Off the Beaten Path: Seven Must-Visit Cultural Routes

There is so much more to Cyprus than sea, sun and sand. It is home to legends, myths and a rich culture that goes back 11,000 years. To truly know Cyprus and to take a part of it back home with you, the best thing to do is to walk in the footsteps of the island’s ancestors while following one of its cultural routes.

Antiquity Cultural Route – there are many wonders to be discovered on this route and many ancient ancestors to meet along the way. Start off at the ancient city of Kition in Larnaka and travel back to the 13th century, then visit the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A culture is nothing without its art form. When you stand on the stage of the ancient Kourion Theatre, the sound of the waves resembles the applause given to performances here throughout the ages. The last stop is the city of Pafos, which is a town packed with historical significance and sites.

Aphrodite Cultural Route – Cyprus is named the island of love, thanks to the Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. She was born from the foam of the sea in Pafos and the city is filled with reminders of her legend. The route kicks off with a visit to the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Palaipafos (old Pafos). Next the ancient city kingdom of Amathus is on the list, where you can see the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite. The archaeological site of Kition in Laranca and the Kyprida Aphrodite Nature Trail at Cape Gkreko in Protaras complete the tour.

Copper Cultural Route – Cyprus gave its name to copper, Cuprum in Latin due to the island’s abundance in the precious metal and its trading capacity of copper in the ancient world. Take a drive to the various copper mines and discover just how copper has played a major part in the island’s history, while also enjoying the island’s mountainous range and nature.

Cyprus-Venice Cultural Route – the ties between Cyprus and the Venetians go back to 1147. The cultural influences and great architecture, which were built on the foundation of these ties, can be viewed today by being part of this cultural tour. Other than beautiful architecture, you will also discover churches, monuments, museums and historical sites, which will all tell tales dating back to the Middle Ages.

Eastern Cultural Route – the Eastern part of the island has a charm of its own. Begin in Ammochostos and visit the farming villages, where the locals are sure to serve up some Greek coffee and spoon sweets. Then the route will head to Larnaka and the Greek Orthodox monastery of Stavrovouni, where you will be mesmerised by the view. Next get ready to take home some unique gifts, which you will get from the village of Lefkara, famous for its handmade lace. The last stop is the village of Kato Drys, where culture and tradition bind together to create the perfect ending to the trip.

Western Cultural Route – the Western part of the island hides many treasures. The town of Polis Chrysochous is where most locals go to enjoy the island’s natural surroundings. Once you have soaked up a part of our paradise, the route takes you on a boat trip, filled with rocky coves and the chance to take a dive. Discover the Baths of Aphrodite before heading off to wonder at the beauty of Akamas National Forest Park.

Wine Routes – the island offers 7 organised wine routes, which reveal the tradition and history behind wine making, take a journey to picturesque villages and get a taste of authentic Cyprus.