The island is blessed with the beauty of nature, in all its wonder. Its scenery spreads from its glorious shores, to its steep mountains, its aromatic forests and its rugged capes.
Locations in Cyprus
Omodos - Limassol
The village of Omodos is situated 42 kilometres north-west of the city of Limassol, in the Krassohorion area. It is located near the western bank of the river Ha, at an average altitude of 810 metres. Omodos is surrounded by high mountain peaks and the highest of these peaks is Afamis at 1,153 metres and Kremmos of Laonas at 1,092 metres.
Khirokitia Neolithic Settlement - Larnaca
The Khirokitia Neolithic Settlement is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. This wonderful Neolithic settlement was discovered well preserved and, therefore, is a prime example of the Neolithic period in Cyprus and provides insights into the Neolithic culture in the region. At the site there are five buildings, which have been rebuilt based on Neolithic architecture. In order to reconstruct the buildings to be as true to the originals as possible and to provide an accurate picture of the village as it was then, the same methods of construction and materials were used and also many objects found in the houses during excavations were also placed in the buildings.
Ayia Napa - Famagusta
Ayia Napa is located east of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Its sandy beaches make the city a popular tourist destination. The name Ayia Napa derives from a Venetian-era monastery of the same name that is located in the centre of the city. The name ‘Ayia Napa’ means ‘Saint of the Forest.’ The area is named after an icon of Our Lady of Napa, meaning Our Lady of the Forest. The name has been shortened to Ayia Napa.
Paphos Beaches - Paphos
In the Paphos district, there are 11 Blue Flag beaches, three of which can be found in the Polis Chrysohous area. Seven of these Blue Flag beaches are equipped with facilities for people with disabilities. There is a total of 27 beaches in the district, of which almost half have limited or no housing development.
A breath taking scene of fishing boats in the background together with enchanting fishing shelters and small harbours, all create an important part of the island’s connection to the sea, which also serves as an important source for fresh fish, served in taverns all over Cyprus.
Kykkos Monastery - Troodos Area
The most famous and rich monastery in Cyprus, the holy monastery of Kykkos, was founded in 1,100 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It holds one of the three preserved icons attributed to Saint Loukas. It is covered in silver gilt and is kept inside a shrine made of tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl that stands in front of he iconostasis. The church’s museum is an integral part of the monastery and houses an invaluable collection of icons, sanctuaries, manuscripts and Cypriot antiquities.
Cyprus is known as the island of beauty. The Aphrodite Rock area is one of the most beautiful coastlines on the island where, according to mythology, the Goddess Aphrodite emerged from the foams of the sea. The name ‘Petra Tou Romiou’ (Rock of the Greek) is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenes Akritas who, according to legend, kept the Saracenes from looting the area with his strength (seventh to the tenth century). Legend has it that he held onto the Kyrenia mountain range with one hand, thus forming ‘Pentadaktilos,’ the five mountain peaks, while he hurled a huge rock into the sea with his other hand to stop the Saracenes. The area, therefore, takes its name from this rock, which is still there today.
Curium - Limassol
Curium was an ancient city on the south west coast of Cyprus, near Episkopi. The Ancient Greek historians Herodotus and Stravonas both mention that the city was a colony of the Argion, one of the most rich and powerful kingdoms of Cyprus. It is mentioned in the ‘prism of Asarhadon’ 672-673 BC, along with the other kingdoms of Cyprus (Idalion, Kition, Salamis, Hytroi, Tamassos, Ledrai and Solloi.) According to mythology, the well-known owner of Curium was Curies the son of Kiniras. He was called Curieus and Curias by the city’s residents.
The devastating earthquakes that hit Curium in the second half of the fourth century AD, marks the beginning of the decline of the city. Another reason for the city’s downfall is that the people of the city stopped worshipping Apollo of Hylates due to growing popularity towards Christianity. This meant that the city was now deprived of many benefits that accompanied crowds of pilgrims who came to visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates.
Nicosia - Nicosia
The only divided capital in the world, Nicosia and its surrounding area is located in the centre of the island. The capital has an interesting history and is immersed in natural beauty. It is a cultural hotspot with the largest cluster of museums on the island, art galleries, religious and historical monuments and its charming old city is surrounded by huge Venetian walls.
Church of Saint Nicolas of Stegi – Kakopetria - Troodos Area
The Church of Saint Nicolas of Stegi is located in a central area of the Troodos mountain range, in the northern part of the Solea Valley. It is built on the west bank of the Klariou/ Karkotis river, two kilometres south west of the village of Kakopetria. The Church of Saint Nicolas of Stegi, which dates to the first half of the eleventh century, is the only surviving and preserved monastery church of its kind on the island and is a perfect example of a Catholic Byzantine Monastery.
Tomb of the Kings - Paphos
The Tomb of the Kings are located in down-town Paphos, near to the sea. The tombs received their title due to their size and grandeur. Some of these tombs probably belonged to the town’s aristocracy and not to the royal family. The tombs are carved in rock and date back to the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. Several tombs resemble the homes in which those who are buried there lived, with rooms (which are now burial chambers) which open into a patio. The Tomb of the Kings are similar to tombs found in Alexandria, which is proof of the close ties that the two cities had during the Hellenistic period.
Stavrovouni Monastery - Larnaca
The historical Stavrovouni Monastery was established by Saint Eleni, who left a relic of the Holy Cross at the monastery.
Agros - Troodos Area
The village of Agros is located 35 kilometers north of Limassol, at an altitude of around 1,100 meters above sea level. It is considered to be one of the most interesting mountainous villages in Cyprus and it is the principal village of the Pitsilias area, as it is located n the center. Agros is well-known for its rose industry and for its other local products, such as, grapes and spoon sweets.
Lefkara - Larnaca
The mountainous village of Lefkara is located in the Larnaca district and is separated into Pano (up) and Kato (down) Lefkara. The village is well-known around the world for its traditional embroidered lace, known as Lefkaritika, and its silver handicrafts. Lefkara is built at the foot of the southeastern side of the Troodos mountain range, 650 meters above sea level and 3 kilometers from Larnaca. The village can be reached by following the A5, A1 and E105.
Zenobia Wreck - Larnaca
The Zenobia Wreck is ranked among the ten best wrecks in the world. Zenobia is a Swedish ferry that captised and sank on its maiden voyage in 1980, giving it the name ‘The Titanic of the Mediterranean.’ The ferry currently lays on her port side in a layer of sand and rock. The 172 metre ferry was carrying 108 tractor-trailers carrying a variety of cargo, including cars, military equipment, food and telecommunication systems, as well as a million eggs which remain undamaged under water.
Troodos Mountains - Troodos Area
The cluster of mountains surrounding the Troodos area provides the highest mountain range in Cyprus, reaching an altitude of 1,951 meters. The area close to the Hionistras peak is also included in the Troodos mountain range. This is where the three roads that link the mountain with Nicosia, Limassol and Prodromos meet, giving it the name Three Avenues.
Akamas Peninsula - Paphos
The Akamas Peninsula, as described by the Conservation Management Plan of World Bank/EU, covers around 230 square kilometers and is located at the western end of the island. It is an area of unique natural beauty that continues to grow despite the effects of development. The uniqueness of the area for Cyprus, and for the whole of the Mediterranean, is centered on its precious ecology. The diversity of flora and fauna living in this relatively small area is truly impressive.