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Locals reveal their favourite things to do in Cyprus

We asked locals in Cyprus to reveal what they like doing in their own country when they have available time. We hope to imbue you with our findings. There are plenty of things to do on this beautiful Mediterranean Island to enjoy yourself, to refresh and get inspired.

Asking different people about their favourite thing to do in their own country made us realize that we have so many glorious places.  Some people enjoy a local coffee shop and drink their favourite iced coffee (frappe) in Limassol Marina and some are enamored with the idea of drinking tea in the cosy villages up in the mountains.  

We believe that we are one of the few countries in Europe that have the Mediterranean Sea on the right hand side and the mountains on the left hand side. You literally can go on Monday and swim at the Bath of Aphrodite and 24 hours later be in a local village up in the mountains. Let’s dive in and see what you can do the next time you are in Cyprus.

Troodos and Kykkos. Some people love to drive in the mountains and go to Kykkos Monastery. Kykkos is one of the wealthiest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus. You can enjoy the Holy Monastery and its rich history. There are no remains of the original monastery as it was burned down many times. You can enjoy the fresh air in the mountains and have a cup of Cyprus traditional coffee in the restaurant at the Monastery.


While you are at Kykkos you can drive and stop for a quick cheeky glass of wine at Omodos Village. George from Limassol loves Omodos Village. We suggest you have a cheeky glass of wine because it’s a wine-making village. It is built near the west bank of the Cha-potami river. This beautiful village is surrounded by tall mountaintops. You can find vines and various fruit-trees (apple, plum, pear, peach and apricot trees). When you have your cheeky glass of wine you can drive carefully to the south, towards Alexander The Great in Paphos.


Maria from Nicosia absolutely loves the breath-taking views at Alexander The Great in Paphos. One of her favourite things to do is to have a cocktail at the Alexander Bar and enjoy herself. If you book yourself into the Alexander The Great in Paphos Cyprus, you are in for a treat. Once you finish your cocktail you can go to your room and continue enjoying the view from your room. You can order a delicious club sandwich and relax.


Speaking of Paphos, Chara told us that she loves going for coffee at Oniro By The Sea and enjoying a walk to The Edro III Shipreck. The Edro III was a cargo ship, build in 1966 that had an accident in Paphos on 08th December 2011 in heavy seas. During its voyage to Rhodes, from Limassol full of plasterboard. Today the ship is empty and it offers nice scenery while you enjoy and learn. You can have a drink and have a bite to eat. The view is definitely worth it.


Louiza shared with us that she loves going for a walk in the harbour for a frozen yogurt. There is also St George in Paphos where you can find the last castle for a great place to have lunch.

Once you enjoy your lunch you can drive down to Petra tou Romiou. Also known as Aphrodite Rock, it is a sea stack in Paphos. It’s located off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol. According to one legend, this rock is the site where Aphrodite was born. They say that if you swim around the rock three times you will be blessed with true love. Most probably you are with your true love already so it might be a good idea to swim together!

Let’s travel to Limassol. Johnny’s favourite thing to do is to walk by the beach next to Elias Beach Hotel. If you are staying at the hotel you can enjoy a morning walk there. Maybe you might pick up a new holiday habit. As soon as he finishes his walk he loves going down to Limassol Marina to enjoy a chamomile tea (yes in hot weather as well). Once the walk and the tea are completed a spa at Elias Beach Hotel is the perfect ritual for a perfect Friday.

Anthony is on the other side of the island, he is in charming Ayia Napa. There are so many things you can do in Ayia Napa so we will share with you two things that Anthony suggested. One of his favourite things is to visit Olympic Lagoon’s Restaurant, the Rock N Roll! If you haven’t been to that restaurant and you are in Cyprus, you should definitely go! It’s a diner where you can enjoy a delicious New York cheesecake. The diner has a Rock N Roll vibe as you might have guessed, the interior reminds you of old-fashioned diners in America and the food is just mind-blowing. The second thing you should do is visit Ayia Napa Sculpture Park. The place is full of great surprises, sculptures from artists from all over the globe, some of them are smart, some clever and some crazy as Mike L says on TripAdvisor.


