The Best Places to Visit in Cyprus This Summer
There is an abundance of places to visit in Cyprus this summer. The island offers exciting adventures in the mountains, relaxing beachside locations and stunning villages to explore. Due to Cyprus only being 9,251 km² any location is relatively easy to get to; you can either hire a car or book onto an excursion in order to travel around the island.
In this article we are going to discuss the best places to visit in Cyprus and what you can expect when you visit them.
Places to Visit in Cyprus This Summer: Protaras
Protaras is one of the most popular destination to visit during the summer months in Cyprus. This area is filled with locals as well as tourists due to its beautiful scenery, peaceful beaches and entertainment. This area is located on the southeast coast of Cyprus and stretched for approximately 10km. The most popular areas in Protaras are Kapparis and Konnos. Here you will find a number of Blue Flag beaches with crystal clear waters and soft white sand that are ideal for sunbathing on in the summer months.
There are 2 beaches in the Protaras area that are renowned for their beauty; Fig Tree Bay and Kapparis beach. Fig tree Bay is named after the fig tree that was planted along the coastline in the 17th century and still there to this day. This beach has a variety of watersport activities to enjoy including paragliding and scuba diving. There are also many boat trips options for you to enjoy. Fig Tree Bay features as one of the best beaches in Europe according to TripAdvisor and is known as a Green Beach under the eco-initiative “Greening Cyprus Beaches”. The second beach we mentioned, Kapparis beach, is located on the north side of Protaras. It is a small beach in comparison to many others but is just as popular. You will find many locals as well as tourists here enjoying the fine golden sand and picturesque views. Kapparis beach is another location that has been accredited with Blue Flag status and also has many options for watersport activities.
If you prefer to explore the Protaras area rather than relax at the beach then we would suggest taking a trip to the Prophet Elias Chapel. This Byzantine type church was built in 1984 and set on a 100m high granite hill. You are able to see the whole of Protaras from this height and capture some stunning photographs. The chapel itself is also very charming especially during the evenings when it is lit by floodlights.
Some of the best places to visit in Cyprus this summer are locations that offer you the traditional atmosphere in Cyprus. Lefkara village is a must see if you want to explore the this. The village is set between Larnaca and Limassol in one of the more mountainous regions on the island. Lefkara is known for its lace and embroidery craft as well as its traditional terracotta-roofed houses. There is the option to visit the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing. Or you can explore the beautiful churches and traditional houses by foot. The village is so popular with tourists that it is even said that Leonardo da Vinci visited Lefkara is the late 1400s. If you are planning a visit during summer then we suggest avoiding the midday sun as it can get extremely hot.
Places to Visit in Cyprus This Summer: Pegeia
Next on our list of the best places to visit in Cyprus this summer is Pegeia. It is a small town built on a hillside and at an altitude of 200 meters in the district of Paphos. Many tourists visit this small town each year due to it panoramic views of Coral Bay. There is also a very popular shipwreck sight at the sea caves in Pegeia that we recommend visiting if you have the chance. Although the town of Pegeia is less than an hour from the center of Paphos you should definitely consider hiring a car. This way you are able to explore the area for as long as you want and even stop off at some of the other beautiful locations Paphos has to offer.
Baths of Aphrodite
We mentioned that you may want to hire a car to explore other scenic locations in Paphos and the Baths of Aphrodite is one of them. This area sees thousands of visitors each year due to its picturesque location, adventurous exploration and great myths.
It is said to be the cave where the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite once bathed and that if you too, bathe in the waters, then you will be given eternal youth or possibly fall in love with the next person you interact with. Because of this is it understandable why the attraction sees so many couples taking the trip to bathe together. The spring is surrounded by greenery allowing visitors to take a small hike through the park and even go birdwatching during certain periods of the year.
These 4 locations are some of the best places to visit in Cyprus this summer. We chose to discuss them in the article for a number of reasons; firstly, they are some of the most popular destinations for tourists as well as locals. And secondly, because they each offer something different depending on what it is you like to do. Whether you plan on lounging around on the beach, exploring the traditions of Cyprus or want to have an adventure in more mountainous regions, Cyprus offers it all.
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