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 Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
Amathus contains the remains one of the island’s oldest towns and is amongst its impressive collection of ancient historic sites.
Amathus is an archaeological site in Cyprus containing the remains of one of the island’s oldest ancient towns. Known to have been inhabited since at least 1050BC, the origins of Amathus are unclear. It is believed to have been founded by the Eteocyprians and to have flourished and grown. Over time,... Read More
This prehistoric settlement was the first of the historic sites in Cyprus to have been inhabited by human beings.
Choirokoitia in Cyprus was a prehistoric agricultural settlement from 7000BC and the first site of human habitation on the island. According to UNESCO, who have inscribed it as a World Heritage site, Choirokoitia is "one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean", particularly as it played a... Read More
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.
The Church of Agios Lazaros, also known as Church of Ayios Lazaros, is a Byzantine creation built in the tenth century AD over the believed tomb of Saint Lazarus. Saint Lazarus is said to have been resurrected by Jesus and then to have fled to Cyprus, where he was... Read More
One of several Neolithic historic sites in Cyprus, Kalavasos-Tenta has a history dating to the 8th millennium BC.
Kalavasos-Tenta (or just "Tenta") is an archaeological site in Cyprus housing the remains of a Neolithic settlement dating back to the eighth millennium BC. The ruins at Kalavasos-Tenta include the remains of the winding walls of what were the circular huts of the village.... Read More
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.
Kolossi Castle was originally a thirteenth century Frankish fortification near Limassol in Cyprus. Constructed by the Knights Hospitallers in 1210, Kolossi Castle almost exclusively remained in their possession until it was destroyed by Mameluke raids in 1525/6. The only interruption occurred between 1306 and 1313, when it was taken over by... Read More
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.
Kourion, also known as Curium, is an impressive archaeological site near Limassol in Cyprus containing mostly Ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins. In fact, it is believed that the site of Kourion was first inhabited during Neolithic times, with the earliest evidence dating back to 4500-3900 BC, but that the town itself... Read More
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.
Nea Pafos is an archaeological site near Paphos Harbour in Cyprus housing the remains of what was once the capital of the island. Founded in the fourth century BC by Nikokles, the last king of nearby Palaipafos, Nea Pafos then went from strength to strength, particularly under the Ptolemaic kingdom... Read More
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.
Palaipafos, also known as Palaepaphos, is an archaeological site near Kouklia village, Paphos, in Cyprus linked to the ancient cult of the “Great Goddess” of fertility. The oldest and most revered site at Palaipafos is the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, built by the Mycenaeans in circa 1200BC, around the time at... Read More
Paphos Castle is a medieval fortification and one of the things to do in Cyprus in Paphos Harbour.
Paphos Castle was originally a Frankish fortification constructed in the mid-thirteenth century. At this time, the island needed a new form of defence, its previous fortification - Saranda Kolones – having been devastated by an earthquake. The remains of Saranda Kolones can be seen in nearby Nea Paphos. However, the Paphos... Read More
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.
The Tombs of the Kings is a Hellenistic necropolis in Paphos in Cyprus containing a series of eight well-preserved tombs. Given that the Tombs of the Kings is a third century BC site and the monarchy was abolished in 312 BC, the name is somewhat of a misnomer, but this... Read More