Warm sunshine, stunning sandy coves, and friendly tavernas await on your Cyprus holiday, making this island a classic beach holiday destination. Whether you want to let your hair down and party 24/7, simply want to chill out and relax in a luxurious resort to enjoy some me-time, or are looking forward to splashing in a warm sea with the children, you’ll find something for everyone on this sunshine island in the Med.
Things to do
Located where east meets west at the furthest reach of the Mediterranean, there are abundant ancient Greek and Roman ruins to discover during your holiday in Cyprus, especially around Paphos. A rich tradition of delicious food and wine across the island whets the appetite of foodies. And the tempting blue sea is the perfect place to enjoy water sports from sailing to banana boat rides. The large rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou is thought to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Swim around the rock three times, and according to local legend, you’ll be granted eternal beauty!
Places to stay
Cyprus is an island of contrasts. You’ll find quaint tavernas and a relaxed welcome in the rustic fishing village of Latchi. Or you can party all night in bustling Ayia Napa. Enjoy the family-friendly, soft sand beaches around Nissi Bay, or explore some of the world’s most important archaeological sites in Paphos on the south-west coast. Admire the superyachts lined up in Limassol, or enjoy a laid-back stroll along the palm-lined promenade in Larnaca.
What should I pack?
Cyprus has everything from coast to mountains. What you need to pack will depend on where you’re going and the weather forecast.
Hitting the beach? Be sure to bring your bathing suit and pack your sun cream. You’ll need a high factor (factor 30 and above) if you’re fair-skinned or have the kids with you. If you’re travelling in spring or summer, wear light, cotton clothes to help keep you cool. Flip-flops are handy for walking along the beaches. Just keep in mind that there are rocky paths down to some of them, so you’ll need to bring proper shoes too.
If you’re heading inland to the mountains, they tend to be cooler than the coast all year round. It’s best to pack layers to make sure you’re warm enough. Don’t forget your hiking boots.
You’ll find historic churches dotted all over the island. If you’re planning on visiting them, make sure you’re dressed properly before going inside. You’ll need to cover up your arms and legs. The same goes for monasteries in the mountains. It’s worth packing something to cover up your head too; for example, a scarf or sun hat.
More Travel Guides
We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Ayia Napa | Larnaca | Limassol | Nissi Bay | Paphos | Protaras