The skyline of Limassol (Lemesos) has left behind very little evidence of its historical past and given way instead to a modern, cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories.
The old town is the heart of the city with its narrow streets radiating out from the old fishing harbor. The medieval castle occupies a dominant position in the landmark and tourist attractions in the city which was the site of a royal wedding in the Middle Ages between Richard the Lionheart, King of England, and Berengaria of Navarre, now houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. The Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting. Limassol Marina is an exclusive waterfront development with exclusive restaurants and shops. Visitors can dine on the sea with stunning views of the Marina and the Mediterranean Sea.
The city’s inhabitants are renowned for their love of fun so not surprisingly the city’s nightlife is varied. All sorts of cafe, restaurants, bars and clubs are open all the year round, while beach bars along the coastal walkway add to the choice. Highlights summer concerts under the stars in the impressive Greco-Roman theatre of Kourion, the Wine Festival in September, the Carnival with its fancy dress chariot parade and parties in February.
Paphos is a gem of Western Cyprus a city rich in history & culture with its pleasant harbor and medieval fort, combines a cosmopolitan holiday resort, spectacular countryside and historical sites. The region offers the possibility of combining sea and mountains as well as getting a taste of culture with its many archaeological sites such as the remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs that belong to Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. A site with such remarkable architectural and historic value is an ornament to the city and thus has been included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites as a natural and cultural treasure.
Feel the romance in the air in the land where Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, once roamed. Swim in the sea by the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou where she was believed to have risen from the waves, make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at Kouklia, or visit the grotto near Polis where she was supposed to have bathed. Admire the view at Maa-Paleokastro, the site on a peninsula near Coral Bay, where the Mycenaean Greeks first landed in Cyprus in the Bronze Age. Explore inland by going on a wine tour of the villages, stopping off at Chrysorrogiatissa monastery with its fine icons where you can get a taste of the locally produced vintage wine from its own winery.
Indulge in one of the many activities available, from playing a round of golf at a premier golf resort, or in a sea sport, diving or sailing. Head for the Polis area where you can explore the countryside. The Akamas peninsula is an area of natural wilderness with dramatic coastlines and sandy coves. It is an area of great natural beauty unaffected by development, unique for Cyprus, and for the whole of the Mediterranean, for its precious ecology. The diversity of flora and fauna living in this relatively small area is truly impressive.
Pafos region has something for everyone at any time of the year, whether you are a sun seeker, explorer or someone looking for relaxing holiday with great scenery.
Because of its pristine award winning sun-washed beaches, rolling waves, Luxury Sea view hotels, chic resorts plus copious amounts of sunshine.
Ayia Napa with its wild nights is the party Capital popular with all age groups. The resort is centered around a picturesque old square, where is a thriving nighttime scene .Hundreds of restaurants serving everything from Greek cuisine to Italian, French and Chinese, along with wine bars, pubs, and taverns with live entertainment and clubs where everybody dances until late hours. Of course it is possible to take a break from this hectic social life, with so many less discovered parts of the area worth exploring, including some secluded coves and several laid back resorts to visit.
Be sure, Ayia Napa will mark you with unforgettable mix of steamy beach life and sexy people - all the ingredients you need for a hot, fun-packed vacation.
Take a trip into the mountains to discover an alternate view of the island. Rising to almost 2,000 meters above sea level, the Troodos peaks provide panoramic scenes to all corners of the island. A cool retreat from the heat of the coast and popular for taking in the healthy mountain air and enjoying nature in all its majesty with idyllic hours, spent in long walks in its scented pine forests in summer and winter sports and ski in winter. Here are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and picturesque mountain villages clinging to terraced hill slopes. Nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos Mountains, are included in the official UNESCO list of cultural treasures of the World's heritage. Charming villages, some with cobbled streets and preserved folk architecture, nestle on terraced slopes amongst the pines or amid vineyards and orchards. A series of nature trails will take you through areas of exceptional beauty among scented paths running streams and the occasional waterfall, stopping at a shady picnic site.
Wander through the village roads in the Solea Valley, known as the “apple valley” and Marathasa, known as “valley with cherry trees”. Those areas are renowned for their traditional architecture and their Byzantine churches and monasteries. Explore the traditional character of the villages of Pitsilia area, the picturesque of the area, the interesting churches and the hospitality of their inhabitants and also the Wine Villages (Krasochoria), renowned for their vineyards and wine. A number of small wineries welcome visitors on wine tasting tours.
Lefkosia (Nicosia), the island’s capital, combines both old and new in a busy modern commercial and business center and a centuries-old culture.
The center of the city is its old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress wall with a moat and heart-shaped bastions. Almost everything of interest lies within the historic walls, where a labyrinth of narrow streets reveals churches, mosques and evocative colonial-style buildings. The Mosques and palm trees give an oriental atmosphere to the old city. Wander round narrow streets with overhanging balconies and the beautifully restored pedestrian precinct with craft shops, cafes and restaurants. The country’s best museum is also here, housing an extensive archaeological collection. Make sure you stop off at St John’s cathedral with its frescoes and the marvelous museum of Byzantine icons. In the evening catch a concert in the moat or an exhibition at the Famagusta Gate, one of the three original entrances into the old city, which has now been restored and is used as a cultural center.
The new town spreads beyond the walls with a modern Europeanized center of high-rise buildings, office blocks, shops and pavement cafes, expanding into suburban residential areas. It is an enticing city and is ideal for experiencing what modern Cyprus is all about.
The city has been labelled ‘the last divided capital’, a reality that, although still present, is slowly changing thanks to 24-hour checkpoint crossings into its Turkish northern half – North Nicosia.
Larnaca is an area of outstanding beauty - endowed with numerous attractions, waterfronts and scenic vistas as well as some of the islands most outstanding beaches. It is located on Cyprus' southernmost coast and is the country’s third largest city .
The town is built over the ancient city kingdom of Kition, a rich sea port and major center of the copper trade and later a Phoenician stronghold. East meets West in Larnaca as both Christianity and Islam have revered religious sites here, with the mosque of Hala Sultan, an important Moslem place of pilgrimage, with Its minaret rising up amidst a copse of tall palm and cypress trees, shimmering like an oasis mirage on the edge of the salt lake, a favorite winter habitat for flamingoes and other migratory birds.
The impressive 10th century Church of St Lazarus in the center of the town was built over the saint’s tomb and is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Stroll along the palm-lined sea-front promenade, known as “Phinikoudes”, and indulge in one of the many cafes or restaurants.
Larnaca Fort is located on the shore at the south end of 'Phoinikoudes' and built between 1382 and 1398 during the region of James-I in order to protect the town's harbour. It is imagined to be in the shape of a square tower, rebuilt in 1625 during the Ottoman period.
The nearby marina is a favorite haunt for a friendly community of local yacht owners as well as yachtsmen from all over the world.