Cyprus

I don’t need to tell you that if you are going to have any surgical procedure, it is far better to have it in the country in which you reside. Why? So that if you have any serious problems (which I must stress are rare) the surgeon is near. So why do we choose to go to Cyprus? Simple, because it’s cheaper, as is the economy of the country in which the surgery is performed. If the prices in the UK were not as unbelievably high, we would have surgery nearer to home, it’s plain common sense. However until that day dawns; if it ever does! “Normal” hard working people look for alternatives. 
Furthermore, most surgical procedures require you spend some time out of circulation, to rest, heal and recuperate in your own time. So what could be better than jetting off to the beautiful island of Cyprus for two weeks? And then return home with your new image. Cyprus offers the visitor the best of the Mediterranean – day after day of sunshine throughout the year, beautiful beaches, a relaxed lifestyle and excellent cuisine. And, due to its long association with the UK, Cyprus is remarkably familiar to British visitors. English is widely spoken and understood. This safe and welcoming country is becoming a centre for cosmetic surgery at competitive prices. Also the cost is substantially less than it is in the UK!
Moreover, having your cosmetic operation in Cyprus ensures you have a high degree of privacy and that you don’t have to answer any unwanted questions, from family or friends, neighbours and work colleagues while you are not looking and feeling your best. You are not going to have to answer the door, feel obliged to cook, just nip down to the shops, speak to so-and-so on the phone or make polite conversation with any inquisitors no matter how well meaning. You will communicate solely with family and friends of your choosing. Privacy is an obvious consideration when you think about it, which many people fail to take into account when planning their cosmetic surgery.
Summarizing, Cyprus:
Is a favoured holiday destination!
Offers treatment prices at around 30-50% of UK prices!
Is less than five hours away by air!
Has a temperate climate!
Is aligned with the UK in terms of driving on the left and using the same plugs!
Has English spoken population, in the main!

Cyprus photo

General info about Cyprus
Cyprus is a land of many charms. Glorious sun-kissed beaches, stunning mountain scenery, a wealth of historical sites, and long hot summer nights… Spend some time getting to know the island and you’ll soon see why Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, was born here.
Cyprus lies in the north-eastern Mediterranean, at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa. It is a land of contracts, with a coastline made up of stunning rock formations interspersed by long sections of sandy beach.
Troodos is the main mountain range, with Mount Olympus its highest peak at 1,951 meters.  There are 380 villages. The population is 792,604 and the most common language is Greek, although English is widely spoken. Cyprus became a full member of the European Union in 2004 and adopted the Euro as its currency in 2008.
Distances:
From Pafos to:
Lefkosia: 149 km
Lemesos: 67 km
Larnaka: 139 km
Polis: 37 km
From Lefkosia to:
Agia Napa: 80 km
Pafos: 149 km
Troodos: 70km
Lemesos: 83 km
Larnaka: 45 km
From Lemesos to:
Lefkosia: 83 km
Pafos: 67 km
Larnaka: 45 km
From Larnaka to:
Lefkosia: 45 km
Lemesos: 71 km
Pafos: 139 km
Agia Napa: 40.5 km
Paralimni: 43.5
Downtown
Now that you’ve spent a couple of days on the beach and the suntan is coming along nicely, it’s time to get out and about. Cyprus has so much to offer, it’s hard to know where to begin but a wander around the nearest town is always a good place to start and you’ll be delighted to discover that there are some great bargains to be found.
Glasses:
Did you know that glasses and contact lenses are much cheaper in Cyprus than in most European countries? Eye testing is free and you don’t even have to book an appointment – all shops have qualified opticians and standards are excellent, plus they have the very latest selection of frames of just about every named brand you can imagine. Your glasses will be ready for collection within a couple of days, or they can be sent on to you.
Fashion:
Cypriots are very fashion conscious and there are virtually hundreds of shops to browse. All Europe’s major stores are here including Zara, Mango and Bershka as well as British favourites, Debenahms and Marks & Spencer. Do take a look at the smaller boutiques, usually located slightly off the main drag. These specialise in pieces from Europe’s top fashion houses. Fendi, Armani, Gucci, MaxMara, Escada and many others are all there, together with some of the island’s own impressive designer brands. Most of these smaller shops sell fantastic accessories. There is also a huge range of footwear with imported Italian and Greek designs being the most popular.
