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Water World Water Park

Water World Water Park

Water World Water Park

Water World Water Park (18 Ayia Thekla Road, Ayia Napa) — opened in 1996, Water World Water Park drew in over 1 million visitors to date. Poseidon’s Wavepool is in the middle of the park, with a wave-generating system creating 1 meter high swells. Based on an ancient Greek Mythology theme, the 18 different rides offer varying levels of excitement for all the family, from the 124 meter raft ride of Apollo’s Plunge to a jaw-dropping 75 meter vertical drop of Zeus Zenith. There’s also the Lazy River Odyssey, for those who prefer a more relaxing ride. Water World Water Park has six different eateries, a non-aquatic play area for children and other amenities such as showers and lockers. See its website for pricing and an updated schedule: www.wwcyprus.com


Sea Caves

Cuevas marinas

Cuevas marinas

Sea Caves (Cape Greco – near Ayia Napa) – visitors sailing by coastal areas just outside of Ayia Napa will notice a chain of sea caves. A stone bridge is also in this area. Their unique appearance is a result of the sea waves crashing into the cliffs and creating the inlets, caves and archways that we see today. The Ayia Napa Sea caves are signposted on the main road between Protaras and Ayia Napa, and a small dirt track takes you down towards the coast. Visitors can climb down the rocks, or take a plunge into the Mediterranean Sea from the cliffs above. This latter option is usually reasonably safe as the water is deep — however, you must seek out local advice at the time, and do not do this if you at all worried or a poor swimmer.


Submarino SADKO

Submarino SADKO

Submarino SADKO

SADKO Submarine (Larnaca Marina, Larnaca) – this is a submarine for tourists interested in exploring coastal areas near Larnaca (which can accommodate 40 passengers, conducting one-hour underwater trips). Among the items found off of its waters are a number of underwater shipwrecks. One of them is the ferry “Zenobia” that sunk off Larnaca harbor in 1980 during its maiden voyage. Other wrecks found in these waters include a British helicopter that sunk in 1996 (lying at a depth of 16 meters) and HMS Cricket – a British battleship that sank in 1947, due to bad weather. There is also the wreck of a British armored car, which is now a protected area with thriving marine life. Those interested in booking a voyage can contact Larnaca Napa Sea Cruises Ltd on 24 656949 or 24 656954 or email larnaca.napa.sea.cruises@cytanet.com.cy

Othello’s Castle

Castillo de Othello

Castillo de Othello

Othello’s Castle (Famagusta, north Cyprus) – located an hour’s drive east of Nicosia, this is the castle where Shakespeare’s famous play “Othello” was set (Othello being a Venetian commanded sent to Cyprus by his superiors) – located in the east coastal port of Famagusta. This castle was originally built by the Lusignans in the 12th century to defend both that town and its harbor, and today it has a dominating presence, as it has for hundreds of years.

 

In 1492 Venetians transformed it into an artillery stronghold. The marble panel above the entrance shows the winged Lion of Venice (which is still visible today), and includes the name of “Nicolo Foscarini”, who remodeled the tower. It is said that Shakespeare must have heard of the Venetian governor of the island, Christophoro Moor (whose surname means “moor”). Because of the Shakespearian reference, the British renamed this castle after Othello during its colonial period in Cyprus.

 

Note: After years of neglect (aggravated by political conflict during the 1960s), renovation work began on this site in 2014. The interior of this site is closed until renovations are completed. For now, visitors passing through Famagusta can still see its exteriors.

 

Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach – this is a quieter part of Ayia Napa (a major partying destination in Cyprus). Nissi Beach is perfect for those with families who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ayia Napa. However, it is perfectly situated for anyone who doesn’t want to vacation in Ayia Napa itself but still wants to experience what it has to offer.

Makronissos Tombs

Makronissos Tombs

Makronissos Tombs

Makronissos Tombs (Ayia Napa) – west of Ayia Napa, just inland from the Makronissos Beach, the Department of Antiquities has completed the excavation of nineteen rock-cut tombs dating from Roman times. In the east of the tombs a small sanctuary has been excavated, while part of an ancient quarry adjacent to the tombs has also been uncovered. The tombs consist of a stepped road which leads down to a rectangular entrance, most of the chambers are almost identical. They all have a rectangular trench in the middle, slightly lower than the floor and three benches at the side of the chambers. Free admission.

Makronissos Beach

Playa de Makronissos

Playa de Makronissos

Makronissos Beach (Ayia Napa) — located at the western end of Ayia Napa resort, this is one of Ayia Napa’s more popular beaches. The “chill” out social atmosphere makes the beach perfect for relaxing under the hot Cyprus sun. Makronissos is suitable for families with young children, due to the calm waters, nice sands and calm atmosphere. Snack bars and Water sports are available there. The beach is reachable from Ayia Napa by car, bicycle or by bus. The beach is home of Makronissos beach club, where occasionally are hosted different live party events.

Larnaca Beach

Larnaca Beach

Larnaca Beach

Larnaca Beach – located not far from Larnaca Airport (which acts as a major gateway to the country), this is a popular beach, especially during the Summer, when many families flock here. A variety of water sports is also pursued here. This beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for cleanliness and general facilities. There is also a thriving nightlife scene.

Keo Brewery / Winery

Keo Brewery / Winery

Keo Brewery / Winery

Keo Brewery / Winery (1 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Lemesos 3602) — Since it was founded in 1927, KEO has grown into the largest and most prestigious beverage supplier on the island of Cyprus with a thriving export trade to much of Europe, the US, Canada and the Middle East. KEO’s rise to the eminent position of a total beverage company is owed both to the high quality of KEO brands produced locally and the renowned imported products enriching its portfolio. Free tours are provided on the premises. Visitors can call KEO for updated info on these tours: +357 25 853100

Eléa Estate Golf Club

Eléa Estate Golf Club

Eléa Estate Golf Club

Eléa Estate Golf Club (1 Eleon Avenue, Geroskipou 8310, Paphos) — Situated at the heart of the prestigious Eléa Estate (a 90 minute drive southwest of Nicosia, or just 10 minutes from Paphos), Eléa Estate Golf Club offers world-class golf in a stunning setting. The challenging Par 71 course, designed by the legendary Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates numerous natural features and boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean. Skill, strategy, precision – and maybe a little luck – are needed if you’re to be victorious here. But, win or lose, playing at Elea Estate Golf Club promises to be a memorable experience. This course is designed for pros. However, courses are also offered to beginners (including children). See its website for pricing and other info: www.eleaestate.com


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