Top things to do in Cyprus: Top 20 cities and towns to visit

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There are lots of Top things to do in Cyprus and although many visitors choose beach resorts for their holidays there are still some cities, towns and villages that also worth a visit. Here is the list of Top 20 cities and towns to visit including their main attractions, landmarks and sights.

Top things to do in Cyprus – Visit these 20 cities, towns and villages

1. Paphos

The coastal city of Paphos is considered to be the birthplace of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. As a result, for centuries the area has been a popular tourist destination for first the Greeks and now today, countless people from all over the world.

Pafos Archaeological Site, Tombs of the Kings or its castle are some of the city’s many attractions.

Tombs of the Kings, Paphos, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Tombs of the Kings, Paphos, Cyprus by Stefan Bellini

2. Ayia Napa

In the southeastern part of Cyprus, one will find the resort known as Ayia Napa. It is known as the party capital of the country and is well known for its beautiful sandy beaches, clubs and discos. The area has become popularized in recent years through various UK artists who have written, sung and performed along the coastline.

Some of its best beaches are Landa Beach, Nissi Beach or Makronissos Beach, while among other attractions are WaterWorld Waterpark or Ayia Napa Monastery on the top.

Ayia Napa Monastery, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Ayia Napa Monastery, Cyprus by George Groutas

3. Limassol

The second largest city in Cyprus is none other than that of Limassol. The current population is just over one hundred thousand regular residents, but when you factor in the students in attendance at the Cyprus University of Technology, the number of locals increases to almost a quarter of a million.

There are lots of things to do in Limassol the city offers many sights and attractions, such as Kourion (Curium) ancient ruins, Fasouri Watermania Water Park, Limassol and Kolossi Castles and others.

Castle Museum in Limassol, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Castle Museum in Limassol, Cyprus by

4. Larnaca

Along the southern coastline of Cyprus, you will find the city of Larnaca which has become a very popular tourist destination in the country over the recent years.

Here you can visit the beautiful sea front, salt lake with the Muslim shrine Hala Sultan Tekke or the Church of Saint Lazarus.

St Lazarus Church in Larnaca, Top Things to do in Cyprus
St Lazarus Church in Larnaca, Cyprus by Martin Belam

5. Protaras

Protaras is a well-known resort in Cyprus which attracts countless tourists to its lush beaches every single year. While the area boasts a very rich and colorful history, many people chose to check out the very lively bar and club scene.

Anastasia Aquamania Waterpark or Fig Tree Bay are waiting here for the tourists as well. Very popular Cape Greco is a mere 10 minute drive from the resort and is considered to offer some of the most awe inspiring views in the country.

Protaras pedestrian promenade, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Protaras pedestrian promenade, Cyprus by AyianapaProtaras

6. Nicosia

The capital of Cyprus is none other than Nicosia. This city is also the largest in the country. Situated near the geographical center of the island, Nicosia has become one of the world’s richest cities as it is home to many of the nation’s largest businesses and the country’s most elite residents.

You can visit old inn Buyuk Han, or learn something about the island’s history in Cyprus Museum.

Buyuk Han, Nicosia, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Buyuk Han, Nicosia, Cyprus by Ozan Huseyin

7. Polis

In the western end of the country, you will find a small village of Polis which is known as a quiet tourist destination. The town lies along the banks of the Chrysochous Bay, not too far from the Akamas peninsula National Park.

Many people enjoy a quiet evening relaxing in the nearby Baths of Aphrodite.

Baths of Aphrodite, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Baths of Aphrodite, Cyprus by CTO Zurich

8. Kyrenia

The city of Kyrenia is well known for the castle which can be found in the center of the town. Located along the northern coastline of Cyprus, Kyrenia is a popular destination for those looking for great summer holiday places combined with some historical sights.

The natural harbor at the edge of town is perfect for those who are looking to do some diving and other popular water sports. Kyrenia Castle or Bellapais Monastery are the best sights here which you have to see.

Kyrenia Castle, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Kyrenia Castle, Cyprus by Acad Ronin

9. Paralimni

A small town of Paralimni can be found in the Famagusta District, in the southeastern part of Cyprus. While being a popular tourist destination on its own, the town is home to many of those who work in the tourism industry in nearby towns of Agia Napa and Protaras.

