Things to do in Cyprus
The island of Cyprus is a prosperous European inspiration of culture, tradition and natural beauty. Cyprus exudes a special charm that has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. There are lots of things to do in Cyprus. It is well known for its stunning beaches, its fascinating history and archaeological sites, making it the perfect destination for nature lovers and history buffs alike. During your holiday explore ancient castles, sensational waterfalls, monasteries, monuments and charming harbour towns.
It has a diverse range of attractions include pulsating nightlife, wild clubbing destinations, such as Ayia Napa, beautiful quaint villages and stunning landscapes.
The list of things to do in Cyprus certainly tick all the boxes when it comes to your family holiday. For example it has five fantastic water parks – one of them being the Fasouri Watermania Water park in Limassol. The popular attraction is the largest water park in Cyprus with a number of exhilarating water slides. These include the Kamikaze, Extreme Black Hole, and Black Cannon.
There are 63 beautiful beaches and 1 Marina with Blue Flag status, where you can soak up the sun and breathe in the sea air. Cyprus is also proud to have some of the cleanest coastal bathing water in Europe. Beaches vary from being small quiet shingle beaches to long sandy beaches. There are lots of beach and water activities available including snorkelling, scuba-diving, speed boating, dinghy sailing, canoeing, banana boat ride and tube rides.
If you are after a trip out to sea there is plenty of choice. Sea fishing trips and boat excursions depart from most of the tourist areas. You can also book a leisure boat, party boat trips, private yachts, glass bottom boat tours or even a submarine dive.
On the other hand, if you want things to do in Cyprus that are a bit more inclusive, there are two major Cypriot festivals held. Mardi Gras dates back to Ancient Greece where celebrations were prepared in honour of Dionissos (the god of wine and fun). Alternatively there’s the Wine Festival, both of which attract visitors from far and wide.
There is no doubt at all that Cyprus is an ideal vacation destination for everyone – the only question is what you’ll do when you get there! Take a look at some top things to do:
On this fabulous day tour – you will be collected from any Pathos city centre hotels at 9:30am and follow the footsteps of Aphrodite and see other parts of historic Cyprus. Upon starting your day out, enjoy a typical Cypriot breakfast. You will visit the stunning 9th-centyruy 5 domed church of St.Paraskevi. Visit a traditional house in Letymbou and meet a halloumi cheese maker and see how loukoumia is made. Then it is off to visit the cave with the cell of Saint Neophytos (Enkleistra) an enclosure carved out of the mountain contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to the 15th century. Afterwards, enjoy delicious wine tasting at local winery.
Cyprus has so many amazing archaeological sites and as it is such a small island, you can easily head out on day trips from whatever town you are based. Take a look at some more wonderful sites and places to visit in Cyprus:
Ancient Kourion (Lemesos)
Suspended on a hillside, with panoramic views of the surrounding flora and the sea, Ancient Kourion is an impressive site. Apparently founded in Neolithic times due to its premeditated position. If you are after historical things to do in Cyprus, there is lots to learn during your trip.
Tombs of the Kings (Pathos)
The Tombs of the Kings, a Unesco World Heritage Site with ancient tombs in an almost deserted landscape. The tombs are impressive, carved out of solid rock, some featuring Doric pillars and frescoed walls. Although a little off the beaten track, they are definitely worth seeing.
For all you divers out there! This is an exploration of the Zenobia – a Swedish-built cargo ship that sank off the coast of Larnaka in 1980. Rated as one of the top five wreck dives in the world, it really is something special. The top of the wreck is at 16m with the bottom at 42m and with a very good visibility. There are few currents with warm water making it an ideal site for all you qualified divers. You can choose to go on a dive around the outside and the inside of the wreck if you have the right certificates.
Kiniras Garden (Pathos)
If you get a chance, book a table at this gorgeous family-run restaurant. You can enjoy the setting of a superb a green oasis, with trees, statues and trickling waterfalls. When you meet the owner Georgios, share his passion; as hes responsible for recipes that have been passed down through 4 generations. It is a fantastic place to wander around and enjoy gorgeous cuisine. If you’re after somewhere for a sit down meal, then Kiniras Garden comes highly recommended.
St Hilarion Castle (Kyrenia)
If you are interest in castles, there are 3 magnificent buildings in the Kyrenia Mountains. St Hilarion Castle is the easiest to reach, making it a popular place to visit. If you would like to learn more, then why not join a historic walking tour.
Venetian Walls (Famagusta)
An essential part wall of the old town, originally constructed by the Venetians in the early 16th century. They are over 15m high and surrounded by a moat. As you take a walk along what was once an important defense system, you can uncover an important piece of Cyprus history.
Kykkos Monastery (Marathasa Valley)
This is the island’s most prosperous and lavish Orthodox monastery and one popular among tourists. Founded in the 11th century by Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komninos after a bizarre series of events. Over the centuries, a succession of fires nearly destroyed the original monastery. You can visit the surviving building, an interesting and well-maintained construction, dating from 1831.
This is probably the prettiest town in Cyprus with the old Ottoman character. If you take a tour of Kyrenia Castle, the breath-taking views are to die for! As you walk through the town, take the winding narrow lanes that amble back from the waterfront area. You can also relax and soak up bustling atmosphere as you find somewhere to sit and relax.
There are plenty of cafés overlooking the harbour for you to choose from, making a perfect place for you to enjoy a drink. If you’re in the area during the afternoon, then why not grab a light lunch.
Book a tour today and enjoy some of the many amazing things to do in Cyprus.