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Things to do in Cyprus

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Cyprus Attractions and things to do in Cyprus

The island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean offers something for every taste and budget with year round sunshine thrown in for free. Cyprus offers some great beaches, a rich Greek-Roman heritage backed up with some excellent hotels and fine restaurants selling a wide range of local and international cuisine. Those looking for a lively nightlife should look no further than Ayia Napa on the east coast which is open from May through to October or if you are looking for a touch of class then Limassol is a must as Limassol offers a multitude of year round activities and some of the top hotels on the island. Another benefit Limassol holds is that it can be easily reached from either Paphos or Larnaca airports. Cyprus known as the island of love offers resorts that caters for all age groups as well as families. The east of the island is best served via Larnaca airport for resorts such as Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Limassol and Protaras with Paphos serving its namesake, Limassol and Polis. Please note! You will need to select which airport you wish to arrive at before searching.

Shopping

The island boasts four large cities: its bustling capital Nicosia located in the centre, and Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos peppered along the southern coast. Whether you are looking for designer brand fashion, leather goods, shoes or locally produced items, you’ll find something to please the shopping bug in the convenient shopping malls, bustling open-air markets and traditional shops spread across the island. The island is famous for its Lefkaritika lace.

Festivals

Amongst the most popular festivals in Cyprus is the Easter Holy Week celebrations which are known for their colourful parades. Other popular festivals and events in Cyprus can be found in your hotels reception area.

Head to the beach

The delightful island of Cyprus has many sandy beaches, ranging from large popular beaches where numerous water sports are available, including windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing and boating, to small secluded beaches where visitors can just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Konnos Bay, Ayia Napa is said to be one of the best beaches on the island followed closely by Nissi beach also in Ayia Napa. Off the main road and hidden, is Serena Bay in Protaras. It’s a tiny stretch of beach compared to some but well worth a visit. Coral Bay just outside Paphos is also very attractive but can get rather crowded in peak season.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Cyprus and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


WaterWorld waterpark – Ayia Napa We’ve found the lost city of Atlantis and invite you to come along and see it with your own eyes – for WaterWorld Waterpark really is a sight to behold. To visit to the largest themed waterpark in Europe is to visit another world. Everywhere you look there are ancient statues and columns, expertly blended in with the landscape. All of the rides and slides are inspired by – and tell – a mythological story from antiquity. There’s the Fall of Icarus… Apollo’s Plunge… Chariot Chase… Trojan Adventure… and a further 14 attractions, including the interactive Minotaur’s Labyrinth, which the children love. When you go for a swim in one of the pools you’ll almost expect to bump into a Greek warrior or god. WaterWorld is a great outdoor water-park stretched over 80,000 square metres in Ayia Napa, which thanks to 300 days of sunshine per year is an unbeatable place to splash around or just chill out. In this exhilarating recreation of ancient Greece, you will find unmatched bathing fun and relaxation. This award-winning waterpark (24 prizes and counting!) has to be seen to be believed. WaterWorld boasts a range of thrilling rides, providing fun and entertainment for everyone plus lots of outdoor activities, shopping, bars and more. Ever the six restaurants are inspired by antiquity, with diners such as Homer’s Burger Palace and Siren’s Fish & Chips. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the WaterWorld waterpark .

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the WaterWorld waterpark simply use the search box above and enter “Ayia Napa” as the resort.

Excursion to Nicosia Nicosia, one of the last divided capitals in the world, offers something for every taste. In the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls, embrace the lively modern city life, as well as its history and culture. Let your guide show and give you all the interesting facts about this town and stroll along the shops or enjoy lunch (not included) during your free time. Cross the UN Buffer Zone into the occupied part of Nicosia and explore the best bits in the northern part like the Agia Sofia church and the market square. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel. Start/opening time: Pick up from hotels / Protaras, Ayia Napa: 7.45am – 8.20am / Larnaca: 8.20am -9am /Paphos: 7.30am -8.15am /Limassol 8.15am -9.45am. End/closing time: Drop off hotels in Larnaca and Limassol 4.30pm 5.15pm /Ayia Napa, Protaras, Paphos 5.15am -6.30pm. Please bring your passport/ID.


