Cyprus: Places to Explore

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  • Ayia Napa

    Once a charming fishing village 30 km (19 miles) east of Larnaca, Ayia Napa became a top party destination in the 1990s, attracting young and frequently reckless British clubbers who flocked there in the... Read more

  • Larnaca

    The seaside resort with its own modern airport, 51 km (32 miles) southeast of Nicosia, has a flamboyant Whitsuntide celebration, called Cataklysmos, every June, as well as fine beaches, a palm-fringed... Read more

  • Lefkara

    Some 40 km (25 miles) west of Larnaca, this picturesque village—one of the prettiest in Cyprus—is best known for its lace: Lefkaritika has been woven by hand here for centuries. Much of it is indeed beautiful... Read more

  • Limassol

    A major commercial port, cruise ship port of call, and wine-making center on the south coast, Limassol, 75 km (47 miles) from Nicosia, is a bustling, cosmopolitan town, with some of the liveliest nightlife... Read more

  • Nicosia

    The capital of Cyprus is twice divided. Its picturesque Old City is contained within 16th-century Venetian fortifications that separate it from the wide, tree-lined streets, large hotels, and high-rises... Read more

  • Northern Cyprus

    Northern Cyprus is not a country in the strict sense of the term. All countries except Turkey recognize it as an illegally occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.... Thus, public holidays follow those in... Read more

  • Paphos

    In the west of the island and 142 km (88 miles) southwest of Nicosia, Paphos combines a seaside with stellar archaeological sites and a buzzing nightlife. Since the late 1990s it has attracted some of... Read more

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  • Polis

    Located about 35 km (22 miles) north of Paphos, Polis is essentially a small town with nothing more than a few restaurants and hotels. Its main appeal is as a gateway to the region's nature trails, hiking... Read more

  • Troodos Mountains

    North of Limassol, these mountains, which rise to 6,500 feet, have shady cedar and pine forests and cool springs. Small, painted Byzantine churches in the Troodos and Pitsilia foothills are rich examples... Read more

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