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Must See Places on your Cyprus Adventure

April 11, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

When one thinks of the beautiful island of Cyprus, the first thing that springs to mind is definitely the utopian image of white sand beaches and crystal clear oceans waiting to be explored.

Although, once one looks past the tranquil beaches, they’ll discover an island rich with cultural and historical must-see locations. If you are planning on taking some time off from the hustle and bustle of the world, find some cheap flights and flythomascook straight to the breathtaking island, making sure to visit these perfect locations.

Ancient Kourion

If you are a sucker for history, love magnificently built structures or even just enjoyed the movie ‘Gladiator’, then this is the perfect place for you. Visit the ancient Roman city of Curium (Kourion), one of Cyprus’ most iconic archaeological sites, situated on a cliff top overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, near the town of Episkopi. Get lost in the mind blowing architecture that is the Greco-Roman ruins, complete with beautiful mosaics, impressive structures, the House of Gladiators and of course, the ancient theatre with its unbelievably perfect acoustics.

Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In case you weren’t quite convinced about the rife history of Cyprus, you’ll be glad to know that this small island is home to three World Heritage Sites. The most popular has to be the entire city of Paphos. Take a step back in time, visiting the fascinating ancient remains of palaces, theatres, tombs, mosaics, fortresses and villas.

The second site is the partly excavated Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia. Occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., this site truly plays a massive role in helping to answer the age old question of the evolution of man.

The final site is that of the Byzantine Painted Churches in the Troodos Mountains, an area that is characterised by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. View the richly decorated murals that each church has to offer, allowing one to deeper understand the story of the Byzantine people.

The Omeriye Hamam Turkish bath

This 14th century Turkish bath in Nicosia’s old town is the perfect place sit back and relax, whilst still learning more about the rich history of Cyprus. The bath was recently restored back into working order, holding onto its ancient style. If the sauna is your thing, then you are definitely in for a treat. Think sauna on steroids, and Hamam is what pops to mind, with its exfoliating, pummelling, added perspiring and splashes in cold water, I’m feeling relaxed just thinking about it.

By Jason Swindon

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