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Nicosia: Sunshine & History Under One Sky

Cyprus definitely holds something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a Paphos poolside break to lap up the rays, or an all-night party in Ayia Napa, you’ll find everything you’re looking for on this island.

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However, there’s more to the shimmering beaches than meets the eye. On the flipside is Nicosia with its rich culture and history for you to delve right into.

Nicosia is the capital and historical hub of the country and, by including it on a cultural summer holiday to Cyprus, you can see the past ages in its churches, mosques and exotic buildings.

Set inland from the beach resorts, north of the stunning Troodos mountains, the city is more secluded from the tourist destinations. Nicosia is surrounded by Venetian walls dating back 400 years, giving it a sense of mystery – one you’ll want to unlock for yourself.

Buyuk Han

This beautiful building stands in the market centre of Nicosia. Once an Ottoman roadside inn (or caravansarai), it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the area. ‘Buyuk Han’ literally means ‘Great Inn’, having housed the richest merchants and travellers. It would have been something to marvel at with its stunning fortress-like style and still wows awestruck visitors every day.

You can explore the courtyard and shop in its many craft boutiques, or even see a traditional wedding performed there!

This imposing, gorgeous building welcomes all to participate in folklore dance shows, piano recitals and drama performances.

Cyprus Museum

The Cyprus Museum – in the old part of the city – showcases artefacts and relics all discovered in the area.

Over the years, Cyprus has changed hands many times and you’ll see this all over the island. Greeks Ottomans and Venetians alike viewed it as the jewel of the Mediterranean. As a result, Nicosia has a varied mixture of mosques and Orthodox churches. The Cyprus Museum let’s you explore the stories of the people and the overwhelming past of the island.

Find out the history here and become an expert on the Cypriot culture, from Bronze Age pottery and ancient inscriptions, to local traditions and clothing.
Take an afternoon break to the nearby in the city centre where you’ll be able to sample a range of top-class bars and entertainment.

Royal Tombs at Tamassos

Venturing just outside of the city walls, you’ll find this hidden gem in the small village of Politiko. Visit the remains of the ancient Temple of Aphrodite and the tombs of the region’s ancient kings.

For a tiny cost you can see this amazing site where you can get a sense of the old wealth of Cyprus.

In an archaeological dig during the 1970s, the remains of Aphrodite’s temple were discovered. The deity of love and fertility, also known as the Mother Goddess, was worshipped all over the island. This site goes back thousands of years and the sense of history is simply astounding.

With a short bus ride out of the centre you can breathe in the air of a different era.

Cypriot dreams

Nicosia is a wonderful location with such incredible stories. Join a guided tour and see as much as possible of a of a city that has been coveted and loved by many.

Temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees in the summer, so if you’re looking to top up your tan then book your holiday to Cyprus now.

 

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Top 10 Hotels in Cyprus

The Mediterranean region is one of the most beautiful in the world. There is no lack of culture, food, music, dance, and anything else a vacationer could ask for. Many people who want to go to the Mediterranean usually plan trips to Greece and Turkey, which are both great places, but a place to make sure you check out is Cyprus. The island is a serene paradise in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. When you check out Cyprus you have to stay in a place as beautiful as the country itself. Here are 10 of the best places to stay on your holiday in Cyprus, in no particular order!

 

Olympic Lagoon Resort

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To start with, the Olympic Lagoon Resort is one of the best places to stay while on holiday. This is a great place for not only families but couples as well. There are a host of different options available for food from Japanese to a 1950’s American Style Diner. There are plenty of entertainment opportunities available for kids, so parents don’t worry about alone time. You can send them to the kids club which has a cinema room, arcade, internet cafe, soft drink bar, and swimming pool. And for those of you without kids, there are plenty of kid free zones you can escape away to, such as the adults-only relaxation pool that includes a whirlpool and a lazy river. For extra privacy, look into the Fisherman’s Village rooms which have a shared private pool.

Capo Bay Hotel

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This hotel has what I would like to call a prime location. It is right on the beach of Fig Tree Bay in Protaras and less than 1 km away from a dance club. Although there is a dance club nearby, there is no shortage of entertainment at this resort. From water volleyball, aquaerobics, and tennis to two outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool and a pool bar that has a satellite tv. The Capo Bay Hotel also has live music regularly. Everything you need to enjoy your holiday can be found right on the grounds.

Tsokko Beach Hotel

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The Tsokko Beach Hotel is a hotel that is great for all types of groups. Whether you are a family, couple, or a group of friends you can’t go wrong with staying here. It is close to the beach and the Protaras center which is filled with bars and restaurants. The hotel has a bar, video games, darts, ping pong, pool table, and live music. I know that personally, between the bar and the bar games available to play, me and my group of friends could have a blast all week.

Christabelle Hotel Apartments

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This is the perfect location for groups trying to enjoy the nightlife of the Ayia Napa area of Cyprus. There are plenty of options when staying in the Christabelle Hotel Apartments. You can choose to stay in a studio apartment, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment. The number of friends you travel with and the length of your stay could all play a role in your choice of room when staying in this laidback vacationer community.

