Cyprus – One of the popular holiday destinations.
Cyprus, situated at the juncture of three continents, is recognised as the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’. This place has also been glorified for being the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of beauty and love. The picturesque beauty of this island itself proves the presence of divinity here. Cyprus is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on the planet with almost 4 million tourists every year which makes it the 40th most popular tourism spot worldwide. One of the many reasons for Cyprus being so loved by the tourists is its unique heritage and culture. This island serves its visitors with mouth-watering cuisines and its primaeval unspoiled beaches as a treat for the eyes. Here are some top-rated tourist attractions that ensure why Cyprus needs to be your next holiday destination:
Authentic Cypriot Cuisine:
As a result of being at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus cuisine is signified by a variety of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and Southern European dishes. That makes it a must-visit tourism spot for foodies and the food-savvy tourists worldwide. Cypriots are known for their love for vegetables, and their love proves to be the driving force behind the increased number of vegetable dishes served on this island. Other traditional Cypriot cuisines include Shaftalia (grilled sausage), Traditional souvlakia (grilled meat kebabs), fried halloumi cheese, Afella (pork marinated in coriander), Kolokasi (root vegetables), lamb, rabbit stews (stifado), artichokes, and chickpeas. For a truly local experience, try the much-loved traditional vegetable, or meat fillings wrap such as dürüm also famous as Turkish wrap.
Marvellous Nissi beach
Located in the south-east corner of Cyprus, Nissi beach is undoubtedly the best beach in Europe. Connecting the Mediterranean sea this beach is famous for its transparent crystal clear water. When the tide is low, a secret walkway appears from under the water that guides to a beautiful small island of Nissi from which the beach gets its name.
Historical St. Hilarion Castle
St. Hilarion’s is an old Crusader stronghold located on the northeastern side of Cyprus. St. Hilarion is, without doubt, one of the ruins of the most beautiful castle in the Mediterranean and a top-rated tourist attraction.There are a lot of myths associated with this castle, and the most famous amongst them is that a fairy queen built this castle. The ravishing view across the island rewards the lucky tourists who succeed to get to the top. If you don’t have time to explore castles in Cyprus, do make a space in your schedule for this one.
Famous Cyprus Museum
Cyprus is a country with an enriched history, with so many archeologic sites. As a result, Cyprus is home to many renowned museums that have successfully preserved its glorious history. Cyprus Museum, located in the northern heart of Cyprus Nicosia, is the oldest castle on the entire island and home to many medieval artefacts that embody this divine island.
Another reason to visit this medieval museum is that it has artefacts from the Neolithic to the Ottoman era, which beautifully demonstrate the intellectual creativity of each era. It is also the home to the exotic 7th century BC collection of the terracotta votive statues.
Beautiful Town Kyrenia
Located in north Cyprus, Kyrenia is the prettiest town in North Cyprus and one of the most prominent reasons to visit Cyprus. It is also known as Girne. The beautiful town is also home to the Kyrenia Castle, which oversees the cinematic waterfront on the eastern side. Reaching the top of the castle’s fortifications, you get to enjoy some unusual sights across the town.
Cedar Valley, located in central Cyprus in the mountain range, is where the Cypriot cedar comes from. It is a lush green pine forest which is home to the beautiful array of the infamous home-grown Cypriot cedar. The beautiful arrangement of the cedar here is so precise that it makes it hard to believe that it occurred organically. This valley also has a picnic area and a hiking trail, both offers breathtaking views of the beautiful landscape around.
Ancient City Salamis
On the east coast of Cyprus at the delta of the river Padieos, Salamis is an ancient Greek city with enormous marble ruins and the Ancient Kourion which is the top historical site in Cyprus. It is a famous tourist attraction as a lot of tourists come to this archaeological site just to witness the vast history of Cyprus. It has the ruins of the Grand Hellenistic statuary, amid the ancient Greek Gymnasium and two Byzantine churches. Moreover, a large reservoir area demonstrates the ancient Greek capability in this grand ancient city.
The historical Kourion:
Kourion was a 12th-century medieval state now laying in ruins on the southwestern bay of Cyprus. Even though Cyprus has a lot of ancient sites, but Kourion packs a punch with its romantically positioned seacliff. This beautiful medieval tourist spot has picturesque sceneries of natural landscape along with the Mediterranean Sea. This ancient site is so immense with a lot of tourist attractions including the House of Eustolios and the theatre. The House of Eustolios has a cluster of well-preserved, delicate, and artistic mosaics.
Rock- Petra Tou Romiou is also recognised as Aphrodite’s rock. The name is derived after Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of beauty and love. It is one of the island’s top tourist attractions. Tourists’ not only come from all over the globe for the myth, but they also come to enjoy swimming here. This place is so exquisite that it proves the presence of divinity here, making it perfect as a summer holiday destination.
UNESCO Heritage site Tomb of the Kings
Tomb of the kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a 4th-century underground shrine that is carved out between solid rocks. This site is located just outside the Paphos harbour, about a mile towards the north. Not only the kings but the high officials are buried here. This lead to its name is inspired by the dimension and the magnificence of the crypts here which are precisely carved in figures. A lot of visitors come to visit this ancient spot just to admire the artistry of the medieval stone carvers.
Paphos Archaeological Park
Kato Paphos archaeological park is located in southwest Cyprus, in the city of Paphos, a popular tourist attraction and one of the prominent reasons to visit Cyprus. This exotic medieval park is enriched with ancient artefacts which makes it an excellent tourists’ spot. Paphos park is a top tourist attraction and heaven for all the tourists obsessed with prehistoric monuments. The fact that this archaeological park is filled with prehistoric monuments, underground tombs and villas dating from the 3rd century makes it populous amongst the tourists.
It also has a restored theatre, the Odeion, in the Agora which dates back from the 2nd century. With fortified walls and towers along with their granite pillars is the Saranta Kolones fortress that was built in the 7th century. Not to forget that the beautiful prehistoric well-preserved Greek homes highlight the symbolic chronicles of Roman and Greek mythology through their preserved mosaic floors.
Zenobia Wreck Diving
Zenobia wreck is one of the world’s best diving sites. This wreck diving site has a Swedish ferry that sank during her initial expedition in the mid-1980s. Approximately 45000 divers visit this wreck annually as its moderate water temperatures, trifling tides, and easy approachability make this wreck ideal for all kinds of divers from all over the world. Even though ship’s many undamaged rooms are available for exploration, amateur divers are encouraged to restrain their expedition to the outside of the ship where they can enjoy the marine from barracudas to groupers.
Cape Greko National Park
In southeastern Cyprus, tourists are invited to discover the horde of fascinating nature trails varied with botanic grandeur and pine trees along with the fascinating views of the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Cape Greko is also known as Capo Greco among the Cypriots. It is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Cyprus and all well-known holiday destinations. This national park has so many beautiful sceneries and trails that a lot of sitting spots are allocated across the park for the visitors to sit and admire the beauty of this divine island peacefully.
It also has a 2 km long Aphrodite nature trail which leads straight to the birthplace of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. Capo Greko national park has trails sewn throughout the park that are specifically made for cyclists. Cyprus has the perfect temperature with light winds and low rainfall throughout the year, which makes it ideal for cyclists and the aquanauts. Capo Greko’s cosy sea temperature that fluctuates between 16C to 28C with visibility around 35 metres makes it an ideal holiday destination for the waterborne tourists. It is one of the most popular maritime national parks in the world with delightful surroundings and good aquatic life.