I was recently in Cyprus for 5 days with my boyfriend and had one of the most amazing trips! To be honest, I had no idea where exactly Cyprus was but when I started doing my research I found Cyprus to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world and it really is! Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with the third largest and third most populous island. I spent my time exploring most of the southern part from Protaras, Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Nicosia and Paphos. Here’s how to see Cyprus in one week with everything you need to see, do and eat.
Things To Know Before Your Trip:
- Language: Greek, Turkish and English
- Currency: Euro
- Cyprus is great to visit year round. I visited in April
- Best way to get around is by car
DAY 1 & 2 – AYIA NAPA
One of my favorite areas in Cyprus is Ayia Napa. They have so many beautiful beaches that will have you never wanting to leave.
Where To Stay: Evalena Beach Resort has the best views of the Mediterranean Sea and it is right next to a beach. This hotel is in the perfect location to explore Protaras and Ayia Napa. The staff were friendly and accommodating. On the first day, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant and decided to have an early night as I had a terrible headache from the air pressure in my ears. That stuff hurts.
What To Do:
- Ayia Napa Sculpture Park
- Nissi & Makronissos Beach. Nissi Beach is the most stunning beach with clear blue waters!
- Cape Greco Sea Caves is a MUST!
- Explore Protaras
- Lunch at Ayia Napa Harbour at Vassos Fish Tavern. The most delicious meal and best seafood in the area!
DAY 3 – LARNACA CITY & NICOSIA
Explore Larnaca City on the way to Nicosia.
What To Do:
- Salt lake of Larnaca. If you go in winter, the lake is pink and has flamingoes! That’s what they say, but no chance of that in April.
- Visit the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque
- Larnaca City Center and The Church of St Lazarus
Located around 3 km west of Larnaka, on the Salt Lake is the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque. It is the primary pilgrimage site of Cyprus and stands as one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca, Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem.
Here is the thing, rain is the last thing I was expecting when we were going into Larnaca city. However, just after visiting the Salt Lake and Hala Sultan, there was a sudden torrential downpour. So we didn’t fully get to explore the old town in Larnaca. Instead, we decided to go and explore Nicosia/Lefkosia, the capital of Cyprus, which as an hour drive away.
Through the times, the country has faced severe political tensions which has split Nicosia/Lefkosia into two. However, it has stood the test of time. Now this almost invisible dot on the world map has become an attractive tourist destination. As a result, while travelling in Cyprus, you can sense a fusion of different tastes, be it food, lifestyle or even culture.
“There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
In general, there is no political tension in Nicosia. However, you need to go through a barricade with an armed force to cross over to the Turkish side on Ledra street. Remember, your passports will be checked here (and also while coming back). Make sure to also visit the Famagusta Gate. This place is a perfect spot for history buffs.
DAY 4&5 – PAPHOS
We set off early, right after breakfast. Paphos is 2 hrs away from Protaras and the views on the way there were breathtaking.
Major Attractions in Paphos
Be prepared to travel backwards in time and discover the superb architecture and planning of the pre-historic times while you visit the Paphos Archaeological Park (UNESCO heritage site).
The park opening timing varies in summers and winters. The park fee is 4.5 € for an adult. Guided tours are available by private companies but with a guide map, one can do it by self-trekking as well.
Paphos is known for historic remains from the ancient period. The most important excavations are four large Roman Villas, the mosaic floors of which are beautifully preserved.The majority of the ruins date back to the late Roman period.
If you are interested in mythology, you can also visit the Aphrodite’s Rock also referred to as Petra Tou Romiou. It is another beautiful location by the Mediterranean with a giant rock, forming a hillock by the sea. It is believed to be the site of the birth of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, known for love and beauty.
Food in Paphos
Paphos is a good place to taste delicious food.
Along the main road near the archaeological park, there are a number of restaurants serving local food and specialty cuisines.
Enjoy the atmosphere with a good relaxing meal in the cool breeze of the Mediterranean while reliving the history of the place.
Have I convinced you to visit Cyprus yet?! Cyprus can easily be done in 5 days but if you have more time to explore I recommend spending more time to see the rest of the Island! I can’t wait to be back already.
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