Cyprus – The Gem of the Mediterranean

The beautiful island of Cyprus is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Whether you are dreaming of a relaxing beach vacation or an active time in the mountains, Cyprus has something for every traveller. Here are three things that you cannot miss on your next trip to Cyprus.

Lara Bay
Since Cyprus is located in the Mediterranean Sea, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches on this island. Lara Bay is located on the Akamas Peninsula. This gorgeous beach is the perfect place for travellers who want to relax in a secluded area. You will have to travel in a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to Lara Bay, but it is worth the trip.
If you travel during the right time of the year, you can even see a host of green turtles breed and lay their eggs at Lara Bay.

Lara Bay

Larnaca Salt Lake
Most travellers arrive in Cyprus via the Larnaca airport. After your flight lands, it is just a short drive to one of Cyprus’ top attractions. The beautiful Larnaka Salt Lake is located on a causeway near the airport. In the first few months of the year, you will be able to see a wide variety of flamingos and other birds at the Larnaka Salt Lake.
While you are there, don’t forget to visit the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque on the other side of the lake. This lovely structure is surrounded by palm trees, so it is a beautiful place to take photos. Many people travel to Cyprus for their family holiday, attracted by it’s warm climate and relaxed life style.

Larnaca Salt Lake

Cedar Valley
Cedar Valley, located in Tilliryan Troodos, is a must-see for all nature lovers that visit Cyprus. As its name suggests, this secluded valley is filled with indigenous Cyprus cedar. These beautiful and valuable trees are closely related to the renowned cedars of Lebanon.
You will have to be a little bit adventurous to reach Cedar Valley, since it is only accessible through unpaved roads. However, viewing these unique trees is an opportunity that you cannot miss. While you are visiting Cedar Valley, keep an eye out for the moufflon. This is a species of wild sheep that is the national symbol of Cyprus. These creatures are very shy, but you might be lucky enough to spot them if you are walking quietly.

Cedar Valley view

Ayia Napa

Located in the south-eastern region of the Island, famous for being the world’s second biggest clubbing area. The area boasts a varied selection of musical genres to cover most styles from House to Garage. Whether you’re looking for cool cocktail bars, comedy acts, live bands or clubbing til dawn, there’s something for all tastes. Massive name DJs from all across the globe perform to sell out crowds each summer. One of the most popular districts is The Square, where the Castle Club has been hosting hand picked label nights for the last two decades.

The area has many unspoiled beaches with crystal clear waters, great for bathing, tanning, and water sports. Nissi Beach is seen as one of the most popular beaches in Ayia Napa and is always lively. The waters are very shallow and great for young children, it is possible to walk out up to one hundred meters without the seawater passing your waist.

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Charles Holland is a travel writer specialising in snow sports, cultural Europe, coastal India and African cities.  Charles was born in London, but having grown up in Lagos, Nigeria, he has a great understanding of different cultures and world destinations.  It was after he completed his English degree at the University of Sussex that he decided to combine both skills, travel knowledge and writing, to start posting his blogs onto the internet.  So far he’s had great feedback and has some exciting projects in the pipeline.  His latest work sees him compiling a guide to Goa which he will be posting onto his new website in the near future.

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