Jewellery:
For a really enduring memento of your holiday, look for a piece of jewellery. Silver and gold is reasonably priced and there are many designer shops offering fantastic pieces for those looking for a very special buy. Some jewellers make copies of archaeological pieces (cruciforms, birds, animals, etc.) and these are incorporated into charms, pendants, key-rings, cufflinks and more. Look out for the pomegranate (the ancient symbol of fertility) it makes a great gift for a young bride. Many small shops sell more modern silver items, often with semi-precious stones. Tiny silver framed icons of the religious saints are also popular buys.
Visit a market:
An experience to delight the senses. Just about every type of fresh vegetable and fruit are on display in the colourful markets – ask anyone and they’ll tell you where they are. Saturday’s are usually the best days to go, as this is when the majority of stall owners bring their produce from the villages.
The markets sell mainly locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, so don’t expect highly polished, tissue-wrapped, apples. Here everything is brought straight from the fields or orchards – usually only a few hours after it’s picked. The produce arrives in brightly coloured crates- just grab a bag, select the pieces you want and hand it to the stall keeper for weighing.
There are lots of other things to discover: Herbs and spices, handmade baskets, olives and olive oil, village cheeses, sausages, smoked hams and homemade breads, crystallised fruits and pure honey, are all there to be bought and taken home as a special gift. Don’t forget to take your camera.  
Tax Free Shopping:
Did you know, if you are visiting Cyprus from a non-EU country, you can claim back the VAT on purchased items through the Euro Refund Tax Free Shopping scheme?
Look for shops that display the distinctive ‘Tax Free Shopping’ logo. If you spend over 50 euro ask for a Euro Refund voucher to show (together with the goods) when you leave the island – the tax on your purchases will be reimbursed to you at the Euro Refund desk within the airport or port departure.
The capital city of Cyprus is a fascinating mix of old and new – the high rise buildings, popular street cafes and modern shops of the newer commercial centre contrasting sharply with the ‘old’ city, confined within its circular mediaeval fortified stone walls.
Stroll through the popular Laiki Geitonia, an area restored in 1894, where you can see various craftsmen at work. More craftsmen work at the government-run Cyprus Handicraft Service, on the outskirts of the city, which promotes traditional Cypriots arts and crafts, while the Chrysaliniotissa Crafts Center in the old city hosts a complex of 8 workshops.
As well as handicraft centres, Lefkosia has an abundance of museums, galleries, ancient churches and historic buildings. Guided city tours organized by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) take place regularly. Not to be missed is the observatory on top of the Siakolas Tower in Ledra Street, a good viewpoint overlooking Europe’s last divided city.
Lefkosia is the Greek name for the city, but ‘Nicosia” is also in common use, so don’t be surprised to see either spelling on road signs, etc.
Places to visit:
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (Includes George & Nefeli Giabra Pierides Collection).
86 Phaneromenis street, Tel: 22677134
A range of archaeological items dating from 2,500BC through to the 16th century AD. Includes contemporary Cypriot art, coin collections, maps and rare historical documents.
Chrysaliniotissa Multicraft Centre
(within the old walls at corner of Ipponaktos & Dimonaktos Stret), Tel: 22347465
Eight workshops around a courtyard offer traditional products and handicrafts – some of which give a new slant to old crafts.
Cyprus Handicraft Service
186 Athalassa Avenue, Tel: 22305024
Visit the workshops and see the traditional craftsmen working at this government-run centre. Pleasantly lay out around a courtyard. There is also a gift shop and cafeteria.
Chrysaliniotissa Church
Archiepiscopou Filotheou, Famagusta Gate
The Church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and means “Our Lady of the Golden Flax”. Built in 1450, it is believed to be the oldest Byzantine Church in Lefkosia. It contains a collection of old and rare icons.
Cyprus Archaeological Museum
Museum Street, Tel: 22865864
The island’s foremost museum, it has a priceless collection of artifacts from the Neolithic to the Byzantine periods.
Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum
44 Granikou Street, Tel: 22680222
A fascinating collection of two-wheeled machinery from the past.
Cyprus Jewelers Museum
7-9 Praxippou Street, Laiki Geitonia, Tel: 22667377
Permanent exhibition of traditional 19th and 20th century.
Cyprus Postal Museum
Department of Postal Services
3B Agiou Savva Street, Tel: 22304711
Collection of Cyprus stamps and postal memorabilia from 1800 onwards.
Ethnographic Museum
Archbishop, Tel: 22430008
The museum houses an interesting collection of Cypriot folk art from the 19th and early 20th century.
Byzantine Museum & Art Galleries
Archbishop, Tel: 22430008
Home to the island’s largest collection of icons and art.
House Of The Dragoman – Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios
20 Patriarchou Grigoriou street, Tel: 22305316
This is a fine example of a traditional 18th century town mansion. The Dragoman was the link between the ruling Ottoman administration and the Greek Cypriots. The house has been richly restored and won the 1988 Europa Nostra Award. Also houses an Ethnological Museum.
Kasteliotissa
Rigenis Street, within the old City walls near Pafos Gate.
This medieval hall was once part of a Louisianan Palace dating back to the 13th 14th century.
Ledra Observatory
Shacolas Tower, 11th floor, ‘Hermes’ shopping center, Ledra Street, Tel: 22679369.
Offers impressive views of the city.
Leventis Municipal Museum
17 Ippokratous Street, Laiki Geitonia, Old Town
Tel: 22671997 / 22661475
Permanent exhibitions of Lefkosia’s 6,000-year history.
Municipal Arts Center & Contemporary Art Gallery (AKA: The Powerhouse)
(Associated with the Pierides Museum Of Contemporary Art)
19 Apostolou Varnava Street, Tel: 22432577
Municipal Theatre
Museum Street, Tel: 22664028
Neo-classical style theatre, built in 1967.
Omeriye Hamam
8 Tillyria Square, Tel: 22460570
A haven of calm and serenity at the heart of Lefkosia for everyone to enjoy, the Omeriye Hamam (Turkish Baths) has recently undergone considerable renovation.
Omeriye Mosque
Trikoupi Street, Open daily (no shoes allowed inside Mosque), Free Entry.
The Mosque dates from the 14th century. It was originally the Augustinian Church of Saint Mary, but was destroyed during the Ottoman conquest. It was restored as a Mosque due to the belief that the Prophet Omer was here during the 7th century. The muezzin still calls the faithful to prayer five times a day.
Venetian Walls
Between 1567 and 1570 the ruling Venetians built a circular fortified wall around the original city, with a circumference of 4.5 km and 11 heart-shaped bastions. Entrance to the city was through three gates – The Famagusta Gate, Pafos Gate and Kyrenia Gate. Famagusta Gate has been restored and is now the Municipal Cultural Centre. The moat is now used as a public garden and car parking space.  
Agios Irakleidios
Politiko Village, 0.5 km from the Royal Tombs
Agios Irakeidios was the first Bishop of Cyprus. He was the guide for Saints Paul and Barnabas and many miracles are attributed to him. Now used as a nunnery, the current monastic buildings date from the late 18th century.
Dhali
The first settlement at Dhali, ancient Idalion, dates back to the Bronze Age. One of the city-kingdoms of Cyprus, ancient legend says that Adonis was killed by a wild boar nearby. Dhali became a prosperous town on the camel route. A new Museum is well worth a visit.
Machairas Monastery
41km south of Lefkosia, through Deftera and Pera villages. The Monastery is said to have been founded by two monks in 1148.
Tamassos
Mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey as Temese, the area of Tamassos was reputed to have an endless supply of copper. Excavations here have revealed copper workshops associated with Aphrodite – Astarte – and two 6th century BC tombs with unusual decorative carvings. The name Cyprus is thought to have been derived from the word copper.
Walking Tours
Tel: 22691100
Offered free of charge by the Municipality of Lefkosia in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association. Walks are in English and depart from the CTO office (11 Aristokyprou Str., Laiki Geitonia) at 1000hrs:
*Walking Tour of Lefkosia (Thursdays)
*Chrysaliniotissa and Kaimakli: The Past Restored (Mondays).