Love Cyprus – Day trip See the Cyprus you read about in history! Discover a 2,000 year old amphitheatre, venture into the Kolossi Castle and taste the local wine. If you only want to spend one day sightseeing, make it this one. Taking in three of Cyprus’ top attractions; Kolossi castle, the Cyprus Wine Museum and the ruins of the ancient city of Kourion. Your first stop is the Erimi Wine Museum where you’ll learn the history of the island’s wines. Set out on a journey through centuries of Cyprus wine history. Ancient jars and vases, medieval drinking vessels, old documents and instruments illustrate how wine was produced, stored and enjoyed in the past. Photographic backdrops and audio-visual equipment bring all aspects of wine making to life, from cultivation to production. And of course, you'll get to try and buy some while you’re there. Next up is the stunning Kolossi Castle. Dating from the middle ages, it boasts an impressive list of visitors, including Richard the Lionheart. This former Crusader stronghold is located in a dramatic coastal setting near the city of Limassol. Once you’ve finished the castle tour, it’s on to the ancient city of Kourion. A treasure house of history, you’ll take a seat in its 2,000-year old amphitheatre and travel back in time as your guide brings it all back to life. You’ll also make a stop at a village house for a traditional meze lunch.


Famagusta Select – Day trip Discover the ancient and modern ruins of Cyprus and take this this full day tour to Salamis and the ghost town of Famagusta. Come and discover the ruins of Cyprus, both ancient and modern, with this exclusive one day fully guided tour of the ghost town of Famagusta and the remains of the classical kingdom of Salamis. The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Salamis are among the most important archaeological sites in Cyprus and cover an impressive location, extending along the sea shore with a stunning Mediterranean backdrop. Your knowledgeable local guide will show you around the main excavations, including the impressive open-air amphitheatre, the gymnasium, the baths and the theatre. They have all undergone a painstaking restoration process. We will then continue our journey with a stop at the old city of Famagusta, where time has literally stood still since the Turkish invasion of 1974. The old city is surrounded by one of the best-preserved Venetian fortifications in the eastern Mediterranean. There are plenty of medieval and renaissance buildings to visit, many of them still bearing the scars of the Ottoman siege of 1571. We will visit the citadel, also known as Othello’s Tower, the Cathedral of St Nicholas (converted to a mosque after the Ottoman conquest) and the Church of St George, famed for its colourful frescoes. Then take a stroll around the old town, where there is something of interest in almost every corner. There’s also plenty of free time for you to relax, soak up the sun or enjoy a swim in the Med or even to stare across the fence at the seafront district of Varosha, which has been cordoned off and abandoned.


Magic Dancing Waters – Dinner Show Lights… camera… action. The greatest show in Cyprus is ready and all that’s missing is you. The Magical Dancing Waters extravaganza has to be seen to be believed. If just thinking about what makes it happen will leave you dizzy with expectation, imagine what the real, live thing will do. Experience an evening of volcano eruptions, fire and smoke and laser shows. Sit back and relax in front of a 1,500sq.m pond and watch as the Magic Dancing Waters dazzle you – and all in the audience! – to the rhythms of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Zorbas, Tango, Waltz, Tom Jones and many others. Behold the water dancing and whirling up to 12 metres high or making amazing pirouettes. The music, the waters, the lava, the lasers, the fires and smoke combined to produce a spectacular experience. Behind the scenes, the Magic Dancing Waters crew are proud to be a part of the biggest such system in the world. During each show they are controlling 18,400 nozzles, 480 spot lights – in an array of colourful combinations – 162 powerful water pumps, four motors, four state-of-art computer systems, five smoke systems, two fire systems and two full colour laser systems. It’s all hands on the pumps for a systems overdrive that will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a magical spectacle for adults and children alike. It's hugely popular, so arrive early to make sure you get a seat.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Magic Dancing Waters simply use the search box above and enter “Protaras” as the resort.


