Must-see attractions in Cyprus

  • Hala Sultan Tekkesi

    Cyprus

    Surrounded by date palms, cypress and olive trees, this late-18th-century mosque and tekke (shrine) sits wistfully on the edge of Larnaka’s salt lake…

  • Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus

    North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

    This eclectic museum in the New City is the work of Ergün Pektaş, who scoured Northern Cyprus to salvage and preserve local craftwork, day-to-day objects,…

  • Escape Beach

    Cyprus

    This is one of Kyrenia’s best swimming beaches. It’s hugely popular and during summer you should get here early to find space. Swimmers should be mindful…

  • Grivas Museum & Monument

    Pafos

    This unusual museum is located 4km north of Kato Pafos on the spot where the caïque Agios Georgios (now the museum’s prime exhibit), captained by EOKA…

  • Agios Filon Beach

    Cyprus

    With its soft sand and big, flat sea rocks, this is a fantastic beach some 5km north of Dipkarpaz. It’s also a turtle-hatching beach and a great place to…

  • Agia Solomoni & the Christian Catacomb

    Pafos

    This modest tomb complex is the burial site of the seven Machabee brothers, who were martyred around 174 BC. Their mother was Agia Solomoni, a Jewish…

  • Agios Mamas Church

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    The somewhat forgotten site of the 16th-century Gothic church of Agios Mamas is like an exercise in nonstarters: it was never finished in the first place,…

  • House of Hatzigeorgakis Kornesios

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    From 1779 to 1809 the House of Hatzigeorgakis Kornesios belonged to Kornesios, the Great Dragoman of Cyprus, who accumulated his vast wealth through…

  • Kamares Aqueduct

    Cyprus

    Sanctioned in 1746 by Ottoman governor Bekir Pasha, and built in classical Roman style – some historians believe it is actually a Roman creation that was…

  • Agios Panteleimon Monastery

    Cyprus

    This monastery, dedicated to the healer Saint Panteleimon, was originally built in the 15th century, but completely renovated in 1770. Its wealth came…

  • Museum of Natural History

    Cyprus

    Clearly signposted off the main street, this museum is an unexpected attraction to find here, with its two large galleries of animals and birds endemic to…

  • Antifonitis Church

    Cyprus

    This beautiful secluded church is well worth the drive up a twisty mountain road to get to it. Dating from the 12th century (though substantially added on…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Lemesos (Limassol)

    This museum includes an extensive collection of pottery, and a selection of items dating from neolithic and Chalcolithic times through to Mycenaean…

  • Folk Art Museum

    Cyprus

    This charming small museum is run by former school teacher Charalambos, who will explain the exhibits including live silkworms munching on their bed of…

  • Palm Beach

    Cyprus

    The best strip of sand in Famagusta, and probably the weirdest beach you'll ever visit. The edge of the sand is rimmed with ruins of hotels with blown-out…

  • Laïki Yitonia

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    Meaning ‘Popular Neighbourhood’, Laïki Yitonia was restored after serving for many years as an area for painted ladies and dodgy merchants. This tiny…

  • Grand Mosque

    Lemesos (Limassol)

    At the heart of the old Turkish quarter, the Grand Mosque is surrounded by palms almost as tall as its minaret. It is used by Lemesos' remaining Turkish…

  • Byzantine Museum

    Larnaka

    Located in the courtyard of the Agios Lazaros complex, this museum originally contained many priceless relics and artefacts. Unfortunately, much of the…

  • Panagia Angeloktisti

    Cyprus

    Literally meaning ‘built by angels’, the church is home to the extraordinary 6th-century Mosaic of the Virgin Mary. The mosaic was discovered in 1952 amid…

  • Archaeological & Natural History Museum

    Cyprus

    Next door to the Agios Mamas Orthodox Church, this little museum’s upper floor displays some extraordinary finds from the archaeological site of Soloi and…

  • Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    The highlight here is the beautifully curated Museum of George and Nefeli Giabra Pierides Collection on the mezzanine floor, which contains more than 600 …

  • Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    The extensive museum collection belonging to the Pancyprian Gymnasium lies just to the north of the school, housed in a line of restored houses. The…

  • Samanbahçe Quarter

    North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

    This neighbourhood of whitewashed terraced cottages, tucked off Girne Caddesi, was Cyprus' first social housing project. Built in the early 20th century,…

  • Pahyammos

    Cyprus

    Located along a lovely stretch of highway flanked by colourful oleander bushes, Pahyammos means ‘broad sand’. Its beach is indeed broad and sweeps around…

  • Konnos Beach

    Cyprus

    This little swath of sheltered sand, bordered by a high cliff behind, is one of the nicest beaches in the area. There's an excellent cafe-bar on the hill…

  • Olive Mill of Paphitaina

    Troödos Mountains

    In operation until 1955, this well-preserved olive-stone mill and wooden press are now housed in a traditional building in Spilia’s village centre.

  • Shayna Beach

    Cyprus

    This sheltered cove is home to a nice, narrow strip of sand, run by the Shayna Beach Club. For an easygoing and family-friendly day at the beach with full…

  • Basilica of Agia Triada

    Cyprus

    Although only the foundations and a few battered half-columns of this 5th-century basilica survived to show the rough outline of the building, the…

  • Kissonerga Bay

    Pafos

    Around 8km north of Kato Pafos, Kissonerga Bay is a long, sandy and undeveloped beach, where you can find banana plantations and solitude. There are…

  • Stavros Tou Agiasmati

    Troödos Mountains

    This Unesco-listed Byzantine church is famous for its 15th-century murals by Orthodox Syrian painter Philippos Goul. In two tiers, the images decorate the…

  • Turkish Quarter

    Larnaka

    Strolling the streets of the old Turkish neighbourhood of Skala is a glimpse into the Cyprus of old. This quaint district is a watercolour-worthy scene of…

  • Kouyiouka Watermill

    Cyprus

    Located 7km south of Goudi on the B7, this 200-year-old listed renovated watermill houses a modest museum, a coffee shop and a traditional bakery. The…

  • Green Line

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    The presence of the UN Buffer Zone (commonly called the Green Line) slashing through the capital is a prominent reminder of the island's ongoing division…

  • Glapsides Beach

    Cyprus

    About 4km north of Famagusta, on the road to Salamis, this shallow sandy beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and exploring the submerged…

  • Zafer Burnu (Cape Apostolos Andreas)

    South Coast

    A mere 3km from the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, along a dirt track, is the easternmost tip of Cyprus. From here you can see the cluster of rocky isles…

  • Roman Theatre

    Pafos

    Located on the southern slope of Fabrica Hill and best seen from above (follow the dirt track from Leoforos Apostolou Pavlou just northeast of the Kings…

  • Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis

    Troödos Mountains

    This Unesco-listed church, known in English as St Nicholas of the Roof because of its large, heavy-pitched top, was founded in the 11th century and…

  • Church of Archangelos Michail

    Nicosia (Lefkosia)

    This domed church was built in 1695 and is thought to have replaced an earlier Gothic church on the same site. The exterior is built in Franco-Byzantine…

  • St Peter & St Paul Church

    Cyprus

    Although not open to the public, the magnificent facade of this mammoth 14th-century church, which has survived intact, gives you a good impression of…

  • St George of the Greeks Church

    Cyprus

    The ruins of this once-stately and splendidly Gothic church are one of the most picturesque in the walled city. You can still make out the faint outlines…

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