A few miles up from Limassol is the international treasure of Paphos. With its ancient sites still standing, the entire city makes it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Track its history from the Neolithic Era up until 1700 AD at The Paphos Archaeological Museum. Or take a walk around the edges of the magnificent 4th century Tombs of Kings. Their interiors have been carved into rock to imitate grand, aristocratic houses, complete with courtyards and Doric-style pillars. And at the Dionysos Roman Palace, marvel at the incredible story-like detail depicted in the mosaic floors.
There’s also the open-air bazaar with its muddle of handicraft shops and tavernas in Paphos harbour. You might even meet the town’s big-mouthed star, Kokos the pelican, waddling outside the restaurants. To get away from it all, drive a 4×4 along the north-west coastal road. After passing monk seals basking in sea caves, you reach Lara beach. This highly protected nature area is where loggerhead and green turtles lay their eggs – so leave the loungers and umbrellas behind.
Top tip: Near the ancient city walls is a small 2nd century Odeon hewn from solid limestone. Musical and theatrical performances are held here over summer.