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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Travel Tips When Visiting Cyprus

Kanika Hotels, Travel Tips - October 24, 2017

Cyprus saw 3.1 million tourists visiting the island in the 2016. You don’t really need much convincing why Cyprus is the perfect destination for you. Apart from the breathtaking views, rich in history, safety and gastronomy, Cyprus has so much to offer.

An island where the goddess of love and passion was born, Aphrodite is just one of many activities you can do when you arrive. We would like to share with you a few tips for your next visit to the island.

If you are staying in Limassol, Paphos or Ayia Napa we recommend you hire a car to be able to drive around the country. There is a complimentary publication Authentic Cyprus which you can get for free at any tourist office. It describes 15 car journeys in great detail and the passenger doesn’t have to be a skilled navigator.

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The first thing you should buy is a local SIM card. You can buy a SOEASY card by a local network company, CYTA. You can find this sim cards everywhere, at the airport, mini markets or small kiosks. It will cost you €5 and you will be able to use Google Maps, your social networks and stay in touch with your family and friends. It will be much cheaper for you to use rather using your local provider.

If you are a last minute person and don’t want to book a taxi in advance, you can always find taxi drivers at Larnaka Airport or Paphos Airport. We suggest you book your taxi driver by contacting your hotel in advance so you have a peace of mind.

The currency in Cyprus is Euro, you can change your currency in your country or when you arrive to Cyprus at any bank or exchange office.

We suggest going out of your “comfort zone” and exploring this island rather than sticking to the popular tourist towns such as Pafos and Agia Napa. If you hired a car, drive to the mountains, explore the island. If you don’t rent a car for €2 (£1.60) you can buy a bus day ticket. Master the time tables, and enjoy. If you’re in the harbour and need a coffee, the Hospice shop will not disappoint.

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Speaking of comfort zones, how about hiring a jeep and exploring remote parts of the island like the Akamas Peninsula? Make sure the jeep has air-conditioning because you will need it. Do something different by learning a new skill whilst you are here. You can try diving, rock-climbing, water-skiing or paragliding.

You can try mountain biking as well and if it sounds daunting, we’ve heard of one company that operates an “uplift service”. They drop you off at a high point which means all you have to do is point the boke downhill and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Our team members at all our hotels will be able to help you book anything you like.

If you decide that you want to stay at one of Kanika’s Hotels and Resorts and all you want to do is swim and enjoy the breath-taking views that’s absolutely fine. We have plenty of activities at our hotels and resorts that you will enjoy.

There you have it, plenty of activities to do while you visit this beautiful island. In the meantime, you can like our Facebook Fan page or our Instagram Page and follow us for updates and inspiration.

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