Cyprus Area Guide

By January 28, 2016Area Guides, Cyprus Taxi
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Cyprus Taxi arrange taxi and mini bus transfers from both Paphos and Larnaca airports to destinations all over Cyprus including Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, Nicosia, Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Polis, Pernera and Protaras.

Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey. After Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Although the island is geographically in Asia it is politically a European country and is a member of the European Union.

Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. Despite a constitution which guaranteed a degree of power-sharing between the Greek Cypriot majority and the Turkish Cypriot minority, the two populations – with backing from the governments of Greece and Turkey, respectively – clashed vehemently in 1974, with the end result being the occupation of the northern and eastern 40% of the island by Turkey. In 1983, the Turkish-held area declared itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. So far, only Turkey recognizes the TRNC, while all other governments and the United Nations recognize only the government of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island. The UN operates a peacekeeping force and a narrow buffer zone between the two Cypriot ethnic groups. Fortunately, open hostilities have been absent for some time, as the two sides (now with the growing involvement of the European Union) gradually inch towards a reunification of some sort.

Cyprus is divided into 6 administrative regions, each named for its administrative capital. Since 1974, the whole of Kyrenia district, most of Famagusta district, and the northern portion of Nicosia district are occupied by Turkish forces. The Republic of Cyprus administers the following districts:

  • Famagusta District
  • Larnaca District
  • Limassol District
  • Nicosia District
  • Paphos District

The 4 major cities in Cyprus are the cities of Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.

Cyprus’ main airport is Larnaca International Airport (LCA) and is on the outskirts of Larnaka. There are also charter flights to the western airport of Paphos.

When visiting the District of Famagusta one can stay in many of the popular tourist destinations such as Protaras, Agia Napa, Paralimni, Pernera, Kapparis or Agia Thekla. Here one can enjoy some of the best beaches on the island such as Fig Tree Bay, Nissi Beach, Nissi Bay Beach, Konnos Beach or Fireman’s Bay, all offering plenty of water sports for the active holiday makers.

Make sure you visit Cape Greco, a protected nature park, known for its natural beauty. From the high points on the cliff that rests at the cape one can view amazing sights out to sea. This stunningly beautiful coast with its nature reserve is known around the world for snorkelling and scuba diving.

In the Larnaca district you can visit the city of Larnaca, which is one of the oldest cities in the world, with many historical sightseeing and an amazing sea. A favoured destination for visitors from all over the world. Has the International airport of Cyprus. Larnaca’s characteristic is the palm-lined harbour promenade and the cafes that overlook the amazing ocean. The city was once called Kition and the ruins of the ancient city can still be seen. Much of its rich archaeological heritage has been preserved and is showcased in two of its main museums.

When in the District of Larnaca also make sure you visit the village of Lefkara. The name Lefkara refers either to the area or the largest of the three villages in the area, Pano Lefkara. Pano Lefkara is a picturesque, unspoiled little town, with lots of history and tradition, in the southern foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It boasts a unique architecture preserved to this day. It is famous for its lace making tradition (Lefkaritika Kentimata). Lefkara is a beautiful village with a long tradition in the art of lace making; a picturesque little town with lots of character and exquisite architecture preserved to this day. Stroll the narrow stone paved of the village, enjoy nature walks. An excellent starting point for a cultural journey in the heart of Cyprus.

The region capital of the District of Limassol, Limassol, is the second largest city in Cyprus and is located on Akrotiri Bay between the ancient towns of Amathus and Kourion. The city is well known for its large port in the Mediterranean transportation trade. This richly cultured city has become one of the most important tourist destinations in Cyprus.

Limassol has the largest coastal resort on the island and offers a large variety of attractions. Whether you desire a relaxing beach holiday or a more sophisticated cultural visit Limassol caters for all.

