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Historic Sites in Cyprus | Historical Tours of Cyprus

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From Neolithic villages to Roman ruins and medieval castles, the historic sites in Cyprus illustrate the sheer depth and diversity of the history of this pretty island.

Indeed, having been inhabited by the Hittites, ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Persians, Romans and Ottomans to name just a few, one can hardly be surprised at how many historical places there are to see. Yet, the quantity of historic sites in Cyprus is not its only asset, but also the excellent state of preservation of many of these attractions.

If you’d like to learn more about historic sites in Cyprus, explore options for historical tours of Cyprus and plan your own Cyprus history tour, then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

Many local hotels and operators offer tours to some of the more prominent sites, such as Kourion, however, other fascinating historical places are often ignored by such package deals. One popular way of visiting many of the coastal history sites is via a cruise – often as part of a wider Mediterranean trip – large operators can offer interesting itineraries which often visit many of these historical places around the Mediterranean.

If you’re keen on exploring at your own pace, you can plan your own historic tour of Cyprus by browsing our selection of Cyprus’ historical sites. Once you’ve shortlisted those you wish to visit, use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your tour and then print off a free pocket guidebook. Our historic sites of Cyprus database is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. If you know of other historic sites in Cyprus, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

Historical sites in Cyprus : Site Index

  • Amathus Amathus
    Amathus contains the remains one of the island’s oldest towns and is amongst its impressive collection of ancient historic sites.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Choirokoitia Choirokoitia
    This prehistoric settlement was the first of the historic sites in Cyprus to have been inhabited by human beings.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Church of Agios Lazaros Church of Agios Lazaros
    Built in the 10th century, the Church of Agios Lazaros is one of the beautifully preserved holy historical sites in Cyprus and is said to house the tomb of Saint Lazarus.
    Photo by Christian Stock (cc)

  • Kalavasos-Tenta Kalavasos-Tenta
    One of several Neolithic historic sites in Cyprus, Kalavasos-Tenta has a history dating to the 8th millennium BC.
    Photo by Leonid Mamchenkov (cc)

  • Kolossi Castle Kolossi Castle
    Perhaps not the best known of historic sites in Cyprus yet still imposing, Kolossi Castle is a stronghold first built by the Knights Hospitallers in the 13th century.
    Photo by Spixey (cc)

  • Kourion Kourion
    For a great view of this country’s ancient remains, there’s Kourion. Including well preserved ancient homes and even an amphitheatre, this is one of the more famous archaeological historic attractions in Cyprus.

  • Nea Pafos Nea Pafos
    Once the capital of Cyprus and now one of the historical sites of Cyprus near Paphos Harbour, Nea Pafos offers a great deal to see, including an ancient theatre, Roman villas and the Castle of Forty Columns.

  • Palaipafos Palaipafos
    With a range of ruins dating back as far as the Late Bronze Age, Palaipafos is one of the historical sites in Cyprus which reflect its diverse history.

  • Paphos Castle Paphos Castle
    Paphos Castle is a medieval fortification and one of the things to do in Cyprus in Paphos Harbour.

  • Tombs of the Kings - Paphos Tombs of the Kings - Paphos
    Listed as one of the World Heritage historic sites of Cyprus, the Tombs of the Kings is a Hellenistic necropolis in Paphos with a series of well-preserved tombs to explore.

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