Tsokkos Paradise Village

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Not to be confused with the Tsokko Beach Hotel, this village is just as beautiful and welcoming. The Tsokkos Paradise Village is a great place for families. Most of the accommodations are for adults and kids alike, making this resort a better family stay. The center of Ayia Napa is a bus ride away and the village is also right across the street from the beach, making trips to and from not hard at all!

Nissi Beach Hotel

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Everything is right in the name. This hotel in Ayia Napa is located directly on Nissi Beach. It boasts seven different bars, five of which are beach side with taverna lunch options. There is a fantastic spa offering a gym, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, beauty salon, and hydro massages are available. It also has plenty of athletics available as there is a beach volleyball court, floodlit tennis courts, and a basketball/mini-football court. One of the coolest features though of the Nissi Beach Hotel is the diving school which gives guests the chance to take diving classes in the Mediterranean.

Annmaria Hotel

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The Annmaria Hotel seems like the perfect place to go if you’re looking for nothing too crazy and just want to enjoy a modest time in Cyprus. It is a place that people of all ages can appreciate. It overlooks a rocky beach and the Ayia Napa center is just a 15 minute walk away. Don’t let the rocky beach scare you away, about 15 minutes down the strip there is a perfectly sandy beach that is great for sunbathing and jet skiing. It has a buffet, pool bar, lounge bar, and tennis court. All in all, this is a great location for those just trying to relax and enjoy the get away that beautiful Cyprus is able to offer.

Ascos Coral Beach Hotel

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Another hotel that the name says a lot. This hotel sits right on, you guessed it, the beach. If you haven’t picked up on a general theme of the island quite yet let me help out, everything is right on or right across from the beach. The Ascos Coral Beach Hotel is in Coral Bay and tends to cater better for older and more mature guests and couples. It is on a rock and shingle beach, offering a view that you are unlikely to find most anywhere else.

Tsokkos Gardens Complex

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This complex is a combination of a hotel and an apartment complex, allowing for a wide range of choice in the kind of room you would like to stay in. the choices range from studio apartments to traditional hotel style rooms with two or three beds. Tsokkos Gardens Complex is located in Pernera but is very close to Protaras. There is a beach walkway that connects Pernera to Protaras so that guest staying in in Pernera won’t miss out on the nightlife that Protaras has to offer.

Napa Plaza Hotel

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To round off this list we end in the familiar location of Ayia Napa. The Napa Plaza Hotel is in the center of Ayia Napa right next to the monastery, which may make for an interesting and unique daytime visit. The architecture of the hotel is actually based off of the same style as the neighboring 14th century monastery that was previously mentioned. This is a modern resort and its biggest draw, to me anyway, is the fact that it is right in the middle of the city. The hustle and bustle happens around this resort, making it the place to be.

There it is, 10 of the best options for your stay in Cyprus. Make sure you do your research and choose the best option for your vacation. Or maybe plan 10 trips and try them all out. A guy can dream right?

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More to Cyprus than Agia Napa

Cyprus is one of those islands in the Med that has gained a reputation as a partying hotspot – and deservedly so if you go to one of the clubbing resorts like Agia Napa. However, many people decide not to go to Cyprus exactly because of this reputation, and they’re the ones who will actually be missing out on all the other sides to Cyprus.

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For a start, it’s a fabulous place to go off season. Due to its latitude, the island of Cyprus gets a much longer summer period than other Mediterranean holiday resorts and you can go for a sunshine break from early March through to the end of October or beginning of November. You can find flights to Cyprus year round at reasonable prices as several different budget airlines fly there.

As well as being a place that clubbers go on holiday, Cyprus also draws people who enjoy visiting historical and myth related places. This is the island of Aphrodite – the goddess of love and fertility.

Ancient tradition has placed Aphrodite’s birth in Limassol, and according to the myth, she was born from the waves off the coast of Cyprus. She was then brought to shore by soft breezes on a shell, as depicted by Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ which you can see in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. You can pay a visit to Aphrodite’s Rock by taking the coastal road from Paphos (25km) or Limassol. There isn’t much to see here apart from the rock, but visitors come in their thousands anyway.

Cyprus is also a great place for walking holidays – especially if you come during the cooler months of the year. Even in December you’ll get some nice walking weather. There is plenty of rugged coastline to walk along – and trails are numerous. The Forestry Department has 48 different trails that can be found around the island, from Kavo Greco in the south to Akamas in the west. Generally, most of these have gentle gradients and are often circular, so they’re suitable for all ages and abilities. They are also clearly signposted.  Inland, if you’re up for a bigger challenge you can hike along the spine of the Kyrenia Mountains – the trail is 143 km long.

Of course, this is only a taste of what Cyprus has to offer apart from its clubbing scene. It’s best to decide what you want from your holiday in Cyprus and use that information to decide where you’re going to stay. But it’s definitely worth discovering Cyprus for yourself, whatever kind of holidaymaker you are!

 

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