9 days in Cyprus Itinerary

9 days in Cyprus Itinerary

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Ayia Napa
— 3 nights
— 5 nights


Ayia Napa

— 3 nights
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
You'll get in some beach time at Landa Beach and Pantachou Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Famagusta City Walls and Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Famagusta (Salamis Ancient City & St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ayia Thekla Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, take some stellar pictures from Cape Greco National Forest Park, and make a trip to Sea Caves.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ayia Napa online journey planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ayia Napa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. In December, Ayia Napa is a bit cooler than Johannesburg - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paphos.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

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— 5 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sea Caves and Mackenzie Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul and Kings Avenue Mall. Change things up with these side-trips from Paphos: Camel Park (in Mazotos), Edro III Shipwreck (in Peyia) and Koulas fort (in Alaminos). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Avakas Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, play a few rounds at Elea Golf, and delve into the distant past at The House of Dionysus.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paphos road trip planner.

You can drive from Ayia Napa to Paphos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Paphos, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Cyprus travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Castles
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.