The 1000-year-old capital of Cyprus has approximately 280 000 inhabitants. Nicosia has plenty of shops, restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars. In the restaurants and tavernas you should definitely try out traditional “meze”, that consists of many small local dishes. There can be up to 30 different small dishes and you are supposed to try everything. Often you can choose if you prefer meat or fish meze. There are many nice taverns in the “Laiki Geitonia” where pedestrians can enjoy the old atmosphere.
Old Nicosia Cyprus
There are many sights in Nicosia, for excample Saint John’s cathedral is worth visiting. It was built in 1665 and it has beautiful frescoes from the 16th century. In Nicosia there are also many shops to fit any taste and purse. The two main streets for shops are Ledra and Onasagorou Street. You can take as a souvenir traditional Lefkara laces, Commandaria desert wine, or Halloumi cheese. nicosia.org.cy has more information about Nicoasia and happenings in the area.
Larnaca, Cyprus, from above
Larnaca is a lively city of 80 000 inhabitants. There is a modern airport, and you can admire the landing airplanes from Larnaca sea front. Over 5 milloin tourists pass from this airport yearly.
Larnaca Marina, Cyprus
Larnaca is the eldest city of Cyprus, it was founded 6000 years ago and it is still situated in the same place. It was called Kition before, and according to a legend this is due to the fact that it was founded by Noah’s grandchild Khittim.Next to the airport there is a beautiful salt lake where you can see flamingos and other migratory birds during winter. By the lake there is Hala Sultan Tekesi mosque which is the 3rd most important destination of pilgrimage to muslims after Mekka and Medina.
Larnaca Sea Front, Cyprus
Larnaca sea fron has a beautiful promenade with palm trees, idyllic tavernas, marina and busy cafes. Larnaca has a long Christian connection as the first bishop was Saint Lazarus. There is a church that bears his name built above his reputed tomb. Additionally in Kiti, just outside Larnaca, there is a 1000-year-old church Panagia Angeloktisti which has very rare mosaics worth seeing. Furthermore, in a village called Lefkara you can see and buy world famous laces that have impressed even Leonardo da Vinci.
For more information about Larnaca you can go to larnaca.com or larnaka.com.
Kalopanayiotis, Troodos mountains, Cyprus
Troodos mountain view, Cyprus
Many tourists come to Cyprus for the beautiful beaches, but Cyprus offers much more than that. Troodos mountains are the perfect getaway from the summer heat. The highest peak is Mount Olympus which is 1952 metres high. There are also ski facilities in winter.
The scenery is breathtaking in summer and in winter. There are many small Bysantine churches and monasteries together with sleepy villages and calm mountain resorts. The most famous mountain resort is Platres in 1127 metres with many hotels and hotel appartments. Other beautiful villages are for example Pedoulas and Moutoullas that are famous for their cherries and mineralwater respectively.
Sunset in Troodos mountains, Cyprus
You can ask for a prochure from Cyprus Tourist Ornanization for Agrotourism that describes the Troodos area and gives suggestions where to stay in the mountains. If you need more information about Troodos mountains and villages you can go to mytroodos.com or kypros.org/Cyprus/troodos.html or platres.org/english/index.htm
Millomeri Waterfall, Troodos mountains, Cyprus
Limassol city view in Cyprus
Limassol is the second largest city of Cyprus and it has the island’s most important port. Limassol is very popular among tourists due to its beautiful beaches. The polulation in Limassol is approximately 175 000.
Limassol sea front in Cyprus
Limassol area is famous for its festivals; the Carneval is in the spring and the Wine Festival in the autumn and they both last about a week. There is also a Flower festival held in May.
Sunset in Limassol Cyprus
Limassol is known for its unique history as it was the city where the king of England Richard the Lionheart and his fiance Berengaria wed in 1191 after many twists and turns in their journey to the Holy Land. Furthermore, Berengaria was crowned the queen of England in Limassol.
Kalydonia waterfalls in Cyprus
From Limassol it is easy to visit the ancient city of Curium that dates back to 1200 BC. Near Curium there is also Petra tou Romiou, Afrodite’s birth place. Within the city you can visit the medieval castle and Kolossi castle.
For more information about Limassol you can go to limassolmunicipal.com.cy
Agia Napa Nissi Beach Cyprus
Agia Napa is a very popular holiday destination for the young. Countless pubs, bars, cafes and night clubs will make sure that there is something for everybody to do. There is Sea Museum and Marine Life Museum that you can visit if do not want to spend all your days at the beach.
Agia Napa shore Cyprus
Agia Napa does offer a fantastic opportunity for water sports and activities. There is also Waterworld water park that offers fun for the whole day.
Agia Napa Harbour Cyprus
Protaras has more quiet night life than Agia Napa but it has fantastic beaches. Diving is very popular in this area and many divers come here regularly for their holidays. The best places for diving are near Capo Greko area. Everything is within walking distance in Protaras and therefore it is very popular destination for families with children as well.
Capo Greko Sea Caves Cyprus
If you need more information about this area you can find out more in agianapa.org.cy