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Welcome to Cyprus

The island country of Cyprus is relatively small, but its multifaceted allure beckons a wide array of travelers. Revelers flock to the mega clubs of Ayia Napa; history buffs travel back in time at the UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings; and those enraptured by contemporary politics visit Nicosia (Lefkosia), the Cypriot capital and one of the world's last divided cities. With so much to see and do, a guided tour means you can hit the top spots without having to arrange for transportation. The historic city of Paphos on the southwest coast—home to Paphos Archaeological Park, St. Paul's Pillar, and Ayios Neophytos Monastery—teems with culture and serves as a perfect base for day trips to the Troodos Mountains, Kykkos Monastery, and the enchanting Blue Lagoon and Adonis Baths. Meanwhile, Limassol (on the southern coast) offers easy access to Fasouri Watermania, Aphrodite Beach, and the ancient ruins of Kourion. If you're seeking an alternative sightseeing experience, visit Famagusta, home to an imitable mix of sandy beaches and Gothic monuments. Nature lovers can connect with Cyprus' wild landscapes on an active excursion to Akamas on the northwest side of the island, where wild flowers, submerged caves, and volcanic peaks abound. And don't miss out on wine tasting in the rural villages surrounding Larnaca to the south, or a Jeep safari through the Troodos Mountains, in the center of the island, with its peaks that reach more than 6,561 feet (2,000 meters).

Top 15 attractions in Cyprus

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Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station

Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station

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Set on an isolated beach, the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station presides over the shelled creatures who come here every year to nest. Devoted conservationists keep an eye on the green and loggerhead turtles, safeguarding the eggs and young hatchlings and educating the public on the turtles’ plight.More
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Adonis Baths

Adonis Baths

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According to Greek legend, Aphrodite, the goddess of fertility and love, watched her lover, Adonis, die in her arms here in this freshwater natural pool. Set beneath a tumbling waterfall and surrounded by verdant greenery, the site also features a statue of the two mythical lovers, which is said to boost the fertility of those who touch it.More
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Fasouri Watermania

Fasouri Watermania

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Fasouri Watermania is among the most popular water parks in Cyprus, with dozens of different slides, a lazy river, and the biggest wave pool in the country. While water attractions are the main draw, there’s also a massage parlor, a fish spa, and a temporary-tattoo studio, along with a handful of restaurants and snack bars.More
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Super Aphrodite Waterpark

Super Aphrodite Waterpark

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With slides, drops, and a wave pool, Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is among the city’s top attractions. Even the names of the rides hint at adventure—try the Free Fall, Kamikaze, or Cannon Drop before relaxing on the Lazy River. Visitors with small kids will find plenty of fun at the family-friendly Mini Volcano and Mini Bubble.More
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Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)

Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)

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A looming stack of rocks standing proud off the southwest coast of Cyprus, the UNESCO-listed Rock of Aphrodite, or Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), is one of the island’s most famous landmarks and the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, according to Greek mythology.More
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Troodos Mountains

Troodos Mountains

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The pine forests and steep valleys of Cyprus’ largest mountain range shelter villages, hiking trails, and historic monasteries. The range’s literal high point is Mount Olympus, which, at 6,404 feet (1,952 meters), is the island’s tallest summit. These heights offer cool weather, making them the perfect spot to escape the summer heat.More
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Paphos Archaeological Park

Paphos Archaeological Park

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A top attraction in Paphos, Paphos Archaeological Park is home to some of Cyprus’ most important historic ruins. Visit this sprawling open-air museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along the coast near Paphos Harbor—to see a number of ruins dating to the late Roman period, plus a few that are even older.More
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Tombs of the Kings

Tombs of the Kings

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Spread along the southwestern coast of Cyprus, the sprawling Tombs of the Kings are eight excavated tombs dating back to the third century BC. Around 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats are estimated to have been buried there, along with a substantial trove of jewels and personal effects, long since pillaged by grave robbers.More
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Pafos Zoo

Pafos Zoo

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Opened in 2003, the Pafos Zoo, outside Paphos (or Páfos), Cyprus, is a sprawling, 25-acre center for wildlife conservation. Spend a day here seeing animals from around the world, from giraffes and lemurs to bats and water monitors. The zoo is particularly well known for its extensive collection of birds.More
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Kourion Archaeological Site

Kourion Archaeological Site

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The archaeological remains of Kourion are by far the island’s most important historical discoveries. As one of Cypress’ most prominent city-kingdoms of antiquity, Kourion was built on a hillside that overlooks the southern coast and its ruins date back to the Roman and early-Byzantine periods.More
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Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)

Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)

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Forested hills surround this grand Orthodox monastery in the Troodos Mountains. It’s a gorgeous setting, but the real treasures are inside the monastery church, a trove of gilded woodwork, historic icons, and wall paintings. The onsite Monastery Museum displays everything from pre-Christian antiquities to Byzantine vestments.More
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Agios Neophytos Monastery

Agios Neophytos Monastery

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Founded in 1159 by Cypriot saint and writer Neophytos, the Agios Neophytos Monastery is among Cyprus’s most striking religious buildings, carved into a mountain rock just north of Paphos. Though a small number of monks live here, the main attraction for visitors is the museum, full of religious manuscripts, garments, and other artifacts.More
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House of Dionysos

