Holidays to Cyprus have it all; culture, adventure and a rich history at every twist and turn. This beautiful Mediterranean escape provides a backdrop of magic for holidaymakers. You can spend hours exploring everything from Greek temples and picture-perfect countryside, to enchanting castles – along with some of the most stunning sandy beaches in Europe. With secret coves, booming costal resorts and family-fun, it’s the perfect sun-drenched getaway for summer adventures. The resort of Larnaca is great for the all the family, whereas Paphos and Ayia Napa are the place to come with friends – don’t forget to pack your sun cream, Cyprus can reach up to 40 degrees on the hottest days in the summer!
The Larnaca region of Cyprus is home to the family-favourite resort of Protaras; where perfect waters and golden stretches of sand always draw in holidaymakers. The town of Paphos is the best-known resort on Cyprus’ west coast, with a pretty marina, whereas Coral Bay is the home to Blue Flag beaches and Limassol is the place to come for seemingly endless stretches of beach.
Why Choose Cyprus for a holiday?
Cyprus offers a huge amount of diversity for the curious traveller. With its perfect sand, historic sights and nightlife, Cyprus has always been a holiday favourite for families and night owls alike. There’s a laidback feel to Cyprus, with buzzing resorts on the edges of the islands, and, further in land, quaint sleepy villages and stunning views of the Troodos Mountains. For fun, to the west of the island, where the vibrant resort of Pathos buzzes with life all year long. Here, you’ll find great cheap package holidays to Cyprus, with a mixture of ancient sites, beaches and beautiful countryside.
Attractions & Activities
For a sense of adventure, head to Larnaca. If you’re looking for a great group holiday, the lively resort town of Larnaca is only moments from Cyprus’ main international airport, with plenty of things to keep you amused. The town’s seafront promenade is filled with palm trees and tavernas, and you can enjoy a relaxing drink by the marina. East of the town is the Larnaca Bay, which is the main place of celebration during the festival of Kataklysmos. During this time, crowds gather on the waterfront to enjoy sports, singing, dancing and fun.
If you’re in the mood for a dance, Ayia Napa is where tourists flock year on year for a party holiday. Home to some of the world’s most famous nightclubs, Ayia Napa also has great watersports, local shops and buzzy restaurants. Ayia Napa is also home to the best water park in Cyprus; WaterWorld is a few minutes’ drive from the city, with a 124-metre waterslide, whirlpool and huge activity pool, it’s a great place to take the kids. For something a bit calmer, wine-lovers will enjoy a visit to Limassol in the southwest of the island – each September a lively wine festival is held in the town, with local delicacies on offer. The nearby Dasoudi beach is a perfect spot to soak up the rays by the glittering Mediterranean Sea.
The Paphos Mosaics are well-worth a visit; they are as eye-catching today as they were 2000 years ago, with beautiful marble relating to Greek mythology and Roman times. For a museum with a difference, you must visit Limassol's Folk Art Museum. A converted house, it feels far from a traditional museum, and contains over 500 items relating to Cyprus’ rich history, including cloth and traditional tools. Whilst you’re there, you must visit Limassol Castle, which is in the heart of the city. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful design of the castle itself, and you can discover more about the region in the Medieval Museum, which contains Ottoman pottery, tombstones and armour – with stunning views of the city, too.
Top Tips for a Cyprus holiday
• Autumn in Cyprus is cooler, so it’s a great time if you’re planning on hiking in the mountains.
• Visit the Troodos Mountains for at least one day, and try the local food at cheap prices at the small tavernas.
• Jeep safaris are a very popular way to see the more remote parts of the island, but make sure to get an air conditioned one!
• Try some of the Cypriot specialties, such as lamb kleftiko, which is slow roasted lamb baked in a clay kleftiko oven, it’s delicious!
Events in Cyprus
Cyprus hosts some fantastic events through the year. Limassol Carnival is a highlight of the calendar here; every February the city hosts ten days of special exhibits, masked balls, serenades and fun-filled parades! There’s also an annual Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival in April, at the island’s Limassol’s Rialto Theatre and at Nicosia’s Zena Palace Cinema. Throughout May, you can expect special musical performances at the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival, and in June, Kourion’s amphitheatre is home to special Shakespeare performances. Don’t miss Limassol Wine Festival in August, with plenty of local wine tasting, it’s a real highlight in Cyprus.
Getting Around Cyprus
The best way to get around is by renting a car but if you would rather use public transport, the south has a good urban and intercity bus system, but bus services in the north are notably unpredictable. Taxis are run on meter, and generally a good way to get around. Most towns have bike rental companies, which is a pleasant way to explore the area, but don’t forget your hat!
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