With sun-kissed beaches, year-round sunshine, warm waters and so many things to do in Cyprus, it’s no wonder that it’s popular with different visitors from around the world. Away from the stunning beaches, families can enjoy waterparks, swim in a blue lagoon, explore historical ruins and haggle for souvenirs in the bustling markets.

Places to go

Immerse yourself in a living museum of Greek mythology and ancient legend. Things to do in Cyprus will undoubtedly include a visit to Aphrodite’s Rock, the birthplace of the goddess of love, where legend suggests if you stand on the rock and look out to the water you’ll see a beautiful image of Aphrodite. Visitors can also swim in the Adonis baths and waterfalls. Step back in time to the ruins of Paphos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the impressive Tomb of the Kings. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the ancient city of Kourion, where you can watch performances and plays in a spectacular amphitheatre, and see the original Cypriot baths.

Other highlights include the colonial and historical Limassol Old Town, St Hilarion Castle ruins, as well as Kyrenia’s Ottoman harbour in the north of Cyprus. Laid-back Larnaca offers sun and sand alongside an ancient Turkish quarter and a salt lake complete with bright pink flamingos.

Attractions

Away from the gods and the beaches, there’s an array of family-friendly attractions in Cyprus. Fasouri Watermania is the most popular on the island,  with exciting rides and slides for all ages, influenced by the nearby orange groves.

No trip to Cyprus is complete without exploring the spectacular Troodos Mountains.  Whether you are hiking, biking or camping, the mountains are filled with pretty, traditional villages, snowy peaks and exquisite Mediterranean nature showcasing the “green heart of Cyprus”. UNESCO churches and monasteries feature vibrant murals and paintings dating back to medieval times.

Places to visit

There are plenty of places to visit in Cyprus that’ll appeal to anyone who likes to shop. Haggle for a bargain at Nicosia Flea Market, and select a holiday souvenir from the leather goods, handicrafts and jewellery at Paphos Municipal Market. If you fancy something a little more upmarket, head to the designer boutiques and chic cafés at the trendy King’s Avenue Mall in Paphos.

If you prefer things a little more unspoilt and rugged, then visit the serene Karpas Peninsula in North Cyprus with its quaint villages, hidden archaeological sites and the peninsula’s Golden Beach. Visitors can also escape the crowds at Cape Greco, the most easterly point in Cyprus, with beautiful flora and stunning coastal scenery from within its spectacular national park.

Cyprus is also home to golden beaches lapped by warm, azure waters. Nissi Beach is one of Agia Napa’s headline beaches, famous for its shallow shores and powdery white sands.

1. Limassol Nightlife

Whether you fancy a trendy bar in the old town, a club by the beach to listen to the loudest music or simply a sports bar to watch the late-night boxing match, Limassol has plenty to do after the sun goes down on this beautiful island.
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2. Paphos Nightlife

Cyprus is home to some of the best nightlife in the Mediterranean, with Ayia Napa offering some of the craziest events and clubs you can find.
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3. Aphrodite Water Park

Whether you’re holidaying with the family, friends or as a couple, there are those days when catching the rays on one of Cyprus’ beautiful beaches isn’t going to please everyone.
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4. Nightlife in Protaras

Blessed with beautiful, golden-sanded beaches and the clear, blue waves of the Mediterranean lapping at the shore, it’s no wonder that Protaras is one of Cyprus’ most popular holiday hotspots.
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5. Limassol Old Town

Limassol is a busy, vibrant, and modern city. But in the heart of its urban sprawl lies its ancient heart, Limassol Old Town, also known as Lemesos.
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6. Larnaca Nightlife

Larnaca might be one of the Mediterranean’s oldest cities, but when it comes to the Larnaca nightlife, it has enough to keep even the most dedicated party-goers happy!
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7. Protaras Ocean Aquarium

Enjoy a morning out with the whole family as you pay a visit to Protaras Ocean Aquarium. Home to more than a thousand species of animal, including crocodiles, penguins, exotic birds and tropical fish
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8. Pierides Museum

Step back in time and uncover ancient Cypriot history at the unique Pierides Museum in Larnaca. As you wander through the beautiful colonial-style mansion
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9. Minthis Hills

Fancy a round or two? Pack your clubs, brush off your Pringle jumper and grab your gloves, it’s time to put your golf skills to the test with a trip to the oldest course in Cyprus.
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12. Fig Tree Bay

For a fun-filled day at the beach, make sure you pay a visit to Fig Tree Bay. With beautiful sands and clear, shallow waters, the main beach in Protaras is perfect whether your family is young or old.
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13. Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery

To discover more about the history of Cyprus, pay a visit to Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery. Found near Panagia village, the monastery dates back to the 12th century, while the building you see today was built in 1770.
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26. Explore Ancient Kourion

For a day away from the beach, take about a 20 minute drive to the ancient Kourion Archaeological Site. The oldest remains on the settlement date back to the Middle and Late Bronze Ages.
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31. Take a boat trip from Ayia Napa

Hop on board a Captain Marko Cruise and see what the seas around Ayia Napa have in store for you. This company has years of experience in delivering great little adventures and whether you fancy some partying
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35. Tombs of the Kings In Paphos

The hugely impressive Tombs of the Kings are located two kilometres north west of Paphos harbour. There’s no doubt that they should be up near the top of everyone’s list of things to do when on holiday in Paphos.
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38. Visit Ayia Napa

Located just a short drive along the coast from Larnaca is the popular resort of Ayia Napa. Whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple or as part of a group, it’s well worth paying Ayia Napa a visit whilst on your Larnaca holiday.
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39. Dive the Zenobia wreck

On the 7th June 1980, a large ferry named MS Zenobia capsized and sank just off the shore of Larnaca. It had suffered a technical error, causing the ship to seriously list.
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40. Explore the historical centre

It’s impossible to visit the ancient city of Larnaca without adding a bit of culture to your stay. One of the top things to do in Larnaca is to explore the city’s rich and fascinating history.
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