The crossroads to Africa, Europe and Asia with an almost unrivalled history stretching back thousands of years, and the beaches are pretty good too!
Cyprus is often associated with the Greeks, with the term Greek Cypriot used by many to describe their heritage, which hints at the island’s fascinating history. During our Cyprus tours in Greece, you’ll discover the country’s back story of how the Greeks arrived on the island around 3,500 years ago and the many civilisations that have since followed. From the seafaring Phoenician tradespeople to the all-conquering Romans, each has left an indelible imprint on the country.
Geography often dictates history, and Cyprus was coveted by many for its ideal location as a launch point for three continents – Africa, Asia and, of course, Europe. The word fusion is perhaps the most accurate when describing this diverse country, historically, culturally and gastronomically.
From a natural perspective, as one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, Cyprus offers a wealth of opportunities. The Troodos Mountains provide many opportunities to soak up spectacular views, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some excellent walking trails. Unsurprisingly, Cyprus also has coastal scenery to rival any of its Mediterranean neighbours and if you want to go in search of hidden coves, golden beaches and ancient stone villages, visit the Akamas Peninsula. There is so much to discover beyond the more popular beach holiday locations, and to see the real Cyprus during our self-guided walking tours, all you need is a passion for scratching beneath the surface of each destination.
Baths of Aphrodite: Named after the cave where legend says Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, bathed in its spring waters, the Baths of Aphrodite is a magical place. If you want to go in search of the spring during trips to Cyprus, you’ll find it running along the easternly slopes of Akamas. The intoxicating blend of natural scenery and ancient myths has an ability to stir the soul of anyone that visits here. Also, according to legend, this is where Aphrodite met Adonis and he fell in love with her after drinking the water from inside the cave.
Caledonia Waterfall: Claiming to be one of the tallest waterfalls in Cyprus, the Caledonia Waterfall is an incredible natural sight that takes its name from the swallows that can be heard singing in the trees. The falls can be found in the heart of an enchanting forest close to the village of Platres and can be reached via an idyllic trail that runs from the village. Along the route you’ll come across various species of flora and fauna that are indigenous to Cyprus.
Agios Georgios tis Pegeias: The archaeological site of Agios Georgios tis Pegeias is certainly worth exploring during your trip. The village of Pegeia is a well-known pilgrimage site and in the 1950s excavations began to reveal an early Christian settlement. This was a fascinating find as three basilicas and a 6th-century bath were uncovered. Historians believe that the settlement was once a port where ships carrying grain from Egypt would dock. A tour of the site lets you delve into the past as you walk around the necropolis and basilica ruins.
Laona Plateau: Rising 600 metres above sea level between the Akamas Peninsula and Polis Chysochous, the Laona Plateau plays host to some of the most picturesque villages in the region. As you explore the villages on trips to Cyprus you’ll learn about the Cypriot culture and the local winegrowing region that produces some of the finest wines in the country. And Laona isn’t without eye-catching views either. Looking out across the sea and the distant mountains, the coastal panoramas from here are some of the best you’ll see on Cyprus tours.
Troodos Square: Experience the colourful Cypriot culture at Troodos Square, a picture-perfect spot that can be found high up in the mountains. Shaded by leafy canopies, pebbled streets are home to café bars, traditional shops and markets selling local produce such as soutzoukos, various types of nuts and Commandaria wine, a sweet dessert wine that’s made in the foothills of the mountains. Looming above the central playground, stunning mountain scenery invites you to explore surrounding nature trails where you’ll find endemic species of animals.