Archaeology

The wealth of ancient sites in Cyprus makes it one of the most rewarding destinations for archaeology and history enthusiasts.

Ancient Salamis Hike through the mind-boggling sweep of ruins left over from the island's grandest ancient city-kingdom.

Ancient Kourion Coastal views from the theatre, well-preserved mosaic floors and fascinating column-strewn Hellenistic and Roman remains.

Pafos Archaeological Site An exquisite collection of mosaics and remains which rumble back to the 4th century BC.

Tombs of the Kings Evocative and well-preserved underground tombs and chambers.

Ancient Vouni Atmospheric, lonely clifftop site with panoramic views.

Hrysopolitissa Basilica & St Paul’s Pillar Large and fascinating site which encompasses foundations of a 4th-century basilica and more.

Choirokoitia Modest-looking but incredibly significant neolithic site dating to 7000 BC.

Beaches

Deciding on a beach depends on how you want your sand-between-the-toes day out…

Lara Beach The Republic’s most spectacular beach, cupped by limestone rocks, with golden, powdery and pristine sand.

Aphrodite's Rock & Beach Also known as Petra tou Romiou, this is Cyprus’ most famous stretch of sand.

Golden Beach (Nangomi Bay) The longest beach on the island, with miles of sand, curving dunes and wild donkeys.

Konnos Beach Curvy strip of white sand with plenty of pedalo fun and water sports.

Fig Tree Bay Busy, fine-sand beach. Supershallow at the shoreline, so great for families with little ones.

Alagadı Beach A wild sweep of sand where sunbathers are few and far between.

Arts & Crafts

From Byzantine frescos and contemporary art spaces, to traditional craftwork which still thrives today, Cyprus' proud artistic heritage is worth exploring.

Byzantine Art Museum Icon-tastic. The best place to take in the full scope of Byzantine-era artistry.

Lefkara Traditional lace-making lives on in this cobblestone village.

Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum Permanent collection of contemporary Cypriot art plus temporary exhibitions by upcoming artists.

Skala Larnaka's Skala is prime hunting ground for Cypriot ceramics, both traditional and contemporary.

Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery Vivid late-Byzantine and post-Byzantine frescos, all with deep-navy-blue backgrounds.

Büyük Han Shop in a restored Ottoman caravanserai now chock-a-block with traditional craft workshops.

Municipal Folk Art Museum This tiny Lemesos museum holds some seriously stunning pieces of tornaretto embroidery.

Cyprus Handicrafts Centre Watch local craft artisans at work at this reliable one-stop souvenir-shopping choice.

Wine

The island’s winemaking tradition goes back to antiquity. Pick up the local Republic of Cyprus tourist information booklet outlining six wine routes and hit the trails.

Lemesos Wine Festival Taste a range of local tipples at this annual festival. Dionysus would be proud.

Around Omodos Explore the wine villages that surround Omodos on the southwest flank of the Troödos Mountains.

Pitsylia Cyprus' sweet Commandaria wine at Pelendri's Tsiakkas Winery and award-winning tipples at Kyperounda.

Cyprus Wine Museum The place to come if you fancy tasting (and learning about) the local tipple.

Being Pampered

Having your partner rub sunscreen on your back is a start but not quite in the same indulgence league as a having a chocolate massage in candlelight.

Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort This spa-hotel has fabulous facilities and treatments, and offers various spa packages for nonguests.

Hamam Omerye Indulge in a traditional soak, scrub and massage in this 16th-century hammam (Turkish bath).

Büyük Hamam Ease tired travelling muscles with a pummelling from the masseurs at this Ottoman-era bath.

Cyprus Yacht Charters Contact these pros if you want to seriously splash out on a private yacht with captain and crew.

Annabelle Luxurious spa-resort in Pafos for when you deserve a treat.

Tantalising the Taste Buds

Cyprus is home to a culinary culture which fuses Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern influences to create a cuisine that sums up the sun-drenched days of the Mediterranean.

Seafood meze At Trata Fish Tavern enjoy a smorgasbord of the tastes of the sea, from red mullet to prawns and octopus.

Kleftiko Lamb and potatoes, slow-cooked in a marinade of garlic, lemon and olive oil at Hondros.

Full kebab At Niazi's, kebab and meze collide in carnivore heaven.

Haloumi (in Greek; hellim in Turkish) Made from goat's or ewe's milk. The homemade version at Mousikos Tavern kicks shop-bought out the window.

Koupes Have the perfect midafternoon snack at Alasia; spiced mincemeat wrapped in cracked wheat and deep-fried.

Molohiya Try this viscid jute-leaf and meat stew at Saraba. You'll either love it or hate it.