The sculpture park consists of a large collection of pieces by over 50 artists from around the world who have participated in the Annual Sculpture Symposium held by Ayia Napa Municipality. The expansion of each collection is an ongoing project that is continually being added to and in 2015 artists from around the world created their sculptures on-site over a period of three weeks which turned the park into an open-air workshop.

There you have it, suggestions from locals on what they love to do most in Cyprus. There are hundreds of things that you can do while you are in Cyprus. If you are looking to book accommodation in Paphos, Limassol or Ayia Napa we do have hotels and resorts that you can check out. When you arrive at any of our hotels or resorts you can ask any of our team members for their suggestions, they will be more than glad to share their favourite things to do.

If you have visited Cyprus let us know in the comment section below what was your favourite thing that you did?

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Hole in one

Golfers who choose to stay at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel are selecting us due to our convenient location, with all the island’s golf courses, at most, 20 minutes away. We have good relationships with all the Golf Clubs in the area and packages providing a host of golf-friendly services and facilities.

At the Hotel we offer a dedicated storage space for our guests’ golf clubs, a taxi service with a trolley for their equipment, and we also have a meeting point for them to enjoy a drink and talk about the day’s play when they return to the hotel. Continue reading “Hole in one” »

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More Fun For Kids

Being part of the Kanika Hotels group means that we can learn from our sister hotels, so in the same way that Olympic Lagoon Resort and Alexander the Great Hotel approached their Kids’ clubs, we have followed in turn by opening an indoor dedicated area for children. Now for Elias families we have an extended season, more activities in the programme and a longer day of arts, crafts, dance, puppets, playtime, games…the list goes on and on.

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Serenity Health Club & Spa

Κanika invites you to immerse yourself in peaceful tranquility within the sheltered ambiance of its exclusive Serenity Health Club & Spa. From the gentle incense, to the orchids and lush towels, everything is spotless, meticulously cared for and designed to transport your body and mind. But what will truly set your spa experience apart is an exciting new partnership between Kanika and two acclaimed spa brands, Germaine de Capuccini and Premier Dead Sea.

With over 50 years experience in over 80 countries, Germaine de Capuccini is dedicated to delivering results. Equally distinctive is Premier, with its multi award-winning products drawing on the rare minerals of the Dead Sea, rich in therapeutic and transformative powers.

Nothing makes you feel quite as special as being massaged, contoured and pampered with the best spa elements out there, some of which come with centuries of tradition. Continue reading “Serenity Health Club & Spa” »

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Now that’s entertainment!

Celebrities such as Peter Andre’s brother Chris sing at all the hotels; they encompass the quality that Kanika aims to provide. For 2014, Kanika introduces Joel Jones, whose stylish, seductive voice serenades the crowd with his repertoire of Classic, Swing and Motown. On other evenings, the audience are treated to an extravaganza of song and dance courtesy of Chicago Rouge, The Jersey Boys, Michael Bublé tribute, Rock around the Clock show, Flashback through the Decades and the All Star Movie and Theatre awards, with musicals spanning Lion King, Joseph and Grease. The artists themselves are hand-picked from UK-wide auditions by Claire, and though the selection process is strenuous and the rehearsals gruelling, the final quality makes it all worthwhile.

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A Winning Formula

Kanika Hotels & Resorts continue to reap international awards, reflecting our winning formula for excellence. By May, 2014 accolades had begun to flood
in, representing a heartening mix of comments and votes by satisfied guests, coveted industry awards and independent third-party assessments of our sustainability and environmental awareness policies, working conditions and community involvement.

Meanwhile, Kanika Hotels continue to reap international awards, reflecting our winning formula for excellence. By May of this year, 2014 accolades have begun to flood in, representing a heartening mix of comments and votes by satisfied guests, coveted industry awards and independent thirdparty assessments of our sustainability and environmental awareness policies, working conditions and community involvement.

