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Top Choice Castle in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

St Hilarion Castle

The full fairy-tale outline of St Hilarion Castle only becomes apparent once you’re directly beneath it. The stone walls and half-ruined buildings blend, near seamlessly, into the rocky landscape, creating a dreamsc…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Cyprus Museum

Just outside the Old City walls, this excellent museum houses the island's most important collection of archaeological finds. Highlights include Hall 11's haul of riches from the Royal Tomb excavations at Salamis, i…
Top Choice Historic Site in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Venetian Walls

The Venetian walls form a border around the Old City so unusual that, once seen on a map, you’ll never forget it. And that’s partly to do with its odd snowflake-like shape.Dating from 1567, the circular defence wall…
Top Choice Gallery in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

AG Leventis Gallery

Located just outside the Old City, this art museum features three collections displaying European paintings and sculpture from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The Paris Collection features masters such as Chagall, M…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

CVAR

Opened in 2014, CVAR's collection of art and archival material showcases the story of modern Cyprus. Galleries full of paintings and other artworks display Cyprus as seen by its visitors, dating from the 1400s up to…
Top Choice Beach in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Alagadı Beach

Alagadı (Turtle) Beach, approximately 19km east of Kyrenia, is where the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) has its small sea-turtle conservation and research centre (9am-8.30pm May–Sep) where you can find…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Leventis Municipal Museum

The best place in town to get to grips with Nicosia's rich and convoluted history. The permanent collection inside this handsome neoclassical mansion includes a wealth of ceramic pieces from the Bronze Age to the me…
Top Choice Cypriot in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Bella Moon

Head through the arch to the leafy courtyard to dine on meals of simple grilled-meat dishes which all come loaded down with plenty of homemade meze. This family-run restaurant has a charmingly old-fashioned atmosphe…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pafos

Pafos Archaeological Site

Nea Pafos (New Pafos) is, ironically, the name given to the sprawling Pafos Archaeological Site, to the west of Kato Pafos. Nea Pafos was the ancient city of Pafos, founded in the late 4th century BC and originally …
Archaeological Site in Around Famagusta

Ancient Salamis

According to legend, Salamis was founded around 1180 BC by Teucer (Teukros), son of Telamon, King of Salamina, on the Greek mainland. Brother to the hero Ajax, he was unable to return home from the Trojan War after …