What to see in Cyprus

Cyprus Attractions

Steeped in hundreds of years' history, it's no wonder Cyprus offers some of the most exciting and fascinating sightseeing opportunities in Europe.

Highlights for travellers include a visit to the Archaeological Museum in Nicosia to view artefacts dating back over 8,500 years; exploring the site of the first discovered Neolithic ruins of Choirokoitia, just north of Larnaca; marvelling at the striking mosaic floors in Paphos, dating from the third century AD; and visiting the mystical Catacombs where visitors are greeted by a pistachio tree laden with pieces of cloth.

Another favourite for visitors is taking a romantic excursion from Paphos to visit the natural grotto on the Akamas Peninsula near Polis (30 miles/48km north of Paphos) where legend has it that the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, used to take her baths. With so much to see and do, tourists are unlikely to ever exhaust the wonders of this country or run out of things to see and do in Cyprus.

While Cyprus' fascinating history is worth exploring, many tourists come to enjoy the country's beautiful beaches and resorts. Cyprus is home to 49 Blue Flag beaches, which offer fun in the sun that includes snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, quad biking, and windsurfing. The top beaches have excellent facilities, with restaurants and bars, hotels, and other amenities within easy reach of the sand.

The public transport system in Cyprus is reliable enough to get to most major cities, however, one of the best ways to get a real feel for the country and to explore everything it has to offer is to hire a car or moped and take a leisurely tour round Cyprus.


Near the modern Paphos lighthouse is the Cypriot Acropolis: a complex of ancient buildings, including a Roman Odeon,…

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Agia Solomoni Catacombs

A large pistachio tree marks the entrance to the underground catacombs of Agia Solomoni in Kato Paphos. The tree is a…

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Byzantine Museum

The largest collection of icons on the island of Cyprus is displayed in the Byzantine Museum in the Old City of Nicosia.…

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Cyprus Archaeological Museum

The Cyprus Archaeological Museum was established to collect, study and display archaeological artefacts from all over…

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St John’s Cathedral (Agios Ioannis)

The Orthodox Cathedral in the Old City was built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos, dedicated to Saint John the Theologian.…

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The Mosaics of Paphos

The striking mosaic floors in a series of ancient Roman noblemen's villas, dating from the 3rd to the 5th century, are…

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