Situated on the south-west coast of the island you will find the historical former capital of Cyprus, Pafos. Legend has it that Pafos is the birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, who emerged out of the foam of the sea, at Petra tou Romiou, one of Cyprus’ most dazzling “must see” places. Pafos is a magical city rich with fascinating things to see and areas of exquisite natural beauty. All sorts of ancient ruins can be found here, like the House of Dionysos with its mosaic floors dating from the 3rd to the 5th centuries A.D. and is considered among the finest in the eastern Mediterranean. By the picturesque fishing harbor, one can find the Pafos Castle a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbor. Here there is a vast variety of fish tavernas and open air cafes to suit every taste any time of day or night.
Not far from Pafos one can find Lara Bay, famous for its turtle sanctuary. The Akamas National Park, is a deserted unspoilt region in the far northwest corner of Cyprus. It is an area with spectacular landscapes and has become a habitat for several species of flora and fauna unique to the Mediterranean. Most of the area is now officially protected and the only way to visit the area is by 4X4 jeep.
As home of the island’s main international airport, Larnaca offers many visitors their first taste of Cyprus. Larnaca’s links with Christianity go back to the very beginning, for the town’s first bishop was none other than St.Lazaros, who chose to spend his “second life“ there after Jesus had raised him from the dead. A church built in his name exists on the spot where his remains were said to be found. One of the first sights is the beautiful salt lake, which in the cooler months is home to colonies of graceful flamingoes and other migratory birds. Larnaca’s picturesque seafront promenade, lined with mature palms is full of cafes and restaurants, making this a popular spot for visitors and Cypriots alike. Amongst archaeological sites worth visiting in the region, Choirokoitia is one of the best preserved sites of a prehistoric settlement brought to light in the Eastern Mediterranean, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The church of Angeloktisti, in the village of Kiti, has one of the finest examples of Byzantine art of the Justinian period, a rare 6th century mosaic of the Virgin and Child.
The village of Lefkara is perhaps one of the most picturesque villages on the island. With cobbled streets and stone houses and a history of producing wonderful handicrafts such as filigree silverware and a traditional kind of lace known all over the world as “lefkaritika”. According to legend during a visit to the village Leonardo da Vinci bought an altar cloth, which he donated to Milan cathedral.
Limassol, successor of two city-kingdoms (Kourion to the West and Amathus to the East) and host to a Royal Wedding in the Middle Ages, is well known by its archaeological sites and its mediaeval castles. Today Limassol is a major port, a busy commercial center, the home of hundreds of offshore companies, and a popular tourist resort with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, where the old and the new co-exist in harmony.
In the old quarter of Limassol, close to the old harbor is the Castle, built in the 14th century, where Richard the Lion Heart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England. The Castle is now a Mediaeval Museum. A very recent addition to the area is the magnificent Limassol Marina, a unique waterfront development combining elegant residences and a full service marina with exclusive restaurants and shops.
A few kilometers outside Limassol stands Kolossi Castle, Headquarters of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Very nearby one can find the famous ancient Kourion ancient site, with the Greco-Roman theatre still hosting summer concert under the stars.
In the heart of the island stand the majestic Troodos Mountains. Here one can discover the true hidden treasures of the island. Rising to almost 2,000 meters above sea level, the Troodos peaks provide panoramic scenes to all corners of the island, a cool retreat from the heat of the coast and popular for taking in the healthy mountain air and enjoying nature. It hosts the majority of the painted churches of Cyprus. Superb examples of Byzantine art, ten of the churches have been put on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Scattered all over the mountains, most of the island’s monasteries can be found with the Kykkos Monastery holding a prominent position as the island’s richest monastery. It houses one of the three surviving icons painted by St.Luke dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Explore the villages and experience the warm Cyprus hospitality of the locals. Taste the local made delicacies which you are bound to be offered while visiting any of the mountain villages.
The mountain range is also renowned for excellent Cyprus wines, a number of small wineries welcome visitors on wine tasting tours. A number of scenic nature trails can be found in the mountains, to suit any fitness level.
The only divided capital in the world, Nicosia combines the old and the new and has plenty to offer to its visitors. Numerous themed museums can be found in Nicosia, with the national archaeological museum being the most famous housing a wonderful collection of artefacts dating from the Neolithic Age (7000 BC) to the early Byzantine period and Mycenaean relics. The beautiful so-called Old City 19th century quarter, is surrounded by massive Venetian walls. Stroll the narrow streets full of small art galleries, souvenir shops, open air cafes and restaurants, known as Laiki Yitonia (replica of an old neighborhood). In the same area one can find the archbishop’s palace home of the Cathedral of St. John and the Byzantine museum, which houses the largest collection of icons on the island. Nicosia is not suitable only for sightseeing. It is also a shopper’s paradise, offering a vast variety of international known brands as well as local made products.
Guided excursions are operated to the above places of interest from various areas in Cyprus in several languages, depending on period of visiting.
Tailor-made private excursions from 1 – 50 pax can be offered on request.
Please make sure to give us some information about the amount of people participating, the area you will be staying and any special interest of your party.