Endless blue-sky during daytime and vast sandy coast, it’s obvious why Cyprus is considered a dream come true for a tourist. The holiday season further stirs up excitement as travellers from Europe and Mediterranean pour in the country.
As we speak, Cyprus has more than meets the eye, hiding real treasures besides just the dusty coast. One can surely avoid luxurious resorts to wander the rural cobblestone villages, explore jagged heartlands and rather discover an island away from the beach.
So what are you waiting for, grab your Cyprus passport today and start with the adventure travel of a lifetime.
Exploring the old town
Lefkosia; the divided capital of Nicosia and Lefkoşa; the North Nicosiafeature remnants of the Venetian walls with flips of old-town squeezed in between. The path leads to the medieval churches and amazing prayer halls of the Ottomans. In Larnaca, the twisted passages going south from the Agios Lazaros Church lead to the ancient Turkish quarters of the Skala.
Here, the white-washed cottages lounge in the refined decays and local artisans have established shops and souvenir stands. The honey stone castle in North Cyprus stares at the tiny settlement of the Kyrenia (Girne) whereas barricaded ancient town of Famagusta (Mağusa) give a peculiar shine due to shard-like remains of Byzantine.
With a Cyprus passport, the best way to know about the long-gone days of glory is by exploring the old town.
Time to unwind and rejuvenate the soul through a visit to the alternative beach holiday on the Karpas (Kırpaşa) Peninsula! The only crowd is wild donkeys grazing besides the lonesome beach strip and turtles nestling during late summer. For those who don’t want to feel too much isolated or remote, the best of Cypriot wilderness is just at an easy distance from the usual hustle of the coastal resorts.
Stroll to the lively buzz of Agia Napa to walk or cycle along the coastal paths of Cape Greco. The pine-forest trails of the Troodos Mountains are dotted with wild fennel all the way from Pafos or Lemesos. The sight of pink flamingos flocking around like clouds is an amazing experience that can be enjoyed only with a valid Cyprus passport.
The local village stopovers
The real feel of rural Cyprus comes by spending time in and around the laidback villages. When here, it’s as if one has warped into the era of cobblestone where life is snail paced but peaceful. Relax yourself among the caramel-shaded alleys of the Lofou; retreating the Apokryfo. Spend a few days strolling the Maheras Forest area and the villages.
Planning the trip
When planning the trip, better know about the country so you may enjoy best! Cyprus is divided into two entities namely
- South Cyprus which is the Republic of Cypruswhere Euro is the accepted as an official currency.
- The Northern Cyprus is known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus where accepted official currency is the Turkish Lira.
Despite the isolation of both regions, travelling between the two sides is convenient as long as you remember carrying a valid Cyprus passport.
Moving past the Green Linebetween the North and South Cyprus is a hassle-free experience where you can easily move past the two pedestrian crossings out of seven border points that are between Nicosia and North Nicosia. You need to show the passport on all the crossings for safe passing.