For a small island, Cyprus is a country overflowing with scenic and cultural delights that are sure to tick more than a few boxes on your holiday checklist. Idyllically located in the beautiful Mediterranean, the postcard-worthy bays of the Cypriot coast are simply impossible to resist for any holidaymaker. Not to mention a cuisine so full of flavour you’ll wish you could devour each plate again and again.
It goes without saying that a holiday in Cyprus is perfect for sun-seekers and water lovers, but a holidayon this enchanting island is equally as alluring for its attractions inland, too. From the peaks of the stunning Troodos Mountains to the smooth greens of the island’s many golf courses - Cyprus offers attractions for visitors year-round.
A holiday in Cyprus is highly recommended for those in need of some serious TLC. Whether it’s in the form of a luxurious spa session, an afternoon of retail therapy in the capital Nicosia, people watching in the authentic small town markets, or simply a stroll along the island’s many coastal paths, Cyprus is a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the best of this charming island. Book an all inclusive Cyprus break for that complete peace of mind and allow yourself to feel truly pampered.
Most popular hotels in Cyprus
St Nicolas Elegant Residence
King Evelthon Beach Hotel & Resort
Panareti Coral Bay
Club St George Resort
Pambos Napa Rocks
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 55m
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The list of things to do in Cyprus is endless, so it’s no surprise that so many visitors return time and time again to make the most of the island’s attractions. If you want to witness Cyprus from it’s best angle - there’s only one place to go. A drive or hike up the Troodos Mountains rewards with breathtaking views and an insight into one of this island’s breath-taking natural wonders. Once you've conquered Mount Olympus be sure to check out some of the historic mountain towns like Platres on your decent.
There are also a number of sites of ancient ruins, archaeological significance and bygone architecture, all waiting to be discovered by history loving holidaymakers. One of Cyprus’ most popular attractions is the ancient history embedded within the city of Paphos. The city’s Archaeological Park is full of numerous intriguing landmarks and relics, revealing a Cyprus of old to holidaymakers. Make sure you visit the Tombs of the Kings, the striking Paphos Fort and the magnificent Odeon.
Along with Paphos, the popular coastal regions such as Protaras, Ayia Napa and Coral Bay are the best place to have the best of both worlds during your holiday in Cyprus. If you’re looking to catch some rays and lounge on the sand, or explore the best of the Mediterranean above or below the waves - no matter where you stay, the Cypriot coast will certainly keep you entertained!
Wine and Dine
There are numerous authentic and traditional dishes that ought to be on your plate during your stay in Cyprus. Diverse and flavoursome, Cypriot cuisine is certainly one of the country’s top attractions. Cypriot mezes are delicious and delightful tapas-like small plates, comprising meat and fish, and perhaps best sampled in the Cyprus’ most favoured regions such as Limassol and Paralimni. Another of Cyprus’ most famous exports is the wonderful halloumi cheese - best enjoyed grilled on top of a fresh salad drizzled with olive oil. Seafood is also a big part of Cypriot cuisine, particularly around the coastal destinations such as Larnaca and Pernera. Why not indulge in an aromatic bowl of risotto or share a delicious platter with friends? Don’t forget the glass of wine - you are on holiday after all!
The general atmosphere of Cyprus screams ‘family holiday’, and those that come along with the kids will never be left short of things to do in Cyprus. The beach lifestyle synonymous with a Cyprus holiday is perfect for the whole family, whether you fancy splashing around in the warm water, chilling out on the sand or getting active in the form of a variety of water sports, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Around Ayia Napa there are a number of waterparks that will see the young, and young at heart slipping and sliding for hours. While a boat trip to the sea caves along the coast are a great way to make plenty of memories of your holiday in Cyprus.
The hotels and resorts dotted around the coast of Cyprus are fantastic for families with adults and children of all ages. With many having undergone recent renovation, visitors will now find that many have excellent facilities for the little ones, including shallow pools, playgrounds, kids’ clubs and some even have their very own on-site water park! Wether you head to Limassol, Pernera or Protaras you'll find child freindly beaches and family focused resorts perfect for you and your loved ones.
