The second largest town in the country and the island’s main port, it’s probably Limassol’s ten miles of unspoilt coastline which holds most appeal for its visitors. It is also home to numerous museums and galleries as well as Lemesos Castle which now houses the Cyprus Mediaeval Museum. Unfortunately, however, it is quite touristy so for a true look at Cypriot life head to the wonderful rural villages in the nearby foothills.
No visit to Cyprus would be complete without a visit to this 1,000 year-old walled city which is also the nations capital. Its location in the middle of the country makes it easy to reach from all other parts of the island. And once you get there you should put the old part of Nicosia at the top of your itinerary where the walls date from the 16th century. Walking through this area is like stepping back in time and the best thing about it is you get to combine some brilliant sightseeing with some even better shopping – the perfect combination.
Its location on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List offers some indication as to just how worthwhile a visit to Paphos is. The town has so much to offer in the way of history that strolling through it is like walking through one huge open-air museum. It really is incredible. As well as the physical reminders of the past, it was also the birthplace of the mythological Goddess Aphrodite.
Ayia Napa (Agia Napa)
Once a small, quiet fishing village Ayia Napa has practically taken over from Ibiza in the party and clubbing stakes. Every year the youth of Europe descend upon this part of Cyprus in droves and generally spend two weeks drinking and dancing themselves into oblivion. As well as the social scene, however, Ayia Napa has a great deal of culture to offer so it does offer a really good combination of things to do during the day and in the evening.
If you’re travelling in the northern half of Cyprus then you’re guaranteed a trip to Kyrenia. Widely regarded as the most attractive town along the coast of the country, mass tourism has taken its toll but the city is still well worth a visit. Again, the old part of town is where you want to get to where you can check out the harbour, the old walls, the castle and the local markets. Kicking back in the evening in one of the wonderful little tavernas is also an essential part of any trip.