Although Cyprus is well known as a sun holiday destination (rightly so, given its amazing collection of beaches), there are many other fascinating sights and attractions to be found here too. In this article, Mercury Direct Holidays lists some of its favourite must-see spots in Cyprus. The first of these is Paphos Harbour and Castle. Thousands of visitors come here each year, to enjoy a scenic stroll by the quay, and indulge in a delicious meal at one of the many seafood restaurants here. The views are beautiful – particularly at sunset. The castle dates back to the late 14th century, and can be reached by walking over a little bridge, across a moat.
For those interested in archaeology and ancient history, a visit to the ruins of Curium, as well as Kolossi Castle – both located in the same area of Limassol – will make for an interesting day out. The Curium ruins and the castle overlook the sea and are considered by many to be two of Cyprus’s most spectacular archaeological sites. According to the travel experts from Mercury Direct, Kolossi castle served as a home to the Order of the ‘Hospitallers’. Not far from here, you’ll also find the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, and a museum in Episkopi village.
Ancient Amathous is also very popular with visitors to Cyprus. About eleven kilometres outside of Lemsos, this was once one of the country’s four kingdoms, having been founded by Kinyras in 1000BC. Exceptionally well preserved, given how incredibly old it is, Mercury Direct says that this site is certainly worth a trip.
If your interests lie more in nature than in history, then Mercury Direct recommends a visit to Larnaca Salt Lake. If you are flying into Larnaca airport, this stunning natural attraction will be right under your nose; to the left of the airport is a road, on either side of which are two salt flats or lakes (depending on the time of year). This is the famous Larnaca Salt Lake. People from the local area have extracted salt from the waters here for many centuries, and this tradition still continues today. If your holiday to Cyprus happens to be in late winter, or the beginning of spring, you may also get to see the beautiful flocks of pink flamingos that migrate to the lake, so make sure to bring your camera.