Cyprus is one of those European countries that really does have it all; 326 days of sunshine a year, a smattering of historic sites and more than its fair share of idyllic beaches. This makes the list of things to do in Cyprus rather a lengthy one, but also means that the sun-soaked isle caters to all types of travellers. Explore its Byzantine churches, Neolithic dwellings and Roman mosaics, before plonking yourself on the powder-soft sand for some serious tanning time. Cool off in the inky waters of the Mediterranean Sea and once suitably sun-kissed, head to a traditional taverna for stuffed sarma (vine leaves), grilled halloumi and pillowy hummus. Here are some more ideas to get you started…


Lounge on its Beautiful Beaches

As previously mentioned, Cyprus is blessed when it comes to beaches. With 65 Blue Flag awarded strips of sand (indicating their high environmental and quality standards), it would be remiss of us to not recommend visiting a few. Some of the most well-known include Nissi Beach, the sheltered coves around Pissouri, Governor’s Beach, Latchi Beach in Paphos and the ones around Larnaca. The main dilemma when crafting a Cyprus itinerary is deciding which beautiful beaches to include. As well as world-class sunbathing opportunities, many of them also boast incredible diving and water sports aplenty (such as kite and windsurfing).

Sample the Cypriot Cuisine & Wine

If you love food as much as we do, then you’ll be eager to know what’s cooking in Cyprus. Consisting of some similar elements to Greek cuisine, grilled meats, dips, pitta, halloumi, olives, bulgar wheat and vegetables make up most dishes. One of our favourite things to do in Cyprus is visit a traditional taverna (our local Concierge can recommend the best), and order a spread of authentic mezze with a little bit of everything. Cyprus also has a history of winemaking, dating back some 6,000 years. Keen oenophiles (wine lovers) can make the most of this by touring the island’s traditional winemaking villages, such as Omodos, and sampling the homegrown tipple.

Discover its Ancient Towns & UNESCO Sites

Amid all this talk of sunshine and snacking, we mustn’t forget about the island’s storied past. Having been occupied by various different civilisations over the years, Cyprus plays host to myriad ruins and architectural sites worth visiting during your stay. Visit the ancient town of Kourion to see the Greco-Roman amphitheatre, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding valley, or head to Paphos to explore the UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings. Other historic highlights include the Roman mosaics in The House of Dionysos, the museums of Nicosia and the Church of the Holy Cross – a stunning example of Byzantine architecture.

Hike & Mountain Bike in the Troodos Mountains

Active types may not be content with all the beachfront lounging and luckily, Cyprus’ natural wonders can also cater to the more restless among us. Head up into the Troodos Mountains – situated slap-bang in the middle of the country – for mountain biking, hiking and skiing (come wintertime). Some noteworthy trails include the walk from Pano Platres to Caledonia Waterfalls, the longer hike to the Olympus Summit and the more challenging Prastio – Akamas Ridge hike. While traversing these routes, keep your eyes peeled for the goat-like Cyprus mouflon with its wonderfully curled horns.

Visit the Birthplace of Aphrodite

Cyprus’ history is peppered with myths and legends, the most well-known of which is Aphrodite’s rumoured birth on a rock off the island’s south coast, before she was washed ashore at Petra tou Romiou. Many still believe that if you swim around the rock in Pafos, you will be blessed with long life, beauty and true love.

Indulge in a Thalassotherapy Treatment at a Cypriot Spa

One of the more unusual (and luxurious) things to do in Cyprus is treating yourself to a traditional treatment at a Cypriot spa. Thalassotherapy uses sea water and marine plants to aid various medical conditions and is said to be beneficial for things like stress relief, skin problems, respiratory problems and joint pain. As well as these healing benefits, it’s an ideal antidote for weary muscles after hiking in the Troodos Mountains, or if you’ve over-indulged in halloumi and pitta.

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