One of our passions at Comark Estates is to make sure that clients relocating to the island know we are advocates for living in Cyprus, and what life in Cyprus has to offer. After all, purchasing a property in Cyprus is not just about the building itself, it is the lifestyle that comes with it – a lifestyle made up of the things that are on offer to enjoy on your new doorstep.
Cyprus might be best known for its sunshine and beaches, but you don’t have to scratch much below the surface to realise that there is far more to discover and explore. From the Mediterranean sea to the top of Olympus mountain (which is higher than Ben Nevis!), Cyprus is an island of diversity, offering a whole host of fun and interesting things to do.
So, when we are asked ‘What is there to do in Cyprus?’, we are never stuck for answers. From world-class beaches, impressive archaeological sites and stunning hiking trails, there really is something for everyone. We love nothing more than to share our recommendations with our clients, and although we couldn’t possibly cover them all, below, we have detailed some of our favourite things to do in Cyprus. There are specific sections for Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca a little further down the page…
Things To Do in Cyprus
One of the most frequented and famous sightseeing attractions in Cyprus. Aphrodite’s Rock, or ‘Petra tou Romiou’, is one of the geological rock formations found along the Paphos coastline that, according to legend, is where Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and fertility, was escorted to in a shell after she rose from the waves and the foaming sea. Local myth has it that anyone who swims around the rock will be blessed with eternal beauty – but even if you don’t take up the fable, the beauty of the area is breath-taking itself, and we especially recommend a visit at the time of sunset..
Akamas & The Blue Lagoon
The Akamas National Park is located on the western peninsula of the island, an area of around 230km sq. that is home to hundreds of endemic plants, and some of the most beautiful coastline with the bluest of seas in Cyprus. There are some lovely nature trails to adventure along, with stunning views (our favourites are the Avakas Gorge, and the Aphrodite nature trail). Lara turtle beach is a wonderful visit (though 4x4s are recommended for the road), or seeing the area as part of a jeep safari can be a really fun and interesting way to learn and see more. Finally, and we can’t stress this enough, we cannot recommend enough hiring a boat from Latchi harbour (we recommend Latchi watersports) and spending the day in the Blue Lagoon – always an excellent day out.
The largest mountain range in Cyprus, peaking at 1952m on Mount Olympus, higher than Ben Nevis! This area of Cyprus is abundant with beautiful, traditional mountain villages, each steeped in history and some beautifully restored. Our favourite villages to visit are Omodos, Lofou , Lefkara and Platres. There are also lots of nature trails to trek in the area, as well as some great wineries , and, believe it or not, skiing is a winter sport that can be enjoyed on Mount Olympus in the coolest winter months!
Another of the 10 National parks on the island, Cape Greko is found on the southeastern cape of Cyprus and is best known for its rugged coastline and stunning sea caves. The Love Bridge is a famous rock formation situated next to the widely photographed Ayioi Anargyroi church. Another church, less well known, is a cute little find off the beaten path – the ‘hidden church’ of Ayioi Saranta. There are nature trails, Cycle trails and beaches to explore too – Learn more .
Adonis Baths Waterfalls
Found off the beaten track in Paphos, Adonis Baths is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Cyprus, hidden within a really secluded and beautiful location. The local myth here is that swimming in the baths below the waterfall preserves a woman’s youth, and makes men stronger. There are a couple of rocks to climb where you can jump into the baths, if you dare!
Things To Do in Paphos
Paphos is so steeped in history that the town itself is actually a designated UNESCO Heritage itself, so there is no surprise that there are some very interesting sites to enjoy here. It is also a popular tourist area, thus making it a great mixture of both old and new.
Paphos Harbour: a beautiful spot for ice cream, or dining, and from which to take boat trips.
Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark: a bit of a change of gear, hit the waterpark for some serious fun, a day trip that never grows old, no matter how long you’ve lived here! Learn more.
Things To Do in Limassol
Limassol is an exciting city, with impressive projects being constructed and developed, and an ever-expanding name as a business hub within Europe. Contrary to the bright lights of the city centre, there are some great things to do in Limassol, mixing old and new:
Limassol Castle – a famous Medieval Castle in the heart of Limassol old town, where rumour has it that Richard the Lionheart was married in 1191. Steeped in history, and in an area with some lovely eateries nearby. Learn more.
Kourion – one of the island’s most important ancient city-kingdoms, and one of the most impressive archaeological sites, even for those that don’t normally dabble in history. A fantastic site, overlooking Kourion Beach, with an impressive amphitheatre that still hosts events today! Learn more.
Limassol Promenade – grab your bike, skateboard, skates…or just your flipflops, and take a trip down the promenade, which is a whopping almost 13km long – stretching from Limassol Marina to The St Raphael hotel.
Things To Do in Larnaka
Larnaca is considered a less touristy city, yet still boasts many attractions to enjoy. Simply visiting the promenade and meandering through the old, winding back roads are lovely ways to pass time here. Larnaca is a really friendly city with a great nightlife, and plenty to see and do:
Larnaca Salt Lake – the second largest salt lake on the island, famed for its 2 legged, winged frequenters, the wonderful flamingos. The reflection of the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque is really beautiful on a calm day too.
Larnaca Marina – the first marina in Cyprus, enjoying a billion Euro make-over (the most significant investment projects in Larnaca).
Zenobia Wreck – one of the top wreck dive sites in the world! Sunk in June 1980, divers flock from around the world to explore this fascinating ship ‘The Zen’ , who’s contents (she had an estimated £200 million worth of cargo) have never been salvaged, and where marine life is plentiful.
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And so you see, there really is a lot more to Cyprus than it’s beautiful beaches – and we have only touched on just a small selection of what is on offer. What are you waiting for? Discover more and start your new life in Cyprus…let Comark Estates find your dream home today: firstname.lastname@example.org
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