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Since Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, it’s impossible to see the island in just one day. To get around the island you’ll need to rent a car or book an excursion — there are a number of organized day tours on the island, including boat trips, bus excursions and jeep safaris. A great one-day itinerary might include a trip to the countryside, visiting mountain villages and wineries.
First, hire a 4x4 vehicle and drive up into the Troodos Mountains, visiting Kykkos Monastery — the most famous (and wealthiest) monastery in Cyprus. Founded at the end of the 11th century, the Kykkos Monastery is ornately decorated and is home to the icon of the Virgin Mary.
Once you’ve seen the monastery, make a stop in the village of Pedoulas for a traditional lunch washed down with local Cypriot wine. After lunch, stop to admire the spectacular views from Mount Olympus, the highest peak of the Troodos Mountains. From here, continue to the wine-producing village of Omodos and stop at a winery for a spot of wine tasting.
To end the day, drive back toward the coast and make a stop at Aphrodite’s Rock — the birthplace of Aphrodite — then have dinner overlooking the harbor in the town of Paphos, one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cyprus.