Paphos Zoo With more than 1,200 animals from 210 different species, it’s no surprise that Paphos Zoo is rated as one of the top three parks in Europe. Set in a beautiful panoramic location that showcases the magic of nature, the animals enjoy a high standard of living in a natural environment. Come along and acquaint yourself with one of Europe’s largest bird and exotic parrot collections as well as an interesting variety of rare animals such as giant 150kg tortoises, deer, antelopes, reptiles, eagles, owls and much-much more. Discover the rich culture of Cyprus; watch us make traditional handicrafts such as carpet and basket weaving. Relax as the animators entertain your children with hours of fun and discovery throughout the park in our playground and allow the children play with the animals in the Children’s Farm. Pet feed and interact with small animals such as miniature goats. You can even sponsor and adopt an animal of your choice. Savour the delights of our Restaurant and refresh yourself in one of our snack bars surrounded by the enchanting sounds of bird songs. Enrich your senses and get away from it all in an environment of lakes, ponds, waterfalls and gardens landscaped from native Cypriot plants. Throughout the week, between 11am and 4pm, there’s free face painting and balloon-blowing exhibitions. The park is situated 15km from Paphos & 6km past Coral Bay. Follow the coastal road through Coral Bay / Peyia junction towards St George area then follow the Paphos Zoo Indicator Panels to the park. Start/opening time: OPENING HOURS: 09:00 am – 20:00 pm.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Paphos Zoo simply use the search box above and enter “Paphos” as the resort.

Aphrodite Water Park, Paphos Set within 35,000 sq.mt of natural landscaped grounds Aphrodite Water Park Paphos is situated at the far eastern end of the Kato Paphos coastal road. Offering a wide and varied selection of rides, attractions and facilities. Some of the “Thrill” rides at the Aphrodite Waterpark include are the ‘Free Fall’ and ‘Kamikaze’, both of which are the fastest and steepest rides in the park, and will certainly get your heart beating (both are adults only). With spacious changing rooms and secure locker rooms disabled facilities. The Aphrodite Water Park has a wonderful area especially designed for smaller children. There is an area that is solely for the parents to relax in, whilst keeping a watchful eye on the children. The Kiddies Pool has 2 small slides, a Pirate Ship, Splashing Rainforest, Spraying Elephant, Shooting Water Clown and a Melon Bucket attraction. There is also Water Mushrooms and small Bouncy Wet Bubble. The amazing Family Rafting ride and Lazy River are also suitable for young children, when accompanied by adults. The Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is open from mid-April till the end of October (weather dependent) and is open from: May - June: 10:30-17:30. July - August: 10:00-18:00. September - October: 10:00-17:00 Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Aphrodite Water Park .

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Aphrodite Water Park simply use the search box above and enter “Paphos” as the resort.

Donkey Safari from Limassol Explore the road less travelled with a guided donkey safari into the wild. You will you ride through picturesque orange groves and quaint villages as we head towards the Sindi Monastery. Then enjoy traditional Cypriot hospitality at the donkey farm before settling down for some singing and dancing. We’ll ride along dry river beds into the Cypriot ‘outback’, where you will almost feel like you are travelling back in time, passing old water mills, ancient bridges, crumbling chapels and deserted villages. In the horizon of this rugged and at time barren landscape you will see the remote 13th century Panayia tou Sindi Monastery (dedicated to Our Lady). You can alight from the donkey and wander around the haunting ruins and Orthodox chapel. An old proverb says that 'a Cypriot donkey is worth more than a rich man's house' and you will see just why thanks to the ease with which the donkey traverses the landscape. On arrival at the Donkey farm, you will be greeted in true Cypriot style. Sample the local firewater, Zivania, accompanied with halloumi cheese, olives and bread. Later on, tuck into a delicious barbecue and enjoy dancing and music with the friendly and lively staff. Start/opening time: On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 3pm to 4.30pm. End/closing time: 10.25pm to 11.30pm.Please note: Children must be aged 8 years or older to participate in the donkey ride.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Donkey Safari simply use the search box above and enter “Limassol” as the resort.

