So, you and your beau are off to Cyprus, huh? In that case, you’ll probably want to know all about the romantic things to do in Cyprus for couples. Of course, we’ve got you covered!
Romantic Things To Do in Cyprus For Couples
Cyprus is a beautiful country to explore with its crystal clear water, perfect beaches and varying landscapes.
We spent a full week exploring Cyprus by car, and during that time, we discovered so many fabulous places to visit and things to do in Cyprus for couples.
From lazing on a beach together to hikes and walks out in the arid landscape to learning all about Cyprus’s legends and mythology together, read on to find out what we think you should add to your Cyprus itinerary.
1. Explore the Tombs of the Kings
If you both love history, then Cyprus is a fantastic place to explore.
One of the most popular places to visit is the Tombs of the Kings, which you’ll find within Kato Pafos aka the old part of Paphos on the southwest coast of Cyprus.
The Tombs of the Kings date back to the Hellenic and Roman eras and they’re such an interesting (and eerie!) place to visit.
There are eight tombs to see in total, but we think tombs 3, 4 and 8 are the most interesting. So we’d suggest you spend more time exploring those.
Expect to spend two or three hours exploring the whole plot, but you could get this down to just an hour if you only want to see the main tombs. Or if you start melting in the summer heat!
Sadly, you won’t find any hidden treasures in the tombs as they’ve all been plundered over the centuries.
What you will find, though, is a large almost desert-like landscape with underground tombs of varying shapes and sizes.
And you’ll probably get an eerie feeling that you’re being watched as you descend each of the stone steps into the tombs.
When we visited, an entry ticket cost just a few Euros and I was able to visit for free with my International Student ID card.
It’s also easy enough to pay for your ticket when you arrive; no need to book in advance.
2. Learn about mythology at the Paphos Archaeological Park
So, if you both love history, then I’m guessing you probably also like learning about legends and myths, am I right?
Head to the Paphos Archaeological Park (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and you can marvel at ancient Roman mosaics together.
Expect to spend several hours here as there are plenty of mosaics and ancient ruins to discover.
The mosaics are spread across four Roman villas, suggesting this place was once of ostentatious wealth.
These villas are named after whichever God or Goddess the main mosaic inside the villa depicts, such as House of Theseus, House of Aion, House of Dionysos and House of Orpheus.
Just like the Tombs of the Kings, the entry fee is only a few Euros while students can visit for free.
And, as these two important historic sights are located within a couple of miles of each other, you could easily visit both places in one day.
3. Snorkel at the Ayia Napa Sea Caves
For those of you with a more adventurous streak, you’ll definitely want to head to the Ayia Napa Sea Caves for a swim and a snorkel.
You’ll find this particular area near Cape Greco on the northeastern side of the island.
And with it, you’ll find water that’s incredibly crystal clear and plenty of fish to see.
We’ve even heard stories of others seeing octopuses here. But sadly, we didn’t see any ourselves. Maybe you’ll have more luck?
Still, this is an amazing swim and snorkel spot regardless of what you actually see when you’re there.
Plus, the views from the top of the cliffs are pretty incredible and well worth a look even if you don’t intend on actually entering the water.
Surrounding the bay are deep and very dark caves, which are interesting to glance inside.
But there’s one important thing to know about this area: It’s quite difficult to get down to the water.
You can either jump from the 10-metre-high cliffs if you’re an adrenaline seeker, which we saw various people doing.
Alternatively, you’ll need to navigate some very steep rocks in order to climb down to the water.
It’s definitely worth it if you can get down there for a swim and snorkel, though!
4. Splash about at the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark
Who doesn’t love acting like a big kid together when you’re on holiday? Despite being in our early thirties now, Scott and I do it all the time!
Anyway, Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark allows you to do just that – with a number of waterslides, a wave pool and inflatable rubber rings to take down the slides.
This is a great waterpark to come to and you can easily spend all day here (like we did).
