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From Ayia Napa: Ghost-Town Famagusta Tour

1. From Ayia Napa: Ghost-Town Famagusta Tour

Take an exciting in-depth view of Famagusta and learn about the city's ongoing state of affairs with the Ghost Town and the illegal occupation of the Northern territories. Start your tour with a pickup by your friendly guide at your accommodation. After a short meet and greet you will set off on your journey. Start by seeing Famagusta as it is considered today: an abandoned ghost town. Get some insight into the history of the area by watching a short film showcasing Famagusta before the invasion. Then, continue on your adventure to the border and drive along the fence which surrounds this once glamorous city. You'll arrive on the area's renowned sandy beach and get a closeup view of the deserted hotels that line the coast. Get some time to stroll the streets of the ghost town to see the abandoned hotels, homes, and shops. Next, you'll circle the moat of the old gothic city where the castle walls tower over you. Before the end of the trip, enjoy time to explore the city within the castle walls where 356 churches and cathedrals once stood. Witness centuries of history that have gone by. 

Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

A guide will pick you up from a location of your choice and you’ll be driven around carefully selected villages to visit locals making traditional products and taste Cypriot delicacies. One of these stops will be an award-winning winery where you'll try a selection of wines and discover a variety of indigenous grape varieties. You’ll learn about the ingredients, the making process, and the traditions linked to the products. Part of the touring will be visiting villages where you’ll have time to explore and see the sites. Along the way, the group will stop at a local tavern to feast on a selection of Cypriot dishes with a full meze lunch. We keep our tours authentic by visiting true locals and because these local villagers are busy with every day life – we cannot guarantee which stops we’ll be including… However, here’s an example list of products which are likely to be included – Halloumi Cheese, Honey, Olive Oil, Village Breads, Traditional Sweets, Wine etc. We guarantee a great day out and you can be sure that you’ll visit 5 fantastic places within the Troodos mountain villages and experience a foodie day tour like no other!

From Ayia Napa: Full-Day 4x4 Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

3. From Ayia Napa: Full-Day 4x4 Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

Head deep into the heart of Cyprus to see off-the-beaten-track destinations around the Troodos Mountains on a day filled with spectacular landscapes, little-known villages, clean rivers, pristine air, flora and fauna, vineyards, monasteries, churches and more. Top it off with delicious local food and great wine in a traditional village tavern. Start with a 4x4 off-road adventure through the most diverse and rapidly changing landscapes in Cyprus. Walk through ethnic villages with narrow streets, spectacular views, and great stone architecture. Your first stop will be at Pano Lefkara, a village renowned for its silverware and handmade lace where you’ll also enjoy a welcome drink. Pass by a 20-meter-high mountain waterfall, a fantastic natural wonder. After a delicious lunch, visit Omodos, the main village in the Limassol wine-growing area. Stroll around the cobbled streets of the village or visit the monastery of the Holy Cross before returning to your hotel.

From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Famagusta and Salamis Guided Tour

4. From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Famagusta and Salamis Guided Tour

Cross the UN-patrolled border into northern Cyprus and visit some of the north's most famous historical sites, including Salamis and St. Barnabas church. The first stop of this day trip is Salamis Archaeological Site, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from Cyprus's east coast. Salamis was the most brilliant ancient city in Cyprus and the capital of the island for more than a thousand years. The archaeological site of Salamis, culture, and history is considered one of the most important not just in Cyprus but also in the Mediterranean Sea. Discover the archaeological site of Salamis as your guide shares with you the rise and fall of this Great Greek Kingdom. Then visit the St Barnabas church and tomb. This day tour continues with lunch and a short walk at Constantia Beach. In the afternoon you will visit the Latin Cathedral of St Nicholas and Othello Tower (no visit inside). Before heading back, enjoy some free time in the old town of Famagusta and take in the panoramic view of the ghost town. The once-bustling holiday resort was abandoned during the Turkish invasion of 1974 and has remained sealed behind barbed wire barricades ever since.

Grape Escape: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

5. Grape Escape: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation. Meet your local guide and learn about the local food and wine offerings. Drive to a Troodos mountain village and visit a family-owned boutique winery. Take a tour of the facility and enjoy a wine tasting. Continue to a quaint village where you’ll have a chance to wander the cobbled streets and take in the picturesque scenery. Visit the local church, monastery, and local craft shops. As you explore the village, stop for a food tasting. After exploring the village, sit down for coffee and a traditional snack. Relax and watch the world go by.

