Cyprus has so much to offer. Whatever you’re looking for when you’re picking out the perfect holiday destination, you’re sure to find it all right here on this beautiful island. It’s a great place to visit as a group as there really is something for everyone. Sun worshippers will be in heaven with all the spectacular blue flag beaches. Those who love to be more active can enjoy a wealth of water sports, or take to the many hiking and cycling trails through stunning countryside with some breathtaking views. But for anyone with an interest in history or architecture, there are some real treats in store. Cyprus has such a rich and varied history and evidence of this can be seen throughout the island. Visiting some of the pretty and quaint churches and chapels that you’ll find in Ayia Napa and Protaras is an amazing way to spend your time. Each is unique, and some are set in the most spectacular surroundings. Here are our top picks of some of the best chapels to visit in this area…
Ayii Anargyri Chapel – Cape Greco, Ayia Napa
Take a walk in the magnificent Cape Greco National Park and you might find your route takes you to this pretty little chapel at the top of the cliffs close to the sea caves. You can even reach the caves and take a dip in the sea if you take the path from the chapel, a lovely refreshing break on a hike. The chapel certainly makes an impact within the rocky landscape, far from the main tourist resort, surrounded by natural beauty.
Profitis Elias Chapel – Protaras
There are 153 steps to climb to reach the Profitis Elias chapel, but it’s certainly worth the journey. Once at the top you can enjoy some delightful views of the rolling Protaras countryside. This chapel is very attractive from the outside, but you mustn’t forget to step inside as you’ll find some beautiful frescos that are well worth taking a look at. This is also a great spot to visit at sunset or after dark to star gaze and see the twinkling lights from Protaras below.
Ayios Nikolaos Chapel – Protaras
This spectacular, white-washed chapel certainly makes an impact with its blue domes. Set high up on the hillside, close to Louma Beach and Protaras harbour, a visit to this chapel also brings with it the chance to admire some truly amazing views across the sea. It’s a popular destination for weddings, and of course, that’s no surprise when you consider how fantastic the wedding photos will be!
Ayia Thekla – Ayia Napa
You’ll find the traditional Greek style chapel of Ayia Thekla between Sotira village and Ayia Napa. Set close to the beach, away from the town, it’s a beautiful setting and that’s why it’s popular for weddings and for tourists looking to take some good photos. You’ll find another church here too though, if you take the time to explore. Follow the steps down and you’ll discover the Ayia Thekla cave church, an ancient place of worship that predates the church above.
Ayioi Saranta – Protaras
Perhaps one of the most unique churches in all of Cyprus, Ayioi Saranta is built into a cave in a rather remote spot in Protaras. It can be a little difficult to find, but it’s certainly worth it to be able to spend time at this most unusual of churches with its quirky stalactite ceiling.
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