed homes.

For your travel planning

There are buses that run to the Turkish Quarter. As in most of the transportation system in Cyprus, schedules are not always clear so travellers should check with their hotel for the best transportation options.

Two of the best Larnaca hotels to stay in the area

The Hotel Opera Larnaca is a romantic hotel located a short drive from the Hala Sultan Tekke. Check its latest prices here.

The Achilleos City Hotel lies just a 10 minute walk from the Lacarna marina, and is the right choice for you, if you prefer a very modern, yet traditional hotel. Click here for additional information and latest prices.

Things to do in Protaras

Protaras is a resort town and one of the most visited destinations in Cyprus, especially for its beaches.

Profitis Elias Church

This Greek Orthodox Church dates to the late 19th century and has been recently restored. Climb up the stairs for one of the most spectacular views that Cyprus has to offer. Take a break as you climb up to take in the panorama.

For your travel planning

Get to the area by car. This church is situated on top of a hill and it is said to take about 156 steps to climb up to the church.

Go scuba diving or snorkelling

Scuba diving in Cyprus is probably one of the most exhilarating activities on the island as the sea life is so diverse and abundant. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned scuba diver, there are classes or activities for you.

For your travel planning

Visit the website of one of The Dive Den, Just Scuba or Dragon Divers for driving directions.

Fig Tree Bay

Fig Tree Bay is one of the most well-known sandy beaches in Cyprus. It was declared the third best beach in Europe by Trip Advisor in 2013. Public access is free, as with all beaches in Cyprus.

For your travel planning

If you’re without a car, the closest bus stops are Protara 1 and Protara 2.

Recommended hotels to stay in Protaras

The Capo Bay Hotel is located just a short drive from Ayia Napa and is a beautifully designed hotel at a good location right next to the beach. Check it out here and enquire about latest prices.

The Golden Coast Beach Hotel, located within walking distance from several tourist attractions, including a departure point for scenic boat trips. Click here fore more information and latest prices.

Five more places to visit in Cyprus

Looking for other things to do in Cyprus? Here are five suggestions for what to do in Cyprus, be it attractions or activities:

Nissi Beach

Nissi beach is a sandy, Blue Flag beach in the resort of Ayia Napa, known for its pristine beauty and its nightlife. Windsurfing, water-skiing and public volley-ball courts are on offer. It is when the sun goes down that this beach turns into a lively clubbing scene.

For your travel planning

The best way to get to Nissi Beach is by car.

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Famagusta

Famagusta is a city on the east coast of Northern Cyprus located in the Turkish part of the island. It is most well-known for its ghost town, Varosha. Varosha was once a major hub of wealth, lined with pristine beaches, lavish hotels and upscale restaurants. All of that came to a halt with the July 1974 Turkish invasion. Residents fled, leaving behind everything they had. Now Varosha is a fenced off no man’s land. Tourists may walk up to the barrier to get a glimpse of Varosha but may not actually enter the town.

For your travel planning

Famagusta is best reached by bus or by car. Check here for bus schedules.

Polis

Polis is a small town located in Chrysochous Bay, on the north-western coast of the island. Its natural beauty is diverse, combing that of the mountains, the sea and the plain. It is ideal for those looking for a tranquil escape from the bustling of the tourist-filled cities.

For your travel planning

You can get to Polis by car or by bus from Paphos city centre. Check here for bus schedules.

Nicosia

Nicosia is the world’s last divided capital, with the southern half being the capital of the Republic of Cyprus and the northern half being the capital of the self-proclaimed Northern Cyprus. It is largest city on the island and is located along the Pedieos River. The city is becoming increasingly vibrant and young, with a both traditional and trendy restaurant scene. There are fantastic little cafés and there is a major shopping scene.

For your travel planning

There are buses from Larnaca and Kapnos airports as well as from Limassol. Check here for schedules.

Fasouri Watermania

This is Cyprus’s biggest water park. It is most known for having the largest wave pool in Europe. The World Travel Awards named it a leading water park attraction in 2007.

For your travel planning

Regular shuttle buses are offered to and from the water park from the centre of Limassol.

Three more recommended hotels in Cyprus

The Nissi Beach Hotel, right at Nissi Beach as the name suggests, is a luxury resort conveniently located a short distance from Protaras. Check its latest prices and more information here.

The Anassa Hotel in Polis, a spectacular five star hotel, features superb dining and lies at a great location right at the beach. Click here for more information and latest prices.

The Arkin Palm Beach Hotel, is located near the infamous Famagusta ghost town. Click here for more information and latest prices.

Getting Organized

Cyprus Currency

The main currency in Cyprus is now the Euro. The currency of Cyprus had been switched from the Cypriot pound to the Euro in 2008.

But what currency do you use in northern Cyprus, you might ask?

Although the northern, Turkish-controlled part of Cyprus still uses the Turkish lira, a switch-over to the Euro is currently in the process and the Euro is widely accepted. Major foreign currencies such as the US dollar, the British pound and the Euro are also accepted at several hotels, restaurants and shops throughout the island.

