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Resorts In Cyprus

Cyprus at a glance

Legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is blessed with sunshine long after more northerly islands fade into Autumn. And you would need every hour of its long, glorious days to sample all of the diverse delights that this fabulous island has in store.

Visit beautiful villages nestling amongst rich vineyards, with their promise of vinous delights to come. Relax on one of the glorious, golden beaches, or explore fascinating shipwrecks under the crystal seas. Take a trip back in time, in the islands' many archaeological sites. Walk in the rugged mountains, or dance the night away in a fabulous club. Stroll cosmopolitan city streets, rich in designer boutiques and art galleries. Enjoy fine dining in one of the many exceptional restaurants - with Cyprus' unique blend of Asian, Middle Eastern and European influences providing a wonderful choice of cuisines.

And while Cyprus is wonderfully exotic, it's delightfully 'homely' too, with English widely spoken, and a charming, friendly population. You'll find that even the traffic drives, reassuringly, on the left!

Key Facts - Cyprus

  • CapitalNicosia
  • Population780,133 (approx.)
  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • ReligionGreek Orthodox
  • Dialing Code00 357
  • Time Difference+2 GMT

Cyprus Holidays - Destination Profile







Steeped in history, Paphos is a UN World Heritage Site in its entirety, and will be the European Capital of Culture in 2017. The charming fishing harbour by medieval Paphos Fort is lined with delightful tavernas, which have made it the town's natural focal point. During the summer opera festival, you'll even be serenaded as you dine! Nature-lovers and ramblers will find plenty to explore in the delightful surrounding areas, whilst Paphos' world- famous mosaics and the Tombs of the Kings are an unmissable cultural treat. Sun- worshippers will find their natural home on the gently- shelving golden sands of Coral Bay.

Situated midway between Limassol and Paphos, the idyllic Bay of Pissouri boasts a sand and shingle beach lapped by crystal clear, gloriously inviting blue water. Little tavernas dotted along the shores make inviting spots for long, lazy lunches, and the attractive traditional town of Pissouri nestles in the hills beyond the bay. Surrounded by vineyards and beautiful scenery, this is the ideal choice for those who wish to escape the crowds.

Surrounded by tranquil citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards, the lovely little town of Miliou, is famous for its healing springs. So of course we have selected a unique natural healing spa resort as our Olympic Gold hotel choice.

Here, you can bathe in the health-giving waters of a mineral- rich natural spring which is channelled into the hotel's own private pool. Or perhaps try one of the famous Sulphur Mud treatments, or a Rasul Ritual in the Thermal Experience Suite. All this amid beautiful natural surroundings, with the lovely towns of Paphos and Polis within reach when you feel the urge to explore. If you prefer the freedom of a villa, we have some great options available

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Ayia Napa



Ayia Napa


Situated on Akrotiri Bay on the southern coast, lively cosmopolitan Limassol offers the pleasures of excellent shopping and a wide range of tavernas, restaurants, nightclubs discos and bars along Potamos Yermasoya's vibrant fifteen-mile stretch. Limassol will never see you searching for something new to enjoy!

But as well as being a lively seaside resort, Limassol has another, more classical side. It is the home of marvellous historic sites like Kolossi Medieval Castle and Limassol Castle, and especially the world- famous Kourion. This ancient city-kingdom site is one of Cyprus' must- visit archaeological attractions.

Once a small fishing village, Ayia Napa has grown and matured into a world- famous resort destination, that now boasts sophisticated cultural venues and restaurants as well as the happy, hedonistic clubs that still make it a magnet for the younger holidaymaker.

Here, you can relax, sample some of the local specialties and watch the world go by in one of the picturesque harbour-side restaurants and tavernas, before setting off, perhaps to explore the superb Venetian Monastery.

Ayia Napa has some of the best diving opportunities on the island, and all its beaches offer a wide range of water-sports. Be sure to spend at least one day on glorious Nissi Beach, with its beautiful white sand and crystal waters.

Situated between Ayia Napa and Paralimni lies the popular, family-oriented resort of Protaras, with its welcoming cafes and beach bars. Beautiful Fig Tree Bay has superb golden sands and charming covers, but you'll find many other wonderful beaches too, for those long, lazy days by the seas. Spend your evenings discovering the delights of the numerous tavernas and restaurants, or making new friends in one of the many picturesque bars. And don't forget to try deliciously- sweet amber-hued Commandaria. It is made from the Mavro and Xynisteri grapes, and is one of the oldest wines in the world.

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Polis & Latchi

Larnaca's situation makes it the ideal base for visitors who would like to explore more of the island during their stay. Driving is easy (remember, you'll be on the left-hand side of the road) and it's well worth hiring a car to explore the island's spectacular interior.

