Solo Travel in Cyprus

Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – Beach GatG, Greek Mythology GatG, History GatG, Ocean GatG, Wine GatG

When most people think of Cyprus, they think of its beaches. And while the beaches are definitely worth a visit, this beautiful island has so much more to offer. From ancient ruins to stunning mountain views, there's something for all types of solos on this Mediterranean island. I spent a week solo in Cyprus exploring different regions and share my experience in this Cyprus guide. 

Discover things to do in Cyprus, recommended places to stay as a solo and how to get around Cyprus. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article for Cyprus solo travel. 

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Solo Travel in Cyprus

Cyprus is a great country for scuba diving making it a good destination for the ocean GatG. The crystal-clear waters and warm temperatures make it an ideal spot for diving with plenty of shipwrecks to choose from. Take part in water sports such as jet skiing or kayaking around the coastline.

If you're looking to explore the ancient world, Paphos is also a great destination for the history solo with some amazing ancient ruins to visit, including the well-preserved city of Kourion to the fascinating Tombs of the Kings.

There are also many delicious restaurants for dining out on fresh seafood dishes all over this coastal region and plenty of wine to try for the foodie and wine GatG.

Cyprus is the type of island that attracts the party goer, couples and families. If you’re solo here, it’s easy to meet other tourists in Ayia Napa or Paphos and also Larnaca. If you love the beach and nature and are looking for a more authentic Cypriot experience, Latchi near Paphos is ideal. You will need to be comfortable with your own space in Latchi as you’ll probably be solo for the majority of the time unless you go to one of the local restaurants or bars.

Safety in Cyprus – The island is safe for solo female travellers but be prepared to receive some attention and stares from the local men (even the old ones!) You also need to be more vigilant in Ayia Napa, especially at night. 

Cyprus is an interesting island. It’s both Cypriot Greek and Turkish but there is tension between the two. The Turkish area is in the north so avoid travelling to this area.

Nicosia (photo @ Zanny B Davis)

Places To Go in Cyprus

Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and the place to visit for the museum solo. You probably don’t want to base yourself here as there are beach areas to stay in instead but the city has many great museums including the Cyprus Museum and the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia. If you're interested in history or art, one of the Nicosia things to do include seeing the Archaeological finds in the Cyprus Museum. The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia is in the old city and shows the history and social development of Nicosia. 

Nicosia is also the place to shop. For the shopping Girl about the Globe, there are high end boutiques that sell designer clothes and shoes to more affordable shops.

Limassol

Limassol

After Nicosia, Limassol is the second-largest city. The city has many things to do in Limassol such as visiting the Limassol Castle and Cyprus Medieval Museum so it’s a good stop for the history GatG. If you love art, you don’t even need to go inside a museum as there are sculptures along the seafront. Limassol has a few beaches but to meet others the popular one is Lady’s Mile Beach, located just outside of the city. If you're looking for a city break, Limassol is the perfect destination With its trendy restaurants, lively bars and beautiful beaches.

Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaca

Larnaca

Larnaca is a great place to visit or stay. One of the best things about this Mediterranean island is its ancient ruins and Larnaca is home to many different attractions, including the amazing Kato Pafos Archaeological Park with mosaic floors and some of the best-preserved relics from Greek and Roman times.

Another of the Larnaca things to do is to visit the Salt Lake, the 2nd biggest one on the island. Around the lake is a nature trail that you can walk around (it’s 4 km). It also connects with the Aphrodite Cultural Route. If you’re here between November and March, you can spot flamingos and migrating birds on the lakes.

In Larnaca itself, there’s the sandy beach of Finikoudes Beach and a promenade plus restaurants and bars along Mackenzie Beach where you can while away the hours after sunbathing or diving at the nearby dive site. 

One of the Larnaca attractions is the Church of Saint Lazarus. This 9th-century church is a stunning example of Byzantine architecture and sits over the tomb of Saint Lazarus.

Tomb of the Kings

Paphos

Paphos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cyprus and one of the best areas to stay in. The town is located on the southwest coast and is known for its ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. 

Not all of the beaches here are sandy but they do offer relaxation (with a cocktail in hand) to snorkelling or water sports. You can jet ski, kayak, water ski, paddleboard or go parasailing from here.

One of the best things about Cyprus is its rich history. If you're looking to explore the ancient world, Paphos is also a great destination with some amazing ancient ruins to visit, from the well-preserved hillside archaeological site of Kourion to the fascinating Tombs of the Kings. These ruins offer a fascinating glimpse into Cyprus' past and are definitely worth some Paphos sightseeing. 

