Main Cities of Cyprus
Cyprus has a vast range of interesting places to visit from its beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan towns to its panoramic mountains and picturesque.
Nicosia lies roughly at the centre of the island, and is the capital of Cyprus, with a rich history that can be tracked to the Bronze Age. Today it blends its historic old buildings with the modern city. The heart of the city, is enclosed by a 16th century Venetian Wall, dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings. Nicosia is a modern commercial centre, with many shops with the latest fashions, bars, cafes, and a variety of restaurants.
Limassol is the second largest city of the island, it emerged out of two of the most important ancient city-kingdoms, Amathus and Kourion.
The islands main port can be found in Limassol, together with picturesque marinas along the coast of Limassol .The new Limassol marina which opened June 2014, estimated to cost 300 million is the ‘Jewel of Limassol’, visitors can walk along the promenade and enjoy numerous facilities of 12 restaurants, 40 shops, a yacht club, fitness and spa club, culture centre, and a marine training school.
It is a bustling holiday resort, and it is known as the ‘city of fun’, having many clubs, bars, cafes, not to mention top restaurants. Ancient archaeological sites can be found all around Limassol.
Larnaca is the home to the islands main International Airport. It is known for its palm tree lined promenade, The Finikoudes, which is full of restaurants, bars, cafes, and is the main area of night life for Larnaca. It has a natural Salt lake, where in the winter months you can see graceful migrating flamingos. Next to the lake you will find the historic Muslim mosque of Hala Sultan a very important holy place of Islam. As with the other cities Larnaca offers old ancient buildings mixed with the new.
Paphos history dates back to 45AD, and is the birth place of the Goddess Aphrodite, the whole area abounds in historical and archaeological treasures, and thus Paphos is a UNESCO world heritage site. The more popular ancient sites are the Paphos Mosaics, Ancient Odeon and lighthouse, Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, the medieval Fort, the Tombs of the Kings, the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, and Petra tou Romou, and Paphos was named European capital of Culture 2017.
Paphos has its own International airport, giving easy access to the west of the island. The resort is graced with many luxury hotels all along its coast line and the main tourist region is focused around an attractive harbour, whose picturesque open-air fish restaurants line a quayside of bright fishing boats and pleasure craft.
Located in the Ammochostos district, the once-sleepy fishing village of Ayia Napa is famous for its stunning coasts, as well as for its ranking as a top nightlife destination, known worldwide. Home to some of the best beaches on the island, its strips vary from bustling to secluded, whilst the area also encompasses the Natural Forest Park of Cape Greco, which is especially beautiful with its coves, caves, rare flora and fauna and breathtaking views. The heart of the village is its square where the Medieval monastery stands and is a tranquil landmark during the day, whilst in the evening the area is vibrant and energised when the bars and clubs come to life.
Sights of interest include: the Thalassa Municipal Museum of the sea; the Makronisos Archaeological site (with tombs dating back to Hellenistic and Roman periods); various sea caves (such as Palatia and Korakas Bridge); the quaint fishing harbour, the International Sculpture Park and its adjacent Park of Mediterranean Plants, Cacti and Succulents; the old aqueduct; Lovers Bridge - with its love locks - and significant religious monuments such as the Ayia Thekla and Agioi Anargyroi chapels. Ayia Napa also has one of the biggest waterparks in Europe with over 25 water rides.