Warm sunshine, stunning sandy coves, and friendly tavernas await on your Cyprus holiday, making this island a classic beach holiday destination. Whether you wish to let your hair down and party 24/7, simply want to sit back out and relax during a luxurious resort to enjoy some me-time, or are looking forward to splashing during a warm sea with the kids, you’ll find something for everybody on this sunshine island within the Med
Enjoy comfortable temperatures all year round with averages 13-26 °C and an average of 14 hours sunshine a day in the summer months
There are two main airports to choose from. Paphos International Airport (PFO) is in western Cyprus, about 145km from the capital, Nicosia. Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is 50km south east of Nicosia.
Cyprus is an island of contrasts. You’ll find quaint tavernas and a relaxed welcome in the rustic fishing village of Latchi. Or you can party all night in bustling Ayia Napa. Enjoy the family-friendly, soft sand beaches around Nissi Bay, or explore some of the world’s most important archaeological sites in Paphos on the south-west coast. Admire the superyachts lined up in Limassol, or enjoy a laid-back stroll along the palm-lined promenade in Larnaca.
Located where east meets west at the furthest reach of the Mediterranean, there are abundant ancient Greek and Roman ruins to discover during your holiday in Cyprus, especially around Paphos. A rich tradition of delicious food and wine across the island whets the appetite of foodies. And the tempting blue sea is the perfect place to enjoy water sports from sailing to banana boat rides. The large rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou is thought to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Swim around the rock three times, and according to local legend, you’ll be granted eternal beauty!
Play or relax on soft white sands lapped by a turquoise sea around the island. If you like a lively atmosphere, Nissi Beach on the east coast has a wide range of beachfront tavernas and bars as well as a choice of water sports on offer. Families flock to nearby Fig Tree Bay Beach, where the shallow waters are ideal for little ones to splash around in. Escape the crowds and seek out quieter spots, such as the peaceful Lara Bay beach in the north west of the island. Here you may even be lucky enough to spot a loggerhead turtle.
There’s no shortage of fascinating ancient sites to discover on the island. One of the best is Paphos’ House of Dionysius. This restored Roman villa draws visitors from around the world, who marvel at the intricate mosaics and find out more about the Roman way of life. The influence of the ancient Greeks can also be explored. A couple of kilometres to the north of Paphos is the Tombs of the Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back over 2,300 years old and is a series of intricately carved stone tombs, the final resting place of around 100 Greek aristocrats. Enjoy a taste of living history at the restored Amphitheatre in Kourion. The bright blue sea offers a wonderful backdrop to the regular performances here, which range from music events to staging of classic ancient Greek plays.
Food and Drink
Meze is the delicious regional dish that you’ll find on menus in tavernas across the island. A series of small dishes make the most of local produce, and are a great way to share a family meal. Try freshly grilled halloumi cheese or sheftalia, a type of sausage. As you’d expect, seafood is also plentiful, with lemon drizzled fried calamari a popular choice. Take the opportunity to sample afelia, another classic Cypriot dish made from pork slow-cooked in red wine with coriander seeds. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss out the chance to try loukoumi, the famous local sweets also known as Cyprus Delights, which are very similar to the more famous Turkish version. Then wash it all down with a cup of glyko, a very strong coffee with fruit sweets.
CYPRUS HOLIDAY RESORTS
Holidays In Cyprus
Safety and Security
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Cyprus is best for...
Families:From gently shelving beaches to some of the largest water parks in Europe, it’s ideal for beach-based family fun.
Nature lovers: Join a Cyprus Jeep Safari to catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle, or marvel at the stunning scenery in the Troodos Mountains.
History fans:Discover the ancient ruins in and around Paphos and the Kourion Amphitheatre.
Language:The languages spoken are Greek, Turkish and English.
Currency:The currency used in Cyprus is the Euro (€).
Local time:Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to:Paphos International Airport or Larnaca International Airport. From Larnaca, it's 1 hour to Nissi Bay, Ayia Napa, Limassol and Protaras. From Paphos Airport, it's 30 minutes to Paphos.
Flight time from UK:The flight time to Cyprus is 4–5 hours.
Tourist Information:Further tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit Cyprus travel advice for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Weather & Climate
Temperature: 13-26 (°C)
Summertime highs of 30°C and plenty of sunshine makes this the perfect time to head to the beach. In spring and autumn, temperatures average between the mid-teens to high 20s, offering more comfortable conditions for exploring all the historic sights. Although the winter months tend to be wetter than the rest of the year, the temperatures still rarely drop below 13°C.
By bus:You can explore most of the island’s main attractions by bus. They’re cheap and relatively comfortable, although they rarely run to a set schedule.
By hire car:There are plenty of options for hiring a car, which will give you more freedom to explore at your own pace. Take a leisurely drive to the Troodos Mountains, stopping off at the picturesque villages of Omodos and Lania along the way. It’s also an easy way to visit Cyprus’ wine villages and popular archaeological sites, such as the Kourion in Limassol and Mosaics in Paphos.
European Capital of Culture:As the European Capital of Culture for 2017, Paphos will be hosting a range of cultural events throughout the year. Find out how you can get involved online.
Flower power:In May, fresh flowers fill the town of Paphos for the Anthestiria Festival. Floats decorated with brightly coloured blooms travel through the streets in a celebration of spring and nature’s rebirth.
For opera lovers:Each year an international theatre troupe performs an opera outside Paphos’ medieval castle. Part of the famous Aphrodite Festival, it’s a popular spectacle for culture-vultures that’s not to be missed.
Wine tasting:Taking place around the same time is the Limassol Wine Festival. Have a glass or two with the locals as you enjoy live theatre and traditional Cypriot music.