Settled south of Turkey, Cyprus is the third biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Although the island is geographically in Asia, it is politically a European country. And that is just the beginning of its vast diversity and different things from one side to another.
From breathtaking beaches on the east to ancient buildings on the west, Islamic culture on the north and Christian on the south, this island is definitely worth travelling through. In just a couple of hours, you can go from Ayia Napa to Paphos and experience the diversity of such a small country, yet so intertwined with many different cultures. Whether you are into archaeology and history, or you just want to swim in the crystal clear waters, or you love to party, this country definitely has something to offer to everyone. This trip will certainly give you feeling that you are visiting few countries at once and will leave a remarkable impression on you.
1. Visiting “two countries” at once
Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus, is a city of diversity, mainly because it is split in half. The border between Turkish and Greek part of the country is passing right through its main street. Imagine you are walking down the street, filled with stone buildings, but also with modern details and then in the next second, crossing the border by walking and entering a whole new world – world filled with clothes stores and umbrellas hanging up above. From the part with St John’s Cathedral, Byzantine Museum, Greek streets with tunnels, you go into a Turkish empire with Selimiye Mosque, Buyuk Han and traditional Turkish meals, in the matter of few seconds. Not many times in life we come across this opportunity and it certainly is an unforgettable experience.
2. Breathtaking blue waters
The south and east of the country are well-known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters with different colors of blue. Whether you are headed to Gazimagusa, Ayia Napa or Limassol, one is for sure – you will feel like you are in a real tropical heaven. If you come here after you visited Nicosia, you will ask yourself: ”Is this the same country at all?” Walking down the streets of Ayia Napa, filled with tourists, or climbing to the Cape Greco for the sake of seeing great vastness ahead of you and cliffs shattered by wind and sea, or discovering sandy beaches along the coast are something you must feel if you are visiting Cyprus. Promenades by the sea are filled with people at night and are a very romantic place to be, especially if you are with someone you love. It is not a rare thing that you stumble upon a guy who is playing romantic songs on his guitar, while the sea is softly hitting the shore. It is really a unique paradise.
What would a travel be without a nightlife? Either you are into karaoke or some modern clubs or you just like to go out and drink a coffee – Cyprus is the right place for everyone. They made an effort to give everyone who comes here an unforgettable experience, so there is something for all of us. Walk down the beautiful streets and find your favorite place. Despite this, there is one city which excels at this. That is Ayia Napa. Ayia Napa is a heaven for tourists. It is famous for its nightlife and has a wide choice of clubs and over 80 bars. Whatever sort of night out you’re looking for, there truly is something for everyone in Ayia Napa. Whether you’re looking for a crazy party holiday, a fun family break or a grown up, chilled out getaway, Ayia Napa has bars, clubs and entertainment to suit every taste and budget.
4. Visiting ancient buildings
In just a couple of hours, you can come from the tropical paradise on the east, to the cultural center of Cyprus on the west – Paphos. Lovers of archaeology, history and culture will find a wealth of attractions. Whether you are a devotee of archaeology, folklore, ethnography or the Byzantine Empire, you will find something to interest you in one of Paphos’ twelve museums. As well, Paphos is only two miles to the Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the picturesque harbor, with its medieval castle, to National Park Akamas, there is, surely, something you would love to see. Also, sunsets in Paphos are magnificent. So, after you visit these things, head to the coast, sit and enjoy while watching that beautiful scene.
5. Enjoying Turkish and Greek meals
This diversity in the country also means the diversity in their food. As the mesmerizing Mediterranean island of Cyprus is found at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, its food has evolved steadily to cater for the different tastes. One day you can go to Greek restaurant and order some souvlaki or some gyros and Greek Yogurt. The next day, you are sitting in the Turkish part of town, eating kebab and drinking Ayran. But, the food there is not just a mix of Greek and Turkish food. Look on the map. You will see that Cyprus is near the Middle East, whose flavors influenced many meals. That is the beauty of diversity – you can always choose. And if you are tired of these – there are always McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut, don’t worry.
6. Staying at an exclusive hotel
Cyprus is full of hotels, which is reasonable as it is always full of tourists, as well. Prices may range, but it does not have to be too expensive to give you the feeling like you are in Royal hotel. Its hotels are beautiful and a lot of them have pools. But if you want a really special treatment and are ready to pay some more money for it, you surely can get it, because, besides the pool, those hotels usually have bars, saunas and can have personal access to the beach and many more things, like tennis courts. As for those who would rather have something cheaper, like an apartment, do not worry, there is also plenty of choice with those. Either way, you should consider your options and book a room at least a month before your trip.