Paphos is located on the southwest part of the island. The town’s population which includes a large amount of villages including Polis area is around 92,000 habitats. The history of Paphos is very rich and is best appreciated at its archaeological sites and
Greek goddess of love Aphrodite is said to have been born on the outskirts of Paphos. All Paphos town was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage site in 1980. A number of historical interest, include the Tomb of the Kings, Mosaics, the medieval Castle and numerous Churches/monasteries; however it is also popular for its festivals and annual events. During September, Paphos holds an annual Opera, Paphos Aphrodite Festival in the open air at the harbor.The Castle provides an unusual backdrop and stage for the performance..
Paphos in recent years became a major tourist destination. Today there are two town parts – the upper commercial administrative center and the lower part, old ‘Kato Paphos’ which most hotels and tourist attractions reside all along the pretty coastal strip. Paphos has
been elected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2017.
Polis falls under Paphos district and is one of the most beautiful areas of Cyprus, close to romantic locations, where the goddess of love and beauty,Aphrodite, met with her lover Adonis. It is located in the northwest corner side of Cyprus, near the Akamas peninsula. It is situated in a charismatic area with rich natural environment and magnificent beaches. The Polis Municipality was established in 1882 and currently has a population of 15,000, in an area of 1925 hectares.
Polis is surrounded by a number of small villages all spread alongside of the Polis bay. Furthermore the region has also the famous Latchi area with its harbor which recently has been enlarged offering yachting services.
The area is an appropriate shelter for spiritual, physical relaxation and recreation. It has several tourist accommodations for every taste and every requirement: luxury hotels, tourist villages, apartments with all comforts, villas with private pools. For nature lovers there are many natural trails and camping near the sea in a eucalyptus forest.
Polis and the surrounding area because of its unique beauty, the idyllic natural environment and a splendid climate has become is one of the first preference for holiday and permanent residency for Cypriots and foreign visitors, mainly from the European Union, and in recent years from Russia. In the area works will soon begin for an ambitious project with the creation of two golf courses, a luxury boutique hotel type, number of cottages and other enriching projects.
Limassol is the second largest city of the island and is situated on the southern part of Cyprus. Acting as a magnificent backdrop to the city that spreads for miles along the coast are the Troodos Mountains, in whose fertile foothills most of the country’s grapes are grown.
With a population of 242,900 Limassol is the business hub of Cyprus, the wine-making industry, and an important tourist center. Today Limassol is an excellent sea resort, with a ten-mile coastline; a busy shopping center, countless taverns and restaurants nightlife to suit tastes ranging from modest to sophisticate and it’s an important seaport, industrial, tourist, offshore and port of registry center.
Limassol emerges as a spirited and cosmopolitan seaside town is the “city of fun” as it’s called in Cyprus and it is the home of the world famous wine festival, a ten-day event end of September, Limassol is also the home of the Carnival parade in spring, and other places of interest would include Limassol Castle, Archaeological Museum, Art Galleries, and the Salt Lake at Akrotiri, home of thousands of migrating birds in winter, and a stopover point for millions more as they go to different climates in spring and autumn.
Nicosia lies unevenly at the center of the island, and is the Capital of the Cyprus since the 11th century AD. Today it blends its historic past brilliantly with the bustle of a modern city with 327,000 habitats. . The heart of the city, enclosed by 16th century Venetian walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past. Yet this old heart is split in two, leaving Nicosia the only capital city in the world to remain divided by force.
The new Nicosia developed outside the walls became a contemporary, business and cultural center. Just a few miles away are enchanting places of interest such as Byzantine churches and monasteries, archaeological sites and charming villages.’Laiki Yitonia’ – Folk Neighborhood – is a pedestrian section, which has been carefully renovated to evoke the atmosphere of past days, while not to be missed is the unique Cyprus Museum, housing island’s most important collection of Cypriot antiquities and treasures from the Neolithic Age to the Roman Period and numerous other places of interest. .
The Presidential palace along with all government main offices as well as all embassies and many offshore companies are located in Nicosia. The modern city that has developed outside the walls is a cosmopolitan center of business and culture. Nicosia is regarded as the shopping heart of Cyprus, with a variety of international chains , restaurants, discos and bars. In addition to shopping for handicrafts, embroidery, pottery and other local made items, visitors to Nicosia might like to take advantage of the capital’s modern commercial centers to buy such items as the latest design fashions,
prescription eye wear, perfumes and liqueurs, many of which are less costly here than in Europe.
As the home of the island’s main international airport, Larnaca offers many visitors their first taste of Cyprus. One of the first sights is the beautiful salt lake, home in the cooler months to colonies of graceful flamingos and other migratory birds. Beside the lake, in a tranquil setting crowned by lush palms, is the Hala Sultan Tekesi, built to the memory of Prophet Mohammed’s aunt.
Larnaca seafront is vaguely reminiscent of the Continental promenade, with its line of mature palms and its relaxed air of sleepy charm. Cafes and taverns line the area near the sea, making this a popular spot with visitors and Cypriots alike during the long summer. Larnaca has also great history and culture with numerous museum, archaeological site and many monasteries and churches. Nearby is the Marina, frequented by yachtsmen from all over the world. At the western end of the promenade is the town’s 17th century fort, which now houses the Larnaca Medieval Museum.
Larnaca has a population of 147.200 and is an excellent base from which to get to know the central and eastern section of Cyprus.Its proximity to the International Airport and a number of luxury hotels that have been developed along its beautiful sandy beaches make Larnaca a popular holiday destination.
Ayia Napa (Famagusta region)
Ayia Napa is located at the Easter corner of Cyprus with the district population reaching 47,900. The popular holiday resorts of Ayia Napa and Paralimni have been called an absolute paradise for anyone who loves the sea and water sports. The charming scenery includes the tiny fishing harbor at the heart of the village and the windmills and small churches in the surrounding villages, which spread out to the area of Paralimni
Ayia Napa, once a small fishing village, boasts a superb Venetian decorated monastery with central octagonal fountain. It lends character and
substance to a village that’s better known to holidaymakers for its colorful shops, taverns, discos and bars. A small Marine Life Museum presents exhibits of past and present marine fauna. The focal point of the resort is the small harbor, where the taverns specialize in fresh fish harvested by the vibrant fishing vessels.
The charming medieval monastery dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Forests’ stands in the middle of the village surrounded by a big wall. Its 16th century church is partly underground and cut into the rock. Ayia Napa is the Hottest resort in the Mediterranean with over 90 bars, 12 clubs, more than 150 places to eat, plus a waterpark, a funfair and 14 Blue Flag Beaches.