8 days in Cyprus Itinerary

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Paphos — 2 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul and Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church. Visit Tombs of the Kings and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Paphos to Neo Chorion to see Akamas Peninsula National Park about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The House of Dionysus, step into the grandiose world of Paphos Harbour Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Panagia Theoskepasti, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Larnaca to Paphos is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paphos can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyrenia.
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Kyrenia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mavi kosk, then make a trip to Hasan kavizade huseyin efendi fountain and stone steps, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chysopolitissa church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ancient Shipwreck Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Buffavento Castle and then contemplate the long history of Bellapais Monastery.

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Traveling by car from Paphos to Kyrenia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Paphos in December; daily highs in Kyrenia reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Larnaca.
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Larnaca — 3 nights

Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Famagusta City Walls and Zenobia Wreck are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salamis Ancient City and St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Larnaca: Famagusta (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque & Monastery of Apostolos Varnavas). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hala Sultan Tekke, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus, delve into the distant past at Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, and find something for the whole family at Camel Park.

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Traveling by car from Kyrenia to Larnaca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Larnaca sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Cyprus travel guide

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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.