From Ayia Napa: Enchanted Lagoon Jeep Safari

6. From Ayia Napa: Enchanted Lagoon Jeep Safari

Experience extreme thrills and expect the unexpected on an amazing off-road adventure from Ayia Napa. Stop for a coffee at a traditional kafenio (local coffee shop) in a tiny village and mix with the locals. Then, head off-road and climb up into the mountains to get breathtaking views and stop at a remote 17th-century chapel. Next, make your way to an enchanted lagoon and enjoy a tranquil swim at a secret location, known only to your guides. Continue to a village, frozen in time, and step back into centuries past. Enjoy an optional lunch in the heart of the village at a typical family-owned tavern.  Then, make your way to the top of the mountain for stunning photo opportunities. End in the charming village of Lefkara and stroll along the pebble-stoned streets. Pause for another coffee before heading back to your hotel or accommodation in Ayia Napa, Protaras or Larnaca.

Omodos Village and Kelephos Medieval Bridge Tour

7. Omodos Village and Kelephos Medieval Bridge Tour

Start your tour by heading to the Krassohoria wine villages. First, you will go to the expansive Paphos Forest and visit Kelephos' medieval Venetian bridge, which according to tradition is built on a camel trail. The trail was apparently used by camel caravans to transport mined material from the mines on the north side of the Troodos mountains to Paphos port. The local stream has water throughout the year. The setting is beautiful, with higher water flow during the rainy season and with more greenery in summer when the alders have their leaves and the bracken are full of life. You'll then move to Omodos village, one of the largest villages of Krasochoria. For years it has been well-known for its vineyards and wine and is still today known for its prime produce. Omodos developed around the ancient monastery of the Holy Cross (connected to St. Helen’s Passage to Cyprus) and is a popular destination for visitors. If you prefer, you can visit a less touristy village, for example Arsos or Vasa.

Larnaca: Lefkara Lace, Choirokoitia, and Birdwatching Tour

8. Larnaca: Lefkara Lace, Choirokoitia, and Birdwatching Tour

Explore the stone-built village of Pano Lefkara, which is the production center of the famed lace. Leonardo da Vinci visited the village and loved Lefkaritika lace. Besides meandering through the maze of the village, the village's central church is worth a visit and according to local tradition, it houses a piece from the Holy Cross.  Discover the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Choirokoitia Neolithic settlement. Go birdwatching at one of three wetlands near Larnaca, which host thousands of birds and tens of bird species, especially during the annual migration in spring but also in autumn. Thousands of flamingos find refuge during the cold months of the year here.   Depending on your preference and available time, you can also go for a walk by the manmade lake of Lefkara. Visit other attractions on the way, depending on your pickup location, including the Kamares Aqueduct or the Panagia Angeloktisti Church in the village of Kiti. Complete your day with a delicious, traditional meal at a local restaurant.

From Ayia Napa and Protaras: Nicosia Guided Tour

9. From Ayia Napa and Protaras: Nicosia Guided Tour

Visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Take a walking tour of the old town. Visit St. John's Cathedral and the Ottoman Buyuk Han. Bring your ID if you want to cross between the Greek and Turkish sides of the city. After hotel pickup, head to south Nicosia, where your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town. Discover the Liberty Monument and St. John's Cathedral in the center of the old town. Despite its modest exterior, the interior of the cathedral will take you by surprise. Next, take a walking tour through the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls. Once in the occupied part of Nicosia, visit Buyuk Han and see the Ayia Sofia Church with its modern Byzantine architecture. Enjoy coffee and a pie. Ample free time will be provided for shopping or for lunch. For those interested in a visit to Leventis Museum, the guide will wait for you outside the museum at 3:00 PM. Finish your tour with drop-off back at your centrally located hotel in Ayia Napa or Protaras.

From Ayia Napa and Protaras: Flavors of Cyprus

10. From Ayia Napa and Protaras: Flavors of Cyprus

Discover Cypress through your palette and an unforgettable tour from Ayia Napa or Protaras. Smell the roses in Agros at a rose and sweet factors, sample meat products from a local shop, and enjoy lunch in a local tavern. Afterward, taste the local flavors of Cyprus wines, before returning. Enjoy pickup from your centrally located hotel in Ayia Napa, Protaras, or Larnaca town. First, stop at Palaichori village for a coffee break. Then, Hop back on board and head to Agros to visit a rose and sweet factory. Learn more about the cultivation of roses and rose products there and sample some meat products at the local shop. Afterward, head to a small village for a delicious lunch at a local tavern. In the afternoon, explore a local winery where you will taste some delicious Cyprus wines before heading back to your centrally located hotel.

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What people are saying about Ayia Napa

If there are Academy Awards for travel guides and travel companies then I would like to nominate Helena and Cyprus Taste Tours! I had an amazing Sunday filled with stories about local people & culture, fun encounters with local food and much more. Highly recommended!

Very nice trip to the mountains. Nice lunch and a very skilled driver that new the history of Cyprus and the small parts of the island.

A fantastic trip, with delicious lunch consisting of local dishes. Cozy little company of 5 people and a skilled guide Theodora.

exciting and fun. Wild experience to get over on the Turkish side of the island, and see how sad and ruined it all erl

Fun experiences for the whole family with a copper mine, wine tasting, waterfalls and off-road driving.