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A stay in Cyprus breathes new life into familiar myths and legends. Think magnificent mountain ranges, dramatic coastlines and tranquil beach holidays, and it’s easy to see why this island is often the backdrop for tales about ancient adventures and Hellenistic heroes. With a warm Mediterranean climate, romantic coves and a rich backstory, a holiday in Cyprus is ideal for sun-seeking couples and history buffs alike.

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Best beaches in Cyprus | Nightlife in Cyprus | Things to eat in Cyprus | Culture in Cyprus | Things to do in Cyprus | What’s the weather like in Cyprus? | Important information about Cyprus |


Best beaches in Cyprus

The beaches of Cyprus typically feature warm Mediterranean waters and fine sand. If you’re looking for a secluded sunbathing spot, head to Golden Beach – be sure to keep an eye out for shy wild donkeys grazing nearby. Alternatively, the shallow waters of Fig Tree Bay are perfect for families with young children, and Aphrodite’s Beach is a great choice for swimming and sightseeing.



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Clubbing holidays in Cyprus

From the non-stop party scene of Ayia Napa to the modern, lively ‘Bar Street’ in Paphos, the nightlife in Cyprus is not to be missed. Karaoke, discos, bars and clubs are plentiful in town centres, and intimate tavernas provide food, drink and music until the early hours elsewhere. Check out Club Deep in Larnaca for RnB beats or look out for the neon sign of Notorious Bar in Paphos, which welcomes revellers from all over Europe.


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Things to eat in Cyprus

From Turkish influences to cosy Greek tavernas, the food of Cyprus is certainly something to celebrate. Grilled halloumi is a must-try, as is lahmacun – the Turkish answer to pizza, which is often sprinkled with lamb and herbs. Meze meals and fresh fish are other common dining options, accompanied by locally-made fruit juices or spirits such as ouzo or the grape-based zivania.

Cultural holidays in Cyprus

Greek traditions from the south of the island and Turkish culture from the north blend harmoniously to create the unique melting pot of Cypriot culture. Sample the full spectrum of this exciting country by checking out local festivals. Limassol offers a celebration of spring with a colourful parade called Anthestiriya and the theatrical Medieval Festival takes place in Ayia Napa during October - though there are many more to choose from.


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Things to do in Cyprus

Explore the Tombs of the Kings

To the west of the island, close to Paphos and surrounded by desert-like landscape, sit the Tombs of the Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an underground network of tunnels and chambers dating all the way back to 4th century BC. Exploring the Egyptian-inspired resting places will give you a real feel for ancient Cypriot history, and if you get there early you can avoid the afternoon hustle, bustle and heat.

Spend the day at Lara Beach

A short drive along a rocky road on the Akamas Peninsula will lead you to Lara Beach, a stretch of unspoilt coastline with a reputation for natural beauty. This is a quiet spot, but Lara Restaurant is on hand for beachside dining and drinks if you need a break from the sun. To preserve this piece of paradise, you won’t find sun loungers or parasols here – though you might spot some native sea turtles and monk seals if you’re lucky.

Discover Emira Pottery

About a five-minute walk from Finikoudes Beach in Larnaca you will find a hidden gem called Emira Pottery. This shop sells stunning ceramics, including traditional cooking pots and decorative vases, and also offers a history of Cypriot pottery-making techniques. Whether you pick an artfully-made original piece or channel the film Ghost by creating your own vase, you’re bound to find the perfect souvenir here.

Take a tour of the Cyprus Wine Museum

Immerse yourself in the vineyards and exhibits at the Cyprus Wine Museum, and learn about the island’s colourful history of wine making. When the short tour is done, head downstairs to taste the fruits of the vineyard’s labours - you might even meet the friendly cat that’s made the winery his home.

What's the weather like in Cyprus?

Sun-soaked Cyprus offers an average 326 days of sunshine each year, making it a great choice for a brilliant beach break. Visit in July for average coastal temperatures where the thermometer rarely drops below 27°C. Even if you choose to see the island in its low season – between November and February – the temperature tends to be a pleasantly mild 12°C on average.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan11 °c16 °c3 h
Feb12 °c15 °c3 h
Mar14 °c16 °c5 h
Apr17 °c17 °c6 h
May24 °c19 °c8 h
Jun24 °c22 °c11 h
Jul26 °c24 °c13 h
Aug26 °c25 °c12 h
Sep24 °c24 °c10 h
Oct20 °c23 °c6 h
Nov12 °c20 °c3 h
Dec11 °c17 °c3 h

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Important Information about travelling to Cyprus

How long does it take to fly to Cyprus?

It takes about four and a half hours to fly to Cyprus from the UK.

What’s the time difference between the UK and Cyprus?

Cyprus is two hours ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Cyprus?

The official currency of Cyprus is the Euro.

What language do they speak in Cyprus?

The official languages spoken in Cyprus are Greek and Turkish.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Cyprus?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

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Top Cyprus Hotels

Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa - Adults Only

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

King Evelthon Beach Hotel and Resort

Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

Coral Beach Hotel and Resort

Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

Amavi Hotel - Adults Only

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Venus Beach

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Cavo Maris Beach

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Avlida

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Anastasia Beach Hotel

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Kefalos Beach Tourist Village

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Olympic Lagoon Resort

Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Cyprus

St. Raphael Resort

Limassol, Paphos, Cyprus

Leonardo Cypria Bay

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Golden Bay Beach Hotel

Larnaca Bay, Larnaca, Cyprus

Golden Coast

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Mayfair Gardens & Hotel

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Louis Paphos Breeze

Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

St. Elias Resort

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Akteon Holiday Village

Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

Avanti Holiday Village

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Kissos Hotel

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Dome Beach Hotel

Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Cyprus

Capo Bay Hotel

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Basilica Holiday Resort

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Alva Apartments

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Athena Beach Hotel

Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Nissiana Hotel and Bungalows

Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Cyprus

Vassos Nissi Plage

Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Cyprus

Costantiana Beach Hotel Apartments

Larnaca, Larnaca, Cyprus

Tsokkos Protaras Beach Hotel

Protaras, Larnaca, Cyprus

Cyprus Resorts

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is perfect for those wanting an exciting nightlife or some relaxation in this tranquail old fishing village. Situated in the south east of C…

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Kakopetria

Kakopetria

Kakopetria is a village south-west of the capital Nicosia and is one of the most popular destinations on the island. The village has a natural beauty…

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Larnaca

Larnaca

Larnaca is the oldest city in Cyprus and is one of the major seaside resorts on the island. Larnaca holidays are extremely popular with families as th…

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Limassol

Limassol

Limassol is Cyprus's biggest resort, so you certainly wont be lacking in things to keep you busy. Located on the southern coast, Limassol is known for…

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Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach is the quieter area of Ayia Napa, one of the most popular destinations for Cyprus holidays. With its sandy beaches, Nissi Beach holidays a…

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Paphos

Paphos

Paphos is another one of Cyprus' top resorts which is full of culture and history and enough to have you spoilt for choice. A beautiful coastal city,…

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Polis

Polis

Polis is known for its beautiful scenery, which will surely be one of the highlights from your holiday. This is a quiet resort situated at the north w…

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Protaras

Protaras

Protaras holidays offer a quiet life but with its fun-loving neighbour Ayia Napa, you get the best of both worlds. This is a great choice for family h…

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