Top 20 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Cyprus
- 7. Makronissos Beach – a family-friendly beach with fine sand and clear waters and a beautiful place to visit in Cyprus
- Our accommodation choice in Makronissos Beach – Asterias Beach Hotel
- 8. Limassol – a lovely coastal town known for its sandy beaches and palm-coated surroundings
- Our accommodation choice in Limassol – Atlantica Miramare Beach
- 9. Coral Bay – a popular beach with soft sands, rocky headlands and sea caves
- Our accommodation choice in Coral Bay – Coral Elite Residences
- 10. Lara Bay – a near-deserted sandy strip which is home to turtles
- Our accommodation choice near Lara Bay – Theos Club Villas
- 11. Aphrodite’s Rock – a beautiful place that combines beauty and mythology
- 12. Caledonia Falls – one of the highest waterfalls in Cyprus
- 13. Cape Greco – a stunning natural reserve which offers some amazing views
- 14. Akamas Peninsula National Park – a unique natural reserve great for hiking, cycling and bird-watching
- 15. Kalopanayiotis – a pretty Cyprus village home to cobbled streets, chapels and churches
- 16. Polemidia National Forest Park – great views of the city and a large spread of rich plantation of pine, cypress, eucalyptus, olive and carob trees
- 17. Cape Greco National Forest Park – a national park featuring numerous trails, cliffs and sea views
- 18. Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery – an incredible complex of three churches and a great attraction to explore in Cyprus
- 19. Omodos – a pretty Cyprus village in a wine-making region
- 20. A meze dinner (anywhere in Cyprus) – one of the best things to do on your trip
7. Makronissos Beach – a family-friendly beach with fine sand and clear waters and a beautiful place to visit in Cyprus
Beach activities in Cyprus abound, but not all areas are created the same. Beaches can be crowded, dirty, and even inconvenient, but that is not what you will find at Makronissos Beach.
This area of Cyprus is a family-friendly, clean, accessible beach location. Its crystal clear waters invite you and your friends and family to enjoy a dip or snorkel while looking at local marine life.
Visitors to Makronissos Beach enjoy free public parking along with a variety of snacks and food items along the coast. If your family wants to find their ideal place to relax and enjoy life together Makronissos Beach is the place to do it.
My must-do highlights of Makronissos Beach
- Take a picnic and enjoy a day relaxing along the golden sand shores surrounded by a laidback atmosphere.
- For those feeling adventurous, have a go at water-skiing or parascending along and over the turquoise waters.
- Visit the fascinating Makronissos Necropolis archaeological area featuring 19 tombstones carved from rock.
8. Limassol – a lovely coastal town known for its sandy beaches and palm-coated surroundings
The seaside town of Limassol is not known for its beaches. Its residents will argue to the nail that their city‘s beaches are equivalent to the beaches of the rest of the island. They are not.
What makes Limassol a fine holiday destination is that it’s a city. Hence, Limassol boasts a great range of entertainment, dining, and sightseeing options unparalleled to anything available in holiday resorts.
The city also hosts the country’s largest Carnival parade every spring with thousands of people attending.
My must-do highlights of Limassol
- Indulge in a delicious brunch whilst overlooking picturesque views of the sea at Pier One.
- Take a trip to the Fasouri Waterpark where you can cool down and have some fun on 30 different slides and attractions.
- Venture into the town’s main square to see the 14th-century Limassol Castle and the innovative Lanitis Art Foundation.
9. Coral Bay – a popular beach with soft sands, rocky headlands and sea caves
A visit to Cyprus would not be complete without a trip to Coral Bay. Coral Bay is an excellent beach location with sandy shores and droves of tourists, but even during the high season, this beach maintains an uncrowded landscape.
Visitors can easily access Coral Bay via car or public transportation and it is a hot spot for families with young kids as the bay’s location allows for some waves, but the current remains remarkably calm compared to other beach areas.
My must-do highlights of Coral Bay
- Hire a boat to explore the coast of the bay and relax on the water.
- Go for an underwater adventure with some snorkelling or diving.
- Check out the go-karting track not far from the bay.
