Explore the hidden treasures of Cyprus

February 3, 2013 by  

When holidaying in Cyprus, we wouldn’t blame you for being seduced by the popular resorts and all that they have to offer; the spotless beaches, the water sports, and the restaurants serving up so many delicious dishes you’ll find it hard to make a final decision. It’s understandable. However, if you have a hankering to investigate the hidden corners of this Mediterranean island, then look into car hire in Cyprus and seek out some of the other treasures that Cyprus has to offer.

The White Rocks

This unspoilt six mile stretch of coastline is found just 15 miles outside of Limassol in between St George’s Monastery and Governor’s Bridge. Those who make the trip will be seduced by secluded, rocky coves and private beaches with barely enough room for a whole family. If the idea of competing with fellow holidaymakers for possession of the one remaining sunbed gets your blood pressure soaring through the roof – then The White Rocks provides the perfect alternative. The waters are shallow and clear making them perfect for paddling or even a spot of snorkeling. It is worth noting that there are no facilities on these beaches so remember to pack a picnic and anything you might need for the day ahead.

Exploring the coastline of Cyprus Photo: nilexuk on Flickr

Exploring the unspoiled coastline of Cyprus

Chantara Waterfalls

This secluded waterfall, located close to Platres between Phini Village and Trooditissa Monastery, is a photographer’s dream. To access the falls you will need to drive for just over a mile on a rough earth track but unless there has been heavy rain this is unlikely to cause you any problems. The 8 metre waterfall is surrounded by the islands plentiful flora and you can climb up to the top via a handy staircase which lies side-by-side. Watch your step!

Discovering the waterfalls of Cyprus Photo: sweenpole2001 on Flickr

Discovering the waterfalls of Cyprus

Kalopanayiotis

When the bright lights of the resorts strip become too much and you find yourself day dreaming about what the island must have been like years ago – why not go and see for yourself? A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage village will take you back to years gone by as you marvel at the traditional Byzantine architecture, cobbled streets, narrow footpaths and quaint chapels. This is a beautiful and fascinating glimpse into a Cypriot community that remains virtually untouched by modern day civilisation. Prepare to lose a whole day exploring the village; pay a visit to Saint Marina or Panayia Theotokos churches or simply get lost in the streets as you gaze at the vine-covered rooftops, balconies and shady courtyards.

Kykkos Monastery on Cyprus Photo:  nilexuk of Flickr

Visit the Kykkos Monastery on Cyprus

Kykkos Monastery

This is the richest and most lavish of the country’s monasteries and for that reason, it is worth hopping in that hire car and heading north-west to the Marathasa region. The monastery sits atop a mountain 1318m above sea level, north-west of Troodos and 12 or so miles west of Pedoulas. The monastery was founded at the end of the 11th century and has experienced a turbulent time – in fact, the multiple fires which have devastated it mean that nothing remains of the original structure. As well as being in a spectacular destination, the tomb of the first ever President of Cyprus is close by and remains a popular tourist destination.

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Author Amy Baker is a London-based writer with a passion for travel. She writes advice for people who want to get away from it all and contributes to a number of travel websites and magazines.

Photo Credits: Coastline of Cyprus by nilexuk, Waterfalls of Cyprus by sweenpole2001, Kykkos Monastery by nilexuk

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5 Comments on "Explore the hidden treasures of Cyprus"

  1. Vinnie on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 7:16 am 

    @Heather,

    As usual you have posted some very beautiful photographs of the places. Beaches looking gorgeous. But I guess my favorite place would be Kalopanayiotis, where history is still alive. I love history and would love to ‘get lost’, as you putit, there for one complete day.

  2. Teresa Jens on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 8:32 am 

    What an amazing post. I have been to Cyprus once, it was long time ago and I don’t remember a lot – I was 10. But this post makes me wanna go there again. Fingers crossed I can do it this summer.

  3. Sofie on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 9:51 am 

    Haven’t been to Cyprus yet. It looks lovely, but isn’t it pretty expensive? Or is that just the French side?
    Sofie´s last blog post ..A place I love: amusement park the Efteling

  4. Alexandros on Thu, 7th Feb 2013 9:09 am 

    Thank you for all the positive experiences about Cyprus, my lovely country. I am sure, that you should experience yourself.

  5. Heather Cowper on Sat, 9th Feb 2013 12:17 pm 

    Thanks for the comments
    @Vinnie History is alive in the small villages and backstreets
    @teresa I’m sure loads of people have been on the sun and sand family holiday, nothing wrong with that but it’s good to know there’s more to explore
    @Sofie As far as I know Cyprus is split between Turkey and Greece and I think the Turkish side has a reputation for being cheaper although this could have changed in recent years
    @Alexandros Thanks, we’d love to enjoy your country

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