Cyprus Basics

Cyprus Basics

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Cyprus is one of the nicest countries to visit in terms of hospitality, beauty, and an often underappreciated benefit — ease of getting around.

That is why this post will cover the best parts of the island to see, from the coast to the capital city of Nicosia, and along the way, we will include 3 suggestions for the best hotels to stay in. 

The first hotel on our list is the Anassa Hotel in Latsi on the northwestern Coast close to the city of Polis. At the Anassa Hotel, you can find a world-class spa, play a round of golf, go scuba diving, or go for a Jeep Safari all before having a nice evening of live music, dancers, and an authentic Mediterranian dinner.

From here it is roughly an hour’s drive to Paphos where you will find the ancient ruins of the Tombs of the Kings and the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park.

In between Paphos and Limassol, you can see the famous Petra Tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, the mythological place of birth of the goddess. 

After Paphos, you can find your way to Limassol where besides seeing the amazing beaches you can visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Limassol Gate, see the Archaeological Park of Kourion, and take a walk on the Molos Promenade along the sea, all before settling for a Meze dinner.

Now that you’ve seen Paphos and Limassol, you might want to relax for a few days. This is when we suggest our second hotel option — the Parklane, A Luxury Resort and Spa. Located on the southern coast, there are over 250 rooms, suites, or villas to choose from. With six restaurants to choose from, a private beach, and specialized spa treatments, this is a perfect place to rest before you move on to the next place. 

Once you are ready to set out again we suggest heading to Larnaca where you can see Flamingos at the Larnaca Salt Lake, go for a luxury boat trip, and visit local monasteries, mosques, and castles. 

A trip to Nissi Beach should be in order after all that. This is one of Cyprus’s most picturesque beaches. You can relax here at this halfway point before heading to the Blue Lagoon at the Greek Cape — another one of Cyprus’s most iconic locations.

When you are done having your fill of the scenic eastern coast another hotel highly worth a stay is the AMARA Hotel. Here you can enjoy even more great spa treatments, an infinity pool, and a choice of two Michelin-star restaurants.

Finally, after a well-deserved time at AMARA, it is of course a good idea to head north to the capital city of Nicosia. The first thing you will notice about Nicosia is the famous ‘Green Line’ — this is where Cyprus and the city are divided into two: The ‘Greek’ part of Cyprus and the ‘Turkish’ side of Cyprus to the North. You can follow the green line through the city. It is a great way to see the central areas. 

Other sites that need to be seen are the modern Plateia Eleftherias, or Eleftherias Square, by modern architect Zaha Hadid. There are also the 16th Century Venetian Walls, the Chrysaliniotissa and  Laiki Yitonia neighborhoods, the Famagusta Gate, and many churches and mosques.

Overall, you can spend a great 2-3 weeks in Cyprus and never have a dull moment. There is so much to do while enjoying the beaches, history, mythology, food, people, and culture. And what we have mentioned here does not even cover all of it! And, the great thing to remember is that most of these areas are no more than half a day’s trip from each other. And that is if you go from one end of the island to the other. 

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