Ancient ruins, cobblestone streets, crystalline cobalt seas and iconic beaches: Cyprus simply delights with its popular coastline and intriguing cultural heritage. This versatile Mediterranean island has been attracting sun-seeking tourists for decades, though hidden behind the lure of all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels – as fantastic as they are – lies a real gem of a travel destination.
First and foremost, comes the fascinating archaeological history of Cyprus, with sites such as Kourion, parts of which are thought to be nearly 10,000 years old. Kourion consists of a theatre, temple and a palace, all against an impressive backdrop of endless coastal views. There’s the sprawling Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, Tombs of the Kings, St. Hilarion Castle and colonnaded city ruins of Amathus which date back to 1100 BC; that’s not even to mention the atmospheric charms of Paphos Old Town. Here, colonial-style buildings and balconies line tight alleyways and more open plazas alike, today home to souvenir shops, family-run restaurants and bars. Head to the walled city of Old Nicosia for a much more Middle-eastern feel, where domes and minarets meet traditional terracotta roofs and cathedral frescoes.
Then, having toured the manmade wonders of Cyprus, the island goes on to boast a wealth of natural beauty too, with the tree-covered Trodos Mountains, Adelphi Forest and Millomeri Waterfalls among the many day trips available from your resort. A 4x4 or quad bike safari is a great way to explore these, and the rest of Cyprus’ enticing landscapes, before making time for complete rest and relaxation on the island’s famous coastline. With the irresistibly soft sands of Nissi, Lara and Golden Beach on offer, it is easy to see just why Cyprus has built a reputation as one of the great holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Some of these picturesque bays, to name only a few of them, are home to a fine selection of beach clubs, bars and boutiques, while others remain largely untouched, rugged and remote, giving you the best of both worlds.
So, whether you are getting under the skin of this ‘East meets West’ culture, its unique cuisine and architecture, perhaps discovering the inland valleys and plains on an exciting day trip or simply enjoying the warm waters which lap each stretch of heavenly beach – a luxury holiday to Cyprus with Elite Travel Concierge is not to be missed.