Region: This is
for the sun worshippers and live wires. Superb beaches, multi-star hotels, tavernas
and discos abound.
Choose from Nissi
Beach, Makronissos Beach and Agia Napa, plus Fig Tree Bay in Paralimni, but if
partying is not your thing, stick to Pafos and Polis.
Agia Napa, perhaps
the most famous, was once a small fishing village. Today it is as lively a resort
as any in the Mediterranean.
For local colour,
head to the crescent harbor, crowded with bright fishing boats. If you want to
escape the resorts, explore the calm, sandy coves of Cape Greko. Head north, toward
the basket-making community of Liopetri. Or go east to Protaras, where more glorious
beaches spread out under the sun
Visited by Richard the Lion-Heart, leader of the Third Crusade the tradition of
celebration and hospitality is strong in this vibrant seaside town.
In February before
Lent, masked revelers invade the street with music, parades, and dancing for Carnival.
In September, the Wine Festival explodes in the town for a week.
If you tire of
the 10 miles of beach then head out of town to Amathus, one of the ancient city
kingdoms of Cyprus or visit the Kourion archaeological site, an ancient city-kingdom,
where you can take in a play or concert at the ancient Greco-Roman Theater, overlooking
the blue Mediterranean
Once the richest city in the world, now crumbling charmingly, Famagusta's old
city is now mostly notable for its few remaining churches although it was once
thought to have been the birthplace of Shakespeare's Othello.
Somewhere to visit
is Othello's Tower, where, legend has it, Christoforo Moro (governor of Cyprus
from 1506-08) killed his wife Desdemona. Another legend holds that all the wealth
of Famagusta's Venetian merchants, abandoned during the Ottoman bombardment, is
buried in the tower's basement
Nine km (5.6mi) north of Famagusta, this is the country's best archaeological
site. Visit the fully restored Roman amphitheatre overlooking the sea, the gymnasium
with marble baths, and the mosaics.
Most of the ruins
are Byzantine or Roman, and they're scattered over 8km (5mi). You can camp south
of the ruins or stay in one of the nice hotels to the north. It's an especially
great place to see the sun set
Mountains: Thick cedar and pine
forests and snow in winter. Can this be Cyprus? Try trekking, ski-ing or mountain
biking. Or, do as we did, and just head there for the day from Pafos.
way, sample mountain goat cheese, a characterful Cypriot wine, fresh cherries,
or rosewater from the local villages.
If you have a mind, pop into one of the
nine painted Byzantine churches, all listed on UNESCO's prestigious World Cultural
Heritage List. Kykkos and Trooditissa Monasteries are well worth a visit