House of Dionysos

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A highlight of Paphos Archaeological Park, the House of Dionysos is the largest of four Roman villas, nicknamed the Mosaic Houses for their elaborate floor mosaics. The mosaics, painstakingly crafted from limestone tiles, date back to the second and third centuries AD and remained hidden until a local farmer discovered them in 1962.More
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Kolossi Castle

Kolossi Castle

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Kolossi Castle is a former crusader stronghold from the late 12th century though the structure itself was built during the 13th century and founded by the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Order of St. John. The three-story tower is one of the more striking remnants from Cypress’ medieval era.More
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Yeroskipou (Geroskipou)

Yeroskipou (Geroskipou)

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Once famous for its sacred gardens, dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite, these days the sleepy village of Geroskipou is best known for its production of lokum, the age-old Cyprian sweet known elsewhere as Turkish delight. It’s also a great place to soak up some local atmosphere, with interesting old sites and a lovely beach.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Cyprus

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Amazing and authentic
Georgia_S, May 2022
100% Cyprus - Tour to Troodos mountains and villages (From Paphos)
It’s definitely worth the money to see Cyprus authentically.
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Winery Tour
Jane_S, May 2022
Vino Venture: Explore With A Local - Troodos Mountains thru Wine!
Highly recommended for a chance to see some of Cyprus in comfort.
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Brilliant day out.
Debi_B, Apr 2022
Blue Lagoon (Akamas) excursion from Paphos
Only disappointment was the wine tasting as I would’ve been nice to see the vineyard or hear about production.
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Thoroughly enjoyable day.
Linda_F, Apr 2022
100% Cyprus - Tour to Troodos mountains and villages (From Paphos)
Great way to see the beautiful mountains in Cyprus.
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Most beautiful place in cyprus
Jakub_K, Nov 2021
Blue Lagoon (Akamas) excursion from Paphos
Everyone who visits Cyprus has to see Blue Lagoon.
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Briliant day trip
Kevin_P, May 2022
Full Day Tour in Limassol: A Bit of Everything
We finished in Limassol early, so got to visit the Kolossi Castle, Larnaca Salt Lake and Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque to make the time up.
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Brilliant day trip
Kevin_P, May 2022
Full Day Tour in Troodos Mountains: Villages & Waterfalls
Due to one of us not being able to walk for long we only visited the Millomeris Waterfall, which was not much of a waterfall.
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Fantastic trip, excellent guide, highlight of our holiday!
akentstallwood, May 2022
Jeep Safari to Akamas national park - Avakas George from PAPHOS
We didn't hire a car during our stay in Cyprus and so it was a great opportunity to see parts the island that we wouldn't have otherwise.
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History and Scenery
Kathryn_B, Apr 2022
Full Day Tour in Troodos Mountains: Villages & Waterfalls
The hike up to the Kalidonia Waterfalls was steep, but well worth the effort!
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A must trip when visiting Paphos
vicki_o, Apr 2022
100% Cyprus - Tour to Troodos mountains and villages (From Paphos)
You fit lots in this trip and get to see some stunning places with out of this world views and pictures to take.
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Awesome trip, do recommend you. It's all about mountain forest churches and cute villages.
Prithy_R, Feb 2022
Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos
Sight seeing- We had enough time to see everything and take photos.
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Must do!
AlanaDenny, Feb 2022
Vino Venture: Explore With A Local - Troodos Mountains thru Wine!
I suggest doing it early in during your vacation because Christiana gave us great recommendations of other places to visit!
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Fantastic
Thomas_T, Nov 2021
Wave Dancer Fireworks Night Cruise
Fantastic experience we live in Cyprus so was a little chilly being November but blankets available free of charge the staff were amazing the main host and organiser is hilarious food was really nice we will be back in the summer.
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Realy fun trip
Daniel_G, Sep 2019
Caves Jeep Safari from Protaras & Ayia Napa
Nice way to see interesting landmarks in Cyprus.
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Great tour to see a...
Natalia_S, Dec 2021
100% Cyprus - Tour to Troodos mountains and villages (From Paphos)
Great tour to see a little bit more of Cyprus.
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last min booking!
Nicola_A, Sep 2019
Caves Jeep Safari from Protaras & Ayia Napa
we booked this last minute whilst in Cyprus - so glad we did - very enjoyable morning and went to see some lovely places and enjoyed relaxing time at the lagoon!
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Amazing tour
Nour B, Jun 2019
Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos
Learnt so much about the Cypriot culture and you get to see Cyprus nature..
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Great trip
Kathryn_M, Jun 2019
Full-day Famagusta, Ghost City of Varosi, and Salamis Tour from Paphos
Great trip to visit the north of Cyprus from Paphos.
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This was a lovely tour, friendly...
Trevor H, Jul 2017
Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos
This was a lovely tour, friendly guides, some lovely places to visit - very much a taster of village life in Cyprus - very different to the tourist towns!
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This was a brilliant tour enabling...
Roy_B, Oct 2017
Discovery Sightseeing Boat Trip Agia Napa
This was a brilliant tour enabling us to see the coastline of Cyprus.
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