The Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus with its beaches, party vibe, ancient and a ruggedly beautiful landscape, deserves to be considered as the destination for your next holiday.
And the great news is that thanks to its temperate climate you can visit any time of the year. When you do make sure you take in some of our favourite things to see and do in Cyprus.
Smigies Nature Trail in the Akamas Peninsula
Cyprus’ wild, rugged landscape begs to be explored especially in the Spring when nature is in full bloom. Wild orchids poke out through the long grass and orange trees provide a gorgeous burst of colour.
Trekking the Smigies Nature Trail in the Akamas Peninsula in north-west Cyprus means walking amongst the carob trees towards a (natural) viewing platform overlooking Chrysochou Bay and Lara Bay home of loggerhead and green turtles. There’s plenty of interesting wildlife to spot from snakes and lizards to 14 species of eagle.
Rent a beach buggy and explore the coastline
For an exhilarating way to explore the Akamas and see the spectacular views, rent a beach buggy with Petrides Rentals and go on an adventure along the coastline. These heavy-duty buggies for two or four passengers have huge wheels that can traverse even the most rugged paths, reaching parts of the coastline that few get to see.
Defined paths lead to the stunning blue lagoon and the crystal-clear fresh water pool, Fontana Amoroza.
Discover Cyprus’ underwater kingdom
During the summer months the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea feels like a warm bath providing perfect conditions for diving and snorkelling.
Experienced divers can explore a vast underwater kingdom with rich flora and fauna as well as an interesting array of shipwrecks. The most famous of these is the sunken wreck of the Zenobia, a Swedish ferry that sank off the coast of Larnaca.
It is one of the three largest wrecks in the Med and doubles as an artificial reef. Other wrecks open to divers in Larnaca are the HMS Cricket, a British gunboat that sank at a depth of 32m, and a dramatic sunken helicopter that sits beside a wreck of a barge called The Fraggle.
If you have never tried snorkelling or scuba diving before you can book a lesson in the calm and shallow waters on the coast of Paphos. Dive Point located on the edge of the St George offer lessons and guided underwater tours for all ages. Even when you’re just 30 metres from the beach you can sometimes spot blue spotted rays, turtles and camera-shy squid.
Visit Kato Pafors archaeological park
One of the most prominent sites is the Kato Pafors archaeological park a UNESCO World Heritage covering more than 2,000 years. Lavish mosaics adorn the floors of four Roman villas, depicting stories such as Theseus battling the Minotaur and Orpheus pacifying a menagerie of savage beasts. The Romans loved telling raunchy stories and the mosaics here are testament to that.
There’s also a partly-restored Roman Odean theatre, with its 11 tiers of seats overlooking the park. There are also some ancient remains of the Roman walls (or ramparts) that protected Kato Pafos during a time when it was one of the wealthiest cities in Roman Cyprus.