Archaeological Sites in Cyprus

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With a history dating back to Neolithic times and a list of former inhabitants that includes the Hittites, ancient Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Persians, Cyprus belies its small size with a profusion of archeological sites. From Roman city ruins to medieval fortresses and sacred monuments, the island’s historic attractions are renowned not only for their diversity but their remarkable preservation.

Cyprus has three UNESCO World Heritage sites spread across the island, including the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, located close to Larnaka, and the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains, a series of richly decorated Byzantine churches and monasteries. Another important UNESCO site is ancient Paphos, which includes the landmark Rock of Aphrodite, the birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty; the ancient Temple of Aphrodite; the Baths of Aphrodite; and the Tombs of the Kings, which date back to the 3rd century BC.

Additional historical sites of interest include the ruins of the ancient city of Kition, scattered around the modern-day town of Larnaca, and the Kourion Archaeological Site, where the vast ruins of the former city-kingdom date back to 1200 B.C and include a beautifully restored Greek Roman amphitheater.

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Mount Olympus and Kykkos Monastery Day Trip from Paphos

Head high into the heart of the Troodos Mountains on a day trip from Paphos, and discover tiny unspoiled villages, breathtaking scenery and must-see Byzantine ...  Read more

Location: Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.46

Paphos Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore Paphos, the vibrant Cyprus coastal town, at leisure on a must-do hop-on hop-off bus tour! As you travel around town on board an open-top, double-decker ...  Read more

Location: Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: Ticket valid for 24 hours

From USD $17.05

Baths of Aphrodite Day Trip from Paphos Including Ayia Paraskevi and Ayios Neofyrtos Monastery

Immerse yourself in local legend and visit the spot where the Greek goddess Aphrodite is said to have met her lover, Adonis! The day trip to the natural grotto ...  Read more

Location: Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.10

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