*Lefkosia: outside the Walls (Fridays).
The island’s second largest town and, thanks to its 12km coastline, the largest coastal resort. Lemesos is also a thriving port and commercial centre.
Known as the town that never sleeps, local residents are renowned for the friendliness to visitors and for their ability to throw a good party! For proof, look no further than the spring carnival and the autumn wine festival.
A town long associated with wine production, Lemesos is also said to be the site where Richard the Lionheart wed Berengaria of Navarre. The usual water sports are catered for along the beach while most sporting activities (including shooting, golf, bowling, karting, golf and more), are out of the town centre.
Nearby is Germasogeia dam, popular with anglers, and Akrotiri salt lake, home to migrating birds in winter and a stopover point for millions more. Lemesos is also known as Limassol.
Places to Visit:
Lemesos Castle
Near the Old Port, Tel: 25305419
The current castle dates from the 13th century. It stands on the site of a Byzantine castle where, it is said, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre in 1911, crowing her Queen of England. The British used the castle as a headquarters and prison until 1940. The castle today houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. 
Amathus
Amathus Archaeological Site
11km (7miles) east of Lemesos
Amathus was occupied from 1,000BC to the 12th century AD. It played an important part in ancient Cypriot history as a port and a city kingdom. Unfortunately stone from the ruins was removed for variety of building projects – one of them being the Suez Canal.
Kolossi Castle
Kolossi Village, 14 km (9 miles) west of Lemesos
Tel: 25934907
An original castle is though to have been built on the site in the 13th century when it belonged to the knights of St John of Jerusalem – the knights Hospitallers. The present castle was built in 1454. The Kolossi headquarters ‘Grandde Commanderie’ gave its name to Commandaria, the renowned Cyprus wine. Sugarcane was grown extensively in the area and the remains of a 14th century sugar processing factory can still be seen nearby.
Kourion
Kourion Archaeological Site
Episkopi, 19 km west of Lemesos, Tel: 25934250
Kourion Archaeological Museum, Tel: 25932453
A fascinating site that has ongoing excavations. It is thought to date from the 3rd century BC. The 2nd century Roman theatre is very impressive and regularly hosts concerts and theatrical performances. There are also remains of a 5th century Christian cathedral, villas with mosaic floors and the house of Eustolios – a private villa which became public baths at the end of the 4th century.
Municipal Art Gallery
28th Oktovriou 103, Tel: 25586212
The gallery has a permanent display of works by Cypriot artists.
Municipal Folk Art Museum
Agiou Andreou 253, Tel: 25362303
Items from the 19th and 20th century, offering a glimpse of Cypriot life.
Stadium
Near Kourion Archeological Site 
All that remains of this 2nd century AD stadium is the oval wall. It had capacity for 6,000 spectators. At 217 meters long and 17 meters wide it was one of the largest stadiums in Europe and many games were held here.
Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates
Episkopi 3 km west of Kourion
This sanctuary, dedicated to the God of the Woods, is surrounded by what remains of a deer forest. Apollo was worshipped here from the 8th century BC until the 4th century AD. The 1st century AD Temple of Apollo has been partly restored. This area is believed to be Kourion’s oldest settlement.
Donkey Sanctuary
Vouni Village, Tel: 25945488
Rescued and retired donkeys are cared for in this delightful sanctuary. Open to the public. 
Hiking/Nature Trails
Three trails are available, prepared by the CTO. One at Germasogeia Dam and two at Kyparissia. Telephone the Cyprus Tourism Organization on 22691100 for further information, or visit the CTO’s website at www.visitcyprus.com
Akrotiri Enviromental, Education & Information Centre.
Akrotiri Village, Tel: 25826562.
A RAMSAR site with lots of interesting information and displays on the enviromant of this unique wetland area. A 2km nature trail takes you to the village, famous for its basket markets.
Open daily from 8am until 3pm. Admission free.
Sea Sponge Exhibition
Old Port roundabout, Tel: 25871656
Situated in an old carob warehouse, an interesting display of different sponges.
