Cyprus offers the perfect mix of historical and cultural attractions with outstanding natural scenery, making it a fantastic all-round holiday destination. When you book flights to Cyprus, you will need to decide whether you want to travel to Paphos or Larnaca, with each of these cities being served by different airports. Flights to Cyprus take a similar amount of time whether you're travelling to Paphos or Larnaca, with the journey from London to Paphos taking around four hours and 15 minutes, while the trip from London to Larnaca lasts for approximately four hours and 25 minutes. It takes roughly an extra 15 to 20 minutes for either journey if you depart from airports located in the north.
Cyprus has a great combination of historical sights, superb beaches, scenic mountains, and cosmopolitan resorts with plenty of hotels for a Cyprus all inclusive holiday. Whether you're a history buff and want a holiday walking around the Tombs of the Kings or Kolossi Castle or just want to escape to the sun for a week or two, Cyprus will not disappoint.
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Spend a day soaking up the sun on the famous Fig Tree Bay in Protaras, which was voted the third best beach in Europe. Make sure you visit Romeo Taverna in the evening for the best traditional Cypriot food.
Paphos is located in the far west of Cyprus and is a delight to discover, with the entire city protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of years of history surrounds Paphos, with many civilisations - including the Myceneans, ancient Greeks and Byzantines - having been based here over the centuries. As a result, there are some fantastic archaeological sites and old buildings to discover; the mosaics of Nea Paphos are particularly spectacular. However, Paphos has more to offer than history and culture alone, as there are some stunning beaches close to the city. At one of these you'll find the Petra tou Romiou, or the Rock of Aphrodite. This is an interesting rock formation in the sea just off the coast of a stunning white-sand beach and, as its name suggests, it is associated with the goddess Aphrodite. Another highlight near Paphos is the stunningly beautiful Akamas Peninsula, which is situated to the north of the city. This area is completely undeveloped and is a haven for walkers, with a network of trails that will lead you to its secluded beaches, along its cliffs and through areas of forest.
On the southeast coast of Cyprus is Larnaca, which is ideally placed to offer you access to several of Cyprus's other cities and holiday hotspots - including Nicosia and Ayia Napa. In fact, it only takes around 40 minutes to drive from Larnaca airport to Ayia Napa, so you can easily reach this well-known party and beach destination from the city. Like Paphos, Larnaca boasts a rich history of its own as well as beautiful beaches, so it's a popular holiday destination with all kinds of travellers. Among its best stretches of sand are Phinikoudes, Castella and Yannathes, with a well-developed promenade running alongside Phinikoudes and lined by restaurants and cafes. In terms of historical attractions, the 10th century Church of St Lazarus is a must-visit and is considered to be one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture on the island. Active holidaymakers will be well catered for in Larnaca, too, with the seaside city boasting a range of water sports facilities - including sailing and scuba diving schools - while you can access Cyprus's section of the E4 European long-distance walking path, which runs from Larnaca to Paphos. The Cape Gkreko National Park, which is located to the east of Ayia Napa, is a wonderful place to head to for hiking or cycling.