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Flights to Cyprus

Flights to Cyprus

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Flights to Cyprus

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Cyprus at a glance

Why go

For golden beaches, great nightlife, enchanting temples and engaging history.

Local hotspot

Picture-perfect Paphos in western Cyprus boasts a pretty port, a castle and a fine selection of hotels.

You probably didn’t know

Cypriot halloumi cheese is considered to be the one true halloumi.

Suggested reading

Hesiod’s Theogony recounts goddess Aphrodite’s birth in Cyprus, while Shakespeare’s Othello is set on the island. Bitter Lemons, meanwhile, is Lawrence Durrell’s autobiographical account of life in Northern Cyprus during the 1950s.

Bare stats

  • Population: 11,9 million (2013)
  • Annual visitor numbers: 2 million (2011)
  • January mean temperature: 12°C
  • August mean temperature: 27°C

Things to do in Cyprus

To Kazani Tavern

For an evening meal in Larnaca, head to the To Kazani Tavern, a small family-run restaurant known for its warm, friendly service, reasonable prices and good food.

Risto La Piazza

For fine dining in a scenic setting, book an al-fresco table at Risto La Piazza in Paphos. Here, “Professor” Raffaele Santoro from Venice conjures up traditional and innovative Italian dishes, which can be enjoyed on the beachside terrace. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list.

Mayrommatis

Alternatively, for a high-end take on traditional Greek fare, head to Mavrommatis at The Four Seasons in Limassol.

Vasiliki

Vasiliki, down a back alley in Nicosia, serves an ever-changing menu of homemade greats (ten different dishes a day). If possible, try the “gemista” (tomatoes, peppers, and courgettes stuffed with minced meat and rice) or the slow-cooked lamb.

Pyxida

For fresh, expertly prepared seafood, roll up for a long lunch at Pyxida in Nicosia. Fish can be ordered by the kilo or served as smaller mezze-style dishes.

Kalamies

Kalamies on 40 Ellinon Street in Protaras is another popular seafood spot, serving the catch of the day with great sea views.

Cyprus’s famous (often infamous) nightlife scene centres on Ayia Napa. Or more specifically on Ayias Mavris, a strip lined with bars and clubs and heaving with inebriated Europeans.

Pepper

Among the classier options in Ayia Napa there is Pepper at Napa Plaza Hotel – a laidback café and bar during the day, which ups the tempo in the evening.

Jello and Liquid

For creative and colourful cocktails, head to Jello, or Liquid Café Bar for a post-dinner cocktail.

Nissi Bay Beach Bar

Those in search of more hedonistic high jinks, check out Nissi Bay Beach Bar. They host the best DJs from around the island, as well as international touring acts.

Makarios Avenue and Stassicratous Street in Nicosia

The best shopping is in the capital city, Nicosia, on Makarios Avenue and Stassicratous Street. These are lined with recognisable high-street and luxury brands.

The Cyprus Handicraft Service

Otherwise, there are plenty of tourist shops and stalls across Cyprus for cheap-and-cheerful souvenirs. However, finding traditional crafts can be difficult. The Cyprus Handicraft Service, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, sells authentic handmade goods, including hand-woven baskets, ceramics and embroidery. They have outlets in Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos, and Larnaca.

Oro Fino

Larnaca is also home to Oro Fino, for contemporary handmade jewellery and trinkets.

Unesco World Heritage sites

Cyprus boasts three Unesco World Heritage sites. The first is the site of nine painted Byzantine churches in the Troodos mountain range.

The second is the Neolithic hunter-gatherer settlement of Choirokoitia, which dates back to 7BC.

The third World Heritage site is the stunning city of Paphos, with its ancient villas, tombs and fortresses. Also home to splendid Roman mosaics in the Villa of Theseus and the Villa of Dionysus.

Alagadi Beach

Those who prefer natural history should head to Alagadi Beach in June to watch newly hatched green and loggerhead turtles make their first journey into the sea. For further details, contact the Society for Protection of Turtles.

Scuba diving

To catch a glance of fully-grown turtles and other sealife, suit up and dive into the waters surrounding the island. Cyprus has become one of Europe’s leading diving destinations, largely thanks to the wreckage of the Zenobia that lies about 2km off the coast of Larnaca. The ferry sank in 1980 and is the perfect wreck for all certification levels – the top of the wreck sits at 18m and stretches down to the seabed at 42m.

The Green Line

For a taste of the island’s recent history, head to capital Nicosia (or Lefkosia, as it’s known to Greek speakers) and walk the Green Line – the 180km border that separates north and south Cyprus. The border reopened in 2008 and now can be crossed freely (providing you have your passport to hand). Nicosia is also home to the imposing Selimiye Mosque.

Events to look out for:

  • Limassol Carnival (February)
  • Ancient Greek Drama Festival (August-September)
  • Cyprus Wine Festival, Limassol (September)

Flying with Norwegian

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