A tourist guide to the Republic of Cyprus
A place filled with archeological ruins that one must not miss
Officially called the Republic of Cyprus, this island nation lies in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is the third-largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. This beautiful island shares its borders with Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Gaza Strip; Egypt, and Greece. An island in itself and surrounded by so many incredibly gorgeous topography Cyprus has a lot to offer to travelers. From the unique cuisine full of flavor to the unique contrast of cobalt water on white sand to the great archaeological ruins, one can easily get lost on the island. Even the Cypriot people are warm and friendly. So let’s take a look at a few things that you can do on this island.
Kourion is an important ancient city-state on the southwestern coast of Cyprus. Though there is no shortage of ancient sites in Cyprus, Kurion is a must-go. In the 17th century, Kourion suffered from five heavy earthquakes, but it was partly rebuilt adding the charm it has now. However, the Kourion archaeological area lies within the British Overseas Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. The best part of this ancient city is that it is situated across a coastal cliff with a breathtaking view of the countryside and the Mediterranean below. Among other things the most important thing to do here is to visit the theater and the House of Eustolios, holding well-preserved mosaics.
St. Hilarion Castle
Situated on the Kyrenia mountain range, it provides the castle with command of the pass road from Kyrenia to Nicosia. In fact, it is the best-preserved ruin of the three former strongholds in the Kyreniamountains. This ruin is considered to be one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful castle ruins and home to many myths and legends. You want more castles gazing, then you will find three major castle ruins in North Cyprus.
The city of Larnaca situated on the southern coast of Cyprus is the third-largest city in the country. One of the attractions in the city is the salt lake, just to Larnaca’s west that is packed with flocks of pink flamingos during spring. Adding to this charm is the plenty of hill villages full of tourist attractions.
Paphos Archaeological Park
This park constitutes the major part of ancient Greek and Roman cities. The interesting fact about this is that the park is still under excavation. In fact, NeaPaphos is one of the three components forming the Paphos archaeological complex that is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its outstanding mosaics and ancient remains, as well as its historical religious importance.