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Top 5 beautiful must-see places in Cyprus

Birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite and blessed with exquisite natural beauty, Cyprus is a country nestled at the crossroads of 3 continents – Europe, Asia and Africa.

It is also home to some of the oldest civilizations and this history adds more beauty and mystery to the country. 

While the entire country is absolutely breathtaking, we appreciate that you will not be able to visit every single place, so we have done some research for you.

Below, we will tell you about the places that you must visit above all the others to make your trip worthwhile. Let’s get to it. 

View from Capo Greco to Ayio Napo
View from Capo Greco to Ayio Napo

St Hilarion Castle

This castle is the best preserved of all the Crusader Castles and is rumored to be the inspiration behind the castle featured in Sleeping Beauty.

If you’re a romantic who loves Disney movies, make sure to visit this spectacular castle.

It is perched high on the Kyrenia mountain range in the north of Cyprus and it overlooks the Mediterranean and the surrounding areas.

Not only will you drink in the beauty of the castle and the views, but you will learn a little history about the castle and what its intended purpose was.

Aphrodite’s Rock

Located off the shore along the road from Paphos to Limassol, this is the place where legend says Aphrodite was born.

Also known as Petra Romiou, a name derived from a later legend, it is believed that the rock and other smaller sea stacks in the surrounding areas are part of the shell that carried Aphrodite from the sea to the island.

It’s said that under certain weather conditions when waves hit the rock, they form a pillar of water which is a sight to behold on an already mystical rock. An absolute must-see.

Top Tip: You may need a guide to one or two of these places, so it would be a great idea to take small thank you tokens like the $2.20 licorice allsorts or chocolate licorice from IGA Specials or $3.65 Kalkatungu Country cards or handmade crafts from Lalalandshop.com.

Photo By: Dorottya Hegedus on Unsplash
Photo By: Dorottya Hegedus on Unsplash

Troodos Villages

These villages are charming. Situated among vineyards, orchards, and pine trees –  they are complete with aromas and scents from their picturesque surroundings.

The folk architecture and cobbled streets add to the already serene environment, making these villages the perfect place to galavant if you want to be entirely immersed in Cypriot culture and history while drinking in its natural beauty. 

There are other villages to explore that you can also check out on this Cyprus guide.

Cape Greco National Forest Park

Whether you choose to cycle, hike or walk the trails in the park, you will not miss out on the beauty that it is.

There are botanicals to see, views from the sea cliffs, and the tiny white-washed church of Agoi Anargyroi with steps that lead you down to the sea to the place where the Holy water runs, among many other views.

Another trail leads to a picnic spot near a cave called Cyclops, another will lead you to limestone caves that are breathtaking.

Needless to say, the park has something for everyone and is definitely worth the time you’ll spend there.

Walk in the dry lake, Cyprus
Walk in the dry lake, Cyprus

 

Nissi Beach 

Located in the Ayia Napa area, Nissi Beach is the most popular and most easily accessible beach in Cyprus.

It is made up of two connecting beaches, one quiet and smaller and the other long and lively.

If you are looking to have a lively trip with other holiday goers, this is the place to go.

Nissi means ‘small island’ in Greek and it stretches for 500m; it is a wonderful sight to see!

Hotel Annabelle Swimming Pool
Breakfast at the pool, Cyprus
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