When we first visited Cyprus, we expected that there would be some nice beaches, but we didn't realize just how beautiful the island is! With jagged cliffs, turquoise waters, and Greek inspired villages, there is so much to discover on this slice of Mediterranean paradise.
Cyprus has a beautiful mix of historical sites and modern architecture, beaches and mountains, and so much more. The country may be small, but the beauty is endless. Here are 30 epic things to see in Cyprus.
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1. Sea Caves at Ayia Napa
The sea caves of Ayia Napa in Cyprus are some of the most striking landscapes on the island. Climb down the rocks to witness a cave in the shape of a natural window. With the gorgeous formations in the back, it is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cyprus.
2. Petra Tou Romiou
This is one of the most iconic formations on the island of Cyprus. Petra Tou Romiou (also known as Aphrodite's Rock) is located on the beautiful coastline outside of Paphos. The giant rocks scattered through the turquoise waters are truly spectacular.
Enjoy the vista from above by stopping at the viewpoint, or enjoy a swim down below on one of the best beaches in Cyprus.
3. Governor's Beach
This is another one of our favorite beaches in Cyprus. Governor's Beach is located right outside the city of Limassol, and features small caves and inlets surrounded by great white formations.
Have a bite at one of the restaurants perched above, or sunbathe on the smooth rocks popping up from the turquoise waters.
4. White Rocks
If you like the white rocks from Governor's beach, than you'll love the area of "White Rocks". This gorgeous area is just a few minute drive down the road, and is a photographer's dream. Here you'll find cotton like rock formations jutting out along the coast, giving a beautiful contrast against the blue waters.
5. Blue Lagoon (Paphos)
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous places to visit on the island. Just like the Blue Lagoon of Malta, this area has some of the bluest waters you'll ever witness. The bay is surrounded by rocky formations, and dotted with dozens of boats visiting on a day trip from Paphos.
6. Blue Lagoon of Ayia Napa
Did you know there are actually two Blue Lagoons in Cyprus? While the most famous one is located in the North Western tip of the island, this other one is on the exact opposite side.
Head over to the East side of the island in Ayia Napa and you will find one of the most popular swimming spots. The Blue Lagoon of Ayia Napa has extremely blue waters, and is popular for snorkeling and diving.
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7. Avakas Gorge
Want a little more adventure on your trip? Well, Avakas Gorge is a great place for those who like to hike. Avakas Gorge is a 5 mile in and out trail between limestone walls. Make sure to bring sneakers (or better- water shoes) to climb through this magnificent landscape, and a bathing suit in case you want a dip in the river.
8. Sea Caves of Peyia
The Sea Caves of Peyia are one of our favorite spots in all of Cyprus. While the island boasts various impressive rock formations, we think this is the most stunning.
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This area has a trail winding through the coast outside of Paphos that has natural caves, rock bridges, and awesome swimming areas. The rocks are smooth and great for relaxing while admiring the spectacular scenery. We definitely suggest bringing a swimsuit, and staying for a magical sunset.
9. Adonis Baths Waterfalls
Cyprus may be known for the beautiful Mediterranean sea that surrounds it, but head a little inland and you will find even more beautiful spots to take a dip. Adonis Baths are just outside of Paphos, and have a museum, large statue, and two different falls to visit.
The waterfalls are small but picturesque, and one offers a rope swing for some extra fun. The turquoise waters are extra cold, making them perfect to cool off on a hot summer's day.
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10. Pissouri Bay
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus, and is perfectly located between Paphos and Limassol. It is known for its golden sand, and small colorful pebbles in it's blue green waters. The crescent shaped bay is surrounded by cliffs and white washed buildings, making it one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cyprus.
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11. Omodos Village
Looking to take a dive into the true culture of the island? Well then Omodos Village is the place for you, This traditional village is in the heart of Cyprus, and is full of charm. Roam the picturesque cobblestone streets, discover the local art, or go to Fotini bakery for some seriously sinful arkatena.
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12. Ayioi Anargiroi Church
Looking for that traditional Greek church? Well Ayioi Anargiroi is the perfect little spot to visit. This blue domed and white walled church is perched right above the Blue Lagoon, and makes for a perfect photo.
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13. Troodos Mountains
The Troodos mountains in Cyprus are for the true nature lovers out there. You can spend a night or two in the area for some great trails, waterfalls, and untouched natural beauty of the island. Don't want to spend a full night there? Well there are also plenty of tours to the Troodos mountains from Paphos.
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14. Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates
We love Cyprus because it is the perfect mix of ancient and modern. The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates is ancient monument dedicated to the God of Apollo who was thought to be the protector of Kourion. While most of the area remains in ruins, the temple columns remain and are quite impressive.
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates is just off the main road outside of Limassol heading towards Paphos, and is just 2.50 to enter. The site is open from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm in the summer, and 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in the winter.