Walking Tours
Contact CTO Lemesos: Tel: 25362756
Tours run from Nov-April and depart from the Cyprus Tourism organization office:
  • Germasogeia – A village blessed by Water
  • Discover the Natural Environment of Germasogeia
Water Parks
Fassouri “Water Mania”
Located between Lemesos New Port & Pafos via Trahoni village, Tel: 25714235
Annual Events
Cyprus Rally – March
Organised by Cyprus Automobile Association Tel: 22313233
The Cyprus Rally is a great opportunity to see the superstars of rallying in action. See the teams, the cars, the mechanics at work and sometimes the drivers at the Lemesos service park
Festivals
  • Lemesos Carnival – beginning of Lent
  • “Kataklusmos” Flood Fair – June
Contact: Lemesos Municipality, Tel: 25884300
Kataklysmos, which coincides with the day of the Pentecost, is a religious and popular feast celebrated only in Cyprus. The celebrations of this feast last several days and take place in all seaside towns and resorts. The programme includes various nautical games, folk dance performances, songs and music, swimming competitions and boat races.
Lemesos Beer Festival – July
Website: www.limassolbeerfestival.com
Enjoy local and imported beers, nightly dance and music performances by local and European bands. DJ’s and DMC’s. A party atmosphere into the early hours.
Wine Festival – August/September
Venue: Lemesos Municipal Gardens
Organised by Lemesos Municipality, Tel: 25884300
A twelve-day festival where visitors can enjoy free (yes, free!) wine every night from 8-11pm. Guests can also watch the traditional pressing of grapes and enjoy the music and dance performances taking place in the open-air theatre within the Municipal Gardens.
A compact coastal resort and working town with lots to do for the whole family, Larnaka is built upon the ancient city of Kition so there are several interesting museums and archaeological sites to visit.
A popular coastal resort, Larnaka also boasts an attractive bay and marina, many beaches and lots for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Boat trips around the bay are popular for sightseeing, fishing and diving excursions while a glass-bottomed boat also offers trips to see the 1980 wreck of Zenobia. For those looking to stay dry and get closer to the wreck, the tourist submarine is the perfect answer. Larnaka also provides an ideal base for visiting the rest of the island, as excellent motorways link it with other large towns
Places to Visit:
Larnaka Seafront – Phoinikoudes
Along Larnaka’s popular palm tree-lined promenade stands the bust of the Athenian Commander Kimon. In 450BC he tried to regain Cyprus from the Persians but died during the campaign.
Larnaka Fort
Larnaka Seafront, Tel: 24304576
Situated at the end of the seafront, the fort was built by the Turks in 1625. It was a prison and barracks during early British rule and now houses a small museum.
Agios Lazarus Church
Plateia Agiou Lazarou, Tel: 24652498
Saint Lazarus is the patron Saint of Larnaca. It is said that following his resurrection by Christ, he lived here for thirty years and was ordained Bishop of Kition by Saints Barnabas and Mark. The church was erected over his tomb in the 9th century and restored in the 17th century. The tomb containing the stone sarcophagus remains accessible to visitors. The churchyard contains a Byzantine museum and a small cemetery.
Kition
Approx. 500m north east of the District Archaeological Museum
Much of Larnaka is built on ancient Kition – an area mentioned in the Old Testament as Kittim. The remains here go back to the 13th century BC. Temples and copper and bronze processing plants have been excavated here. The philosopher Zenon, father of Stoicism, was born at Kition.
District Archaeological Museum
Kalograion Street, Tel: 24304169
Contains artefacts from Neolithic to Roman times and details on other local archaeological sites.
Larnaka Municipal Cultural Centre Incorporating Municipal Gallery.
Seafront promenade, Tel: 24658848
The gallery has frequent art and photography exhibitions and a helpful, informative curator.
Palaeontology Museum Tornaritis – Pierides
Tel: 24628587
A well presented collection of fossils and shells with know-ledge able friendly staff.
Natural History Museum
Grigori Afxentiou Avenue – within Larnaka Municipal Gardens, Tel: 24652569
Collections of stuffed animals, moths, geology etc. Outside you can see cages of live birds.
