Cyprus, officially called the Republic of Cyprus, is an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Located south of Turkey, west of Syria, northwest of Lebanon, Israel and the Gaza Strip, north of Egypt and southeast of Greece, Cyprus’ earliest known human activity dates back to the 10th millennium BC.
When on a cruise to Cyprus, there is so much to see and do. Limassol, or Lemesos as it is also known, is one of Cyprus’ most underrated cities. Full to the brim with character, the city radiates history with its fascinating castle, web of intricate lanes and shuttered houses. More than just glorious sunshine and sparkling sea, Limassol lies at the core of the islands richest areas for exploration. While in port, why not head to Kourion? This UNESCO-protected archaeology park boasts more than 6,000 years of history, transporting its visitors to the Roman era. Alternatively, Pissouri beach, at the edge of the quaint Pissouri village, is a fantastic spot to unwind. Bookended by rocky cliffs, the beach is a mini paradise with calm waters and blissful sunshine.
The birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Passion, Paphos is a heady mix of Mediterranean beaches and historical sites. Located between Paphos and Limassol, you’ll find Aphrodite’s Rock. Legend has it, Aphrodite rose from the waves between the rocks as she was born - hence the name Aphrodite’s Rock. The top of the rock offers fantastic panoramic views but if you’d rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, the beach is a lovely place to relax. Paphos Castle, which was built in the 13th century, guards the mouth of Paphos harbour. The castle has an interesting yet chequered history - originally a fortress, the structure served as a prison and later a warehouse for salt. Today, it is a cultural landmark and emblem for the city.
Situated on the southern coast, Larnaca is the third-largest city in Cyprus. Famous for its palm-tree seafront, the city is the gateway to Cyprus thanks to its airport. During its rainy season, Larnaca attracts thousands of migrating birds. Greater flamingos stop on the south-eastern shores of Cyrpus annually, more often than not heading to the Akrotiri Lake (also known as the Limassol Salt Lake). Here, they wait until the water level of the lake increases sufficiently. It truly is a breathtaking sight and one not to be missed when visiting Larnaca.
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