The last couple of years have been undeniably rocky, with the uncertainty about traveling abroad and not knowing when we can step foot on a plane again. Luckily, 2021 has proven to be the year we get to travel again, with many countries opening up their borders for tourism, albeit with a few more requirements and rules to follow.
Cyprus combines the best of both worlds, mesmerising nature, archaeological sites, and crystal white sandy beaches. When we visited, we stayed in main cities - Larnaca and Ayia Napa, but we also had the chance to go on road trips to smaller cities and nature sites up in the mountains, which is a must-do if you have access to a car.
Agios Lazaros Church – Larnaca
Also known as ‘Church of St. Lazarus’, it was built in the 9th century by Emperor Leo VI and was faithfully restored in the 17th century. It’s one of the oldest churches in Cyprus and it’s home to some impressive paintings. Not to mention its lavishly decorated columns and Baroque woodcarving, which are worth a snap or two!
The Larnaca Fort
This ancient fort is located in Larnaca’s seaside promenade, it was built in 1625 and it was Ottoman’s line of defence for the city. Today, it has been transformed into a Medieval museum for weaponry and other artifacts from that period of time. The roof of the fort is an eye candy for those who love to capture photos of the beach and city from above.
Troodos Mountain and Caledonia Waterfalls
In our opinion, you haven’t been to Cyprus if you didn’t pay a visit to Troodos mountain and Caledonia waterfalls. It’s one of the largest mountains in Cyprus, which stretches across a third of the country and it’s also a cool escape from the crowded city centre. It’s definitely recommended if you love a good hike, as it includes some of the most beautiful nature trails. Don’t forget to visit the village of Platres, home to the breath-taking Caledonia waterfalls which can be reached through a walking path through the forest.
Ayia Napa Beaches
Ayia Napa is widely known for its turquoise and family friendly beaches, of which there is many to choose from! Our top 3 beach recommendations would be Nissi Beach, Konnos Beach and Fig Tree Bay beach in no particular order. They all share the same relaxing atmosphere, beautiful surrounding landscape and safety. Just remember to arrive before 10 o’clock in the morning as sunbeds tend to get fully occupied by mid-day!
Love Bridge and Sea caves – Ayia Napa
If you’re looking for the ultimate picturesque spots in Cyprus, then you need to visit the Love Bridge and Sea Caves in Ayia Napa. The love bridge is considered one of the most remarkable natural bridges in Cyprus, overlooking the deep blue ocean. It’s a very popular location for couples to take pictures or those who love chasing the perfect sunset! The Sea Caves are hidden tunnels that can be explored at low tide and popular for diving, snorkelling, and swimming.
Cyprus natives are very friendly, and the food is to die for too! We managed to cover a big portion of the island within a week’s time, but we would definitely go back again to discover the countryside and Turkish quarter.
Current Cyprus travel rules: You will require a Cyprus Visa or a valid Schengen visa (which is the rules previous). Need to be fully vaccinated with any type of vaccine and need to ensure you have a negative PCR test 48hrs before your flight.
Make sure to check the official site before booking and traveling as the rules are regularly changing.