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Main Areas & Places of Interest

Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Nicosia is the largest city and the capital of Cyprus since the 11th Century.

  • It is located inland, almost in the centre of the island.
  • Of particular interest to visitors are the older neighborhoods encircled within the well-maintained Venetian Walls which were built in the 16th Century. 
  • There are many Cyprus places of interest such as important museums, centuries-old landmark building and churches, shops and restaurants all vie for your attention in this busy centre.
  • Nicosia remains a divided city layered in medieval and contemporary history worth discovering.


Limassol (Lemesos)

The coastal city of Limassol is the second largest town - as well as being a resort area, it is also a business centre especially for shipping (being the main port of Cyprus) and wine-production

  • A year-round destination, it is known for its fun-loving nature
  • It organizes the largest and most-established Carnival celebrations (variable dates) and a 10-day wine festival (early September) every year
  • It has some of the best restaurants and places of interest on the island and in summer months its coastline is lit up with the many beach-front bars and cafes.
  • Limassol boasts some of the best hotels on the island with the necessary infrastructure and equipment to cater to Meetings and Conferences as well as extensive leisure facilities (SPA, swimming pools etc). The vast majority of its hotels are located on the seafront overlooking the dark sandy beaches.
  • Its central location on the island means that almost any other town is easily accessible for tours starting in Limassol.


Larnaca (Larnaka)

The coastal city of Larnaca boasts the island’s main airport town. The airport is located near the Salt Lakes, home to pink flamingoes during the winter months.

  • The centre of Larnaca is defined by "Foinikoudes", the seafront promenade lined with palm trees, one of the most beautiful in Cyprus.
  • The Medieval Fort flanks the far side of the promenade and is a stone's throw from St Lazarus Church which was built over the burial crypt of the eponymous saint.
  • Larnaca has a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere making it a popular base for staying near the airport.


Paphos  (Pafos)

Paphos is steeped in mythology - it was famous in ancient times as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Ancient Greek Goddess of Love & Beauty.

  • Paphos was the Roman administrative centre of the island - the public buildings and the luxurious houses which have come to light during the excavations have revealed the rich opulence of Roman Paphos.
  • Such remains its archaeological importance, that UNESCO has added the area to its list of world monuments.
  • Paphos is home to some of the best hotels on the island which offering a range of leisure and conference facilities.
  • The area is also a Golfers' paradise with four 18 hole golf clubs.
  • The Akamas peninsula is an unspoilt nature reserve to the west of Paphos with isolated bays, unspoilt plateaux, deep gorges, villages and wineries.


Ayia Napa & Protaras

 Ayia Napa and Protaras are summer resort areas, known for their sun & fun appeal thanks to their golden sandy beaches, clear azure waters, and their many bars and clubs.

  • Beach-orientated incentives, groups comprised of families or groups with a youthful profile find much to enjoy in the area.
  • In winter many of the hotels stay open to cater to long stays wanting a quiet time to enjoy the area’s natural beauty and mild climate.


Troodos Mountains

Although well-known for its coastal areas, it would be an oversight to ignore the  Troodos Mountain range, the green heart of Cyprus. It is here that Cyprus traditions and centuries-of way of life strive to continue. Easily accessible from all towns, the Mountains provide a well-needed respite from the heat of the summer months. Visitors delight in the evergreen forest canopies, walking trails, streams and waterfalls, hidden Venetian bridges, UNESCO listed Byzantine Churches and  villages.  Many producers of traditional products are located in the mountain villages - wine makers, producers of hams, sausages, preserves, marmelades, rose water products, herbs…even chocolate.

In July and August the mountain hotels are filled with Cypriot holidaymakers who return in winter when the peaks are opened for skiing (weather permitting)


Photo of Limassol seafront, courtesy of Limassol Tourism Board