Currency exchanges can be made at all of the major banks throughout Cyprus.

As of April 6th 2015, the Bank of Cyprus currency restrictions were lifted as banks continue to recover from the financial crisis. travellers should always check for the most up to date information regarding any currency withdrawal or Cyprus money transfer restrictions.

Safety in Cyprus

Is Cyprus safe to travel to? Because of current events as well as the island’s location off the southern coast of Turkey and the western coast of Syria, many travellers have been asking themselves this question. At the beginning of the year, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office published a graphic detailing which countries were at the highest risk of terrorist attacks. According to this document, Cyprus is believed to have a relatively low threat level. On the official UK government website, it states that Cyprus has a “general threat of terrorism,” specifying that there is considered to be a heightened global threat of terrorism at this time and that individuals should remain generally cautious.

Cyprus Flights

Cyprus’ main airport is Larnaca International Airport (LCA). This airport is located on the outskirts of Larnaca, a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. Flights to Cyprus from London just as flights to Cyprus from Manchester take about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Paphos International Airport is the country’s second largest airport, located just outside of the city of Paphos, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, on the south-western coast. It mainly services low-cost carriers such as Ryan Air. Flights to Paphos are therefore a great travel option for those on a budget.

Bus transfers are available from both airports into the main city and beyond.

Cyprus visa requirements

EU citizens do not need a visa for Cyprus, however, they must carry a valid travel document such as a passport or national identity card.

Residents of non-EU countries who hold Schengen visas and have already entered the Schengen area may enter Cyprus for tourism purposes without an additional visa. Those wishing to enter Cyprus for purposes other than tourism (work, study, etc.) and for a period longer than 90 days must check with their national authority before travelling to find out the specific procedure for obtaining a visa.

In the case that you will need to come to Cyprus often for business trips or other purposes, it is also possible to obtain a multiple-entry visa which would be valid for several visits and for the duration of one year. The total duration of visits should not exceed 3 months within any 6 month period.

Driving in Cyprus

Public transportation in Cyprus is scarce so renting a car is one of the best ways to get around the island. Remember that if you are planning to travel in the mountains or on rough terrain, it is always wise to rent a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

Also, if you are from a country that drives on the right, remember that you may have to get used to driving on the left. The road system on the island is the same as in the UK.

Cyprus weather

The Cyprus climate is subtropical. Due to its location in the north-eastern Mediterranean, winters in Cyprus are mild with bouts of rain and the summers are hot and dry. It only snows in the Troodos Mountains, a popular skiing destination in the central part of the country.

The Cyprus weather in January is quite cold as January and February are the coldest months in of the year. Average temperatures along the coastal areas range from 7-18 degrees Celsius. Expect snow in the mountains and temperatures no higher than 6 degrees Celsius. January is the island’s second rainiest month.

The Cyprus weather in February is generally similar to that of January. There tends to be less rain in Cyprus in February, however, than during the other winter months. There may be a couple of rare warm days in February, a sign that spring is approaching.

March is the beginning of spring in Cyprus. So for the Cyprus weather in March you can say, that days are longer, precipitation is minimal and the sun is shining. Average temperatures on the plains and coastal areas range from 7-20 degrees Celsius.

The weather in Cyprus in April is generally sunny. It may get cooler early in the morning and late at night but average temperatures are warm during the day, a sign that summer is approaching. On average, the maximum temperature around coastal areas is 21-23 degrees Celsius.

The weather in Cyprus in May is quite warm, as May is the start of summer on the island. Average maximum temperatures on the coastal areas as well as inland areas range from 24-30 degrees Celsius. The beginning of the month may feel a bit windy, especially along the coast. When the end of the month approaches, it starts to feel like summer.

The weather in Cyprus in June is generally warm. Temperatures are high but not as high as in July and August. By noon, temperatures on the coastal and inland areas may climb up to a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius. In the beginning of the month, evenings can still be a bit windy.

July is one of the hottest months in Cyprus. Temperatures are especially high between noon and 4 pm. Average maximum temperatures along the coast are in the low thirties and climb up to the high thirties for inland areas. Rain is very, very rare in July.

August is also one of the hottest months in Cyprus. Average temperatures are about the same as in July with the exception that the nights are a bit warmer. Rain in August is very rare.

The weather in Cyprus in September is sunny and warm with minimal precipitation. Average temperatures are similar to that of June, with highs of 34 degrees.

The weather in Cyprus in October is generally still warm and sunny, despite a few rainy days. Temperatures drop between 4 and 5 degrees with respect to September. Average highs inland and in coastal areas are in the high twenties.

The Cyprus weather in November may be considered rainy as November is the 3rd rainiest month of the year. Average highs inland and on coastal areas drop to the low twenties.

The Cyprus weather in December is quite rainy as December is the rainiest month of the year. It is also the warmest of the winter months, averaging highs of 17-19 degrees Celsius inland and on the coast.

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