There are a vast number of sunbeds and parasols available (for no extra charge), plus lockers, changing rooms, cafes and restaurants.
Insider Tip: If you plan on buying food and drinks in the park, they’ll scan your wristband and won’t take payment until you leave the park. Everything is totalled up at the end, so you don’t have to worry about carrying money around with you.
5. Go in search of Aphrodite aka the Goddess of Love
Of all the romantic things to do in Cyprus for couples, this one might just be my favourite.
After all, it doesn’t get much more romantic than the Goddess of Love, am I right?
Aphrodite plays an important role in Cypriot history. Mythologists believe she was born from the sea foam near the beach of Petra tou Romiou in Cyprus.
It’s believed she arose from the foam to lay upon a large rock there, which is now aptly named “Aphrodite’s Rock”.
Mythologists also believe she met her lover Adonis near Latsi on the Western coast of Cyprus.
Today, you can visit a rock pool there, which was christened “The Baths of Aphrodite” many years ago.
Basically, you can spend several days of your trip visiting all the amazing Aphrodite spots together.
Don’t forget to kiss when you visit as it’s supposed to bring you good fortune in love!
You can visit both “Aphrodite’s Rock” and “The Baths of Aphrodite” for free, although you’ll likely need a car to get to these places.
Don’t forget to check out our driving in Cyprus tips for some important things to know!
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6. Try some delicious Greek food
In Cyprus, you’ll often find fresh fish, Greek food and Mediterranean food on the menu. And it’s delicious!
As for food recommendations, try swordfish, baklava and souvlaki if you can!
7. Admire the views from the Monument of Peace
Located near Cape Greco and the Ayia Napa Sea Caves is the Monument of Peace.
The monument itself is interesting to admire, but it’s safe to say that the views around it will be the ones to take your breath away.
With views across the ocean and Cypriot landscape, it really is beautiful up here.
To get to the top, you’ll need to walk up a sloping hill for a few minutes, but it’s not too steep at all. Mainly it’s just a little rocky, so sensible shoes are best.
The drive to the car park is a little bumpy (ahem, that’s an understatement), so go easy on your car.
But once you’re at the top, the views from up here really are worth it!
When we visited, there was a drinks van in the car park, which served the most delicious fresh smoothies. Well worth a sip if he’s there when you visit.
8. Try some epic watersports together
Whether you dive below the surface with scuba diving or snorkelling, or seek adrenaline above the water with jet skis, parasailing or wakeboarding, there are a whole host of watersports you can try (for decent prices) throughout Cyprus.
We loved hanging out at Coral Bay in Peyia where we tried jet skiing for the first time. I very nearly came flying off the back when Scott sped over a large wave, but it was great fun!
Given Cyprus’s popularity with tourists, you’re sure to find plenty of towns and beaches offering fun watersports activities.
9. Find the perfect beach
Speaking of beaches, there are a number of fantastic beaches across Cyprus – whether you love sunbathing, snorkelling or gazing at sunsets together.
The beaches in Cyprus are quite varied. From soft, sandy ones to pebbly and rough, shingle beaches.
But each of them has a couple of things in common: beautiful crystal clear water and fairly clean beaches.
Anyway, here’s our pick of the best ones…
Coral Bay in Peyia – Perfect for Sunbathing and Watersports
Coral Bay is a popular beach in Southern Cyprus, so its amenities are excellent.
There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols available for hire, several bars and cafes along the beach and good toilet facilities.
Owing to the fact that there are so many sunbeds to hire and the beach has beautiful golden sand on it, makes this one perfect for sunbathing as you won’t be fighting for loungers or laying on rough shingle!
Plus, the water is warm and very clean here, making it a great swimming spot if you just need to cool off from the sun’s rays.
Not only is this beach great for sunbathing, but it’s also a great place to come for epic watersports!
