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Best mediterranean vacations – Cyprus

Best mediterranean vacations – Cyprus

March 3, 2016

As one of the most diverse tourist destination, Cyprus is a combination of Turkish and Greek culture, a bi-cultural landscape hidden in the East of the Mediterranean Sea. Spending your holidays here is definitely a very good choice, regardless of age and your definition of “fun”. The clean beaches, clear waters and the multitude activities for both adults and children make Cyprus a good destination for families. Teenagers and young adults will find a great night-life, great parties all around and a lot of fun, especially is Ayia Napa, while seniors will most likely enjoy the cuisine, the sea, the beaches and all the places that are perfect for a beautiful morning or evening walk. Cyprus is also a valid trip destination all year round, as the summers are warm and beautiful, while the winters are very gentle.
Here are a few amazing places to visit in Cyprus:

1.Paphos
cats6Associated with Greek mythology (Aphrodite, Pygmalion, Tezeu, Dyonisos), the Paphos resort holds its status as the culture capital of Cyprus without doubt. It has a very rich cultural heritage and incredible architectural landscapes, with the Tombs of the Kings, Adonis Baths Waterfalls, Ayios Neophytos Monastery and the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park as some of the main attractions. The entire city was actually declared an archaeological site and included in the UNESCO patrimony.
The town is also pretty big, very animated, with a lot of taverns, shops and clubs to stop by, so you will not get bored.

2.Limassol
Limassol is one of the top tourist attractions in Cyprus, especially for all of the possibilities it offers young people and also those who are spending their holidays with children. The latter will definitely spend a lot of time in the Municipal Gardens, where the children will be delighted to visit the Lemesos Zoo.
The city also rivals neighbouring areas in archaeological landmarks, such as the ancient ruicats2ns of Kourion and the Limassol Theatre, although the Cypriot modernity is of greater interest nowadays.
A great idea would be to visit Limassol during one of the two festivals it hosts every year: the Carnival in February-March and the Wine Festival in September.
A recommendation for this city would be to forget about moving around by car. The streets are usually very crowded; public transportation or even walking are better and actually faster alternatives which will also allow you to leave the stress behind and enjoy the view.

3.Protaras
A more relaxed part of Cyprus, Protaras is a great destinations for families and couples looking for a peaceful holiday. The town stretches along Fig Tree Bay and the pedestrian seaside promenade extends for around 9 miles. Take a stroll along the beach front and enjoy the great view out to sea. On your way, you can pick some of the best souvenirs to take home with you.
The most popular beach in the town is the Fig Tree Bay, which is why it can get pretty crowded during the summer months. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, other great beaches in the area are the Green Bay (South) and Kapparis (North). A recommendation for this town is to visit the Church of Agios Ilias. Climbing toward it will also allow you to enjoy the panoramic views of Protaras, the beach and the sea beyond.
A great thing about Protaras is also the fact that there are plenty of excellent restaurants here, both with an international menu and traditional Mediterranean and Cypriot cuisine.

4.Larnaca City
The most representative destination for the culture, history and traditions of Cyprus, the Larnaca city is worth visiting for all the things it has to offer, from the amazing cultural sites to great natural attractions and relaxing seaside promenades. The place is flooded in mystery and legends by its impressive history of over 6000 years.
The town can be covered entirely by foot, so the seaside promenades are one of the most exquisite free pleasures.
If you manage to get to the Larnaca Salt Lake, you should definitely stop by and the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque nearby. Is has been said that this is the place where Umm Haram, the adoptive mother of Mohammed, is buried.
The most popular activitcats5ies around here are related to diving, as the tragedy of the Zenobia ferry, sunk in 1980, is continuously exploited by the clubs offering assisted professional divers lessons. The wreck is now 42 meters deep in the see, but it’s highest point rises to 18 meters underwater, making it very easy to get to.
Larnaka also hosts a great number of festivals every year (Epiphany, Carnival, Green Monday, Procession of St. Lazarus, Anthestiria, The Food Festival, Summer Festival, August Village Festivals). Another interesting thing to do here is visiting Oro Fino Jewellery, a place where you can buy the newest and most sophisticated jewellery, crafted by Greek and Italian patterns, with lots of various stoned, from zirconium to diamonds.

5.Ayia Napa
By far the most animated region of Cyprus, Ayia Napa is known for being the world’s second largest clubbing districts. “The Square” is Ayia Napa’s most famous clubbing district, filled with great restaurants and night clubs.
The area is also blessed with unspoiled beaches, with the Nissi Beach as the most popular one. The warm waters are perfect for bathing, tanning and water sports.
The centre of this region is in Paralimni, about 5km to the North.
The region is the ideal destination in Cyprus for the youth, filled with noise and lively people.

Chose a destination best suited for your needs and wishes in Cyprus and enjoy the impressive cultural environment, relaxing beaches or the amazing night-life. Check for hotels and flights on TripEconomy. Enjoy!