Kourion

Bird-lovers should take a trip to Paphos Bird Park in Peyia. For the arty and museum solo, things to do in Paphos include exploring Paphos Archaeological Museum as well as the Folk Art Museum and Ethnographical Museum.

Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is said that her special powers were desire and love and you can visit Aphrodite’s Rock (called Petra tou Romiou), on the road between Paphos and Limassol in the Paphos region. Swim around this formation of rocks three times and you’ll be blessed with beauty and eternal youth, fertility and true love. A perfect place to visit as a solo! 

The Baths of Aphrodite is a peaceful spot to see. Named after the goddess Aphrodite, the pools of this natural cave are where she once bathed and this natural grotto is now a famous mythological site. You can take tours here or hire a car.

Avra restaurant in Ayia Napa

Wineries in Cyprus

Cyprus is known for its wine and wine lovers will be in their element with the many different types of wine that Cyprus has to offer. You can find everything from sweet white wines like Xynisteri and Commandaria (which are perfect for those hot summer days) to full-bodied reds such as Maratheftiko (which go well with meat dishes).

If you want to try something new, there are also many different types of local wines available. Make sure you try a few glasses during your stay! From Paphos, you can visit Cyprus wineries such as Vasilikon Winery, and Kamanterena Winery to sample the local wine, or just lay on the beach and sunbathe.

Boats at Latchi Marina

Latchi

Located on the northwest part of the island, Latchi is a small fishing village with a Greek Cypriot charm. It’s an ideal area for really getting to know the Cypriot culture and meeting locals.

The coastline here is a lovely area to explore with the Blue Lagoon as the most famous attraction. Known for its stunning turquoise waters, it is located in the Paphos district and is reachable from Latchi. The beautiful scenery and clear waters make it an ideal spot for swimming or snorkelling. Because it’s not very deep you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the natural swimming pool or relax on the soft sand.

There are numerous tour companies that offer boat trips to this stunning area such as Blue Lagoon Cruises where you can snorkel from the boat.

Boats leave from the marina and also visit a Roman amphitheatre, Aphrodite’s Rock and St George’s Island which is home to several species of seabirds. It is also rich in marine life with octopus, and trumpet fish to see on a snorkel or dive.

If you do hire a car you can also drive to the church of Saint Minas for an amazing view of the wild vegetation and coastline that surrounds it. As well as the garden centres in the surrounding areas to see the colourful flowers grown on the island.

The view from the church of Saint Minas

Coral Bay

This beautiful beach is located near Paphos and is one of the most popular spots on the island. If you're looking for a quiet day by the sea, it's a perfect spot. Just make sure to get there early as it can get very busy.

Cape Greko, betwen Ayia Napa and Protaras

Ayia Napa

For the party Girl about the Globe, the best area to stay is Ayia Napa. This beach destination is perfect for those who love a good party. Bars and clubs are open until the early hours so you'll never be bored. The beaches here are also some of the best on the island with crystal-clear waters and soft sand.

Wherever you decide to visit in Cyprus don’t forget to try the Cyprus food. The cuisine in Cyprus is as diverse as its history. There are many restaurants that offer traditional Cypriot dishes and you’ll find everything from traditional mezes to international cuisine. If you like seafood or spicy food, then you’ll enjoy Cypriot cuisine.

If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, solo travel Cyprus for stunning beaches, delicious food, ancient ruins and lots of history. There's plenty to keep you busy on this Mediterranean island. 

The Baths of Aphrodite

Cyprus Tours

Cyprus Day Tours – Viator helps you to find top-rated activities, tours and day trips in worldwide destinations including Cyprus using local tour companies. Choose from a Blue Lagoon excursion from Paphos, a buggy safari to Adonis Falls & Lara Bay with a BBQ lunch, or a jeep safari in the Troodos Mountains. There are several to choose from including Paphos day trips such as a Troodos and Kykkos day tour. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online.

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Where To Stay in Cyprus

You’ll find many types of accommodation in Cyprus from hotels and apartments to villas and bungalows. Where to stay in Cyprus depends on what type of holiday you’re after. Limassol is a central city to base yourself. Here you'll find everything from ancient ruins to trendy nightclubs – perfect for any type of traveller.

Another great option is Ayia Napa, known for its vibrant nightlife and excellent beaches. I stayed in both Larnaca and Latchi which both had a different vibe. I loved Larnaca because of the beach of the restaurants. Latchi had a more authentic Cypriot vibe and is a good place if you really want to be solo. 

All of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. For all other accommodation, click on the link below and search for the solo traveller reviews. 