Pierides Foundation Museum
Zinonos Kitieos 4, Tel: 24651345
An interesting and extensive collection including ceramics, needlework, costumes and weaponry. 
Angeloktisi Church
Kiti village – 11km west of Larnaka, Tel: 24424646
Located in Kiti village, this 11th century Byzantine church was built over the ruins of an early Christian basilica. In the original apse is a 6th – 7th century Byzantine mosaic, depicting the Virgin Mary and Child flanked by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. It is the oldest mosaic preserved in Cyprus.
Fatsa Wax Museum
Pano Lefkara – approx. 40km from Larnaka, Tel: 24621048
Come face-to-face with history at the island’s only wax museum. Meet famous Cypriots past and present and relive significant moments in the island’s history.
Hala Sultan Tekke
5 km west of Larnaka town
The mosque was built over the tomb of Umm Haram, said to be a relative of the Prophet Mohammed, in 1816. The shrine is an important one for Muslims in Cyprus. Also buried here is Khodija, the great Grandmother of King Abdullah of Jordan.
Kalavassos Tenta
Kalavassos – 40km from Larnaka town, off the Lefkosia – Lemesos motorway.
One of the most important Neolithic sites in Cyprus, this site dates from 7000BC. The area crossed by the motorway is believed to have been inhabited since the Early Stone age. The site is visible from the road thanks to the large tent – like canopy covering it.
Kamares Aqueduct
Kamares, meaning “arches”, was built by Pasha Abu Bekr in 1747. It carried water 10 kms to Larnaka from springs at the Trimithius river. In use until the 1930’s, the aqueduct is now attractively floodlit at night.
Khoirokitia
32 km from Larnaka town or 48 km south of Lefkosia off the Lefkosia – Lemesos highway, Tel: 24322710
This settlement dates from 6,000 or 7,000 BC and is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Dating from the Neolithic period, five dwellings have been reconstructed and contain replicas of items found at the site to give visitors a better idea of how the occupants would have lived.
Stavrovouni Monastery
9 km off the Lefkosia – Lemesos highway, 40 km from Larnaka * open to men only
Stavrovouni, meaning “Mountain of the Cross”, stands impressively 668 metres above sea level. The oldest monastery in Cyprus, the Empress St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, is claimed to have founded the monastery in the 4th century, leaving a splinter of the Cross of Jesus, which is preserved in a silver cross. Women are not admitted but the site offers good views over the Mesaoria plain.
Things to do
Camel Park 
Mazotos Village, Larnaka District, Tel: 24991243/99416968
Nature Trails
Three 2-3 kilometre trails from the Vavatsinia and Lefkara districts.
Telephone the Cyprus Tourism Organization on 22691100 for further information, or visit the CTO’s website at www.visit.cyprus.com
Tourist Submarine
Tel: 24656949
The eastern Med’s only tourist submarine. Regular trips to a shipwreck off Larnaka seafront. Trips depart from Larnaka Marina.
Annual Events
“Kataklysmos” – June
Contact Larnaka Municipality, Tel: 24653333
Kataklysmos, which coincides with the day of the Pentecost, is a religious and popular feast celebrated only in Cyprus. The celebrations of this feast last for several days and take place in all seaside towns and resorts.
Guided Walking Tours
Contact the Cyprus Tourism Organization for more information – Tel: 24654322
Free-of-charge walking tours offered by Larnaka municipality.
“Larnaka Past and Present” begins at Larnaka CTO office every Wednesday at 1000hrs.
“Scala: Its Craftsmen” begins at Larnaka Fort at 1000hrs every Friday.
It might be the smallest of the major towns, but Pafos is a rapidly growing tourist resort.
A fascinating mix of old and new, Kato Pafos and Pafos Town offer much for visitors of all ages. Pafos harbour is a good spot to relax, have a drink and watch the world pass by. The Pafos antiquities so impressed UNESCO they added the whole town to their World Cultural Heritage List. The area is well served for the usual sports activities, especially golf –there are 3 top class courses. The surrounding area is well worth exploring with plenty of small villages where you can sample the Cyprus of old. The nearby Akamas peninsula is a vast unspoilt area of natural beauty. Green and Loggerhead turtles still nest here on the quiet, secluded beaches. For those of you with a good head for heights why not try a local sightseeing flight or flying lessons from Pafos airport?
