Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is an unforgettable holiday destination! Cyprus has something for everyone with crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, natural sea caves, authentic villages and incredible food (especially the halloumi, of course)! Cyprus is beautiful and here are 10 photos that will make you want to book a flight to Cyprus!
1. Tochni Village
Tochni, a small and picturesque village, lies between Larnaca and Limassol on the south of Cyprus. Tochni is considered one of the oldest villages in Cyprus and is one of the most charming villages we saw during our time on the island.
We spent the afternoon strolling around the village and picked up some local cheese, meats, wine and olives which we enjoyed on the balcony of our agrotourism apartment as we watched the sun set over Tochni. Tochni is one of many ‘agrotourism’ villages in Cyprus, where original, traditional Cypriot stone houses are restored and preserved.
Whilst Cyprus has endless beautiful beaches, it is worth escaping the coast for at least a day or two to experience some of the unique, charming villages and have the opportunity to witness authentic Cypriot life.
Read more: An authentic Cypriot stay in Tochni.
2. Akamas Peninsula
The Akamas Peninsula in northwest Cyprus is one of the most beautiful places on the island. It’s also one of the least inhabited places, making it a paradise for hikers, 4x4ers and boaters.
There is no main roads, just dirt tracks and footpaths along with an extensive range of wildlife, crystal clear bays and endless beautiful landscapes to explore.
You’ll be blessed with views like this the entire time!
3. Fig Tree Bay
Crystal clear Fig Tree Bay is located in Protaras, which is north of Cape Greco National Forest Park and Ayia Napa.
Fig Tree Bay was quieter than the Ayia Napa beaches and was without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus. It takes its name from the fig trees which line its coast and it felt like we were swimming in a giant lagoon or swimming pool – certainly not in the sea!
The shallow, calm waters make it the perfect family beach. We loved it because it was a lot quieter than the rest of the beaches in the region and just so beautiful.
4. The Blue Lagoon, Akamas
The water in the Blue Lagoon was some of the most magical we’ve seen in all our travels. Every possible shade of blue is present in the enticing waters of the lagoon. The Blue Lagoon and Akamas Peninsula were our favourite places on the island and well deserve their spot among the best beaches in Cyprus.
Like anywhere, it is popular because it is so beautiful, but if you go early you’ll avoid the big tour boats and will only have to share it with a few others.
5. Snorkelling the Blue Lagoon
The Akamas Peninsula has been protected from commercial development and so the Blue Lagoon and surrounds are pristine and it is so wonderful to be able to explore them in their natural state.
The water in the Blue Lagoon was some of the most magical we’ve seen on our travels. There is such a beautiful world below the surface with curious, colourful fish everywhere you look.
We had so much fun snorkelling and spent so much time face-down in the water that we ended up with sunburned backs. It was totally worth it though!
6. Cape Greco Sea Caves
Cape Greco has seemingly endless coved and inlets, and the sea caves are a must see for visitors. The high cliffs make the place popular with cliff jumpers, and the water is crystal clear making it a perfect location for swimming and snorkelling. At low tide, they can be explored on foot and you’ll be able to see the abundance of wildlife that call the area home.
The caves have been naturally carved out of the limestone by the sea over time and legend has it that the caves were once used by pirates to hide their bounty!
7. Manolis Bay
Located a few hundred metres before the Blue Lagoon in the Akamas Peninsula is beautiful Manolis Bay. The bay has some of the clearest, bluest water that we’ve ever seen and is surrounded by natural sea caves.
It is best visited by boat, however if you are travelling on foot or like us, by car – you can scramble your way down the rocks into the bay for a dip in paradise!
8. Cape Greco National Park
Cape Greco is a protected national park in the southeastern part of Cyprus which is located between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras. Cape Greco is a naturally beautiful area which is an oasis of tranquility in one of the busiest and most popular regions of the island.
There are plenty of nature trails for those who wish to explore on foot. Highlights of beautiful Cape Greco for us were the Ayioi Anargiroi Church, Love Bridge, Sea Caves, Blue Lagoon and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
9. Konnos Bay
Konnos Bay is located halfway between Protaras and Ayia Napa. Luckily for us, this popular, beautiful beach was accessible by a track from our hotel, Grecian Park.
Konnos Bay is a small cove with calm waters thanks to its sheltered location. We loved that it was surrounded by greenery all over the cliffs.
The water in Konnos Bay was magical and we were so lucky that it was within walking distance of our hotel.
10. Love Bridge
Located in Cape Greco is one of the best natural bridges in Cyprus, the Love Bridge (or Bridge of Lovers). The bridge is a natural rocky arch bridge that extends out to the crystal clear sea.
Legend has it, if you kiss whilst standing in the middle of the bridge your wish will come true!
It’s (almost) always sunny in Cyprus, so make sure before you go that you visit website for sunglasses for your trip!
Have these photos inspired you to want to visit beautiful Cyprus?
Or have you been lucky enough to already visit and fall in love with Cyprus? x
This post was written in collaboration with Vision Magazine.