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Travel Guide

Paphos Harbour featuring a coastal town and a bay or harbour

Greekand Roman ruins lie beneath the sands of this beach-lined Mediterranean island,which has both Greek and Turkish sectors.

Over centuries, the island of Cyprus haschanged hands between Eastern and Western empires many times. Today, a Turkish enclavein the northeast is cordoned off from the independent nation of Greek descentin the southwest. With its complex history, Cyprus is filled witharchaeological sites and centuries-old Greek, Roman and Ottoman structures. Enjoygolden Mediterranean beaches, blue-green water and exciting resort towns.

Head to Cyprus’s southeast corner for someof the island’s most popular beaches. Protarasfeatures Fig Tree Bay Beach, whichis protected by a small island. Nearby, KonnosBay Beach is a small, gorgeous strand with calm waters within a narrowcove. Explore the southern shore of the peninsula east of Ayia Napa to find a network of sea caves along the low sandstonecliffs. Once the sun goes down, spend the evening in Ayia Napa, which is knownas one of the island’s liveliest towns.

Head to the island’s west side to find itsbest historic attractions. The entire city of Paphos on the west coast has been named a UNESCO World Heritagesite due to its artifacts. See the third-century Tombs of the Kings, a large burial complex used to house the bodiesof ancient aristocrats, and Aphrodite’sRock, an oceanfront boulder long held to be the birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite.Visit the city of Limassol onCyprus’s southern shore. Move west to the well-preserved remains of the ancientcity of Kourion, which include aGreco-Roman theater and a fifth-century basilica.

Visit the island’s inland capital city of Nicosia (Lefkosia) to see the GreenLine, which divides Cyprus into two nations. Residents of the EU or the USA canpass freely, but others may need to apply for a visa. Explore the city’shistoric center, which is surrounded by an ancient sandstone wall, and sampleCyprian cuisine at one of the city’s many gourmet restaurants.

Fly into one of the international airports inLarnaca or Paphos to begin exploring the historic Mediterranean island ofCyprus.

Popular cities in Cyprus

Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Swimming
Appreciate the ingenuity of the Ottoman Empire in the collection of ancient treasures at this city near an impressive salt lake. Take a picturesque stroll on the seaside esplanade.

Reasons to visit

  • Finikoudes Beach
  • Church of Saint Lazarus
  • Larnaca Salt Lake
Aphrodite\'s Rock showing a pebble beach
Known for Beach View, Ports and Relaxing
On the west coast of Cyprus is a popular resort town with broadly appealing attractions. Find history, culture, watersports, nature and all-night revelry.  

Reasons to visit

  • Paphos Harbour
  • Coral Bay Beach
  • Tombs of the Kings
Kolossi Castle showing heritage architecture, a park and a castle
Known for Beach View, Spas and Swimming
Home to sweeping coastal scenery and a thriving wine industry, this lively city is the gateway to some of Cyprus’ most important historic attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Limassol Castle
  • Seafront Promenade
  • Limassol Marina

Popular places to visit in Cyprus