Larnaca's famous 2-mile long esplanade crowns a delightful beach. Lined with mature palm trees it is reminiscent of an elegant continental promenade. At one end there's a lovely marina, frequented by yachtsmen from all over the world, and at the other is the city's 17th century fort. Nearby, you can visit the Hala Sultan Tekke, a beautiful 19th century mosque. It overlooks Larnaca's Salt Lake, where migratory flamingoes spend the winter.

North of Paphos lies the pretty rural town of Polis, the ideal location for a quiet holiday and a chance to experience the 'real' Cyprus. Latchi is a picturesque fishing village which stretches along the northwest coast, edged by the beautiful Akamis National Park; famous for its wildlife and rare endemic flora. Cycle hire facilities are available in most resorts, and riding or hiking along the park's Aphrodite and Adonis trails makes for a delightfully different holiday experience.

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Holidays in Cyprus - Things to see

For sightseeing, Cyprus holidays are hard to beat with a wide variety of sights and attractions. Whatever type of holiday you choose to Cyprus, it will be enriched by visiting the fascinating historic sites. Listed below are just a few of the many cultural and historic places well worth a visit :-

Baths of Aphrodite: Legend has it that Aphrodite, goddess of love, would bathe in the pool of this natural grotto, situated in Polis, in the shade of fig trees. It is an area of natural beauty surrounded by a pretty botanical garden. There are also a number of natural trails leading from the baths.

Kolossi Castle: Originally constructed in the 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in the middle of the 15th, this fortified tower has housed the Grand Commander of the Knights Templar and been headquarters to the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. It is accessible by crossing a drawbridge and the battlements are also reachable by a spiral staircase. It contains a mural of the crucifixion.

Kourion: Founded in Neolithic times, Limassol's Kourion is an ancient city in a spectacular location overlooking the sea. There are well-preserved mosaics, early Christian basilica and a magnificent amphitheatre, used today for al fresco opera performances.

Larnaca Fort: Erected in 1625 by the Turks, the fort is now a museum and its inner courtyard is used as an open-air theatre during summer months.

Mosaics of Paphos: Considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean, the mosaics depict scenes from Greek mythology.

Neolithic Site of Choirokoitia: One of the best preserved historic settlements in the Mediterranean, this Unesco World Heritage Site of over 50 cylindrical stone and mud dwellings and preserved utensils reveals a surprisingly sophisticated lifestyle. Reconstructions give further insight to life long ago. Over 20 skeletons, including those of infants, were found buried beneath the dwellings.

Petra Tou Romiou: In legend, the birthplace of Aphrodite, it is also known as Aphrodite's Rock and Beach. Waves crash over the rock and are said to form a pillar of foam in human outline; most impressive at sunset, but worth coming earlier for a day on the beach with a picnic.

Pierides Museum: The museum in Larnaca houses unique archaeological, medieval, post-Byzantine and Cypriot folk art collected by five consecutive generations of the Pierides family. It also holds an old arsenal and a rich collection of old cartography of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Tombs of the Kings: Spread over a vast area in Paphos, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. They are carved out of solid rock and some of the tombs are decorated with Doric pillars. High officials rather than kings were buried here - it is their magnificence which accounts for the name.

The Paleo Enklistra: Located just outside Kouklia and south west of Paphos is Paleo Enklistra. This Byzantine cave-hermitage has a fifteenth century depiction of the Holy Trinity on its ceiling.

Monastery of Ayia Napa: Set in central Ayia Napa this beautiful Venetian style medieval church comes as a surprise as it stands defiantly amongst the bars and clubs of the area.

Avgas Gorge: Located north of Paphos on the unhinhabited Alkamas pensinsular the natural wonder that is the Avgas Gorge is the most spectacular gorge in the region and is very popular with hikers.

Things to do on a Holiday in Cyprus

Cavo Greco: A National Forest Park at the southeastern end of the island between Ayia Napa and Paralimni. The uniqueness of the area is due not only to its natural beauty but also the wide range of activities available: swimming, diving, towed parachute, fishing, rowing, cycling, riding, climbing and hiking.

Diving: There are over forty different dive sites in Cyprus. Around Latchi and Akamas you will find the best scuba diving available anywhere in Cyprus with crystal clear water and no tides or strong currents to worry about.

Golf: Cyprus has a growing reputation as a holiday mecca for golfers; there are three 18-hole courses within a short drive from Paphos. The Aphrodite Hills hotel has an 18-hole standard championship golf course that follows the scenic contours of the two plateaux divided by a central ravine. A premier Golf Academy and Pro Shop are there to enhance the golf experience while the Clubhouse offers enticing specialities and a breathtaking view to the golf course. The Tsada Golf Club near Tsada village is the oldest course in Cyprus and is set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. Slightly further away is the Secret Valley Golf Club, about 18 km east of Paphos.