Our flagship Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Paphos earned the prestigious TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014 Award, ranking first among the overall top 25 best hotels in Cyprus. Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa was Traveler’s Choice as the No.1 Family Hotel in Cyprus, as well as voted Holiday Check Award’s Top Hotel. Elias Beach Hotel was also a Traveler’s Choice 2014 Winner, ranking fourth among the Top Family Hotels in Cyprus, and 24th among the Top Hotels in Cyprus.


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Unity Terrace: for seafront weddings

With breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Pafos’ Medieval Castle and the fishing harbour, the new landscaped Unity Terrace ‘Wedding Garden’ at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel offers couples one of the most romantic and exclusive seafront venues to tie the knot in Cyprus. An elevated scenic terrace provides a venue for the actual wedding ceremony. A romantic bridge over a small man-made lake and a picture-postcard waterfall surrounded by tropical gardens lead to the private and exclusive terrace, just perfect for hosting an intimate wedding celebration. And a direct view of the Cyprus sunset provides a romantic close to that very special day.Unity Terrace Wedding Venue

But the Hotel’s amazing location – close to the old town, the harbour, and a number of stunning archaeological sites – makes it the number one choice for all our potential guests.

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True Taverna Tradition

afeliaDespite being a small island, Cyprus is a crossroads of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern gastronomy and therefore boasts a vast cuisine rich in different ingredients. There are countless traditional dishes worth sampling, and at Kanika hotels, each taverna is a culinary journey to true Cypriot cooking. Their carefully crafted ‘meze’, a collection of twenty ‘small plates’, is deliberately generous to introduce you to many dishes within one sitting amongst beautiful surroundings.

At Olympic Lagoon Resort, the Captain’s Deck is a cosy outdoor terrace restaurant flaunting panoramic views of the lake and lush tropical gardens of Fisherman’s Village. Blue Paradise with its all-white décor adds a Grecian feel to Elias Beach as you dine al fresco beside crystal Mediterranean waters and at Alexander the Great’s Limanaki Tavern, the spacious, open setting means every table has a sea view, and is embellished with beautiful stone columns and towering palm trees. ‘When visiting a country, it’s natural to want to explore the cuisine; and given our passion for Cypriot food, we felt it a responsibility to display our own take on meze within our resorts’, explains Antonis Nicolaou, Executive Chef at Olympic Lagoon Resort.

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The Kanika All Stars Animation Team

Alexander Animation TeamKanika places a great deal of importance on the contribution their animators make towards each guest’s holiday experience. The entertainment team are encouraged by Kanika to put forward new ideas and concepts based on guest feedback in order to keep the programme – which changes every half hour and is tailored to each property individually – fresh and updated. Not an easy task, considering the staggering mix of indoor and outdoor activities including sports (darts, table tennis, zumba, beach volleyball, shuffleboard, football, archery), water activities (aqua aerobics, pool mini disco, water polo), demonstrations (cocktails, cookery, scuba diving), games and quizzes, live shows and dancing, movie nights and competitions. Although the adult and children’s entertainment programmes differ, the emphasis is on families, so many of the activities actually cater to all members of the family.

At the end of September each year, the team gets together to brainstorm ideas for the following year. It is a system that works, evident in the genuine smiles of a team who, due to the extensive animation programme set up, work long hours as a rule.

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Free Wifi for all

Working OutsideRegardless of their age, most leisure and business visitors to Cyprus are now part of the high-tech community carrying smartphones, iPads and tablets, or laptops for serious business. These users expect and need internet connectivity 24 hours a day. Not long ago, Kanika Hotels only offered free Wifi to its loyalty card holders. But now we realise it’s something everyone needs. So it’s available to all our hotel guests, in all our properties, indoors and outdoors.

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Kanika Hotel Find affordable hotels in Cyprus? With Kanika Hotels & Resorts you can choose to enjoy any of our four hotels in Limassol, Pafos or Agia Napa.