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Larnaca – Stephanie Studios

I loved these studios when I stayed in Larnaca. Stylish and modern, they are close enough to the beach and restaurants. Studios come with a kitchenette, a modern bathroom and a big fridge so you can stock up at the local supermarket and cook your own dishes. The studios have everything you need including a balcony and reception is a short walk away. Choose from a standard, superior or deluxe studio or a one-bedroom apartment. 

Larnaca – Sun Hall Hotel 

This 4-star hotel is opposite Phinikoudes Beach. You’re near to restaurants and bars and if you enjoy water sports this is a great spot. Larnaca Fortress is a short walk away and you’re also close to the yacht marina. Rooms include a balcony and a flat-screen TV. Choose from a standard or superior room with a city view, partial sea view or a full sea view, or upgrade to a suite with a sea view. 

Latchi – Eliofos Elegant Maisonettes

Eliofos Elegant Maisonettes are just 100 metres from the beach, across the road from a path that leads down to the beach and has a nice walk along to the marina where there are restaurants, cafes and bars. You can sit in the garden and listen to the sound of the birds in the morning. There’s a kitchen to prepare your own meals. The area is so quiet and you really feel as though you are away from everything. It really is an oasis. The maisonette was huge for one so I had so much space.

Paphos – Phaedra’s Living Seaview Luxury Flat

For those who prefer to stay in an apartment, these luxury flats in Paphos are near the harbour. The interior is gorgeous and there’s soundproofing as well as a living area, a patio and a washing machine. The kitchen is fully equipped and there’s also a car hire service if you're interested in hiring a car on the island. 

Paphos – Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa

If it’s total relaxation that you’re after, this 4-star hotel & spa is located on a sandy beach with a pool and a spa centre. The staff in the hotel and the 4 restaurants are helpful and friendly and there is evening entertainment so you can enjoy a solo evening in the company of others. Spend your days swimming in the pool or the sauna or working out in the gym. There are also golf courses near the hotel. Choose from a double room with a side or full sea view, a deluxe room with an inland or sea view or a premium room. Prices are all inclusive. 

Getting Around Cyprus

If you’re looking to explore Cyprus by car, it’s easy to hire a car here and do your own road trip Cyprus style starting in Larnaca and driving around the island past Paphos, Latchi and Coral Bay stopping en route. * Check car hire prices 

But hiring a car can be costly for one as you don’t have anyone to share the costs with. There are buses for travelling around Cyprus. 

There is a lack of information for Cyprus buses so ask in a tourist information office for up to date information. There is a bus station in Larnaca where you can ask. I took the bus from Larnaca to Paphos and onto Latchi. The scenery is gorgeous on the journey. You can also take the bus from Larnaca to Ayia Napa during the day to have a look around. Read here for Cyprus bus routes

Airports on Cyprus

There are two main airports in Cyprus. If you're arriving in Cyprus from abroad, you'll be landing at one of two airports – Larnaca or Paphos. Paphos is generally where the low-cost airlines fly into. 

From Larnaca Airport there's a shuttle service that will take you straight into town within 10 minutes and costs approx €13. The 425 bus is cheaper and costs €3 for the 22-minute journey.

From Paphos Airport there’s an airport shuttle that takes 15 minutes into Paphos and costs approx €12 or you can take the 613 bus for just €2 that departs the airport to Grieve Digeni 5 Avenue. 

Feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.

Best Time To Go To Cyprus

The climate in Cyprus is temperate all year round but the best time to visit Cyprus is between May and October when temperatures are hotter so you can catch some rays. September and October are outside of the school holidays so you can expect prices to be a bit lower and fewer crowds.

If you're looking for an island getaway with plenty of sunshine but not too hot, then Cyprus is definitely a good choice. The chart below shows the average temperatures in Paphos from January to December to help you plan your trip. 

FAQs

  • Can I drink the water? The tap water in Cyprus is okay to drink but you may prefer filtered water if you don’t have a strong stomach.
  • Is tipping expected? Tipping is not mandatory in Cyprus, but it's always appreciated. If you're enjoying a meal at a restaurant, it's customary to leave around 10% of the bill. Tips are also common in taxis, so make sure you have some change ready. 
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed price. 
  • Any ATMs? Yes, you can find ATMs in the touristy areas. 
  • Which side of the road do they drive? In Cyprus, they drive on the left-hand side.
  • Is Cyprus Good For Vegetarians? Cyprus has a great selection of vegetarian-friendly restaurants, so you'll never go hungry. Many local dishes are made with fresh vegetables and fruits, so there are plenty of options to choose from. You’ll also find that most restaurants have a vegetarian-specific menu.
  • Any Seven Wonders of the World? There aren’t any Seven Wonders of the World but Cyprus does have its own Seven Wonders of Cyprus though so make sure you don’t miss some of these. 

Map of Cyprus