Discovering the Top 5 Destinations of Cyprus
A combination of Turkish and Greek culture, languages and dividing religions, you get a sense that Cyprus is laid out to be a bi-cultural landscape hidden away in the Mediterranean Sea.
Focusing on its history is inevitably an archaeologist’s dream destination, however, Cyprus entices the sun-and-fun lifestyle it is today through its beach-clubbing repertoire and is quickly progressing to being the next Ibiza.
Perhaps, the Cypriot born Greek god of love, Aphrodite is what ignited a sense of eroticism to the island at present.
Situated in the south-eastern region of Cyprus, well known for being the world’s second largest clubbing district; it encompasses a honeypot location for a grade-A style club-life holiday.
The area is blessed with unspoiled beaches (most popularly, Nissi Beach) and warm waters – perfect for an appetite of bathing, tanning, and water sports. ‘The Square’ is Ayia Napa’s famous clubbing district filled with restaurants and night clubs including ‘The Castle Club’ – the largest club in Cyprus and one of its most popular night time destinations having been around for over two decades.
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Paphos holds its status as the culture capital of Cyprus without doubt, owing much of this to its rich cultural heritage and dated architectural landscapes. Its main attractions include the Tombs of the Kings, Adonis Baths Waterfalls, Ayios Neophytos Monastery, and the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park – to name some.
The city is also home to the Elysium Hotel – a five star deluxe hotel situated adjacent to the Tombs of the Kings, having won numerous awards internationally, it is known for its outstanding service and quality.
Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus, home to the Port of Limassol – the Cyprian transportation hub and a key player in the Mediterranean trade industry. The economic developments have evolved Limasoll into a tourism and culture hotspot.
The city still rivals neighbouring areas in archaeological landmarks like the ancient ruins of Kourion and the Limassol Theatre (pictured above), however, nowadays it holds a key part in Cypriot modernity – the Cyprus University of Technology opened its doors in 2007 attracting a wave of international students to the island, together with this, Limassol hosts two festivals; the Carnival in February-March, and the Wine Festival in September.
Larnaca is one of the oldest cities on the island, exploring the ribboned roads by foot is one of the best options. The seaside stretch of Larnaca Promenade provides a picturesque stroll in the evening; the coastline also houses the Wreck of the Zenobia, voted one of The Times top ten wreck diving sites in the world in 2003.
Leaving the streets behind, the Larnaca Salt Lake, besides its scenic beauty, is famous for its fauna, housing as many as 7000 flamingos each year, it adds as a getaway from the more complex city landscapes.
Positioned under the slopes of the Troodos Mountains, Platres offers tourists a renaissance away from sunny beaches and crowded promenades. Offering revitalising trails beneath a canopy of pine forests and streams, encompassing hotels tucked in its dense forest; Platres is a perfect spot for hiking and picnics.
More daring, and a far less known activity amongst the Cyprian beach type holiday makers is skiing in the Troodos Mountains, snow season occurs from December to April, and peak snowfall for skiing usually falls in January.
Author Bio: Mohamed Khazma, born in Lebanon and raised in the Netherlands, he lives in London, self tought in journalism and having a range of work experience roles in the field, he enjoys freelance writing and aims to become a newspaper reporter