Agia Napa is known for its lively nightlife and is a popular tourist destination, as is Protaras in the Paralimni seaside region. Dine at several restaurants and visit the lively nightclubs. Enjoy the white sand beaches and clear waters during the day, as well as the many other activities, including boat rides around the coast. A collection of settlements in the region of Famagusta is known as Kokkinochoria (the “red soil villages”). This is owing to the rich red soil in which potatoes are grown. Cyprus potatoes are well-known and one of the country’s primary exports. Sotira is one of the settlements in this region where mediaeval churches proliferate. In museums of folk art, such as the one in Deryneia, magnificent rural relics are on show. You and your family would do well to visit the Marine Life Museum or the recently constructed Sea Museum, which houses a magnificent reproduction of a 4th-century commerce vessel that sank off the coast of Kyrenia.
The seaside town of Paphos, with its mediaeval fortress and picturesque port, is a harmonious blend of historical landmarks, a tourist destination, and a beautiful landscape. It is a region that blends mountains and coastal regions. It combines culture, contemporary living, and historic archaeological sites in a balanced manner. The view from the Maa-Paleokastro location in Coral Bay is breathtaking. During the Bronze Age, here is where the Mycenaean Greeks first landed in Cyprus. Be sure to visit the Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery and enjoy its exquisite icons, as well as sample the wine produced by the monastery’s own winery, when on a wine village trip farther inland.
Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is the world’s only remaining split capital. The Nicosia neighbourhood combines its cultural legacy with a modern style of living. The capital is rich in history, with massive Venetian walls around a picturesque ancient city. There is also a museum with some incredible relics from ancient times. Its items include a sculpture of Aphrodite of Soli from the first century A.D. and the original mosaic of Leda and the swan, as well as objects reflecting Nicosia’s history from another museum (Leventis Museum). The new city grows into a modern European-influenced hub of buildings, offices, sidewalk cafes, and stores. Nicosia is a wonderful shopping destination, particularly Stassicratous Street.
The city of Larnaca was constructed atop the ancient city-kingdom of Kition. Historically, Larnaca was an important centre of copper trade and later a Phoenician stronghold, and it has a lovely seaport. Its cyclopean walls comprised of enormous stone blocks and a complex of Greek Mycenaean temples dating back to the 12th century are still visible today. Take a stroll along ‘Phinikoudes,’ the palm-lined seafront promenade, and stop at one of the many cafes lining the promenade. The marina at this location is a gathering place for yachtsmen from all over the world. Larnaca’s mountainous region is dotted with charming villages, where many traditional homes are offered for rent. Lefkara is maybe the most well-known village. This is because it is arguably the most picturesque, with tiny alleys, red-tiled roofs, courtyards, churches, and an overall sense of being transported back in time. The village of Lefkara has a long history of manufacturing fine handicrafts, such as the world-famous ‘Lefkaritika’ (traditional lace goods) and filigree silverware.
The city of Limassol, also known as Lemesos, is the second largest town in Cyprus. It is the island’s primary port, a major tourist destination, and the epicentre of its wine production. Two of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus are located in Limassol. Built on cliff tops, the ancient cities of Amathous and Kourion are located to the east and west of the city, respectively, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. The world’s largest stone vase, unearthed at Amathous and now housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, is just one of the artefacts from these ancient sites that have made their way to international museums. The Troodos Mountains’ southern slopes provide a magnificent background for the city.