Cobbled lanes, traditional architecture, breathtaking views, incredible beaches, and even a village that has been awarded UNESCO heritage status thanks to its world-famous handicrafts, Cyrpus is a stunning island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. A gorgeous destination to visit all year round, here’s your guide to the most beautiful towns, cities, and villages in Cyprus.
Pano Lefkara/ Πάνω Λεύκαρα
Situated in the Troodos mountains and overlooking an azure blue sea, the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara can be found in the very middle of the island. Famous around the world thanks to its handicrafts, the needlecraft lace that originates there was even thought to have served as the inspiration for the table cloth in Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’.
Another handicraft that is practised in the village is the filigree silver from Lefkara. Traditionally undertaken by the men of the village, this art form consists of weaving threads of silver to form intricate patterns, the type of which can only be created from silver.
North West of the capital city of Limassol, Omodos is best-known for its wine production and stunning monasteries. Surrounded by the mountains and with stunning views of the valleys below, while in town, be sure to visit the Timios Stavros Monastery (dedicated to the holy cross).
Elsewhere in Omodos, you’ll soon discover a delightful maze of cobbled lanes and plenty of places to enjoy the local wine. If you’re looking to enjoy your tipple served with a side of history, be sure to check out Linos Tou Charilaou. Set against the background of a medieval wine press, in an adjacent room, you’ll soon discover a small museum filled with the history of grape growing in the area.
Paphos/ Pafos/ Πάφος
Though a tourist hot spot for British and German visitors for decades, Paphos is only just starting to be ‘discovered’ by the rest of the world. The port city was founded during Byzantine times and has centuries of history, meaning that there are plenty of things to see and do in Paphos.
Home to luxury accommodations and plenty of amazing eateries, truth be told, the real highlight of Paphos is the sheer number of historical attractions in the area. Not only is the port area home to an impressive fort, but elsewhere in the vicinity, you’ll soon discover the Paphos mosaics (dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 5th Century CE) and the 4th-century BCE Tombs of the Kings.
Of all the reasons to visit Cyprus, quaint towns like that of Platres are among the best. High up in the mountains and home to several breathtaking waterfalls, the mountainous settlement is one of Cyrpus’ wine villages. While in the area, be sure to visit the chocolate factory, which produces delicious sweets and treats for every budget.
Limassol/ Lemesos/ Λεμεσός
A city by the sea, highlights of Lemesos include a glittering marina (head here for some of the best coffee and boutique shopping experiences to be had anywhere in Cyprus), Limassol is one of the largest cities on the island, second only to Nicosia.
Recently ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the top up-and-coming destinations in the world, highlights of the city include an impressive boardwalk (complete with palm trees and sprinkling fountains) and Limassol Castle, a reconstructed structure dating back to the 16th-century.
Choirokoitia/ Khirokitia/ Χοιροκοιτία
Close to the UNESCO world heritage site of the same name, the ancient remains of the village of Choirokoitia date back to between the 7th and 3rd centuries BCE. Now, the modern village can be found around a half-hour drive from Limassol and is a delightful blend of quaint hilltop houses and churches.
The village is also the start of a nature trail that leads down to the Neolithic site. While in the area, be sure to book a workshop in traditional basketweaving with Petros Nikolaou (more details here). Nikolau’s Workshop is situated in a traditional stone home dating back to 1903 and Rigenas Workshops include elements like halloumi making, nut brittle, goat’s milk soap, and Cyrpiot bread.
Inia/ Ineia/ Ίνια
Also known as the village of Ineia, this quaint hilltop village is well-known for its wine production. One of the Laona wine villages, the settlement offers awe-inspiring views of vineyards for miles around. Around 30 miles North of Paphos, many think that the village’s name derives from ‘Oinos,’ the Greek word for wine.
Often said to be one of the prettiest villages in Cyprus, Lofou can be found somewhere in the Cypriot countryside, midway between Limassol and Paphos. Lofou is surrounded by vineyards and filled with wine merchants. Elsewhere in the pretty settlement, the Panagia Amasgous Monastery was founded at the end of the 11th-century, though it has been reconstructed several times over the years.