What Cyprus lacks in size, it more than makes up for in culture and history. This Mediterranean island’s crammed full of history and mythology. From ancient archaeological sites to beautiful beaches, there’s honestly something for everyone. You’ll be hard pushed to get bored when you’re sightseeing in Cyprus, but if you need some pointers, here’s a few of our favourite hotspots.
Kourion’s one of the most famous historical sites on the island. Idyllically situated on top of a cliff, you’ll enjoy stunning views of both the ocean and the nearby countryside. Make sure you don’t miss the theatre and the House of Eustolios, both of these sites are remarkable and exceptionally well preserved, as is the Byzantine basilica. The ruins are fascinating, and if you take a look under your feet you’ll see colourful scraps of mosaics.
St. Hilarion Case
Are you a fan of historic castles? If so, a visit to St. Hilarion Castle is in order; it’s one of Cyprus’s most impressive fortress ruins. Home to plenty of local myths and legends, the sense of mystery surrounding this place is intriguing. For those who fancy climbing to the top of the castle, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the island, so be sure to take your camera to capture some top-quality snaps.
If you’re after a castle boasting ‘cuteness’ Kolossi’s well worth a visit. It’s tiny, yet gorgeously formed and located close to Limassol. Interestingly, this castle was first held by the Knights of St. John and used to monitor the seas surrounding Cyprus to fight off raiders and pirates.
Today, the pirates are long gone and this spot’s idyllic for holidaymakers wanting to wander around a tranquil castle located in a sleepy Greek village.
If you love your traditional, quaint villages, sightseeing in Cyprus wouldn’t be complete without heading up the Troodos Mountains. This mountain range boasts sleepy villages with ancient buildings and alleyways made of stone.
While you’re there, pay a visit to a few of the churches and monasteries located around this region. Some of the artefacts preserved here date as far back as the medieval era. Nine of these churches have even been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, which only adds to their prestige. If this sounds like your cup of tea, hire a car to visit them all.
The Cyprus Museum’s located in the island’s capital, Nicosia. This is a fabulous place to go if you want a general overview of Cyprus’ fascinating history. Admire stunning artefacts, some of which are as old as the Neanderthals. One of the best exhibits is the collection of terracotta votive statues, dating back to 7th century.
Are you a beach lover? Cyprus has some of the best beaches in Europe. With turquoise coloured waters and soft white sands, it’s no wonder Nissi beach is one of the most famous on the island. With rows of sunbeds to choose from you can sit back, relax, and admire the view. While you’re here, put at least one of the island’s gorgeous beaches on your sightseeing in Cyprus itinerary.