Cyprus is an island nation that is a part of the European Union, although technically, it is located in Asia. A long history, rugged interior, diverse food and culture, exceptional water-sports and picture-perfect beaches define Cyprus. Cyprus has been a bone of contention between Greece and Turkey for quite some time now, but as visitors, it should not be a problem.
The capital Nicosia (also known as Lefkosia) is known for its colonial buildings and fusion of cultures. The city’s old town is dotted with historic buildings, churches, mosques, museums and surrounded by 16th-century Venetian walls. Cyprus has an unbelievable number of castles and historic elements scattered throughout the country. The stunning St Hilarion Castle, located on the Kyrenia mountain range, is one of Cyprus’ most well-preserved ruins and easily reached from Nicosia. Further north, the coastal town of Kyrenia is known for its historic namesake castle, with amazing views from the top. Kyrenia’s harbour also doubles up as a popular spot for tourists for leisurely walks.
Located on the eastern coast of Cyprus, is the walled city of Famagusta (also known as Gazimagusa), known for its 16th-century Venetian walls and 14th-century Othello’s Tower. You can climb to the top of the walls and admire the sweeping views of the Mediterranean.
Often underrated, Lemesos (also known as Limassol) lies on the south coast of Cyprus and is known for the Limassol Castle, Limassol Archaeological Museum and Prokymea Sculpture Park. On the outskirts of Limassol, lies Kolossi Castle, a former Crusader strongold and the ruins of the ancient city of Kourion. The Kourion Archaeological Site will transport you several centuries back as you stroll through the ruins of what was once a very powerful kingdom.
The majestic Troodos Mountains, houses the tallest peak of the island – Mt Olympus. While the mountain area, with its picturesque villages, is popular with skiers and snowboarders in winters, it becomes a playground for hikers, campers and birdwatchers in the summer.
Cyprus has excellent Mediterranean beaches and Lara Beach is one of its best. It is close to Paphos, a coastal city with a wide range of colonial buildings and museums. The UNESCO listed Paphos Archaeological Park, is the city’s focal point and is dotted with the remains of ancient Greek and Roman sites. Remote Karpas Peninsula, located on the northeastern coast of Cyprus, is also lined with beautiful white-sand beaches, archaeological ruins and rolling hills.
Cyprus is one of Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands, packed with historical and natural wealth, making it a must visit travel destination.
Cyprus has an unbelievable number of castles and historic elements scattered throughout the country.