Places to Visit
Byzantine Museum
Andrea Ioannou 5
Adjoined to the Bishop, near Ag. Theodoros Church
Byzantine icons from the 12th to the 19th century. Also books, wood carvings and vestments on show.
District Archaeological Museum
43 Griva Digeni str, Tel: 26306215
Displays artefacts from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages.
Ethnographical Museum
Exo Vrisi 1, Tel: 26932010
A private museum of articles found mainly in the Pafos area.
Nea Pafos/Mosaics
Tel: 26306217
This area is included in the UNESCO list of World Monuments. Dating from the 3rd to the 5th century AD, the remains of the villas have impressive mosaic floors and are named after the figures shown in the mosaics – House of Dionysus, House of Aion, Villa of Theseus, and the House of Orpheus. Some of the finest mosaics found in the region, they mainly portray images from Greek mythology.
Pafos Fort

Pafos harbour
Located on Pafos’ pictures harbour, the fort was originally built in 1592 by the Ottomans on the site of a medieval castle. It was declared an ancient monument in 1935.
Pafos Odeon
Within the ‘Archaeological Park’ east of the lighthouse’
Built in the 2nd century of limestone blocks, the first 11 rows of seats have now been restored. The Asklepeion was a healing centre and altar to Asklepios, the God of Medicine. Also here was the 95 metre by 95 metre Agora (market area).
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

Kato Pafos
Built in the 13th century over the remains of a 4th century basilica. The original basilica is the largest one found on the island. The nave has a double floor, which is unique to Cyprus. There are floor mosaics from different periods. To the western side of the basilica stands Saint Paul’s Pillar, where Saint Paul was flogged before he converted the Roman Governor, Sergious Paulus, to Christianity.
Panagia Limeniotissa Basilica
Close to the harbour, Kato Pafos
Meaning “Our Lady of the Port”, the basilica was built at the beginning of the 5th century. All that now remains is a floor mosaic.
Saranta Colones
Within the ‘Archaeological Park’ near the house of Dionysus and the harbour.
Saranda Kolones -“forty columns” – was built to protect the harbour in the early 13th century. It was named after the granite columns scattered in the area and used in the construction of the castle, they came from the colonnade of the nearby Roman agora.
Tombs of the Kings
Tel: 26306295
Built between the 3rd century BC and 3rd century AD, the site contains over 100 tombs. Despite the grand title, they are believed to be the tombs of Pafian aristocracy or important officials. They are impressive, nonetheless.
Baths of Aphrodite
Near Latsi, Polis
A small shaded rock pool where Aphrodite and her lover were said to have bathed.
Lemba
An area heavily occupied during the 3rd century BC, various graves and stone buildings have been excavated here. Also visit the Cyprus College of Art to see some very unusual work.
Marion
Polis
Marion was one of the 11 City Kingdoms of Cyprus in 5th century BC. It was an important copper mining centre, and is surrounded by a large necropolis.
Pegeia
Founded by the Venetians. The ruins of Agios Georgios, a 6th century basilica, containing fragmentary mosaics depicting sea creatures, sea birds and a wild animal hunt.
Petra tou Romiou
Located off the coastal road between Pafos and Lemesos.
Large rocks mark the spot where Aphrodite stepped from the foam. Legend says that Dighenis Akritas, a legendary giant, hurled the large rock into the sea to destroy enemy Saracen ships.
Sanctuary of Aphrodite
Kouklia Village 
The remains of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite date back to the 12th century BC. Many writers, including Homer, referred to it as the most revered temple in the world. During the Frankish period, the Kouklia area was one of the most important sugarcane processing centres on the island.
Things to do
Golf
Aphrodite Hills Golf & Leisure Centre
Tel: 26818700
18-Hole par 71 golf course. Spa and tennis courts.
Secret Valley
Golf Club
Coastal Road
Tel: 99683900
18-hole par 72 golf course.
Tsada Golf Course
Polis Chrysochous Road 
Tel: 26642774
First golf course in Cyprus. A fairly challenging 18-hole par 72 course.
