8 days in Cyprus Itinerary

8 days in Cyprus Itinerary

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8 days in Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Inverness
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Paphos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nicosia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Protaras
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
End: Inverness

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paphos: Kourion (in Limassol) and Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at The Little Shop, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aphrodite's Rock.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paphos trip itinerary website .

Inverness, UK to Paphos is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Inverness to Paphos is 2 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Inverness in November; daily highs in Paphos reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nicosia.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Nicosia

Nicosia ©
Experience a combination of traditional and modern Cyprus, including archaeological sites encircled by ancient walls, in the country's capital, Nicosia.
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Bellapais Monastery, delve into the distant past at Saint Hilarion Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Cyprus Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Larnaka Salt Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, and finally explore the ancient world of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nicosia trip planner .

You can drive from Paphos to Nicosia in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Paphos in December, Nicosia is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Protaras.

Things to do in Nicosia

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Larnaca, Kyrenia, Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
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Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Saint Hilarion Castle ©
Saint Hilarion Castle
The Cyprus Museum ©
The Cyprus Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Konnos Bay, then take in the pleasant sights at Cape Greco National Forest Park, then kick back and relax at Nissi Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Protaras sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Nicosia to Protaras takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Protaras, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Protaras

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ayia Napa, Traditional house
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Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Fig Tree Bay ©
Fig Tree Bay
Konnos Bay ©
Konnos Bay

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