10. Lara Bay – a near-deserted sandy strip which is home to turtles
Getting away from the highly crowded areas of Cyprus is enjoyable and nowhere is it more enjoyable than Lara Bay. This area is a horseshoe-shaped bay that provides pristine coastal views and wildlife you cannot view anywhere else in the world.
Wild goats and birds have found their paradise on Lara Bay, but uniquely, it is the breeding ground for green turtles, so be sure to watch where you choose to relax on this beach.
Due to its remote location and virtually deserted nature, it is recommended that you bring your own shade, food, and drink. With a little preparation and an adequate 4-wheel drive vehicle, you can enjoy a day at Lara Bay in Cyprus.
My must-do highlights of Lara Bay
- Sunbathe along the soft golden sand and soak up the peaceful ambience.
- Take a dip in the crystal-clear and refreshing waters to cool off on a hot day.
- Make sure to pack a picnic so you can spend a few hours or the whole day at this golden paradise.
11. Aphrodite’s Rock – a beautiful place that combines beauty and mythology
No visit to Cyprus is complete without a visit to Aphrodite’s Rock. This is a rock formation off the western coast of the island, near the city of Paphos.
This is a must-see sight and a nice place for a swim. There are ample parking spaces and a no-frills café nearby whilst the site is well signposted. There is a direct bus from Paphos’ harbour to the Rock and it is worth combining it with a visit to the city of Paphos.
My must-do highlights of Aphrodite’s Rock
- Go for a swim around the rock three times to unlock an array of blessings, as the ancient myth says.
- Capture Insta-worthy shots at this magnificent natural beauty landmark.
- Visit the other local villages nearby, Kouklia and Pissouri, filled with nature trails and golf courses.
12. Caledonia Falls – one of the highest waterfalls in Cyprus
If you are not a fan of the sea, then you might want to visit some of the country’s mountain resorts. Cyprus is not particularly famous as a ski destination as the country only gets small amounts of snow, if any at all, during the winter months.
The mountains, however, provide a great opportunity to go hiking and escape the heat. Caledonia falls is the country’s most famous waterfall. It is located in the middle of the Caledonia nature trail, which runs along the ‘Kryos Potamos’ river. The trail joins the village of Platres with Troodos Square.
If you start the trail at Troodos Square, you will be walking downhill amongst some beautiful scenery and the sweet sound of birds and running water. You can then visit the Mountain resort of Platres, which provides several options for dining and relaxation.
My must-do highlights of Caledonia Falls
- On a hot day, shower underneath the waterfall, one of the highest and most famous in Cyprus.
- Take a guided tour to the waterfall which takes you through to Platres village.
- Discover the enchanting scenery with a hike through the lush forest.
13. Cape Greco – a stunning natural reserve which offers some amazing views
Cape Greco is considered one of the country’s most beautiful areas. This is an area of sea caves with crystal clear waters to swim in. There is a small, white chapel built on the edge of the cliff, which is a great place to practice your photography skills.
For those looking to get married, it is worth noting that this is also a very popular marriage location.
My must-do highlights of Cape Greco
- Check out the Kamara tou Koraka bridge surrounded by romantic walks and breathtaking views.
- Take a dive into the deep blue sea and explore the sea caves, known for being an underwater paradise.
- End your day by watching a beautiful sunset from the bay.
14. Akamas Peninsula National Park – a unique natural reserve great for hiking, cycling and bird-watching
Akamas is an area in the Northwest extremity of Cyprus. The park supports a range of animals and plants, a lot of them endemic to Cyprus.
It is one of the few untouched areas of the country and a must-see for those looking for more than just a ‘sun-sea-beach’ holiday.
My must-do highlights of Akamas Peninsula National Park
- Hike along one of the three trails to discover incredible gorges, amazing valleys and stunning rock formations.
- Take in the incredible surrounding scenery and most picture-perfect views.
- Find the Baths of Aphrodite filled from a natural spring.
15. Kalopanayiotis – a pretty Cyprus village home to cobbled streets, chapels and churches
Your visit to Cyprus will truly impress you and bring you to some amazing villages, but if you neglect to visit the village of Kalopanayiotis, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to see one of the most beautiful villages in the area.
Forty-five traditional homes have been lovingly updated to accommodate modern needs, but still maintain their original charm. Along with their spectacular accommodations, the area maintains 2 natural springs frequented by locals and visitors alike.