Pafos Aquarium
Artemidos 1
Kato Pafos
Tel: 26953920
Pafos Bird Park
Coral Bay & Agios Georgios, Pegeia
Tel: 99563947
Water Park
“Aphrodite”
Geroskipou off Poseidonos Avenue (Hotels area)
Tel: 26222722/99527211
Annual Events
“Kataklysmos” – June
Contact: Pafos Municipality
Tel: 26932014
Kataklysmos, which coincides with the day of the Pentecost, is a religious and popular feast celebrated only in Cyprus. The celebrations of this feast last several days and take place in all seaside towns and resorts.
Pafos Aphrodite Festival
Venue: Pafos Médiéval Fort Square
Organised by Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus Ltd
Tel: 80008005
Impressive annual operatic performances set against the magnificent backdrop of Pafos harbour side castle.
No longer a quiet fishing village, the Agia Napa/Protaras area has become a haven for young single and married holiday makers.
Napa (as it is affectionately known) attracts clubbers from all over Europe and beyond who like nothing better than partying through the night at one of the many lively venues.
Thrill seekers are catered for with heart-stopping fairground rides, bungee jumping and helicopter rides. The beaches offer many varied waters ports such as parasailing, diving and jet skins, while Water world Water Park is considered one of the best in Europe. Off season, the area is much quieter but there’s still plenty to do. The rugged Cavo Greko area offers excellent views and cycling and hiking tours make the most of the surrounding countryside.
Places to Visit
Agia Napa Monastery
The former fisherman’s village has a Venetian monastery, built in the Gothic style. The 16th century church is hewn from rock and courtyard features a 16th century marble fountain. The sycamore tree near the south gate is said to be 600 years old. Since 1978, the complex has been used as an ecumenical centre.
Agia Mavri
A monolith is the western part of Agia Napa. The middle of this pillar has a hole and it is said that anyone suffering from ill health will be cured if passed through the hole.
Agia Thekla
A chapel located between Agia Napa and Sotira Village, there is a cave nearby called The Catacomb of Agia Thekla. This is not a catacomb, but a cave or tomb that was carved into the rock.
Agios Epiphanios
A chapel devoted to the Byzantine Bishop of Salamis. It is sited above Paliochori, a Byzantine settlement destroyed during the Arab invasion of 632 to 964 AD
Cultural Centre of Occupied Ammochostos
Evagorou 35, Deryneia Village
Tel: 23740860
A centre promoting the cultural arts of the area. Hosts art exhibitions as well as dance and film events. Also has a small permanent display of artefacts. Contact the centre direct or the Cyprus Tourism Organization head office for current events info.
Metamorfosis tou Sotiros Church & Ecclesiastical Museum
In the centre of Sotira Village
Tel: 23923932
The church of the Transfiguration – Metamorphosis. This was originally a much larger building. An inscription over the south door states that it was rebuilt in 1553.
Things to do
Cycling
Telephone the Cyprus Tourism Organization on 22691100 for further information.
Three trails in the Agia Napa/Cavo Greko area.
Fun Fairs
Nissi Avenue, behind McDonalds
An assortment of rides – from the gentle to the terrifying!
Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea
Centre Agia Napa Town Hall. Tel: 23816366
A variety of marine life is on show here.
Hiking
Telephone the Cyprus Tourism Organization on 22691100 for further information.
There are nine hiking trails in the Paralimni/Cavo Greco area.
Waterworld Water Park
Agia Napa
At the ‘gateway to Agia Napa on Agia Thekla Road.
Diving
Telephone the Cyprus Federation of Underwater Activities on 22754647 for further information.
There are several professional diving centres in the area.
Karting
EMW Go Karts
Agia Thekla Road (next to Waterworld Water Park)
Tel: 23724444
Festivals
“Kataklysmos” Flood Fair – June
At Limanaki (Harbour)
Contact Agia Napa Municipality Tel: 23816300
Kataklysmos, which coincides with the day of the Pentecost, is a religious and popular feast celebrated only in Cyprus. The celebrations of this feast last several days and take place in all seaside towns and resorts.

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