Clear blue waters, mild temperatures and caressing sunshine. It is easy to see how Greece’s goddess of love, Aphrodite, was born from the waves lapping onto Cyprus’ shore. The mythology, language, traditions and lifestyle are Greek, but the island features a beauty that is shrouded by its own, one-of-a-kind atmosphere, shaped by a structure that divides Cyprus and its capital Nicosia into a Turkish North and a Greek South. Its multi-faceted personality has an allure that attracts tons of holiday-makers.

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Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos is located on the southwest coast of the island and is sheltered from the north by the Troodos mountains. It has a temperate climate, one of the healthiest in the Mediterranean. Beautiful countryside, a cosmopolitan resort, historical sights as well as sporting activities, the Paphos region has something for everyone at any time of year. Paphos, with its pleasant harbour and medieval fort, combines a dynamic holiday resort with spectacular countryside, unspoiled nature and sensational history. The region offers the possibility of enjoying both sea and mountains, as well as getting a taste of the island’s culture with its many archaeological sites. Feel the romance floating through the air in the place where Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, once roamed. Swim in the sea by the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou, where she was believed to have risen from the waves, make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at Kouklia, or visit the grotto near Polis where she supposedly bathed. Whatever you desire - activity, tranquillity, good food, fine wine, spas, nature, walking, golf, culture, nature, bird watching - the Paphos region offers it all.

Troodos, Cyprus

Take a trip to the mountains to discover an alternate view of the island. Rising to almost 2,000 metres above sea level, the Troodos peaks provide panoramic views of all corners of the island, a cool retreat from the heat of the coast and a popular destination for taking in the healthy mountain air and enjoying nature in all its majesty. Charming villages, some with cobbled streets and preserved folk architecture, nestle on terraced slopes among pines or amid vineyards and orchards. Wander through the village roads in the Solea Valley, known as the “apple valley” and Marathasa, known as “valley with cherry trees”. Those areas are renowned for their traditional architecture and their Byzantine churches and monasteries. Explore the traditional character of the villages of the picturesque Pitsilia, the interesting churches and the hospitality of their inhabitants and also the Wine Villages (Krasochoria), renowned for their vineyards and wine. A number of small wineries welcome visitors on wine tasting tours. Burbling mountain streams and nightingale’s songs are often the only sounds to fill in the air in a region that poets have waxed lyrical over. The Troodos mountains are where the painted churches of Cyprus can be found, superb examples of Byzantine art, ten of which have been listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage wonders. There’s much you can do, from mountain biking to playing tennis, angling in one of the dams, or even skiing in winter. A series of walking trails will take you through areas of exceptional beauty among scented pines, running streams and the occasional waterfall, stopping at a shady picnic site. Some of these form part of the European path E4, an international network of long-distance walking routes crossing the whole of Europe. The specific climatic conditions created by the high altitudes and the peculiar geological substratum may have contributed to the unique flora found in Troodos with nearly 800 different plant species, 12 of which found nowhere else in the world. Occasionally, if lucky, one may spot a Cyprus mouflon, a kind of wild sheep which roams free in the extensive forests. Birdwatchers may spot the rare and protected eagles or the colourful hoopoe with a pink body, a black and white crest and a call which can be heard from miles around.

Piatsa Gourounaki
92 Faneromenis Street, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus

Located in downtown Nicosia, Piatsa Gourounaki gathers Greek specialties and grilled meat and cheese, creating a menu that is a great insight into Cyprian traditions. The popular restaurant attracts a great crowd, being one of the most-loved in town.

Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery
E704, Tsada, Cyprus

Sitting on a bed of hills, Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery has served handcrafted brews for generations. The atmospheric location and the outstanding products recalls a tradition that has a long history, with experts in the brewing industry pairing their food menu with beers.

Larnaca Market
Ermou Street´s Parking Lot, Larnaca, Cyprus

Big designer names fill up the fashionable Ermou Street in Larnaca, but on Sunday, its sparkling charm is clouded by an even greater event that takes place in Ermou Street's parking lot. Larnaca's Sunday Market starts at 10am and features fruit, vegetables, souvenirs, clothes and knickknacks at unbeatable prices.

The Mall Of Cyprus, Nicosia
2025, Verginas 3, Strovolos, Cyprus

A modern shopping mall located in the dynamic capital of the island, The Mall of Cyprus is an incredible shopping destination, ideal for those whose shopping cravings accompany them on vacation. International and national clothing shops, groceries, restaurants and coffee shops fill up the aisles of the giant mall, in a vibrant beehive of shops and eateries.

Larnaca International Airport, Larnaca, Cyprus

There are two airports on the island. The largest, Larnaca, is five kilometres from Larnaca and 50 kilometres from the capital, Nicosia. Paphos Airport is 15 kilometres from the town of Paphos. There are buses and taxis to the nearest large towns just outside the Arrivals halls.


Visa requrements for entring Southern Cyprus are similar to those of other Schengen states. However, visas issued by Cyprus authroities are NOT valid for travel to the greater Schengen area. Citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan will need to apply for a Cypriot visa to enter. For Northern Cyprus, nationals of most countries will not need to obtain a visa for stays of under 90 days. Citizens of Armenia and Nigeria will need to apply for a visa in advance, however, and citizens of Bangldesh are not allowed to enter by air (as of late 2018).

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