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Things to do in Cyprus

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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 10 attractions in Cyprus

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Adonis Baths

Adonis Baths

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If you believe the legends, the Adonis Baths played an important role in Greek mythology – it was here that lovers Adonis and Aphrodite spent much of their time, conceived many of their children and ultimately, where a wounded Adonis died in the arms of Aphrodite.Today, the romantic spot is a popular choice for visitors to Cyprus and swimming in the natural pools is said to bring virility and long-lasting youth, while touching the waterfront statue of Adonis and Aphrodite is alleged to bring fertility. Even if you don’t believe the myths, the Adonis Baths make a scenic retreat on a balmy summer afternoon, with the emerald green lagoon set beneath a tumbling waterfall and hemmed in by rocky cliffs and wild greenery.More
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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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Fasouri Watermania

Fasouri Watermania

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Covering 100,000 square meters, Fasouri Watermania is the most popular waterpark in Cyprus. With 30 different slides, three restaurants, six snack bars and the largest wave pool in the country, there is a little something for everyone. A Lazy River winds some 400 meters around the park and is perfect for anyone looking to relax. On the other hand, the Wet Wall Climb, is a major test of upper body strength as visitors try to get from one end of the park’s largest pool to the other. Other rides include the Kamikaze slide, which reaches speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour, the six-story Aqua Tube slides and the Black Hole slide, in which visitors plunge through complete darkness. Baby bungee swings are available for children up to three years old. Other activities include a massage parlor, fish spa and temporary tattoo parlor.More
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WaterWorld Waterpark

WaterWorld Waterpark

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WaterWorld water park is the largest themed water park in Cyprus, as well as one of the largest in the world. Located just outside of Ayia Napa, it features pools, water slides, an activity pool, a wave pool and various water rides spread over more than 100,000 square meters—all with a Greek mythology theme! On the Fall of Icarus, riders are shot up toward the sun before plummeting toward a plunge pool. On the Drop to Atlantis, riders slide down a 20-meter high slide with both audio and visual effects.A huge wave pool covers more than 3,000 square meters, while the Lazy River winds through the park, providing a more relaxing experience. Waterworld has something for everyone and is welcoming to all ages, with several kids' areas designed for toddlers and young children.More
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Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)

Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)

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Perched at 1,318 meters in the Troodos Mountains, against a backdrop of pine-covered slopes, Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou) is not only Cyprus’ largest and most famous monastery, but one of its most magnificent tourist attractions. The original Byzantine monastery was founded in the late 11th-century, but today most of the structures date back to the 19th century, while an impressive collection of icons, manuscripts and antiquities are housed in the onsite Monastery Museum.The richly decorated monastery is a feast for the eyes, with its gleaming marble floors, colorful murals and elaborate frescoes, but its most notable asset is a silver-gilded icon of the Virgin Mary, one of three surviving icons painted by the Apostle Luke, enshrined in an ornate tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl case and never uncovered. Also in the monastery grounds is the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus.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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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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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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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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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

Top activities in Cyprus

Odyssey Boat Safari from Larnaca

Odyssey Boat Safari from Larnaca

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Visit To Limassol And Paphos

Visit To Limassol And Paphos

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