The tourism in Cyprus is concentrated to a few places on the Greek side of the island like Ayia Napa, Fig Tree Bay, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos in the southeast. The beaches and water are extremely commendable, with the most Blue Flag beaches per coastline length in the world. Claiming the best weather in the Mediterranean the Cyprus sun shines 340 days a year and makes the island popular with party people and families with small children alike.
Agia Napa is most famous for its wild pulsating nightlife, a bit of a “partygoers Disneyland” with themed bars concentrated to the old square of the city. Agia Napa has also some of the best beaches found on the island such as Nissi Beach being the most popular, and Harbour Beach, which is one of Cyprus longest beaches. All beaches in Ayia Napa have been awarded the EU blue flag for their level of cleanliness and facilities.
Tip! From Agia Napa it’s convenient to make a day tour to Famagusta, once one of the world’s best-known entertainment and tourist centres, but after the Turkish invasion an eerie ghost town sitting exactly as it was left in 1974. The old part of Famagusta was also home to Shakespeare’s Othello. Bring your passport since it’s on the Turkish side.
Fig Tree Bay
Fig Tree Bay is a quiet resort with great beaches, good hotels and crystal clear waters, suitable mainly for families and couples who appreciate a more relaxed holiday atmosphere. The actual area is structured along six miles long coastline and beaches that belong to the best of Cyprus.
Larnaca is now Cyprus third largest city and has developed into a modern Mediterranean place. It has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations with a charming Cypriot atmosphere, squeaky clean beaches, handsome promenades and close proximity to many of the island’s cultural treasures such as the Turkish fort dating from 1605 and the art historic St. Lazarus Church.
Paphos is a World Heritage city on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1980. Situated in the southwest of Cyprus Phaphos is the right choice if you are not looking for swimming and relaxing only on your holiday. Pahphos is suitable for anybody who likes to walk, shop, enjoy small-town atmosphere and wander through the treasures of antiquity.
Half of Paphos is a well-organized resort with a fishing harbour, restaurants, cliffs and small beaches. It also has a promenade equally suited for morning jogs as evening strolls in the sunset. The other half of Paphos is called Pano Paphos or “upper Paphos”, there, the city’s own residents comes closer and you will find many genuine Cypriot restaurants. Here is the beautiful old market hall, with colours, scents and a labyrinthine maze that makes it resemble a bazaar.
In Paphos there are many historical attractions, more or less embedded in the tourist area. These include an ancient Roman theatre, Catacombs, several medieval churches, a post where the Apostle Paul is said to have been publicly flogged by Roman soldiers. There is also the well-preserved floor mosaics in the Roman Villa “House of Dionysus.”
In Paphos harbour stands the romantic profile of a large medieval castle. On the square in front of the castle is held every year in early September the Paphos Aphrodite Festival, where the main attraction is the opera under the stars and the city wall as a spectacular backdrop. Some miles east of Paros are the sea cliffs, Petra tou Romiou, where the myth claims the love goddess Aphrodite was born out of the sea. The myth has it if you swim around the Aphrodite Rock then you will be blessed with eternal beauty.
Limassol is the perfect resort for those who like variety and a bit cosmopolitan feel.
It has a charming old town with shops and historic sites, quiet oases and evening entertainment for partygoers.
That Limassol is Cyprus’ main port city is immediately evident. Along the promenade, you experience in the beautiful marina yachts, visiting cruise ships and ferries to Greece, Lebanon and Egypt.
Limassol is the island’s second largest city and was an important port in the middle ages. When King Richard the Lion heart of England came here during the crusades he married Berengaria of Navarre and had she crowned the Queen of England in the Limassol Castle. A visit to the castle and its medieval museum can be a tip for those who are fond of knightly romances.
You can go swimming at several beaches both in Limassol and beyond. Golfers are close to the nicest golf courses in western Cyprus. The central location also makes Limassol an ideal base for excursions on the island such as Larnaca, Paphos, Nicosia and the green Troodos Mountains which are within easy reach by bus or rental car.