With beautiful, sun-bleached beaches, the blue, temperate waters of the Mediterranean lapping at the coast, and an estimated 326 days of sunshine a year, it’s no surprise that Cyprus is a favourite holiday destination for travellers from across the globe. While the beaches are undoubtedly an attraction in themselves, if you’re travelling with youngsters, or you want to see a bit more of what this stunning island has to offer, you’re going to want some day trips and attractions to head for on those rare days away from the beach. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in Cyprus, ranging from exploring historical ruins to family-friendly theme-parks, and flexing your haggling muscles in bustling markets.

Magic, Myth and Legend

If you’ve got even a passing interest in history or the Ancient Greek myths and legends, you’re in for a treat. Cyprus is like a living museum, littered with remnants, relics, and ruins from one of the world’s greatest civilisations. One of the favourite things to do in Cyprus for those who like to inject their break with a little magic is to visit Aphrodite’s Rock. Said to be the birthplace of the goddess of love, it’s believed that if you stand on the rock and look into the waves, you’ll see an image of the Aphrodite in the water. In keeping with the subject of the legend, the surrounding scenery is, naturally, quite beautiful.

Stepping Back in Time

For something more historically accurate rather than legendary, pay a visit to the ruins of Paphos. Once an imposing city, it’s grandeur has been preserved in towering columns and the ornate, impressive Tomb of Kings. If you want to unleash your inner Indiana Jones, there’s also the chance to explore the network of passages that run under the city.

The ancient city of Kourion is similarly impressive, sporting a vast amphitheatre where you can still watch performances and plays, a crumbling marketplace, and even the original baths used by the ancient Cypriots. If you’re a history buff, visiting Kourion at sunset ought to be at the top of your list of things to do in Cyprus.

Have a Splashing Good Time!

However, it’s not all gods and monsters on the sunshine island. If you’re holidaying with the kids, you’re going to need some entertainment up your sleeve. Fasouri Water Park is widely hailed as the best on the island, offering watery rides and slides full of twists and turns. The nearby orange grove has influenced its design, with many of the attractions having a fruity twist! The Paphos Bird and Animal Park is also well worth a visit, allowing visitors to get up-close-and-personal with a variety of exotic wildlife.

Shop ‘til you drop!

If shopping’s your thing, you’ll find markets almost everywhere you go. Among the best are Nicosia Flea market, which sells everything from vintage typewriters to fruit and veg, and Paphos Municipal Market, where you’ll find leather goods, handcrafted items, and delicate jewellery. However, if you like your shopping to be a more 21st century experience, the Kings Avenue Mall, in Paphos, is where you ought to go. A sleek, chic shopping centre, this is where you’ll find boutiques, designer stores, international restaurants and cafés.

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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