The sun-drenched island of Cyprus offers a truly wonderful holiday experience. Located in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Turkey, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite is ideal for anyone seeking pretty gold beaches and spectacular scenery. Rich in culture and history, there are many fascinating monuments, ruins, museums and galleries to discover, while the year-round warm weather means Cyprus is the perfect place to enjoy a range of leisure activities and water sports. Foodies will also have plenty to get their teeth into, with an array of delicious dishes to sample, taking inspiration from Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine. Ideal for every holiday need, the picture-perfect island of Cyprus promises relaxation and adventures aplenty.
The holiday of a lifetime awaits in the magical island of Cyprus, a sun-kissed paradise fondly referred to as the Jewel of the Mediterranean.
Let's take a look at the main resorts in Cyprus and what they have to offer visitors to this enchanting island escape.
Paphos: This alluring city is steeped in history and culture - legend has it that the Greek God Aphrodite rose from the sea of Paphos. You'll discover many captivating Roman sites in the city, as well as the Tomb of the Kings, an ancient burial ground. This coastal city has a charming harbour and a highly recommended beach can be found nearby at Coral Bay, a beautiful expanse of white sands and crystal-clear waters. Pathos has an abundance of luxurious beachfront hotels and there's no shortage of vibrant nightlife.
Limassol: There's something for everyone in this superb resort, the biggest on the island. There are some breathtaking historical sites here including the ancient city of Amathus, superb beaches, a lovely marina and a host of delightful shops, bars and restaurants. A feast of fun awaits children at Fasouri Watermania, the island's largest waterpark and there's also plenty of fantastic nightlife. Limassol is also perfect for snorkelling, diving and a range of thrilling water sports.
Ayia Napa: It's fun and excitement all the way in Ayia Napa, a bustling neon-lit resort which is home to vibrant night clubs, traditional taverns, lively beach bars and dusk till dawn partying. You'll find crystal-clear waters and glorious sandy expanses here including the renowned Nissi Beach, and there are plenty of wonderful sights to see such as Cape Greco National Park with its magnificent nature trails, cliffs and caves.
Larnaca: This enchanting resort is a picture of beauty with its harbour and marina, spellbinding beaches and awe-inspiring coast lined with palm trees. This magnificent port city has a lively centre where there's no shortage of shops, taverns and restaurants, plus mesmerising historical attractions including a Medieval fort and the Church of Saint Lazarus which dates back to the late 9th century. Larnaca's sandy expanses, which are ideal for families and couples, include the famous Finikoudes Beach and Mackenzie Beach with its vibrant promenade bars.
Protaras: This purpose-built beach resort boasts stunning white sandy expanses and amenities galore including superb dining venues, great shops, fantastic hotels and lively night spots. Fig Tree Bay is the resort's most popular beach and gets its name from the fig tree overlooking it which dates back to the 17th century. Other popular options are Green Bay Beach and Sirena Bay. Protaras has many enthralling sea caves to explore and the opportunity to take to the waves for some exhilarating water sports action.
Nicosia: There's plenty to see and do in Nicosia, the island's walled capital which is divided with Greek and Turkish sides. The city is away from the coast so you won't come across any sandy beaches, but there's so much to discover including many incredible historical landmarks and monuments. Among the most notable are Selimiye Mosque, the city's amazing Venetian walls, Famagusta Gate and Notre Dame de Tyre, a 14th century monastery. You'll also find an impressive range of shop, bars and restaurants among the city's charming winding alleyway, and there's no shortage of nightclubs with music and dancing from dusk till dawn.
If you crave a more laid-back time in one of the island's less lively locations, then the resorts of Pissouri, Polis and Pernera will probably be more to your liking with their tranquil beaches and idyllic surroundings.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the ideal beach holiday in Cyprus - there’s something for everyone, from long sandy expanses packed with facilities and water sports to quiet and secluded bays and coves where couples can enjoy a romantic time.
If you crave an action-packed beach holiday with plenty of fun on the sand during the day and a healthy helping of vibrant nightlife after dark, then the popular resorts of Pathos, Limassol, Ayia Napa won’t disappoint.
If, however, you prefer a relaxing time in an idyllic and secluded setting, then the less lively escapes of Pissouri, Polis or Pernera will be much more appealing.
You’ll discover family-friendly beaches everywhere in Cyprus including Fig Tree Bay in Protaras, Makronissos Beach in Ayia Napa, Coral Bay in Paphos and Finikoudes Beach in Larnaca.
There are also plenty of quiet and remote beaches where couples can enjoy blissful days wandering the sands and romantic evenings under the stars. These include Lara Beach, which is a sanctuary for protected turtles, Pachyammos Beach which is south of Paphos and Alaminos Beach near Larnaca.
This glorious island is also a great choice for groups of friends jetting off for an action-packed beach holiday in the sun, away from the stresses of everyday life back home.
There are many benefits from choosing the all-inclusive option when booking your dream holiday to Cyprus.
You’ll be able to relax and forget about watching your finances as you’ll know most of your costs are already paid for, prior to arriving at your hotel. Not only is your accommodation covered, but all- inclusive means you won’t have to get your wallet or credit card out to pay for meals and drinks.
Choosing to go all-inclusive lets you get on with having a fantastic time in the sun, rather than worrying about how much you are spending - which is the case on a traditional pay-as-you-go holiday.
Many all-inclusive packages will also include a range of other welcome extras such as free treats and ice creams for the little ones, admission to health clubs and spas, and exclusive meals at à la carte restaurants. Some hotels also include the use of facilities on the beach and water sports amenities.
All-inclusive is definitely the way to go if you want to forget about money and spend every minute of your holiday unwinding, relaxing and creating magical memories that will last a lifetime.
We have a fantastic range of all-inclusive 3-star, 4-star and 5-star resorts, so you'll have no trouble finding the ideal haven for a wonderful holiday in Cyprus.
Cyprus is a fantastic choice of families seeking a fun-packed adventure in a spellbinding Mediterranean getaway.
This beautiful island really comes up trumps when it comes to providing a feast of pleasure and entertainment for adults and children to enjoy.
From lively beach resorts where you can soak up the sun during the day and take to the crystal-clear waters to vibrant towns and cities where you visit the shops, enjoy a delicious meal or explore stunning architecture and ancient historical landmarks.
You’ll discover plenty of attractions all over Cyprus which provide a great day out including water parks, nature and wildlife areas, boat tours and a myriad of energetic water sports.
The popular resorts of Paphos, Limassol, Ayia Napa, Larnaca and Protaras all have an incredible choice of luxurious family-friendly hotels where everyone will be given the VIP treatment during their stay on this marvellous island.
Fantastic food, brilliant facilities and lavish accommodation will ensure your holiday in Cyprus is an unforgettable experience from start to finish.