For centuries Cyprus has been prized by empires across the Mediterranean for its enviable position on the geopolitical maps.
Today, the island is a popular tourist destination, with visitors from all over the world coming to enjoy its Mediterranean climate, stunning scenery and rich culture. Cyprus offers so many things to see and do, whether you’re looking for relaxation, a cultural trip or adventure.
Top Rated Attractions & Sightseeing in Cyprus
The island offers an authentic Mediterranean experience ideal for year-round vacations. To help you plan your trip or holidays in Cyprus, here’s a list of the top-rated sightseeing and tourist attractions on the island.
Top Sights In Cyprus
If you’re looking for an unforgettable vacation spot, be sure to add Cyprus to your list! Here are some of the top sights in Cyprus that will remain in your heart forever.
The Acropolis of Cyprus
The Acropolis of Cyprus in the archaeological site of Amathous is a 4th century BC Greek temple and a UNESCO World Heritage site today. There’s a small admission fee for visitors, and is open every day from 8 am to 5 pm.
The Kykkos Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated in the Troodos Mountains. It is known for its jewelled Virgin Mary icon. It is open to the public every day from 10 am to 6 pm. The entrance to the monastery is free to all visitors.
The Castle of Limassol
The Castle of Limassol is a Medieval castle rebuilt in 1590. It has a long and rich history. The castle is open to the public every day from 8 am to 5 pm with an admission fee of 4.50€. Guided tours are offered for tourists and history avids.
Ancient Kourion is an ancient city in the southwest of Cyprus that was destroyed by an earthquake. The ruins are open all year round from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Admission is 4.50€ for adults, and there is a 20% sale for groups of 10 or more people.
The Akamas Peninsula is a nature lover’s paradise, with its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush nature surrounding the peninsula. Visitors can get there with jeep tours, which include stops at some of the highlights of the peninsula, such as the Baths of Aphrodite.
Best Museums to Visit
Cyprus is home to many museums that display a vast array of artefacts and art from ancient times to the present day. Here are some of the best museums to visit in Cyprus.
The Cyprus Museum
The Cyprus museum in Nicosia was founded in 1882 during the British occupation after being petitioned by Cypriot people who wanted to preserve their culture. It displays ancient pottery, sculptures and other artefacts discovered during island excavations. There is no admission fee to enter the museum, and is open every day from 8 am to 6 pm.
Pierides Museum – Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
The Pierides Museum is Cyprus’s leading private archaeology museum in Larnaca and includes some of the most beautiful artefacts discovered on the island, such as glassware, maps and pottery. The museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday-Thursday, and 9 am – 1 pm from Friday to Saturday. Admission is around 3€ for adults, with discounts for students and groups of 10+.
Cyprus Folk Art Museum
The Cyprus Folk Art Museum is housed in a beautiful 15th-century Gothic building in Nicosia. Its collections include pottery, carvings, tools, and folk paintings. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm, and it is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is just 2.00€.
The Cyprus Wine Museum
The Cyprus Wine Museum in Limassol offers insights into the island’s winemaking heritage and tradition, as well as the production process of mouthwatering wine. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and is closed on public holidays. Admission for adults is €4.00 or €5.00 with a tasting.
Leventis Municipal Museum
The Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia is home to an amazing selection of Cypriot artworks, such as archaeological discoveries, photographs, costumes, pottery, engravings, jewels, maps, and furniture. It features exciting cultural exhibitions, events and educational products every month. It is free for everyone to visit, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
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