Cyprus enjoys year-round sunshine, which means your days will likely be spent outdoors on pristine beaches or up lush mountains. Diving enthusiasts should head to the south of Cyprus to check out the Larnaca’s many dive sites. Depending on where you go, you’ll find the wreck of a WWII-era gunboat, an artificial reef, or a sea cave – all of which are home to abundant marine life. 

    Cyprus is known as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, and there are plenty of historical sites dating back to the New Stone Age. Relive history by visiting the island’s many UNESCO-listed sites, Neolithic settlements, Greek temples, and Byzantine churches. For a bit of history mixed with romance, the 16th-century Limassol Castle and Aphrodite’s Rock are must-sees in Cyprus.  

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    • Ayia Napa

      Ayia Napa, in the east of Cyprus, is famous for its beaches and its nightclubs. Since the 1990s, it’s been one of the Mediterranean’s immensely popular party destinations, attracting crowds of young clubbers from across the continent every year. The area’s rocky coastline is dotted with sandy shores in little coves, offering a choice of great places to swim and sunbathe. The top picks include Nissi Beach, Makronissos Beach and Konnos Beach.

      The town is mostly about hedonistic pleasures, particularly during the summer, but that’s not all there is to Ayia Napa. There are also some striking historical and natural sights to see, like the Cape Greco National Forest Park, the Blue Lagoon and the Monastery of Ayia Napa. If you’re travelling as a family, look out for the great water parks and amusement parks.

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    • Paphos

      Paphos is one of the main tourist hubs in Cyprus. There are technically 2 hubs – the Old Town and New Paphos, which is also known as Kato Paphos. The latter is the main resort area, being right on the beach and hosting a great selection of bars and souvenir shops. There are a few historical gems by the coast, too, including the 40 Columns Fortress and Paphos Castle.

      Head to Old Paphos – or Ktima – if you want a calmer atmosphere and a more local ambience. There are more museums and yet more ancient ruins here, among the classical buildings housing government institutions.

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