With its close proximity to Middle East ports, excellent port facilities and the many and varied main attractions found just a short distance from them, Cyprus is an ideal port of call for cruises of all sizes.
The rich cultural sites of Cyprus can be explored with ease and comfort during the course of a ship’s short call to the island. These factors, and many others - such as an exceedingly safe environment and demonstrated commitment to the highest travel standards - have made Cyprus one of the most vital and important cruise centres in the Eastern Mediterranean. Many cruise ships already use Cyprus as a base for mini-cruises to popular Middle Eastern destinations during at least four months of the year. Furthermore, most international cruise liners sailing the region include Cyprus in some portion of their itineraries.
At the crossroads of a melting pot of cultures for over 11,000 years, the tiny island is endowed with a remarkably rich historical legacy that encompasses Neolithic ruins, instantly identifiable Greek and Roman sites, formidable Crusader castles, Early Christian basilicas, luminous Byzantine churches, and so much more.
Major places of interest can be reached within an hour drive from the ports of Cyprus. The most impressive archaeological and historical sites are most accessible from Limassol (Lemesos) Port. They include Kourion - an ancient Greco-Roman theatre dramatically perched on a cliff, overlooking lush green fields and the blue Mediterranean Sea - and the Medieval Crusader fortress of Kolossi. Head north from Lemesos and you’ll find yourself in the foothills of the pine-forested Troodos Mountains, with charming villages of stone-built houses, such as Omodos and Laneia along the way. Pafos (Paphos), on the western coast, has so many historical sites that the whole of Kato Pafos has been placed on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. Amongst its most fascinating sites are the ancient Roman mosaics at the Houses of Aion and Dionysus, the Tombs of the Kings, and Saint Paul’s Pillar.
Varied and interesting excursions can also be organised from Larnaka (Larnaca) Port. These include the Medieval village of Lefkara - famous for its handmade lace, the Troodos Mountains, the capital Lefkosia (Nicosia), and the sights around Lemesos and Larnaka.
With so much to see and do on a compact and beautiful island, discovering something new and interesting on a short stop-over is not only easy, but an experience to be savoured and enjoyed.