With dazzling blue seas, sandy gold beaches, lush green mountains, it’s not hard to see why Cyprus was the birthplace of Aphrodite. For centuries, the sheer beauty of this island has enticed all types of travellers ranging from Greeks and Egyptians to Persians and Ottomans. Today, it’s the island’s scenic landscapes, warm climate, complex history, rich culture and luxury resorts, that keep visitors returning time after time. Whether it’s for a fun-filled family holiday to Cyprus or a romantic couple’s getaway, Cyprus holidays offer plenty of excitement and relaxation for everyone.
Despite the many travellers to the area throughout time, the island still feels unspoilt. From the rugged mountains and ancient cities to the vast vineyards and majestic seas, there are plenty of secrets to reveal and hidden gems to unearth.
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This picturesque port city is steeped in beauty with pristine sandy beaches lined with palm trees, crystal-clear waters and a charming marina and harbour.
Its bustling centre boasts many wonderful shops, lively taverns and top-quality restaurants serving delicious Cypriot specialities. Finikoudes Beach and Mackenzie Beach are among the resort's most popular sandy expanses.
Ancient churches, mosques and medieval ruins are waiting to be explored by day and after dark the city really comes alive with an abundance of pulsating nightlife.
Paphos is a gleaming jewel in the Cypriot crown with its magnificent family-friendly sandy beaches, turquoise waters, charming esplanades and picturesque harbour.
Evidence of the area’s rich history and culture is all around and key attractions include the Tombs of the Kings, the Temple of Aphrodite, Paphos Castle and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park.
Lively beach bars, thrilling water sports, designer shops and vibrant nightlife further add to the appeal of this magical city on the south west coast.
Beach lovers will be bowled over by the awe-inspiring golden sandy expanses in this sun-kissed Mediterranean destination.
Cyprus has all options covered with everything from family-friendly beaches with calm and shallow waters for the little ones to quiet and secluded coves and bays where romantic couples can stroll hand in hand along the powdery sands.
Family favourites in Cyprus include the sensational beaches in Coral Bay, Makronissos Beach in Ayia Napa, Larnaca’s Finikoudes Beach and Fig Tree Bay in Protaras. You’ll find plenty of do at these sandy expanses including water sports, beach games and, of course, traditional sandcastle-building sessions.
If you fancy somewhere a bit more secluded and tranquil then your choices include Pachyammos Beach, Alaminos Beach at Larnaca and beautiful Lara Beach which is a sanctuary for protected Loggerheads and Green Turtles.
Cyprus really hits the bullseye when it comes to wonderful resorts fronted by pristine sandy expanses for enjoying an unforgettable beach holiday in glorious sunshine.
Cyprus is blessed with an abundance of superb restaurants, taverns and cafés where you can savour the flavour of a multitude of gastronomic delights.
The island’s culinary treats lean heavily towards traditional Middle Eastern and Greek cuisines. Grills, stews, soups and kebabs are very popular and you’ll discover fish and pork prepared in many exciting ways.
The most important meal of the day in Cyprus is dinner and locals normally eat around 8pm or later.
Makaronia tou fournou is a scrumptious dish made with minced pork, tomatoes, halloumi, pasta tubes and béchamel sauce, generously sprinkled with dry mint.
Another tasty offering is Koupepia which comprises minced meat, onions, rice, tomatoes and mixed herbs which is bound together and wrapped in fresh vine leaves.
A tasty sweet is Loukoumades – these are dough balls which are deep-fried and then soaked in honey and coated with sesame seeds, crushed nuts and cinnamon.
The national drink is a superb cocktail called 'Brandy Sour' which consists of lemon squash, Cypriot brandy, soda water and Angostura Bitters. Another popular tipple is Commandaria, a sweet dessert wine made from the island's sun-dried Xynisteri and Mavro grapes.
Highly regarded eating places in Cyprus include Pyxida Fish Tavern in Nicosia, Andria in Limassol, St George’s Tavern in Coral Bay and Art Café 1900 in Larnaca.
Cyprus is the perfect destination for a fun-packed family holiday, with a myriad of child-friendly resorts to choose from.
