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 trip 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.
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 2016 and 2017.
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 Aprhodite’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 UESCO 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 packages and plan the best 2016/2017 Cyprus holiday today.