A charming Mediterranean holiday destination, Cyprus welcomes over 2 million visitors every year despite its diminutive size. Regardless of its lesser land mass, Cyprus still offers a diverse range of tourist activities to rival any other popular holiday hotspot. From beautiful beaches and impressive ancient ruins to bustling cities and outstanding natural beauty, all complete with a distinct traditional flavour.
Caroline Bailey, Travel Counsellor
We travelled to Larnaca. At 10,000 years old it’s one of the oldest regions of Europe. I enjoyed time walking along the promenade which is an ideal place to sit and people watch. We explored the town before taking another lovely lunch on the waterfront. We then proceeded inland to Tochni – an inland village offering accommodations to tourists who prefer a rural setting, a great choice for walkers and cyclists keen to discover the inland region.
Cypriot cities are popular amongst visitors. The seaside resort of Paphos is amongst the favourites and if you stay here make sure you take the 40 minute journey to neighbouring Polis and Latchi to find pure, Cypriot bliss. Cyprus also boasts hotbeds like Larnaca – with its 400-berth marina, Limassol in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, the intriguing capital Nicosia and, of course, the infamous party resort of Ayia Napa.
On this sun-soaked island, your holiday itinerary could take many forms. There are traditional markets to explore for hidden gems in Paphos. You’ll love the cute and intimate harbour in Latchi and the square in Polis filled with superb traditional eateries. The Akamas Peninsula is an area of natural beauty, which provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the built up areas with beautiful walks to be walked and views to be viewed.
There are fantastic water parks and mini-golf courses to keep families with youngsters entertained. Cyprus is commonly referred to as the ‘playground of the gods’, but mere mortals will find plenty to keep themselves entertained with on this glorious sun-soaked island.
Where can be more romantic than the island that is home to the chosen bathing spot of the Greek goddess of love? Take a romantic swim at the Baths of Aphrodite near Paphos, before taking a lovely stroll through the neighbouring Akamas peninsula.
Cyprus is a living and breathing classroom, where you’ll find extraordinary remnants from across thousands of years of the island’s history. Paphos has constructs dating back to the Neolithic and Mycenaean periods, and the Painted Churches in the Troodos Region have to be seen to be believed!
Cyprus’ rich history is encapsulated in the world’s only divided city – Nicosia. Take a unique walk along the Green Line that divides the Turkish controlled north from the southern Republic of Cyprus. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with authentic Cypriot tradition.