You’ll fall in love at first sight with ‘Aphrodite’s Island’ and its glorious golden beaches and turquoise waters. However, look closer and you’ll see that holidays to Cyprus offer more than just the average beach holiday - behind the stunning façade, this beautiful island is rich in history and culture.
Though it’s located in the family friendly Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus has all the intrigue of a Greek island but with the added exotic twist of its Turkish, Syrian and Lebanese neighbours. All inclusive holidays to Cyprus can be as light and carefree, or as full of hidden depths, as you choose.
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As one of the top ten best beaches in the world, you can’t go on a Cyprus package holiday and not spend time on the endless stretch of white sand that is Nissi Beach. With crystal clear shallow waters, it’s a dream spot for families who’ll also find a waterpark, two go-kart tracks and play areas nearby.
Cyprus holidays are all about hidden depths, and nowhere sums this up more perfectly than Nicosia. This intriguing city was split between Greece and Turkey in 1961, and is still a city of two halves today. Get past the overwhelming concrete jungle exterior and lose yourself within the crumbling yet charming 16th century Venetian walls of the old town for a day.
Spending time on the island’s stunning beaches is a great way to keep costs down on cheap Cyprus holidays. Coral Beach is another amazing Blue Flag beach with calm, shallow waters and a relaxed vibe. Head right to the end of the beach to avoid the crowds.
The Tomb of the Kings is the resting place of 100 Greek aristocrats, entombed since 300BC. You’ll also find the stone pillar where St Paul was said to have been tied for preaching Christianity - a must for culture lovers.
Take an excursion to explore the eerie sea caves at the Cape Greco National Park. Look out for the six headed sea monster of Ayia Napa though - he’s said to lurk in the darkened waters!
One of the classic highlights of a holiday in Cyprus is the chance to see Aphrodite’s Rock. Swim around the rock three times to find true love – or, if you’re already loved-up, simply admire this iconic landmark from the beach together for a truly magical romantic holiday moment.
Holidays and wine go hand in hand, and if you love your vino, the tour at the Cyprus Wine Museum near Limassol is sure to whet your appetite. Don’t forget to also try the local firewater known as ‘zivania’ if you dare!
If you’re lucky enough to catch a concert at the ancient amphitheatre of Kourion during your Cyprus holiday, you’ll be torn as to where to look – at the action on the stage or out to the stunning turquoise waters beyond.
At just 5 minutes from Ayia Napa, Europe’s biggest waterpark is a must for waterbabies of all ages. Families, groups and couples are guaranteed a sun-soaked, fun-soaked day out.
While Cyprus boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, just head inland a little and you’ll be treated to refreshing lush greenery. On the west of the island, the Troodos Mountains are perfect for hikers to explore, boasting 9 UNESCO-listed churches and ancient villages nestled in the valleys of the pine clad hills.
If you’ve bagged one of the Cyprus holiday deals online with the firm intention of partying in a top summer sun location then Ayia Napa is the only place to be. By day, head to the vast and lively stretch of golden sand that is Nissi Beach, or hit the banana boats and jet skis on buzzing Makronissos Beach. By night, watch as the town comes to life with music, dancing and quite possibly one too many cocktails!
Although many will think of the party town of Ayia Napa when it comes to the Larnaca region of Cyprus, Europe’s biggest waterpark, WaterWorld, is also just five minutes away. You’ll find safe, shallow waters and a plethora of restaurants, cafes and play facilities, which make this destination as good for families as it is for party people.
Culture vultures who want to explore the hidden historical depths of the island will find that Paphos offers the perfect combination of laid-back seafront lifestyle and memorable cultural highlights. Wander the hilly old town, marvel at the medieval castle and take a day trip to the Tomb of the Kings or the Baths of Aphrodite.
For more relaxing days, enjoy long leisurely meals overlooking the boats at the harbour, or find a spot on the tiny 150 metre Pathos beach, which curls around lagoon-like turquoise waters, or head for the Blue Flag paradise that is Coral Beach.
If you’re looking for a resort that’s as pretty as a picture, look no further than Protaras. At its heart you have Fig Tree Bay which is just as picturesque as it sounds. You’ll find clear waters, safe shelving sands, and of course, fig trees for shade – it’s the ideal spot for families with young children.
Of course, one great beach is nowhere near enough. Luckily, Protaras boasts six beaches - several of them with Blue Flag status. Try Louma Beach for shady spots, or the hidden Green Bay for added seclusion.
It’s easy to fall in love with Cyprus holidays this summer.