I spent a week under the Cypriot sun visiting my aunt, uncle and cousin exploring the gorgeous island, full of wine villages and waterfalls and quaint towns and seaside getaways. Here is my travel guide for those lucky enough to spend some time in this Mediterranean paradise:
What to Pack
For 5 days in Cyprus (plus layovers in 4 cities), I packed everything into one standard-size school backpack from American Apparel and carried most of my non-clothing items in my Longchamp black handbag.
Clothes: 1 pair jeans & belt, 2 nice tanks, 1 workout tank, 1 dress, 1 thin sweater, 2 sweaters, 1 pair sleeping shorts, 1 pair workout shorts, 1 pair jean shorts, 1 pair dressy shorts, 1 pair leggings, 1 flannel, 2 t-shirts, 1 long-sleeve top, 1 pair gloves, enough socks and underwear, 1 sports bra, 2 bikinis, 1 scarf, 1 jacket
Shoes: Nike running shoes, Vans slip-on shoes, Birkenstock sandals
Accessories: Canon point + shoot camera and charger, RavPower Battery Box, Tripod, Wallet (with all the necessary foreign currency), watch, jewelry, iPhone charger, book, glasses, sunglasses, passports, headphones, chewing gum
Bathroom supplies: hairbrush, hair ties, bobby pins, cotton pads, q-tips, razor, contact lenses, toothbrush, mini toothpaste, deodorant, moisturizer, mini face wash, makeup bag, straightener
How to Get There
The airline that frequents the island most often is Aegean Airlines, although most major European airlines fly there too. There are no direct flights from North America (I had a layover in London). You will likely fly into Paphos or Larnaca International Airport.
How to Get Around
By far the easiest way to get around is with a car, in order to reach all the obscure and wonderful gems on the island. I did see a number of tour buses, providing an excellent alternative to driving.
What to Do
Take in the views looking over Kourion Beach.
Explore the wine village of Omodos high up in the Troodos Mountains.
Wander through Pissouri and stop by the gorgeous beachfront.
Visit the birthplace of Aphrodite at Petra tou Romiou.
Explore Pafos Castle.
Wander along the waterfront in Paphos.
Take in the stunning views of Limassol Marina and its iconic mansions sitting comfortably on the banks of the yacht club.
Wander the streets of old town Limassol.
Walk along on Limassol’s waterfront.
Hike up to Caledonia Waterfall – maybe spotting a cat or 2!
Hang out with the stray dogs.
Explore the gorgeous Kykkos Monastery.
Dance on the beaches of the Mediterranean.
Visit Nissi Beach, one of Europe’s most beautiful.
Visit the stunning waters of Fig Tree Bay.
Take a cheeky photo with the Ayia Napa sign.
Explore the old town of Ayia Napa.
Head up into Northern Cyprus, the bit occupied by Turkey, to explore the gorgeous Kyrenia Harbour.
Where to Eat
For breakfast, head to Chris Blue Beach on Kourion Beach. From your waterfront table you’ll spot the stunning turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
For the island’s best Meze, visit Stou Kir Yianni tucked away in an Omodos alleyway.
For brunch, head to the Moorings Cafe on the promenade in Paphos.
For breakfast with a view, head up to the Troodos Mountains to the Troodos Hotel.
Cyprus Travel Tips
The main language spoken here is Greek, although almost everyone knows a bit of English and most signs are in English too. The currency is Euros.
*A huge thanks to Michelle & Shaun for showing me around and for accomodating my many photo requests!!