There are so many different kinds of watersports on offer here for great prices, including jet skis, pedalos, snorkelling excursions, boat trips and parasailing to name just a few.
The team that runs the watersports (Coral Bay Watersports) are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, so feel free to ask plenty of questions about your chosen activity.
You also won’t have to stroll far to book your activity, as they have a shack right in the middle of the beach. Just look for the jet skis, boats or flying flags.
Plus, wait times aren’t too bad even in the middle of the summer, so you won’t have to wait long before you’re out on the water.
Lara Beach on the Akamas Peninsular – Famous For Sea Turtle Sightings!
This white sandy beach is home to a small bay, which is often frequented by sea turtles (both on land and in the sea).
This is due to the fact that this is one of the few remaining nesting grounds in the Mediterranean for the rare green and loggerhead varieties.
There’s a turtle conservation team here called the Lara Turtle Conservation Project, who arrange night-time walks so that you can see the turtles making their way ashore.
Important: During breeding season (June-September), the team closes access to the beach, so that the turtles can breed and hatch their eggs in peace.
Petra tou Romiou in Kouklia – The Birthplace of Aphrodite
It’s not often that a beach is also home to a famous historic or sightseeing spot. But Petra tou Romiou is just that.
It’s a great beach for relaxing on and swimming in the sea, but it’s also home to the aforementioned “Aphrodite’s Rock”.
Access to the beach and rock is via the underground pedestrian walkway at the Tourist Centre.
While you’re on the beach, you might be able to see offerings, such as ribbons and prayer beads hanging from the trees.
These are left for Aphrodite from visitors wishing for love, youth, beauty, or all three.
Legend dictates that if you want good luck in love and romance, then you should swim out and around Aphrodite’s Rock.
Leoforos Poseidonos in Paphos – Popular With Locals and Tourists Alike!
There are limited beaches in and around Paphos itself because the tide comes in so much that the beaches are hidden from view for most of the day.
But, there are a couple of coves that are not cut off from view, including Leoforos Poseidonos, Faros Beach and Coral Bay.
Leoforos Poseidonos beach is just a couple of minute’s walk from Kato Pafos, which is home to plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and of course, the Paphos Archaeological Park I mentioned earlier.
There are also changing rooms, showers and toilet facilities available near the beach as well as some sunbeds and parasols for hire.
The water is both clean and warm and is a very popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike.
Faros Beach in Paphos – Perfect For Gazing At Stunning Sunsets!
When it comes to the most romantic sunsets, you’ll need to be as far West as you can go.
Otherwise your visions of the perfect sunset become clouded by buildings getting in the way, or by the fact that you’re on the wrong side of the island.
Faros Beach is a fabulous location for sunsets in Cyprus because the sun sets right on the horizon, glowing with deep reds and oranges.
There’s also a great little cafe on the beach, which offers various food and drinks including delicious handmade milkshakes. There are also sunbeds, showers and toilets, plus a concrete walkway near the beach.
Lots of people come here for sunset gazing, exercising and dog walking – and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
Aphrodite’s Beach in Latsi – Ideal For A Quiet Getaway!
If you’re heading to this side of the island to see the Baths of Aphrodite, then it makes sense to also head to Aphrodite’s Beach.
Located near a bar, there are steep steps leading down to the beach.
Either owing to the fact that there are lots of steps or because very few people know there’s a beach here, it makes for a perfectly private beach – even with the few locals sunbathing next to you.
The water is crystal clear, the mix of seaweed and sand on the beach is soft and the gentle waves lapping onto the shore are serene.
Plus, you can get some lovely shady spots, thanks to the cliffs overlooking the beach.
Although a small one, this beach doesn’t attract crowds, so you can doze and laze in the sun with plenty of peace and quiet.
If you’re wondering how best to fit all these amazing and romantic things to do in Cyprus within your itinerary, then we’ve done the hard work for you! Check out our Cyprus road trip itinerary for some ideas!