If you are up the Troodos range don't miss visiting Platres which is one of the most popoular resorts in Cyprus, the whole year round.
There you will have the chance to visit the Most famous Chocolate workshop in Cyprus and not only....
You can even attend a chocolate class where you can make your own chocolates! It's fun.
The chocolates here are of excellent quality and taste and been enjoyed by many Heads of State including the Queen of England.
Coral Bay beach is tourists' favourite beach in Paphos.
I was recently here and I have a video showing the whole of the coral bay. (Don't miss it).
Take the coast road from Paphos Town north for about 14 miles signposted to Peyia. There are frequent service buses from Kato Paphos
The Akamas peninsula situated to the north west of Paphos is a unique area with outstanding varied vegetation, wildlife, landscapes and coasts. The number of plant species found here are up to 600, 35 of which are endermic, there are also 168 species of bird, 20 reptiles and butterfly species and 12 mammals.
It is a paradise for naturalists and if you come here between March and April there are wild orchids and tulips found in the unspoilt countryside here.
Adonis baths, at a two level waterfall, is a beautiful little paradise which is well worth visiting.
This is where Adonis the lover of Aphrodite used to bathe, according to Greek mythology. It is also called the baths of Aphrodite, or (Ta Loutra tis Aphrodites).
Mind you, the fee to get inside is 9.00 or 10.00 euros! I find it too expensive.
It is just 2 km from the coastal village Latchi.
%Gothic Bellapais Monastery also known as Bellapais Abbey is set on the flanks of the Five-finger (Kyrenia) mountains in the beautiful hillside village of Bellapais .
A spot not to be missed if you get to the north side of the island.
Daily 9.00 - 19.00 from June until mid-September
Daily 9.00 - 17.00 from mid-September until May
Admission policies are flexible, app. 5 YTL
(As a Cypriot my heat hurts when I see Cypriot places occupied by the Turkish troops).
It is so painful to have your country divided in two parts.
Protaras is popular for its crystal turquoise waters and lovely beaches.
The area of the Fig Tree Bay is the most popular. There are many restaurants, bars and pubs in the whole area, many tourist and souvenir shops.
It is close to Agia Napa and Paralimni.
In the outskirts of Protaras there are some rocky bays ideal for divers.
I came to Protaras several times during summer holidays and I find it a more quiet resort than Agia Napa. I would recommend it to couples with small children.
Usually people who love noisy nightlife choose Agia Napa as it is more popular to the younger generation.
The golden sandy beaches of Agia Napa will amaze you.
During the summer season when the hotels and restaurants are open this area can become quite noizy.
There is the monastery of Agia Napa on the left side of the bus-stop worth to be visited.
There are many taverns and pubs in the area.
The beaches are sandy with turquoise and aquamarine colours.
There is a bus leaving from the Palm Tree avenue that comes to Agia Napa every hour in summer.
If you come from Larnaca by coach the final stop is at the square of the Monastery.
Don't miss visiting it because it is worth it.
If you come from Larnaca by coach the final stop is at the square of the Monastery of Agia Napa. It is worth visiting it because it has much history.
An ancient sycamore, believed to be over 600 years old sits outside the south gate of Ayia Napa monastery. Inside there is a cave which tells of the history of the monastery as a place of worship for early settlers to the island.
Tip: Look at my transportation tips to see how you can get here.
The Museum of Kykkos and the Monastery are open daily November - May:
10:00 - 16:00.
June - October: 10:00 - 18:00.
You have to pay a small entrance fee if you wish to see the Museum which houses an important collection of consecrated vessels and Cypriot antiquities.
The Monastery is located 12 km after Pedoulas village.
It is the most famous and richest monastery on the island.
Visit (Throni) where Archibishop Makarios III was buried at his own wish. Throni is 3 km west of the monastery.
Religious fairs are held at Kykkos on the 15th August and 8th September.
One of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus where, according to mythology, Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of after his battle with the Minotaur.
A very important cult of Aphordite-Astarte flourished here.
Excavations have revealed parts of the Acropolis and Agora areas, as well as port of the upper and lower city. The remains including five early Christian Basilicas date from the Archaid, Roman and Christian periods.
(Hellenic legend tells us that Amathus was a settlement of one of the sons of Hercacles, accounting to fact that he was worshipped here).
Open Daily: 09:00 - 17:00
November - March. 09:00 - 18:00
April- May & Sept-Oct. 09:00 - 19:30.
June, July and August: 09:00 - 19:30.
Situated 7 miles east of Limassol (Lemesos) centre.
Don't miss visiting the Byzantine Monastery of John the Lampadistis in the village of Kalopanagiotis. Kalopanagiotis is a beautiful village in the Troodos range.
The Church and Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, (Saint John Lampadistis) is one of the 9 painted Byzantine churches found in the Troodos Mountains and it is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
It contains excellent frescoes, treasures of Byzantine art of the 13th and 15th century.
Don't miss this very old church of the 11th century while driving through Kakopetria.
In 1985 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List which includes nine other painted Byzantine churches of the Troodos range.
It is the only surviving Byzantine monastery of the 11th century in Cyprus.
A site not to be missed by anyone!
Just a few kilometres from the village of Kalavasos one can come to the very popular – Tenta. It provides evidence of the initial establishment (end of the 7th millennium B.C.). The Cypriot Aceramic Neolithic.
The Tenta comprises a small village with houses clustered around the upper part of a small natural hill. All of the architectural elements here are curvilinear, if not circular.
If you come to the Monastery of John Lampadistis, don't miss visiting the museum as well.
Normally they don't allow visitors taking photos, but I had a special permit and I had the privilege to take the photos I wanted.
I have them here on this thread if you wish to have a look. They are indeed very old and worth seeing. They are masterpieces in one word.
Tip: Don't leave without going to see where the Holy Water comes out of a rock!
(Watch out though as it is a bit slippery down there).
Discover what Cyprus really is about by visiting beautiful traditional villages that seem to be a world away. These villages are scattered throughout the island.
It is here that you will understand and feel the real authentic Cypriot culture, its people and the hidden gems.
Cyprus is not an island to be visited only during the summer months. A drive on the Mountains of Troodos and Olympos, or Akamas.
Visit a traditional Agrotourism House and I am sure you will want to come here again and again.
Personally I love visiting these Agro houses, which I find very cozy, and in my tips I am including several such from my frequent visits on the island. Choose the one you think will suit you. I suggest that you book to one such even for 2 or 3 days before you leave the island.
You won't regret it.
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