Consider Cyprus for Your Next Luxury Getaway – Cyprus is a bundle of travel clichés – but once you visit, you’ll see it’s not just all talk. Cyprus is a country of old and new, mountains meeting seas, east meeting west, and where you can take a dip and throw on some skis all in the same day – depending on what time of year it is. And with all types of accommodations, you’ll literally gorge yourself on choice.
Cyprus itself, excluding the northern Turkish-occupied region, is rather small – less than 5,600-square-miles. In fact, there are still parts of Cyprus considered wilderness, such as the Akamas Peninsula, the Troodos Mountains, and Tillyria’s forested hills. The capital city, Nicosia, is about an hour from the beaches and plentiful resorts, but it lacks the charm of these resort locations. What it lacks in charm, however, it makes up for in character. The Turkish zone split from the Republic of Cyprus, but the 1974 ceasefire allows visitors to cross via a checkpoint to see its surviving medieval architecture.
That said, some of Cyprus’ most stunning places are away from the beaches and cities. For instance, some resorts have taken up residence in these remote regions for the simple fact of their remoteness. Consider Agia Napa or Protaras on the island’s eastern tip if you enjoy brash, or Paphos to the west if you’re looking for a bit more sophistication. The two main coast cities of Limassol and Larnaca originally were the island’s hubs of tourism and, while the area is large and full of sun, the resorts can tend to be a bit bland and not as modern as you may have come to expect from luxury destinations. If you’re intent on spending some time on a Cyprus beach, head to Konnos Bay or Makronissos Beach.
While you’re on the island of Cyprus, there are a few sites you shouldn’t miss, such as Paphos’ ancient Hellenistic mosaics, Kourion’s Roman theater, or Colossi’s medieval castles. The Byzantine cathedrals tucked into the Troodos have exceptional frescoes, as well. The Church of Saint Lazarus and the Cyprus Museum are other unmissable sites.
No matter where you choose to stay on Cyprus, you’ll be in the heart of culture. Scents waft through the island’s old towns, begging you to come in for a taste at one of the many traditional restaurants. What’s on your Cyprus agenda?