#01 Turtle-watching

Beaches in both the south and the north represent some of the last Mediterranean nesting places of green and loggerhead turtles.

Baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta, running from its nest to the sea, turtle project, Lara Beach, Akamas, Cyprus

#02 The Akamas Peninsula

With no main roads, few people and a spectacular coastline, this area is a pleasant contrast to the more developed and crowded parts of the island.

#02 The Akamas Peninsula

#03 Girne (Kyrenia)

Undoubtedly the most picturesque port on the island, with a perfect harbour backed by the majestic Kyrenia Mountains.

#03 Girne (Kyrenia)

#04 Hiking

Cyprus has some top-quality hiking trails, particularly in the Troodos Massif – even in high summer, the altitude makes for a pleasant walking climate.

#04 Hiking

#05 Lemesos Restaurants

The south’s great multicultural port is developing a reputation as the gourmet capital of the island.

#05 Lemesos Restaurants

#06 Buyuk Han

This beautifully renovated “Great Inn” at the heart of Lefkosa’s old town is a great place to shop or simply unwind.

#06 Buyuk Han

#07 Painted Churches of the Troodos Mountains

These beautifully painted wooden churches have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

#07 Painted Churches of the Troodos Mountains

#08 St Hilarion

A fantastical castle whose crumbling walls, meandering steps and ruined buildings blend into the craggy heights upon which it is built, offering spectacular views of the coast and mountains.

#08 St Hilarion

#09 Kykkos Monastery

Of the dozens of monasteries in Cyprus, Kykkos is the most captivating.

#09 Kykkos Monastery

#10 Ancient Salamis

In an idyllic setting lapped by the sea, ruined Salamis is at once one of the most impressive and most significant archeological sites anywhere on the island.

#10 Ancient Salamis

#11 Mouflon

The handsomely horned and increasingly rare mouflon, a subspecies of a wild sheep found across the Middle East, can be seen at Stavros tis Psokas in the Tilirian forest.

#11 Mouflon

#12 Diving

The wreck of the Zenobia, a modern car ferry which sank in mysterious circumstances off Larnaka, is one of the Mediterranean’s premier dive sites.

#12 Diving

#13 The Cyprus Museum

The best museum in Cyprus, just outside the walls of Lefkosia, containing treasures from across the island and the ages.

#13 The Cyprus Museum

#14 Hala Sultan Tekke

A perfectly proportioned mosque, sitting among elegant palm trees on the edge of Larnaka’s blinding-white salt lake.

#14 Hala Sultan Tekke

#15 Café Culture

From small village kafenions occupied by old men sipping strong coffee to smart Nicosia establishments packed with the young and stylish, café culture flourishes across the island.

#15 Café Culture

#16 Pafos Mosaics

These stunningly vivid mosaics give an insight into the life of the Roman elite on the island.

#16 Pafos Mosaics

#17 Gazimagusa (Famagusta)

One of Cyprus’s great cities, where modern life takes place among ruins generated by the Ottoman siege of the city over four centuries ago.

#17 Gazimagusa (Famagusta)

#18 North Coast Beaches

Cyprus has hundreds of beaches, though arguably the finest – such as Golden Sands – are strung along the north coast and Karpaz Peninsula.

#18 North Coast Beaches

#19 Wine tasting

Follow one of six wine-tasting routes, drop into the Cyprus Wine Museum or throw yourself into the bacchanal of the Lemesos Wine Festival.

#19 Wine tasting

#20 Bellapais

Made famous by Lawrence Durrell, who once lived here, Bellapais is beautifully set around its medieval monastery.

#20 Bellapais

#21 Easter

Easter is the most important festival in the Greek Orthodox calendar, and it is celebrated across the republic, often with lavish processions.

#21 Easter

#22 Omodos

A wonderful hill village boasting not only a winery but also a pretty, cobbled central square, a venerable monastery, and a range of restaurants and shops.

Omodos, hill village

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