11 days in Cyprus Itinerary

11 days in Cyprus Itinerary

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11 days in Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Nicosia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Paphos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Protaras
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Nicosia

Experience a combination of traditional and modern Cyprus, including archaeological sites encircled by ancient walls, in the country's capital, Nicosia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Buyuk Han. Visit Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Saint Hilarion Castle for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nicosia: Larnaca (Mackenzie Beach & Church of Saint Lazarus) and Kyrenia (Ancient Shipwreck Museum, Bellapais Monastery, & more). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Cyprus Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nicosia road trip site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Nicosia is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you will find days in Nicosia are much warmer (39°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paphos.

Things to do in Nicosia

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyrenia, Larnaca, Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mackenzie Beach ©
Mackenzie Beach
Ancient Shipwreck Museum ©
Ancient Shipwreck Museum

3
nights
Paphos

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Get some cultural insight at Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul and Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos. Get some historical perspective at The House of Dionysus and Tombs of the Kings. The adventure continues: stroll through Coral Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, and don't miss a visit to Saint Paul's Pillar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Paphos travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Nicosia to Paphos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Nicosia in September, plan for slightly colder days in Paphos, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Protaras.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, Coral Bay, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
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Vouni Panayia Winery ©
Vouni Panayia Winery
The House of Dionysus ©
The House of Dionysus

3
nights
Protaras

Protaras ©
Located along Cyprus's lovely Fig Tree Bay, Protaras is a family-friendly resort town with beautiful beaches and plenty of recreational activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Landa Beach and Salamis Ancient City. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nissi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Protaras: Famagusta (Monastery of Apostolos Varnavas & Famagusta City Walls). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Blue Lagoon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Protaras day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paphos to Protaras takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Protaras

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ayia Napa, Famagusta
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Landa Beach ©
Landa Beach
Famagusta City Walls ©
Famagusta City Walls
Scuba & Snorkeling

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