Cyprus is a picturesque island in the Mediterranean Sea rich in history and culture. This island is so much more than beaches and holiday resorts; it’s got a choice of sights where you can soak up the islands past. The main attraction to the island is the sub-tropical climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it the ideal holiday choice throughout the year. Most people head to Cyprus to take advantage to the magnificent beaches and crystal blue waters, there is water sports on offer and scuba diving, if you want to explore the underwater world. For children there are water parks offering thrilling water slides and fun days in the sun.
Rich in History
Take the time while visiting the area to soak up some of the history the island has to offer, there are castles, tombs, mosques and forts to be explored, each one offering insight into the islands past. Othello Castle is set in the walls surrounding the city of Famagusta. The castle is an architectural masterpiece made of sandy coloured stone with an open courtyard and magnificent interior. While visiting Famagusta you should pop in and visit the Lala Mustapha Pasha Mosque. The mosque was originally St Nicholas Cathedral. It is here where you can see the ancient tombs and visit the oldest tree which is believed to be over a thousand years old. You can enter the mosque but remember to take their culture and religion into account so modesty is important, you cannot wear shorts and women must wear a head covering. The Baths of Aphrodite is one of the most beautiful ponds; the picturesque pond is near the town of Polis and offers the most magnificent panoramic views of the bay below. This is where Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love met Adonis, the pond is a scenic area filled with wild flowers and cool waters.
Beautifully Preserved Historical Sites
While you are enjoying the history of this beautiful island, don’t stop there, there is still Paphos Fort to see, a very popular tourist attraction located at the end of the harbour in Kato Phaphos dating back to the thirteenth century. What amazes me about Cyprus is how well preserved everything is, unlike other historical sites, the majority of the sites in Cyprus are still in one piece, they may have had a little restoration work done over the years, but they remain whole, so you can really get a feel of the past that once happened here. I think the most beautiful preserved site is Khirokitia. This is a preserved are and World Heritage Site and is considered one of the best preserved sites which dates back to the Neolithic age. It’s a must to see with the white walls. They are still excavating today, but you can visit and see this magnificent area for yourself. Cyprus is also known for its gourmet seafood. You are right on the water so the seafood can’t get any fresher and you can enjoy your meal at a restaurant anywhere on the island. Enjoy a romantic dinner while watching the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea. It really is a sight to see and one that will be remembered for years to come. Be sure to head to one of the art galleries while wandering around the island, the best way to explore is to just walk around, you will be amazed how much you see and what you find. The area is littered with galleries, museums, fantastic shops, restaurants, beaches and museums. Each one offering a unique Cyprus experience that you will remember for years to come and memories you can take home with you. Find affordable trips alongside amazing experiences withand get to explore this picturesque island for yourself.