Hiking: The Akamas peninsular is an excellent area for walking holidays in Cyprus as it is virtually untouched by tourism and development. Further afield, in the breathtaking Troodos Mountains, there are innumerable interesting walks.

Horse riding: Well-organised facilities, riding clubs and a network of bridal paths make horse-riding a very pleasurable way to take in Cyprus' natural assets.

Mountain biking: Cyprus is a haven for serious cyclists, with an exciting and varied terrain and many trails, tracks and twisty roads. The mild winters enable the sport to be enjoyed throughout most of the year.

Water parks: Popular water parks to visit in Cyprus include Water World in Ayia Napa, Fasouri Watermania in Limassol and Aphrodite in Paphos.

Watersports: For active Cyprus holidays the fabulous sparkling warm sea brings great opportunities for watersports. These include water skiing and windsurfing, pedal boating and so on.

Eating/Drinking During Cyprus Holidays

All over Cyprus, restaurants offer delicious, traditional dishes. With influences of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East in the cuisine. Eating here is a wholesome treat to enrich the holiday experience.

Meze: One of the best ways to sample Cypriot food is to order the meze, a selection of tasters to share with family or friends, from a range of local dishes including dips, vegetables, fish and meat.

Halloumi: A cheese, but not as you know it! Made from goats milk and/or sheep's milk, it has a rubbery texture, a salty taste and is delicious grilled, in a salad.

Kebabs: Find out what the UK's favourite after-the-pub snack tastes like at its finest; a speciality of the north of the island.

Loukoumi aka Cyprus Delight: Similar to Turkish Delight, Cyprus is also renowned for this fragrant, sugary sweet.

Wine: Usually held in September, the annual wine festival is an ideal time to sample the surprising range and quality of local wines available in Cyprus.

Nightlife: Cyprus holidays won't fail to meet your nightlife needs whether they be for traditional entertainment, folk music and dancing at one of the numerous tavernas and restaurants, or a frenetic rave with British House Garage sounds, up-and-coming DJs and the festive atmosphere to be found in Ayia Napa, a resort in the east of Cyprus known as an international clubbing destination. Nightclubs of every persuasion are also to be found in Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos.

Getting Around on Cyprus Holidays

Car: To make the most of all there is to see, hiring a car is recommended, but do book well in advance. Car hire can be added to existing Cyprus holiday bookings as well as when making a new booking. If you are planning to explore the more mountainous areas, a higher horsepower engine (over 1600cc) is advisable. Parking is readily available in most urban areas.

Taxis: Cyprus is served by a plentiful supply of metered taxis. They can take up to 8 people, and will run between major towns as well as covering shorter journeys.

Buses: The five districts each have their own bus company, the subsidised fares are kept low, and weekly tickets are available for unlimited travel within each district, including rural villages. The Intercity Bus Company provides a similarly subsidised service between cities (and districts) at very reasonable rates. Discounted fares are available if several journeys are planned.

Bicycles: Bicycles can be hired in most resorts and make a wonderful way to explore the resort on your Cyprus holiday.

Cyprus Holidays Shopping

On your Cyprus holiday be sure to take in the bustling activity of a colourful local market where you'll find fresh produce including fish, meat and national specialities. You will no doubt also find original and inexpensive souvenirs such as embroidery, tablecloths, silks, basketwork, pottery, silverware, leather goods, jewellery and lace; Lefkara lace is famous throughout the world. For culinary treats to take home, try wine, sweets, Halloumi cheese, Chiromeri ham or Loukoumi (aka Cyprus delight).

Holidays in Cyprus - Beaches

Macronissos Beach: Located on the west side of Ayia Napa, this beach of soft golden sand features a great variety of watersports and shelves gently into the sea making it ideal for families.

Protaras: A great choice for families and those seeking uniterrupted relaxation in the sun, this great stretch of golden sand that makes up the beach at Protaras also hosts a wide variety of water sports.

Nissi Beach: This fantastic stretch of white sand that sweeps around the bay, Nissi Beach is quieter than the beaches at Ayia Napa and Protaras

Asprokremos: Located on the Akamas peninsular this is considered to be one of the best and most un-spoilt beaches on the island.

Weather and climate information

The Mediterranean has plentiful sunshine throughout the year and Cyprus holidays are no exception: with nine months of summer and three of spring, it is idyllic holiday weather all year round. Cyprus does not experience distinct periods of autumn or winter in the same way the UK does, and the rainy season is short making it ideal for winter holidays in Cyprus or even a Cyprus Christmas and new year holidays.

Max Temp C Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cyprus 16 17 19 22 24 29 31 32 31 26 22 20
London 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 10 7
Sunshine Hours Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cyprus 6 7 8 9 9 11 12 12 11 9 7 5
London 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1

 Cyprus Holidays - 5 Day Forecast (BBC)

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