Cyprus is a land of myths and legends that combines the beauty of its beaches with the traditions, the wealth of its art and archaeological remains of ancient civilizations that inhabited this island. Cyprus is considered as the border between Europe and Asia and it is influenced by the two continents. This influence makes the island a very interesting cultural centre. The best way to get to the island is by plane. You can rent a car at Larnaca International Airport at a good price to travel around the island at your leisure.
There are three places in Cyprus inscribed among the World Heritage of Humanity: Paphos, the churches painted in the region of Troodos and the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia. Other places proposed to be world heritage are: The rural area of Fikardou, South Mathiatis, Kioni, Troodos, Mount Olympus and the Malounta bridge.
The most beautiful nature in Cyprus is found in the inside, full of Mediterranean vegetation. Mount Olympus with almost 2000 metres of altitude offers stunning views. The Troodos Massif, where Mount Olympus is located, is an ideal place to enjoy the natural sights of Cyprus.
From the east coast we highlight the Akama Peninsula which is very well preserved, it is one of the most beautiful natural sites of its coast and it has ideal areas for hiking.
The gastronomy of Cyprus is strongly influenced by countries like Greece and Turkey. Among its typical dishes we highlight the Mezze, a snack. Its grilled fish is also famous, moussaka (meatloaf and aubergines with gratin cheese), tava (lamb cooked with an onion base) kleftiko (lamb simmered in the oven), tzantziki sauce (made with Yogurt and cucumber) and the suvlaki stin pita, a kind of kebab of Turkish influence.
If you want to be near the sea and enjoy the sun and the beach, then you must go to Aya Napa, near Larnaca, where you will find the main tourist destination of the island. It is a place where you can rent a boat or yacht and enjoy a ride on the sea, touring the wonderful Cypriot coastline.
The best beaches in Cyprus are undoubtedly the ones in the surroundings of Agia Napa and Cape Greco: Nissi Beach and Sunrise Beach, and a little further northwards (towards Famagusta), the small Agia Thekla, Fig Tree Bay (with fine white sand) and Kapari.
In Limassol, the most recommended is St. Georges Alamanos, and almost next door, Governor's Beach; Avdimou is a quiet beach, just like Lady's Mile, next to the Cape of Gata. More to the west, Kourion is highly appreciated by surfers. The beach of Petra tou Romiu, with polished pebbles, is very crowded by the myth of the birth of Venus; Hearts are painted on the rock and its waters are said to provide fertility.
Near Paphos, the Bay of Corals is considered to be a good site. The quiet Paxyammos is one of the few beaches with free services. The beach of Polis, quite wild, has the advantage of being close to the marina and the row of restaurants and terraces of all kinds that border the promenade. Do not miss Cyprus!