Here you must visit Church of St. Barbara (Agia-Varvara) or Church of Profitis Ilias

Church of Santa Barbara Paralimni, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Church of Santa Barbara Paralimni, Cyprus by Koryakov Yuri

10. Platres

Located in the foothills of the Troödos Mountains, you will find the sleepy little town of Platres. While the town only has a regular population of 300 people, all of them are employed in the tourism industry as more than ten thousand tourists make their way to Platres every single year.

If you want to explore other than coastal places in Cyprus then Platres will be ideal. You will find here amazing Caledonia and Millomeris Waterfalls.

Millomeris Waterfall, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Millomeris Waterfall, Cyprus by AlekosCY

11. Famagusta

The city of Famagusta can be found along the eastern coastline of Cyprus. The harbor in the city is the deepest in the entire country.

Do not miss the city’s main attractions such as the walled city of Famagusta, Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, or the ruins at Salamis.

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Famagusta, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Famagusta, Cyprus by Gerhard Haubold

12. Pissouri

The small village of Pissouri is a popular location which attracts countless tourists every single year. There are a large number of restaurants, taverns, bars and clubs located in Pissouri.

It is a popular diving destination in the country.

Pissouri bay in Cyprus, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Pissouri bay in Cyprus by Oleg

13. Kourion

Since the days of antiquity, the city of Kourion has been a prosperous place. Located in the southern most portion of Cyprus, the city of Kourion has become a popular destination over the years because of its ancient appearance.

There are lots of Archaeological Remains in the city such as Greco-Roman theatre, The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, House of Achilles and many others.

Kourion Archeological Museum, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Kourion Archeological Museum, Cyprus by Anna & Michal

14. Kakopetria

Only 55 kilometers from the nation’s capital, situated in the Troödos Mountains foothills one can find the village of Kakopetria which is known as the highest village in the area.

Its medieval streets will drag you into old history and you will definitely feel like living in Medieval Times.

Mediaeval streets in Kakopetria, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Mediaeval streets in Kakopetria, Cyprus by F.Higer

15. Bellapais

The tiny village of Bellapais was popularized by the author Lawrence Durrell who often wrote about life in the village and his times relaxing in the shade of the Tree of Idleness in his popular book entitled Bitter Lemons.

Many people also make their way to Bellapais to see The Abbey of Peace which was built back in the 13th century and now it is village’s main landmark.

Bellapais Abbey, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Bellapais Abbey, Cyprus by George Groutas

16. Omodos

While there are many small villages that are located throughout the Troödos Mountains, one of the most popular destinations is that of the village of Omodos which can be found only 40 kilometers from Limassol.

Omodos is known for its local wine and the annual wine festival that brings the village to life every single August.

Omodos, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Omodos, Cyprus by CTO Zurich

17. Pedoulas

The village of Pedoulas is most known as the home of the St. Michael church. There are many fine places to stay in Pedoulas and many people make their way to this mountain village every single year.

If you want to climb up the highest peak in all of Cyprus, Mount Olympus (1,952 meters above sea level), then staying in Pedoulas will be a good choice.

Pedoulas village, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Pedoulas village in Cyprus by NH53

18. Agros

Agros village and the area around is rich in history. Many traditions of the past are still followed by the residents of Agros today.

You may want to visit Nikis Sweets Factory or experience mountain tour on ATV quads.

Agros streets, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Agros streets, Cyprus by MariosAgathokleous

19. Lefkara

Lefkara is a picturesque mountain town situated at the slopes of the Troodos mountains. The small town has preserved its unique atmosphere and distinctive architecture which you can admire while strolling the narrow cobblestone streets.

Visit Church Of Holy Cross which is the main landmark of the village.

Lefkara village, Top Things to do in Cyprus
Lefkara village, Cyprus by Leonid Mamchenkov

20. Your tip?

Would you recommend to visit any other city, town or village in Cyprus? Let us know below in the comments so that we can add them here.

Julius

I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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2 Responses

  1. Gavin Head says:

    Tala village, situated just outside Paphos in the foothills of the Troodos mountains is beautiful. It has a recently renovated square with restaurants and bars, Agios Neophytos monastery and Is the family village of Cat Stevens. From the village you have beautiful views along the coastline from Mandria to Akamas stretching out 40 miles to the horizon. It’s worth making a trip to the village and having a chat or small libation with the friendly locals.

    • Julius says:

      Thank you, Gavin for your great tips! I checked some photos on internet and it is definitely very nice village, so it will be added onto this list! Thank you!

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