Places of Interest
Top 4 Architectural Sights
- Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
- Nicosia Old City
- Amathus ruins
- Kolossi Castle
The Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is the major part of this ancient Greek and Roman city. The site is still in a process of excavation but has so far uncovered amazing mosaics, the House of Theseus and the incredible Odeon Theatre. Surrounded by Venetian walls the Nicosia Old City offers the best of the city's 5000 year old history with a plethora of museums, churches and mosques in close proximity. Amathus in Limassol is another extraordinary ancient city. While many of the archeological finds have been housed in museums the site still offers ancient structures with their towering marble columns. Kolossi Castle is also in the Limassol district, the current structure dates from the 1400s with the 3-story keep in fantastic condition.
Top 4 Natural Sights
- Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou)
- Mount Olympus, Troodos
- Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa
- Akamas National Park, Néo Chorio
It is easy to understand why Aphrodite's Rock, or Petra tou Romiou, was chosen as the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite. Perched on the edge of the sea on a beautiful beach, the area is a tourist hotspot and the origin of many great legends. Mount Olympus, not to be confused with the many other mountains with the same name, has a terrific ski resort on its slopes and is the highest peak on the island. It was said by the late BC geographer Strabos, that a temple to Aphrodite lays on one of its ridges. The perfect island paradise experience replete with soft, white sand and azure water can be found at Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa. Activities in the Akamas National Park, also known as the Akamas Penninsula, include golfing and hiking. The area has beautiful scenery that offers a different kind of experience to the many beaches and resorts. It is an area of high biodiversity and contains both the Androlykou and Petratis Gorges.