Cyprus is one of the many optimal, sunny, sit back and relax holiday destinations in Europe. If you’re looking to get off that spiritless sun lounger by the pool and venture outside of your hotel or villa, here are 5 different things to do or places to go whilst staying in the Eastern Mediterranean country.
Visit the Ancient remains of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
When you think of Cyprus, sandy beaches and clear blue oceans probably spring to mind, but there is so much more to the island than its gorgeous coastline. Located in the southwest of the island near Paphos Harbour, the Archaeological Park’s sites and monuments date from prehistoric times through to the middle ages, while most date through to the Roman period. Some of the most significant remains include four Roman villas and the houses of Dionysos, Orpheus, Aion and Theseus, all preserved with beautiful mosaic flooring. Browse around the historic collapsed buildings and make sure to take pictures, but remember to keep hydrated on a sunny day, as there isn’t much shade!
Photo by: Marco Zanferrari. Image source: Flickr
Relax at Nissi Beach
If you’re not one for strolling around compelling Roman remains, then simply going to the beach and topping up your tan might be of interest to you. Nissi beach is a well known sandy beach in the Mediterranean resort town of Ayia Napa. The lengthy oceanfront stretches for 500m and it has been awarded a blue flag destination because of the water’s cleanliness. The beach is complete with bars and restaurants, and of course facilities such as toilets, showers and changing rooms. There is even a volleyball court, and various water sports can be taken part in as well.
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Explore The Tombs of the Kings
History can be just as fun as chilling out at the beach, so it’s always good to balance out the ratio of unwinding to educate yourself! The Tombs of the Kings are a large necropolis, lying about two kilometres west of Paphos harbour in Cyprus. The site contains a set of beautiful, well-preserved underground tombs and chambers, used by residents of Nea Paphos during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Despite the name, the tombs were not actually used by royalty. In fact, they earned that title because of their grand appearance. So you may not be on royal territory, but the tombs are definitely an amazing must-see attraction in Cyprus.
Photo by: Chris Parker. Image source: Flickr
Snorkel at Coral Bay
If you like to get as close as you can to wildlife, this amazing activity should appeal to you. Coral bay is a popular blue flag resort in the Peyia municipality, six kilometres North of the city of Paphos. The coast to the North and to the South of Coral Bay is characterized by rocky headlands and sea caves, where the waters are shamelessly used to snorkel in. Swim around with the fish and admire the different corals in the crystal clear ocean. The bay also boasts a wide range of restaurants, bars and facilities across its prolonged waterfront.
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Celebrate with the Cypriots at the Limassol Carnival
Carnival is celebrated in every town, but Limassol tends to be the focal point of the celebrations which occur in late February or early March depending on the date of Greek Orthodox Easter. The 10 days of celebrations consist of parades, music, costumes and many parties. Who could say no to joining in on the fun if you happened to be in Cyprus that time of year?
Photo by: Sergey Galyonkin. Image source: Flickr
Main Photo by: Lefteris Katsouromallis. Image source: Flickr