Cyprus holidays are the perfect 2-in-1 escape. Divided into east and west, the east is something of a tourist-trap thanks to the lively after-dark atmosphere, plethora of watersports and activity-laden attractions, the west falls neatly into the category of family-friendly fun, complete with a healthy dose of heritage and small sprinkling of nightlife. Whichever one you choose, there’s every chance you’ll fall in love with the island - then again, that could be because this majestic Mediterranean mass is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite – the Greek Goddess of Love. Holidays in Cyprus are great all year round, and cheap flights to Cyprus can be found at most time of year.
Oozing with charm, Cyprus and its year-round sunny disposition means you can get treated to a tan whether you’re basking on the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Limassol, Protaras and Coral Bay, or wandering amongst the traditional historic landmarks of Paphos.
Famed for its Roman baths and crystal-clear waters, Cyprus has also seen an emergence of first-class spa destinations popping up across the island. Fast becoming a haven from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, it’s already attracting a flock of celebrities keen to get a little respite away from watchful eyes, so if rubbing shoulders with the glitterati sounds like your ultimate holiday, or you just want to get pampered and preened in style, Cyprus holidays are for you!
Being a Mediterranean island, there’s nothing too unpredictable about the weather here – think blue cloudless skies and uninterrupted bright sunshine most days of the year, with no extreme temperatures or extensive seasonal fluctuations to put a spanner in the works.
Cyprus holidays in summer kick off in mid-May and lasts until mid-October, and whilst December, January and February run the risk of succumbing to a spot of rain, there’s still approximately six hours of sun a day, so nothing compared to a ‘rainy day’ in the UK.
Jan - 14ºC
Feb - 14ºC
Mar - 18ºC
Apr - 22ºC
May - 25ºC
Jun - 27ºC
Jul - 28ºC
Aug - 28ºC
Sep - 25ºC
Oct - 23ºC
Nov - 19ºC
Dec - 16ºC
Things To Do on Holidays
Drawing holiday-makers from all walks of life, Cyprus holidays offer something for everyone, but it’s up to you whether you want to arrive with a ready-made itinerary or let the island lead you instead.
Things to do: Culture
Just a short journey along the coastline you’ll also find the Baths of Aphrodite – perfect if you’re looking for a slice of history. Another must-see for Classics connoisseurs is Paphos - without doubt the historic epicentre of the south. On the outskirts you’ll find the Aphrodite’s Rock, whilst further into the town you’ll be able to roam the Roman remains, visit the House of Dionysos and discover the Tombs of the Kings. However it is worth noting that Paphos splits into two – Upper Paphos which holds the history and Lower Paphos which is now recognised more for its neon lights and karaoke bars than its national treasures, but something that together makes it a great destination for family holidays.
Things to do: Adventure
If you prefer walking to water-skiing, there are plenty of opportunities to go hiking on Cyprus holidays. The Akamas National Park on the Akamas Peninsula is relatively untouched so you can take in the natural beauty of Cyprus, admire the wildlife, wander through citrus groves and familiarise yourself with some smaller, traditional villages on the island.
Things to do: Nightlife
Other party towns on the island include Limassol and Ayia Napa – probably the most famous of them all. Transformed from a small fishing village to a full-on rave resort, the main strip is lined with novelty bars and British restaurants which make for a rather indiscreet resort, but a definite must if you’re looking for a frivolous trip. We've put it at number 2 in our list of top clubbing holidays!
Things to do: Eating and Drinking
Whether you’re vegetarian, pescetarian or a fully-fledged meat eater, your taste buds will be more than satisfied by the Cypriote selection of food and drink on offer. Traditionally, mezze is the most customary option on the menu. A selection of small local dishes (similar to Tapas), up to thirty can be brought out at the same time, so don’t feel rude if you feel as though you’re about to burst - a mezze is never finished. Particular highlights to look out for are the Cypriote cheese – Halloumi, Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), Tava (stew) and skewered kebabs, all washed down with a glass of local wine. Producers of their own tipples, Cyprus has a long tradition of wine-making and the island even boasts its own vineyards. They also have an annual wine festival in September which is definitely worth bookmarking if you’re planning your Cyprus holidays around that time.
Things to do: Relaxation
Those looking for a relaxing retreat will want to head straight to the beautiful beaches. In the east, Phinikoudes beach in Larnaca is the most famous, or for a fantastic selection of water sports, why not windsurf your way over to Pernera A Beach in Ayia Napa.
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is made up of stretches of sandy and pebbled beaches, sunny plains and forested mountains making for a lovely lush landscape. Very much a Greek Orthodox Christian society (except for a small Islamic following in the north), alongside the historic Byzantine churches, there are plenty of practising churches on the island which you are welcome to attend providing you check beforehand. And seeing as though English is both widely understood and spoken – despite Greek and Turkish remaining the official first languages, you shouldn’t find it too pressing trying to decipher signs, menus and guides.
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It isn't hard to see why Cyprus holidays are so popular, especially with young couples and families. With so many attractions on offer catering for groups looking for a fast paced holiday in Cyprus or families looking for peace and relaxation, you cannot go wrong.
If you are going to then take a look at our Beach Guide which tells you our recommendations for the best beaches we think you should visit whilst you are there!
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