Cypriot doors in Omodos Village Cyprus via @finduslost
Sea caves in Paphos Cyprus via @finduslost

AT A GLANCE: 5-7  DAYS

Best time to visit – July through September is peak season,

in spring and winter the sea is still warm

Weather – hot, dry Mediterranean climate

Getting around – rental car, points of interest are usually within an hour drive

Currency – Euros

Languages – English, Greek and Turkish

A cat in pano lefkara mountain town in Cyprus via @finduslost
Pano lefkara village in Cyprus via @finduslost

Photos left to right from top: doors in Omodos; cliff jumping at the Ayia Napa sea caves; a kitten in Pano Lefkara; colorful walls in Pano Lefkara.

Cyprus is a great destination if you are looking for a diverse island to explore. Cypriot cities have all the amenities you need, and there are beaches for every taste. It’s affordable, and easily accessible from Greece or Turkey.

Though this Cyprus guide highlights small villages and beach towns, there are large cities to visit as well. In my opinion, the perfect Cyprus itinerary starts with where you stay. Opt for a boutique hotel experience outside of a main city, like Anassa Hotel, or a modern Airbnb (here’s $40 off if you’ve never used Airbnb before). Rent a car so you can make day trips to Ayia Napa (beautiful blue water and beaches), Paphos (local attractions and picturesque coastlines), and inland to the Troodos mountains (picturesque villages with local shops and restaurants). If you want to see the larger cities, add on Limassol, Larnaca or Nicosia. Read on for our mini travel guide highlighting some the best spots around Cyprus…

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Ayia Napa

Blue water in Ayia Napa Cyprus via @finduslost
Sea caves in Ayia Napa Cyprus via @finduslost

Photos: Cape Greco & Ayia Napa Sea Caves

Ayia Napa Caves – the most beautiful sea caves. Accessible by boat, or you can drive and park here. There’s also spots to go cliff jumping at the caves and along the coast next to this church here.

Protaras – known for its outdoor seafood restaurants, family-friendly beaches and views.

Nissi Beach & Makronissos Beach – these sandy beaches are perfect for swimming and relaxing.

Paphos

Paphos mosaic archaeological park and views of Cyprus via @finduslost

Photos: Paphos Archaelogical Park

Blue Lagoon – located north in Akamas, this is another spot with incredible blue water and small caves. If you go early you can also rent a boat at the docks to see the lagoon on your own, as it gets busy with tour groups later in the day.

Avakas Gorge – a 2-3 hour hike through the gorge with canyon views. Bring shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.

Paphos Archealogical Park – worth a visit to see preserved mosaics, ancient ruins, and great views of the sea. Try not to go mid-day, as it involves a fair amount of walking and gets hot.

Troodos Mountain Villages

Cypriot buildings in pano lefkara mountain town in Cyprus via @finduslost
Sunset over omodos mountain town in Cyprus via @finduslost

Photos: Pano Lefkara & Omodos Village

Omodos – located within the wine-making villages in the mountains. There was an outdoor market here when we visited on the weekend. It’s also known for having one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus.

Pano Lefkara – one of my favorite stops on the trip, an old town with cobblestone streets, handicraft shops, local restaurants, and lots of charm.

KakopetriaKalopanayiotis – two more villages located a short drive away from Pano Lefkara. I’d recommend exploring all three in one day.

Grapes in Omodos Village Cyprus via @finduslost
Cat in Odomos Village via @finduslost

Other Cities To Visit in Cyprus

Limassol

Euphoria Art Land – located about 15 minutes outside of Limassol, this sculpture garden / café / boutique hotel is a work of art. You have to go to experience it in person! Make sure to visit during weekends (5pm to 11pm) and sit for a drink. Visit their website for more information.

Karatello Taverna – where my Greek family took me – so you know it’s good! Reserve a table outside and make sure to explore the area.

Kipriakon – a perfect restaurant on the old port of Cyprus. Tasty food, great wine, and huge portions.

Larnaca

Larnaca Salt Lake – if you’re visiting in spring or autumn, you can usually see pink flamingos here.

Church of Saint Lazarus – there are plenty of historic Greek orthodox churches around the island, but if you find yourself in Larnaca I’d recommend checking out this 9th-century stone church.

Foinikoudes promenade – for shopping, restaurants, and more along the ocean.

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Half-day trips and activities in Cyprus:

If you don’t plan on renting a car, or are interested in learning more about the history of Cyprus while visiting local villages, it’s worth booking a local tour on the island. You’ll cover a lot more ground, and avoid a lot of driving! This is also the best way to explore the major cities, including the best parts of Nicosia.

Cyprus Mini Travel Guide via Find Us Lost
Cyprus Mini Travel Guide via Find Us Lost
Cyprus Mini Travel Guide via Find Us Lost

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