So you're looking for things to do in Cyprus. But where to start, especially if your search just leads to yet another advertising page when what you really want to know is how good is the experience!
My suggestions below are based on PERSONAL experience or those of my close friends so I can vouch for how good they are!
You can follow the links below each image if you immediately see what you want, although I recommend reading my personal accounts of each activity too.
I'll be honest, I've seen people trundling along Paphos sea front on a Segway and thought "what's that all about" as the Paphos tours are quite expensive and I don't think you see that much other than a different view of the sea on mostly very short tours of only 40 minutes to an hour.
A year ago I took my husband and two friends up to Nicosia for the weekend to celebrate his 60th birthday. I organised a Segway Tour of Nicosia and it was absolutely fantastic. Not only was it great fun learning how to use the Segway "hover" machines (you get FULL instruction before being let loose onto the streets), but we learned SO much about the divided capital Nicosia at the same time.
The Segway tour of Nicosia is great value at only €50 and Andreas the owner will give you a group discount if you ask nicely. I can't think of a better way to spend 3 hours in Nicosia than on a Segway exploring corners of the capital most visitors would never see on their own.
A confession first as I have NEVER done a quad bike safari on the Akamas peninsula (I prefer to explore on 2 wheels instead!) but my friends who don't cycle have done a 4x4 quad tour and they say it's a MUST-DO with friends and family.
You can hire quad bikes in Latchi to explore the Akamas yourself, but going on a tour with a guide, makes maximum use of your time.
This Akamas quad bike safari takes you to Lara bay, home of the turtles, and comes highly recommended not only by my friends but also by the many 5 star reviews from previous customers.
Definitely one the top things to do in Cyprus if you like a real sense of adventure.
Tip: Covid-19 means you have to wear a mask in shops, but you also need a mask for one of these quad bike tours to keep out the dust!
One of my favourite things to do in Cyprus is to enjoy the Akamas coastline on a Blue Lagoon cruise from Latchi harbour. Over the years, several BIG new boats have appeared aimed at cramming in the customers to maximise profit, but our favourite will always be the traditional Koulla BBQ Boat Trip.
Why? Because it's operated by a wonderful local family (who also run the Y&P fish taverna in Latchi) who know the entire coastline like the back of their hand. Not only will you have a fantastic time on a traditional old fishing boat over 4.5 hours, but you can also enjoy a traditional BBQ on board, all included in the price. It's great value for money!
If you only have a few hours to spare then I also recommend the Atlantis blue lagoon cruise as it's one of the smaller boats like the Koulla so does not get overcrowded (max 35 people). They also have some fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor as they offer a more personal experience.
Another favourite way to enjoy the gorgeous blue seas of the Akamas is to hire your own private boat. Not only economical for a group of friends/family, but you can stop off for a swim at some of the smaller coves along the way as well as the Blue Lagoon. You can also take your own picnic lunch.
I highly recommend using Latchi Watersports for the best high quality boat hire in Latchi. They have the best safety standards as one of the longest running companies in Latchi and can also help with anything water-based if you like skiing, paragliding or sailing.
Tip: As a tourist, you only need a full driving licence to hire a boat from Latchi and you are given a full safety briefing before leaving the harbour.
Whatever your age, if you love having fun in the water and are looking for things to do in Cyprus away from the sea, the Paphos Waterpark is a must-do venue for families, couples and groups. I first visited the waterpark when I came to the island when it was much smaller, but now it has developed into one of the largest waterparks in Cyprus.
There are slides, rivers, pools and more where you can brave body chutes, float on a river raft or ride tides at the wave pool. There are kids play pools and plenty of restaurants on site plus sunloungers and WIFI if all you want to do is relax instead of getting wet!
For family fun, the waterparks around the island are one of the must-do things to do in Cyprus.
Top Tip: Save time and money on your admission ticket for the waterpark in Paphos by pre-booking here.
Would you like to sample authentic traditional Cyprus cuisine, far from the often poor quality "tourist" food offered near the coast? How about discovering hidden village gems in lush river valleys or strolling down a pretty village lane en route to lunch with Mount Olympus standing tall in the background?
To experience the real Cyprus, far from the tourist crowds, you need the help of a local with experience of offering a unique personalised private tour. Let me introduce Petria and Andreas, two siblings who offer unique FAB tours of the island that can be tailored to suit your tastes, whether you are foodies, nature lovers or just want to discover the parts that others cannot reach without local knowledge. Tours can be full or half day, depending on your time and preferences.
Read their 100% 5 star Reviews on Trip Advisor to find out more.
While I prefer to ride my mountain bike to discover nature, jeep safaris are a hugely popular way to get out into the wild without the effort! Friends who take their families on a jeep safari always tell me they are stunned by their jeep safari tours on the Akamas.Guides drive you along rugged off-road trails visiting special points of interest like the unique Avakas Gorge, allowing time for a hike, and afterwards a swim at one of the blue lagoons. It's a full 8 hour day tour with a lunch stop included in the price so good value for money.
If you are staying on the Larnaca side of the island, I recommend taking the half day Caves Jeep Safari from Ayia Napa/Larnaca. While lunch is not included in this tour, you get to swim in gorgeous Konnos bay, walk across Lover's Bridge if you in a romantic mood and relax over a beer of cold frappe at the end of your trip.Jeep safaris are definitely one of the most popular things to do in Cyprus for young people and oldies alike!
Paddleboarding or SUP (stand up paddleboarding) has become THE most popular thing to do in Cyprus this year (2020) thanks to so many celebrities taking up the sport.
Lockdown was hard, but since most restrictions have been limited here in Cyprus, we've been spending more time on the water on our kayaks and have seen SO many people trying SUP.
Many of my yoga students have bought paddleboards from Lidl on special offer and learned how to balance whle standing up quickly thanks to their regular yoga practice. Others may want to take a paddle lesson before venturing out on open water. I can highly recommend Windsurf City for a 1 hour SUP lesson. They have excellent reviews and, while based in Larnaca, will be able to recommend other SUP operators across the island.
Kayak on Serene Akamas Waters
We might not have had much work this year due to Covid-19, but we have been able to enjoy Cyprus in all its glory in the absence of many tourists. Our kayaks have been worn out this summer as we've paddled along the Akamas coastline.
If you are not lucky enough to own a kayak or canoe, most large watersports companies offer kayak hire BUT, if you want the best experience on the water in a canoe, please consider using Kirsty and Lee at Enjoy Cyprus (Zephyrous Sports).
We've worked with them many times over the years and Kirsty is a true professional. They cater for small and large groups and are especially good at teaching you to paddle whatever your age or experience. Kayaking is so much fun and it's certainly one of my favourite things to do in Cyprus.
Full safety gear is provided on all Kayak adventures from Enjoy Cyprus so you can be sure you are in safe hands. It's a fantastic fun day out on the water!
I couldn't possibly leave wine tasting out of my top 10 things to do in Cyprus, especially as Cyprus has SO many good wines now on offer across the island. We are lucky to have several high quality wineries in the Paphos region with my favourites being Tsangarides and Vasilikon, both family owned.
If you would like to sample wines from these wineries as well as others, I offer personalised wine tours in the Paphos region, perfect for small groups or larger wedding parties. Just contact me for more information.
Tip There are several wine routes marked on the island in the Limassol and Paphos regions. Pick up a wine route guide from tourist information to plan your route if driving yourself.
I hope you get to enjoy some of my top 10 things to do in Cyprus suggestions when next on the island. Hopefully in these strange Covid times, that next visit won't be too far away.