12th July 2011
While many holidaymakers visit Cyprus to enjoy the endless sunshine on offer, there’s a lesser-known historic side to the island that is well worth exploring, and that’s within easy reach of the main holiday resorts.
Cyprus is home to a wonderful array of world heritage sites for you to discover on your next visit:
The ancient town of Paphos has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. The remains of ancient villas, palaces, fortresses, mysterious vaults and caves make Paphos as a whole one big open museum.
Perhaps the most spectacular of these findings is the Tomb of the Kings, which is the final resting place of a group of local aristocrats from around 300BC. The Tomb of the Kings attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Located in the Maroni valley, a few miles from the southern coast of Cyprus, Choirokoitia is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the Mediterranean. Its findings date back to human settlements as early as 7000 BC when the village probably had around 300 inhabitants. This marvellous world heritage site is within easy reach of Larnaca airport.
Painted Churches in the Troodos Region
A pleasant drive inland from Paphos airport you’ll find the beautiful Troodos Mountains. This is also where you’ll find a series of Byzantine churches and monasteries from different periods in history. Many have fantastic paintings and murals on their walls.
To discover more about its World Heritage sites as well as everything else that this beautiful island has to offer, check out Jet2’s cheap flights to Cyprus.
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July 12, 2011 at 17:04
Tagged with Cyprus, History, Heritage