You’ll discover lively beach resorts with golden sands and child-safe shallow waters and plenty of thrilling action on the waves including water sports, banana boat rides and boating trips.
The main towns and cities are steeped in history, providing a great opportunity for families to soak up the culture of Cyprus and visit the many awe-inspiring archaeological landmarks.
There’s no shortage of attractions for an enthralling family day out – wildlife and nature areas, water parks, jeep safaris and boat excursions are just a few of the choices available.
Families can also enjoy a feast of fun back at their hotels which often have a range of fabulous amenities such as huge swimming pools, water slides, games rooms, mini discos and kids clubs.
The key resorts of Larnaca, Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paphos and Limassol all boast marvellous family-friendly hotels which are geared up to provide a sensational sunshine holiday.
This magical Mediterranean escape is a dream come true for couples craving a romantic holiday adventure in blissful surroundings.
Wander along the golden sands with the love of your life, immersing yourself in the island’s spellbinding beauty or take to the ocean for a relaxing catamaran cruise on the turquoise waters.
There are plenty of charming taverns and restaurants where you can sip cocktails by moonlight and enjoy a romantic meal under the stars.
There’s also the opportunity to enjoy a laid-back time, lazing by the pool and soaking up the sun on your hotel terrace, before heading out for some lively entertainment at one of the many live music venues and nightclubs in Cyprus.
If you fancy some retail therapy before returning back home you’ll find plenty of places to bag a bargain in Cyprus including wonderful souvenir shops, glitzy boutiques, up-market designer malls and fabulous jewellery stores.
Cyprus is easily capable of providing a magical holiday experience for groups of friends.
There’s so much to see and do that your only problem may be trying to fit it all in – thrilling water sports, pulsating nightclubs, amazing restaurants and awe-inspiring historical landmarks are just some of the delights that await you.
Then there’s the stunning sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and glorious sunshine to ensure your group holiday is a huge success.
From jeep safaris and ziplining adventures to sightseeing tours and dolphin-watching catamaran trips, there’s never a dull moment on a group holiday in this magical Mediterranean getaway.
When it comes to solo holiday adventures Cyprus can create magical memories that will last a lifetime.
You’ll discover a host of wonderful activities in this magical sun-kissed escape from exciting sightseeing tours organised with single travellers in mind to cycling or trekking adventures across the island’s enchanting terrain.
Solo visitors to Cyprus will be wowed by the beautiful scenery, crystal-clear waters and golden sandy beaches where you can catch some rays and relax with a good book.
If you fancy some action you can take to the sea for a range of water sports including jet-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. There’s also the option to put on a snorkel and flippers to explore the mesmerising marine life beneath the waves.
You’ll also find plenty of superb hotels which roll out the red carpet for solo guests who are holidaying in Cyprus on their own.
The magnetism of the island’s beaches is irresistible. With 649 kilometres of coastline, there is a wide variety of beaches to choose from, including fine, white sand, secluded, pebbled bays and dramatic rocky coves. However, many of the best beaches are located along the resorts where guests are treated to an all-inclusive experience that includes high-end amenities, an array of activities and a thriving nightlife. For example, Ayia Napa is great for singles, couples and families, as it is home to kid-friendly water parks and some of the island’s best bars and clubs. Paphos and Larnaca are also quite large and offer plenty of entertainment, fine dining and nighttime diversions in the heart of the some of the island’s most incredible archeological sites.
Meanwhile, the resort areas of Polis, Pissouri and Pernera are perfect for finding serene beaches and experiencing a more laid-back atmosphere as well as the traditional Cypriot culture. The moderate climate and varied terrain are what make Cyprus such an enchanting destination.
As the easternmost island of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus enjoys warm weather all year and an average of 340 days of sunshine. Late spring and autumn are the best times to visit, as the temperatures are warm, but not unbearably hot. July and August are the hottest and driest times of the year, while the rainy season is between January and February. During the winter, it’s even possible to ski the white, snow-capped mountains in the morning and then explore the clear, turquoise waters in the afternoon. To enjoy all that this land of beauty, pleasure and love has to offer, check out our exclusive deals on Cyprus holidays in 2021 and 2022.