My must-do highlights of Kalopanayiotis
- Treat yourself to a Kalopanayiotis Mud experience at the Myrianthousa spa for a relaxing and rejuvenating activity.
- Taste local dishes with a dinner at the traditional Taverna, Old Cinema.
- Enjoy some local wine at the retro and quirky Kafe Oinos.
16. Polemidia National Forest Park – great views of the city and a large spread of rich plantation of pine, cypress, eucalyptus, olive and carob trees
Natural beauty can be found throughout Cyprus, but if you want to truly be engulfed with the wonders of the natural world, Polemidia National Forest Park is the place to do it. This park is full of nature trails and photo ops around every turn.
Kids can enjoy the children’s playground area while the adults enjoy time with the family at one of the many picnic areas throughout the park.
Polemidia National Forest Park also has plenty of sports opportunities and even a museum of natural history on site. For an afternoon of fun with the family or an outdoor adventure with a few friends, Polemidia National Forest Park is the place to do it all.
My must-do highlights of Polemidia National Forest Park
- For those who love nature, wander along the trails to discover an array of the rich plantation.
- Learn more about the history of the park and area at the on-site museum.
- Get camera happy at the several viewpoints located across the land.
17. Cape Greco National Forest Park – a national park featuring numerous trails, cliffs and sea views
Few places hold as much allure as Cape Greco National Forest Park.
If the beauty of the ample coastline were not enough to draw you in, the mythical history might just entice you to visit this spectacularly beautiful location. According to Greek Mythology, Aphrodite was born at Cape Greko National Park.
The location still holds much allure to visitors with the church of Agoi Anargyroi. From this church, steps lead visitors down to an area known as Where Holy Water Runs. Other paths lead visitors to Cyclops cave and picnic areas to relax and enjoy the illustrious scenery.
My must-do highlights of Cape Greco National Forest Park
- Take a picnic and stop for lunch at the picnic site with award-worthy views.
- If you love to cycle, then hiring a bike to explore the designated trails if the perfect activity to do.
- Check out the gorgeous, whitewashed Ayii Anargyri Chapel, a magical spot to see.
18. Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery – an incredible complex of three churches and a great attraction to explore in Cyprus
Historic locations are always fun to visit when on holiday and finding the oldest places is an enjoyable experience, but at UNESCO Heritage Agios Ionnis Lampadistis Monastery, the actual date of its founding is unknown.
Certain paintings in the monastery date back to the 11th century but scholars debate the exact inception of the site itself. However, visitors will be pleased to enjoy the myriad of photo opportunities and the sheer beauty of this monastery.
My must-do highlights of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery
- Explore the historic landmark to admire the beautiful architecture.
- Gaze at the stunning paintings dating all the way back to the 11th century
- Captures some Instagrammable shots of this interesting byzantine site.
19. Omodos – a pretty Cyprus village in a wine-making region
Natural beauty abounds on Omodos. Throughout history, Omodos has had a varied population largely maintaining fewer than 1000 people. Currently, Omodos is home to just over 300 people, so you are likely to enjoy the small-town feel of the location.
While strolling its winding streets and countryside, you will be presented with traditional craftspeople and fruit trees such as apples, apricot, pear, and peach. Bring your camera and take your time exploring this unique and beautiful area of Cyprus.
My must-do highlights of Omodos
- Wander around the cobbled streets and through the shops to find the perfect souvenir.
- Visit the oldest and most historic monastery on the island located in the centre of the village, Monastery of the Holy Cross.
- For food lovers, discover the array of restaurants situated in and around the area.
20. A meze dinner (anywhere in Cyprus) – one of the best things to do on your trip
Admittedly, this is not a ‘place to see’ per se. Yet, food is such a big part of Cypriot culture that I couldn’t possibly leave it off this list. Cypriots love to eat. The country has its own cuisine combining elements of Greek, Turkish and Arab cuisines.
The best way to sample Cypriot cuisine is to visit a Taverna; a restaurant serving local food and order ‘’Mezedes’’. Mezedes is a type of meal consisting of several small plates. Go with an empty stomach and leave the rest of your day free for eating and digesting.