Dotted with several sandy beaches Limassol’s waterfront is always buzzing with activity, here you can soak up the sun, take a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea, or simply take a stroll along the sea shore. To experience the best beaches of the island head towards Lady’s Mile, Pissouri Beach, Curium Beach, Episkopi Beach or Akrotiri Beach, many of them also offer a number of water sports.

Nicosia is the world’s last divided capital. The barbed wire and guard towers of the Green Line cuts the city in two, with the northern side being the capital of the self-proclaimed Northern Cyprus and the southern half being the capital of the Republic of Cyprus.

Nicosia combines both old and new in a busy modern commercial business centre and a centuries-old culture. The centre of the city is the old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress wall with a moat and heart-shaped bastions.

Nicosia’s sights are concentrated in and around the Old City, surrounded by a picturesque star-shaped city wall whose moat has been converted into a pleasant park. Wandering around the Old City is an interesting experience in itself, although some buildings (especially those near the Green Line) are derelict and crumbling. Note that many sights in the Old City close early, so try to get an early start – also a good idea for beating the heat in the summer.

Of the city’s main sights, the Cyprus Museum houses the best collection of archaeological artefacts on the island, including a first century AD Roman statuette of Aphrodite of Soli and the original mosaic of Leda and the Swan. Only artefacts discovered on the island are displayed in the Cyprus Museum.

Paphos is a town at the south western tip of Cyprus, between the coast and the Troodos Mountains.

Paphos is known as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Modern-day Paphos is divided in two, with the upper section up the hill being the commercial centre, and lower Kato Paphos containing the main archaeological points of interest, as well as most hotels and tavernas.

Coral Bay is a small coastal resort situated approximately 15 minutes drive away from Paphos. The resort is home to some of the most exclusive hotels in Paphos, and boasts a beautiful sandy beach ‘Coral Bay Beach’.

This horseshoe shaped Cyprus beach is full of golden sand and is located between two headlands and has been awarded the Blue Flag. The lovely sandy beach and shallow waters are excellent for swimming, sunbathing and water sports such as pedal boats and water skiing. Also beach volley ball is enjoyed by those wanting fun in the sun.

Also enjoyable villages to visit in the Paphos District are Tala, Peyia, Kissonerga and the areas of Sea Caves and St George.

If you are looking to find an unspoilt side of Cyprus, head for the north western tip of the island where you will find Polis Chrysochous. Formerly a backpacker’s destination in the 1980’s, Polis has grown and developed but still retains its quiet charm. Polis Chrysochous bay is spectacular and the Akamas peninsula which juts out from the end of the bay is wild and rugged offering outdoor lovers countless nature trails and rocky tracks to excite walkers and mountain bikers alike.

The mountain villages around the Polis area offer true Cypriot hospitality and authentic home cooking so make sure you pay a visit to these. Some of the villages worth mentioning are Argaka, Agia Marina, Peristerona, Neo Chorio and Steni. All of these villages have remained traditional villages and you can here get a real feel of the Cypriot mentality and hospitality.

When in the Paphos District do not miss out on a visit to the Akamas Peninsula, either by hiring a boat in Latchi, the harbour of Polis or by exploring the Akamas Peninsula through hiking.

The Akamas peninsula, named after an Athenian warrior and son of Theseus, who arrived here after the Trojan War, is a unique area, both geologically and physiographically and with regards to flora and fauna.

By hiring a boat or a boat trip in the nearby town of Latchi you will also be able to experience the Blue Lagoon which is the most popular place of Akamas. Blue Lagoon is also called Chamili bay and is the biggest bay of Akamas. The difference between this bay and others is that the waters are so clear and the colour within the bay is the brightest blue colour. This bay is all sandy and not so deep and therefore is one of the best places for swimming. In the middle of the bay there is a reef where you can enjoy snorkelling. Blue Lagoon is a stop for many tourists renting a boat and spending a relaxing day in the crystal clear waters in the lovely sunshine.

No matter what part of Cyprus you decide to visit you are ensured to always go home with a bag full of unforgettable memories.

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