Whether it’s a relaxing beach break, an adventure-packed trip, a party holiday or a culturally enriching journey, this country has everything to cater to everyone’s needs and interests. The sun’s warm rays and the island’s alluring beaches are a safe haven for visitors. And, while there is no shortage of rest and relaxation – and plenty of amenities, spa retreats and world-class service to make the experience absolutely divine – Cyprus holidays are not complete without delving deeper into the natural and man-made treasures that envelop the island.
Although Cyprus is well known for its beaches, it’s the seas just off shore that are truly incredible. With the sea’s clear waters, 27°C temperatures, labyrinth of caves, tunnels and shipwrecks and colourful marine life, it’s easy to see why Cyprus has some of the best diving locations in the world. Not far from Larnaca is Zenobia, the Mediterranean’s most prominent shipwreck. In 1980, the car ferry sank, creating an underwater playground full of obstacles and treasures. Other prominent dive sites include the Amphitheatre dive site, which boasts stunning rock formations, and the Akrotiri Fish Reserve, which provides excellent opportunities to interact with sea creatures like eels, groupers and octopus. Windsurfing, sailing and deep-water fishing are also popular activities. For a different view of the water and island, embark on a relaxing sunset cruise. A location worth mentioning is Aphrodite’s Rock, also known as Petra tou Romiu (Rock of the Greeks). Legend has it that this rock, between Paphos and Limossal, is the exact birthplace of Aphrodite.
It can be tempting to linger in the water or hang out on the beaches all day, but there is so much more to see outside of the resorts. While the looming Troodos mountains make for a spectacular backdrop, the treasures that lie within the pine-filled forests make it well worth a visit. The mountain’s churches, which have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, exhibit beautiful paintings of biblical figures and scenic landscapes. There are also several great hiking trails. Located along the peaks of the Kyrenia mountain range are three impressive castles that those of a fairytale. Paphos is referred to as the island’s cultural capital, as a result of its historical sites and lively night scene. The Roman mosaics in the area provide an insight into the lives of elite Romans. The Tombs of the Kings necropolis, which dates back to the 4th Century BC, are also quite impressive. The most significant archeological site is the pre-Christian city of Salamis. However, the Kourion city, containing Roman and Greek ruins and incredible sights, are breathtaking. The site’s amphitheatre even plays host to various plays and performances. For one of the best archeological collections in the country and world, head to the Cyprus Museum. It showcases artifacts from the Neolithic Age to the Early Byzantine period and chronicles the island’s multilayered and tumultuous history.
For a quintessential Cyprus holiday, it’s best to become immersed in the country’s culture, which, of course, includes sampling its delectable cuisine. Lemosos Port is considered to be the gourmet capital of island. Cypriot food features Mediterranean flavors with influences by from the Middle East and Asia Minor. There really is no one best place to eat, as all the food is fresh and delicious. Wine aficionados will love the Limassol district where there are several vineyards and tours galore. Try visiting during its wine festival from late August to early September. The Aphrodite festival also takes in the beginning of September. The country’s most spirited festival is the Limassol Carnival (February 20 to March 2). Visitors can expect endless partying, countless parades, vivid exhibitions and copious food.
Although a visit during one of the country’s festivals is always fun, there is a lot of excitement on the island throughout the year. From the bars and clubs surrounding the resorts to the numerous art exhibits and cultural performances, there are plenty of diversions that appeal to all ages. Cyprus is also great for shopping and picking up unique, handcrafted items. The leather goods and jewellery in Paphos are luxurious, but still relatively cheap. Meanwhile, Nicosia is great for shoe shopping. Between the hospitality of the Cypriot people, the sensational seas, impressive historical landmarks and decadent food, there is no escaping the seduction of this magnificent country. Whether traveling alone, spending time with the family or escaping on a couples retreat, holidays to Cyprus make for unforgettable experiences. To create your own lasting memories, check out our deals and plan the best Cyprus holidays for 2021 and 2022 today.
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