12 days in Cyprus Itinerary

12 days in Cyprus Itinerary

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12 days in Cyprus Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Paphos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kyrenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ayia Napa
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: London

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.
Bring the kids along to Tombs of the Kings and Coral Bay. Explore Paphos' surroundings by going to Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas), Akamas Peninsula National Park (in Neo Chorion) and Limassol (Kolossi Castle & Kourion). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Wed) at Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aphrodite's Rock, delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle, and go for a walk through Paphos Harbour and Port.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paphos trip tool .

London, UK to Paphos is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Paphos to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyrenia.

Things to do in Paphos

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Limassol, Akamas Peninsula National Park, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos, Coral Bay, Aphrodite's Rock
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Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
Coral Bay ©
Coral Bay
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings

1
night
Kyrenia

Kyrenia ©
Famous for its natural port and Byzantine castle, Kyrenia is not only a lovely old Venetian town, but also the most visited tourist destination in Northern Cyprus.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Bellapais Monastery, then explore the historical opulence of Kyrenia Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kyrenia Harbour, and finally delve into the distant past at Saint Hilarion Castle.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyrenia attractions planning website .

Drive from Paphos to Kyrenia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Kyrenia is little chillier than Paphos - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Kyrenia

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Saint Hilarion Castle ©
Saint Hilarion Castle
Bellapais Monastery ©
Bellapais Monastery
Kyrenia Harbour ©
Kyrenia Harbour

6
nights
Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Bring the kids along to Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Ayia Napa: Camel Park (in Mazotos), Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement (in Choirokoitia) and Larnaca (Church of Saint Lazarus, Finikoudes Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Konnos Bay, steep yourself in history at Zenobia Wreck, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Makronissos Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ayia Napa day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kyrenia to Ayia Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ayia Napa can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Larnaca, Protaras, Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, Camel Park
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Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Fig Tree Bay ©
Fig Tree Bay

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