15. Ancient Kourion Stadium
Located right next to the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, is the Ancient Kourion Stadium. This is the oldest structure in Cyprus, dating back to the year 2 AD. A bonus? Right outside the stadium is a stunning viewpoint overlooking the beautiful beaches of Limassol down below.
16. Kamares Aqueduct
This is one of those hidden gems on the island that many people don't tend to visit. Located right in Larnaca just minutes from the airport is an impressive aqueduct in the middle of town. Not only can you admire it from down below, but you can actually walk across the top of it! It is free to enter, and open 24/7.
17. Abandoned Plane at Lapatsa
Speaking of hidden gems, this is another one of our favorites on the island. Right outside of the capital of Nicosia is the remains of an abandoned airport. Until 1974 Nicosia International Airport was the main airport of the island. When the Turkish invaded, everyone fled and the airport then was abandoned for the past 47 years.
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There was one jet however, that didn't make it out. Now you can find an open field with the remains of the jet. This eerie yet beautiful spot is great for a photoshoot, and is most beautiful at either sunrise and sunset.
18. Eleftheria Square
While there are some beautiful historical spots located around the island, we love that there is also a modern touch in other areas. Eleftheria Square is just that. Right in the center of Nicosia you can find the area with fountains, statues, and several interesting architectural designs.
19. Larnaca Salt Lake
Larnaca salt lake is the second biggest salt lake in Cyprus, and is actually made up of 4 interconnected bodies of water.
We loved this spot for photos, as there is a beautiful contrast between the salt compounds against the shimmering blue water. If you happen to come in winter you'll get to witness a flock of migrating birds, including thousands of flamingos.
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20. Agioi Saranta Cave Church
This is one of the most unique churches that you'll ever see! Located in Ayia Napa, Agioi Saranta is tucked away into a cave. With the rock surrounding, and the bright blue door, it truly will make you feel as if you've jumped into a fairytale.
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21. Love Bridge
The Love Bridge is another great spot in Ayia Napa, and is one of the most beautiful formations on the island. The giant stone arch stretches over the turquoise waters below, creating a natural bridge. This is also one of the most beautiful spots to watch the sunset in the area.
22. Agios Sozomenos
Head thirty minutes outside of Nicosia, and you will find an area that appears to have nothing but dirt roads. But what is hiding amongst these dusty paths is a deserted village! With its impressive arches, it is a beautiful structure that is a true hidden gem in Cyprus.
23. Shipwreck Edro iii
Right next to the sea caves of Peyia is the shipwreck of Edro iii. This cargo ship leaving from Limassol to Rhodes has its accident in 2011, and is now a point of interest on the island. Take a dip in the waters around, or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant nearby with the ship as your backdrop.
There are also some caves below along the beach, making this a great Instagrammable spot on Cyprus.
24. Limassol Agora
This is for the foodies out there! Limassol Agora is the indoor market in the heart of Limassol. There is an array of different cuisines offered, as well as a few shops for local goods, sweets, and souvenirs. Head upstairs and you will find that there is also a beautiful rooftop restaurant overlooking the old town.
25. Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas of the Cats
We found this spot on accident during our travels through Cyprus, and found it to be very interesting. The monastery seems to be pretty ordinary in itself, and was pretty empty when we arrived. However, the story behind this place is what really makes it interesting.
The monastery has issues with tons of venomous snakes, and the locals had to do something. The solution? They imported 1,000 cats from Persia and Egypt to the island. Now you can still find a great amount of cats that roam the grounds and "protect" the monastery.
This spot is a bit off the beaten path, but definitely worth a stop if you happen to rent a car in Cyprus. Athenio Hotel & Restaurant is located in the village of Atheniou, about 20 minutes from Larnaca. The family-owned business is beautifully decorated, and has the most delicious mezze.
If you have the chance spend a night and you will really feel at home. The hospitality is unrivaled, and the experience is really unique.
27. Limni Pier
This pier is popular for swimmers and fishermen alike, but is also a great spot for photographers. With the long wooden boards jutting out into the gorgeous turquoise waters this is a great place to bring your drone or telephoto lens if you have, Limni pier is located off the north shore of the island, about 45 minutes from Paphos.
28. Paphos Archaeological Park
This is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. Located in Paphos, the park contains the major part of the Greek and Roman city, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paphos Archaological Park is open daily in the summer from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, and in winter from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets are 4.50.
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29. Tombs of the Kings
Another great historical attraction in the area of Paphos is the Tombs of the Kings. The excavated site features a group of underground tombs that date back to the fourth century BC, and has also been titles as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The site is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and tickets are 3 euros.
30. Ayia Thekla Chapel
This adorable chapel is located right next to Poseidon beach in Ayia Napa. With the white walls, blue dome, and the Mediterranean sea as its backdrop, this spot is super picturesque, and a popular wedding spot.
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