Action and Adventure
On land, or in the water, a holiday to Cyprus means you’re sure to find the right sort of adventure for you. There are an abundance of water sports on offer for those staying around the coast, including diving, snorkelling and boating to name but a few. Make the most of that warm mediterranean sea and dive in.
For those that would rather stay dry, it’s well worth exploring the tiny villages hidden within central Cyprus. Wander through Lefkara and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time with it’s wonky, cobbled alleys, shuttered windows and quaint shops. Visitors will often find the locals handmaking delicate lace goods in the shade of the alleys which make for fantastic and unique souvenirs to take home. Paphos is a great place to start you adventures, not only because of the city's incredible history but also because of the range of safari's and activities that use the city as a starting point.
Fancy taking things higher? Then head inland and immerse yourself in the splendour of the Troodos Mountains. These parts are a hiker’s dream, with some wonderful trails leading through numerous traditional villages and towns including Omodhus and Platres. During the winter months you can even ski down the slopes whilst taking in the panoramic views of this beautiful Mediterranean island along the way.
Life's a Beach
If you’re a holidaymaker looking for a sunny spot to read your book and run powder-soft sand between your toes then look no further than Cyprus. Each and every beach on this island is blessed with unrivalled beauty. With golden sands gently lapped by the bluest of Mediterranean waves, it’s easy to see why many visitors come to Cyprus for the beaches.
Protaras beach is ideal for families with its shallow waters and easy access to local amenities like shops and restaurants, while Ayia Napa is the premier destination for those seeking revelry in the sunshine. Famed for its young party crowd, beautiful beaches and vibrant water sports scene, this is the place to be for a group holiday like no other!
Larnaca is a great option for those hoping to get active in the water, boasting one of the best wreck dives in Europe with the Zenobia dive attracting many underwater enthusiasts to this part of the island.
If you’re after a more sedate beach break a little off the beaten track, there are a number of hidden tranquil bays that are perfect for a secret escape. Polis is a great example; located on the west coast of the island this town has a charming bay to enjoy. Besides the beach, the resort boasts a stunning mountainous backdrop which is fantastic for exploring. Latchi is also an excellent choice; billed as a relaxing resort and home to welcoming waterfront tavernas, this town offers a unique flavour of slower Cypriot life.
Ayia Napa is considered one of the most vibrant and lively party hubs in the whole of Europe, drawing large crowds in search of long days and nights in the summer sunshine, as well as cheap drinks, top clubs and bustling bars. If you’re after a place to dance and drink, you’ll be at home in Ayia Napa, especially once the sun has set. Beach parties and beach bar crawls carry on well into the early hours, while the mass of music, lights and crowds found in The Square are sure to keep you going until the sun comes up!
Amid the party vibes and beach bum indulgence, Cyprus is a highly favoured choice for a romantic getaway. With stunning coastal walks offering panoramic views of the sun setting over the coast, and plenty of cosy tavernas and restaurants just right for a meal for two, Cyprus is a love birds’ paradise.
A visit to Aphrodite beach in Kouklia is a must-do for any couple in search of the ultimate romantic day out in Cyprus. Home to Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock, this is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite - the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Legend suggests that swimming around this rock will mean you find true love, so if your holiday in Cyprus wasn’t already romantic enough, you know where to go. To prolong the magic, set up camp in one of the stunning Aphrodite Hills hotels for the perfect romantic base.
If you and your loved one are ready to take the next step, Cyprus is a premier destination for overseas weddings. With its beautiful beaches, clifftop chapels and luxurious four and five star hotels in the east and west, Cyprus offers the perfect setting for a big day to remember.
Cypriot culture is all about taking it easy and making time for you. Whether it’s a lazy afternoon spent chatting over seemingly endless dishes of meze and an ice cold glass of wine, an easy wander through the old towns, or a good few hours to get stuck into a holiday read on the beach - you’ll fit right in on a holiday in Cyprus. From mountain towns like Platres, to historic cities like Paphos, and even including the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is an island bursting with culture, mystery, and wonder waiting to be explored.