7-Day Guide to Cyprus

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Curator’s statement

Cyprus is a great vacation spot that offers a unique blend of ancient history, stunning natural beauty and vibrant contemporary culture. From the idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters to the ancient ruins and traditional villages, Cyprus is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, Cyprus has something for everyone. With its warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and endless opportunities for adventure, Cyprus is truly a destination like no other.

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Day 1: Arrival in Larnaca

A blue sea on one side and city buildings on the other.

Arrive in Larnaca, the coastal city that serves as the gateway to Cyprus. Take some time to settle in and explore the city's charming historic center. Visit the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, a sacred Islamic site and stroll along the palm-lined promenade that overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. In the evening, savor a delicious seafood dinner at one of the many waterfront restaurants.

Day 2: Nicosia

A light blue beach with rocks.

Take a day trip to Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus. Visit the historic old town, surrounded by Venetian walls and explore the picturesque narrow streets lined with colorful buildings and boutique shops. Admire the impressive architecture of the Cyprus Museum, which showcases the island's rich cultural heritage. Enjoy lunch at a traditional taverna, and take a leisurely stroll through the city's lush parks and gardens.

Day 3: Limassol

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Head to the coastal city of Limassol for a day of relaxation and indulgence. Take a stroll along the scenic seafront promenade and enjoy a coffee at one of the chic cafes. Visit the Limassol Castle, which houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum, and learn about the island's fascinating history. In the evening, enjoy a luxurious dinner at one of the city's upscale restaurants, which serve gourmet Mediterranean cuisine.

Day 4: Troodos Mountains

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Take a day trip to the Troodos Mountains, a stunning natural wonderland that is home to traditional villages, scenic hiking trails and impressive monasteries. Visit the Kykkos Monastery, one of the island's most revered holy sites and marvel at its intricate frescoes and ornate decorations. Enjoy a hike through the lush forested trails, and stop at one of the quaint mountain villages for a traditional lunch.

Day 5: Paphos

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Explore the ancient city of Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to some of Cyprus's most impressive archaeological treasures. Visit the Tombs of the Kings, a series of underground tombs that date back to the Hellenistic period, and marvel at their intricate decorations and impressive architecture. Admire the stunning mosaics at the House of Dionysus, which depict scenes from Greek mythology. In the evening, enjoy a romantic sunset dinner at one of the city's elegant restaurants overlooking the sea.

Day 6: Ayia Napa

An aerial view of a beach with clear blue water.

Take a day trip to Ayia Napa, a lively coastal town known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. Spend the day lounging on the golden sands of Nissi Beach, one of the island's most popular beaches, or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon. In the evening, explore the town's lively bars and nightclubs and dance the night away to the sound of local and international DJs.

Day 7: Larnaca Salt Lake and Ruins

Light blue sea with boats sailing on it.

Spend your last day in Larnaca exploring the city's hidden gems and local treasures. Visit the Larnaca Salt Lake, a natural wonder that is home to a diverse array of bird species, and take a leisurely walk around the picturesque lakeside. Explore the ancient ruins of Kition, an important city-state in the Bronze Age, and learn about its fascinating history. End your day with a delicious farewell dinner at a local taverna, and raise a glass to the unforgettable memories you've made in Cyprus.

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