Treasures of Troodos Discover a side to Cyprus you never expected and venture into the beautiful Troodos Mountains and the fabulous Kykkos Monastery. Head for the highlands of Cyprus to breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the stunning views and stumble upon a treasure. The Troodos Mountains are no ordinary range; here you will find a wealth of cultural and religious monuments, including nine Byzantine churches and a monastery that make up a Unesco World Heritage Site. Crowned by the majestic Mount Olympus, the range is a favourite retreat for Cypriots and visitors looking to escape the Mediterranean beach life. The trek into the Troodos is not just a journey into the wild, it’s also a voyage back in time to an older and wiser Cyprus; a world away from the bustle of the coast. High in the Troodos there are dozens of hillside hamlets, many from a land that time forgot. There are wild waterfalls and verdant valleys, forests as far as the eye can see and, in winter, snow-capped peaks. You will visit the fabulous Kykkos Monastery, one of the most revered in Cyprus. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, whose icon is encased in silver as it’s forbidden for anyone to look at it directly. The monastery was founded by the Byzantines in 1092 and is renowned for its wealth of frescoes, colourful mosaics, gold icons and glittering ornamentation. There will also be a visit to the nearby tomb of Archbishop Makarios, the first president of Cyprus after independence.


Fasouri Watermania, Limassol Fasouri Watermania located just outside Limassol is presently the biggest Waterpark in Cyprus both in size (over 100.000 square meters • 25 acres) and number of attractions and facilities (with 30 different slides and attractions for all ages, six food and beverage outlets. Fasouri Watermania is the ideal place for families, friends and children to spend a one-day outing, away from work troubles and paper loads. At Fasouri Watermania Waterpark we want you to enjoy being entertained in a safe, fun and relaxing environment. Get away from the hassle and bustle of the crowded city and join us for a unique thrilling experience. The Waterpark packs an impressive array of attractions, facilities and services. Dressed in a Polynesian theme, the Waterpark adds a tropical feeling to your experience. Fasouri Watermania Waterpark is open from mid-April to mid-October (dependent on weather). Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Fasouri Watermania, Limassol. .

To find holidays and hotels near the Fasouri Watermania simply use the search box above and enter “Limassol” as the resort.


Paphos tourist bus Paphos is very popular with tourists, among its attractions are its ancient mosaic floors, its beautiful old harbour, its modern hotels and restaurants, situated along the seaside promenade. Other sights include an archaeological museum, the Byzantine castle of Paphos, the Tombs of the Kings, St. Paul's Pillar and the Temple of Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty). Also located in Paphos is the gorgeous Coral Bay, a beautiful beach with soft sand and deep blue water, a perfect place for water sports. Meeting/pick-up point: Kato Pafos, Harbour Coach Park, opposite Harbour Restaurant. Duration: The ticket is valid for 24 hours and bus travelled 60 min. Start/opening time: Available daily from April to November. The first bus departs at 10am. Buses' frequency: 90 min. End/closing time: Last bus departs at 4.30pm.

To find holidays and hotels near the Paphos tourist bus simply use the search box above and enter “Paphos” as the resort.


Cydive Diving Centre. Discover Scuba diving Welcome to a fascinating world. Scuba diving offers unique sensations that no other sport on the planet can give. Enjoy the magic underwater world. Discover scuba diving is a half day programme for beginners - A unique opportunity for you to live the scuba experience. Starting with a short video explaining the basics of scuba you will then be given a full briefing by an experienced instructor who will help you to set your scuba gear and get ready for the fun part. Before you know it you will be in the sea practicing a few simple skills and enjoying your first sea dive.



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